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Helping students excel during exams

[Exam support]
Peer Learning Assistants Kaitlin Pilarski (Artsci’20) and Samantha Simpson (Artsci’20) review a poster of exam study strategies. (University Communications)

Exam season can be a stressful time for students, which is why Student Academic Success Services (SASS) and Student Wellness Services in the Division of Student Affairs provide a variety of supports to help reduce anxiety and cultivate academic success.

“We recognize that Queen’s has a diverse student population, which is why SASS offers support for students with varying needs,” says Ian Garner, Academic Skills Outreach Coordinator at SASS. “Students are in a better position to evaluate their exam prep skills in second semester, and it’s important that we provide them with tools and resources to succeed.”

Over the past week, SASS has offered exam prep workshops that focus on specific courses and exam formats. With approximately 20 students per session, these tailored workshops give students the opportunity to receive focused professional support.

In addition, SASS has developed new course-specific study posters, which provide detailed study tips and common mistakes related to nine popular first-year courses. Presented first at a drop-in event, these posters are now available online so they are easy to access.

For individual exam prep, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a professional staff member at SASS to develop customizable learning strategies and study schedules.

“Coming to SASS services can help students learn how to apply course material in useful ways during an exam,” says SASS Peer Samantha Simpson (Artsci’20). “Whether you sit down with a Peer Learning Assistant or come to a workshop, our services go beyond memorization to help students plan and study effectively for their exams.”

Student Wellness Services has collaborated with SASS to provide exam anxiety support. Resources range from online tools to professional support from Student Wellness Services staff. This partnership helps to ensure that students experiencing all levels of anxiety receive the proper assistance during what can be a very stressful time.

For further assistance, students can book an appointment with Health Promotion, to create a self-care plan and practice mindfulness through bio-feedback therapy. There are also self-help workbooks available online for improving your mood, managing anxiety and developing self-care practices.

Student Wellness Services will be running a social media campaign over the April exam season, highlighting various resources and services available on campus and in the community. More information can be found through the QueensUBeWell social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Access more exam resources and book an appointment with SASS.