Exams and assessments: Tools and support

Deadlines and exams can make this a particularly stressful time of year. To help ease the pressure you may be feeling during the upcoming exam and assessment period, the Liverpool Guild of Students and the University have developed a number of initiatives.

If you have general exam queries, please feel free to contact the exam enquiries team on 0151 794 6758 / 6759 or email examsenq@liv.ac.uk.

Library on Tour

From Monday, 6 to Thursday, 23 January the Library will be running the #LibraryonTour initiative, offering quiet study space for the assessment period. Library on Tour will run in the following locations:

Where? Monday – Friday Weekends
502 Teaching Hub
Flexible Teaching Rooms 1 & 2 9am – 9pm


The Guild
Guild Library

Mandela Room

Harold Wilson Room


9am – 9pm


10am – 4pm
Elizabeth Gidney Rooms 1 & 2


5pm – 9pm


10am – 4pm

Find out more about Library on Tour here.

Free access to Sport Liverpool

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress during the exam and assessment period. We’re offering free access to Sport Liverpool from Monday, 13 to Friday, 24 January, between 7-11am and 2-4pm weekdays, and all day at weekends.

To register for free access, please complete this registration form. To book on to classes, please contact the Sport Liverpool Reception on 0151 794 3307.

Keep Your Cool

From Monday, 13 to Friday, 24 January, Officers and Guild staff will be heading to the Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen libraries over lunchtime with lots of free fruit and words of encouragement to help fuel your brain during a busy day of revision and assignments.

The Guild Advice Team offer free, confidential and non-judgemental advice in order to equip you with everything you need to make an informed decision. They deal with everything from housing issues to exam stress. Call 0151 794 6868 , email guildadvice@liv.ac.uk or come along to a drop-in appointment available between 1pm-3pm weekdays.

Exam Fuel

If you currently live in University accommodation, make sure you pick up your free breakfast before heading out to a day of exams or revision.

Over the next couple of weeks the accommodation team are running four events, as follows:

  • Greenbank Student Village: Thursday 9 January
  • Crown Place: Tuesday 14 January
  • Philharmonic Court: Thursday 16 January
  • Vine Court: Tuesday 21 January

Handy IT tools

These tools will help you access IT services during peak periods:

PC Finder

PC Finder uses a GPS location service to help you find available PCs on campus. There are plenty of computers in Teaching Centres besides those in the libraries, so you’ll be able to find a computer to use close to you if the libraries are busy. Please note that opening hours reflected on the app might be different on Bank Holidays and outside term time.

Easy file access

Your M Drive is the best place to save your work, files and documents. It’s available to you via Apps Anywhere, whenever you need access – on or off campus. It’s secure, fully backed up and unlike a flash/USB pen, you can’t lose it or break it. Microsoft OneDrive is also available to all students so that you can access your own, individual work files at anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Speed Stations

Located in the Rendall building, speed stations are designed for quick tasks like printing, checking emails or visiting websites.

Print Anywhere

You can easily print from your own device using Print Anywhere. This means you can work from your own laptop in the library, for example, and still use the printers there.

Self-service portal

If you need assistance with an IT problem, check out our self-service portal where you can browse our helpful knowledge articles and FAQs, request help or report an issue.

KnowHow revision sessions

KnowHow will also be running revision sessions in the library during January to help you prepare for your exams!

Sessions include: Revision Techniques, Exam Preparation, Time Management and more!

Check out all of the KnowHow sessions available here.

Wellbeing support

We know this is a particularly stressful time of year. If you feel you are suffering from more than a bout of exam nerves, extra support is available.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, please call the police or ambulance service on 999.

The following services and resources are free and confidential to access all year round:

Wellbeing drop-in: Between 11am-3pm Monday to Friday you can come to our drop-in for practical and pastoral support in a confidential space. You don’t need to book – simply come along to the Student Welfare Advice and Guidance Information Point on the ground floor of the Alsop Building. Find out more here.

Relaxation Programme: The Relaxation Programme is available to stream and download and is designed to be used with a self-assessment relaxation diary. The programme can be downloaded here.

Big White Wall: Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service that provides 24/7 online peer and professional support, with trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Big White Wall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them. More than three quarters of members feel better as a result of using the service. You can get support via the service at any time of the day or night, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Student Minds: Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity; they empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. Their website has a range of resources, including this guide on exam stress.  

Support for students: There are experienced teams in Student Services who are here to support you to be successful in your studies.

As a student you can also access SilverCloud free online self-help modules. We have a series of online self-help modules that you can complete for free. The programme – which is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – will provide you with tools and techniques to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression and bring balance into your life. Please note that neither your response to, nor your progress within, any of the modules within this programme are monitored by the Counselling Service or the University.

Support networks: A list of other support networks you can access can be found on our Counselling Service webpages.

Networks you might find useful include The Samaritans, who offer a 24-hour helpline (116 123), the Students Against Depression website, and Liverpool Light – a mental health café that provides a welcoming and safe space for people experiencing mental health related crisis. The service is run by trained mental health support staff and operates from 6pm to 12pm, seven days a week, offering an alternative to the use of A&E for people at times of crisis or in need of targeted social support out of hours.