Supports and services enhanced during exam season

As Brock students gear up for exams, various units across campus are extending their services to offer extra assistance during a busy time of year.

For students interested in studying late during the April 10 to 24 exam period, the James A. Gibson Library’s Matheson Learning Commons will remain open most nights until 2:30 a.m. The Brock University Students’ Union will pick up the tab on taxi rides home for those who study after midnight through the Drive Home program.

Complimentary earplugs will be available at the library’s Ask Us Desk, where students can also choose to check out board games when they are in need of a study break. Online, the library displays copies of exams from previous years to help students better prepare.

More study aids are available below the library in A-Z Learning Services, where students can request a one-on-one consultation with a learning skills specialist via email, book an exam preparation workshop for a small group or participate in a study skills workshop on time management.

Anyone seeking a slightly longer study break is encouraged to visit the Student Health and Wellness HUB (TH134), where peer health educators will be ready with coffee, tea, cookies, stress balls and a welcoming environment to chat or sit quietly.

Further mental health resources, including counselling from Personal Counselling Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Student Health Services continue to be available to students throughout the day, while the Good 2 Talk and Personal Counselling phone services will be available 24 hours a day.

On the day of their exams, first-year students may also encounter the Exam Success Station outside of the Computer Commons in Scotiabank Hall. Hosted by Student Life and Community Experience, the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre and Alumni Relations, the station aims to provide encouragement before exams while also offering free pencils, erasers, sharpeners and stress-reduction information to students in need.

In addition to the services already highlighted, international students will also have access to a one-stop-shop of study supports throughout the exam period, where they can access study monitoring, individual assistance, program-specific aid and emotional support.

Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning, and Student Success, said the array of resources reflect Brock’s ongoing commitment to student success and well-being.

“The extensive supports available to our students during this busy time of year highlight Brock’s commitment to students throughout their academic journey,” she said. “We are offering academic, mental health and wellness supports to all students so they may perform at their best during exam periods, while also maintaining healthy work, study and life choices.

For more information on exams at Brock, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

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