As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, it’s easy to dream of warmer days. While exam season indicates the start of spring, it can also signal a nervous or stressful time of year for students. Juggling scheduled and take-home exams, work, family and other commitments can be difficult, and it’s important to remember you’re not alone. Carleton provides a variety of support services to assist you not just during end-of-year stress but also throughout your academic career.

Take advantage of student services: The Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) is a centralized collection of services designed to improve learning inside and outside the classroom. CSAS offers in-person and online workshops for exam prep, including the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and mock exams for a number of courses on campus. To view a full list of supported classes this semester visit the PASS website.

Talk about it: If you are experiencing personal or emotional difficulties, it helps to talk to a trained counsellor and a third party to your day-to-day life. Health and Counselling Services has a team of counselling staff, including an international student counsellor and three counsellors located in residence, who can provide a place to talk about your challenges and identify coping strategies. It is also important to remember that your family and friends are there. If you’re feeling stressed or having a hard time, take a minute to connect with the important people in your life, they will want to help you!

Make a furry friend: Looking to unwind for a few minutes as you prepare for exams? The MacOdrum Library will be welcoming Uncle Steven, the Library Dog for various visits throughout the exam season. Follow the library for details about upcoming visits.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Part of a balanced lifestyle includes taking care of your physical health and well-being. Proper nutrition and adequate sleep are essential to your learning and there are benefits of exercise for stress management. It is important to take a break from studying to incorporate some exercise into your daily schedule. The facilities in the Department of Recreation and Athletics will remain open throughout April.

Find a balance: Proper balance is the key to success. If any one area of your life becomes too demanding, other areas can suffer as you try to compensate. This should not stop you from taking on new challenges and learning opportunities. Be aware of your limits and don’t take on more than you can manage.

Have more questions? Not sure when to arrive for your exam? What happens if you’re late? Scheduling and Examination Services has a page specifically for you!

Check out the Exam FAQ for Students.

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