Relax+unwind at the Octagon

The exam period can prove a stressful time for any student. Stress and anxiety levels shoot through the roof and you’re left wondering what you can do to alleviate the tremendous amounts of pressure you feel under. Intense revision sessions can prove extremely tiring, so it’s vitally important that you give yourself some time-out every now and then. At the Octagon (next to the library on Frenchay Campus), there will be sessions running throughout the week to help you de-stress during the exam period. From Monday 30 April until Thursday 31 May, the Octagon are offering a place for students to relax and unwind, and to give your brain that well-deserved rest. They will be open from 9.30 until 17.00 Monday to Thursday, and 9.30 until 16.30 on a Friday, with fresh fruit available to give your brain that all-important boost. For more information contact the Living Centre:

Indian head massage

An Indian head massage is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation used widely in Asia to combat daily tension and stress. The treatment is only £15 and lasts for 30 minutes, and includes massage of the upper back, neck, scalp and face using a variety of massage pressures and techniques. To book in for an appointment, email Helen is offering Indian head massages every Tuesday from 16.30 until 18.30 in room 2B026 on Frenchay Campus.


Shiatsu treatment is a delightful way of addressing the stresses and challenges of life at university. It relaxes the body profoundly and allows for positive changes to take place, ensuring that you can perform your best during this demanding time of year. Patricia Homewood will be running sessions every Thursday afternoon at Frenchay Campus between 12.00 and 18.00. To book an

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appointment email: or Your introductory Shiatsu treatment will last 45 minutes and will cost £15. Any sessions after that will be £20.

Revision techniques

  • Produce a timetable, giving yourself allocated times to revise each topic (maybe giving more time for the topics you struggle with the most)
  • Make flash cards with key notes to remember, and posters you can plaster around your room or in the bathroom if needs be!
  • Ensure all major topics are covered, including all tutorial and seminar work
  • Try to look at old exam papers and practice writing model answers for them
  • Take regular breaks to give your brain a breather
  • Work with a friend or in small groups to discuss topics you are revising, and test each other
  • If your exam is tomorrow, don’t attempt anything new and be sure to have an early night
  • If you feel you are not coping, help is always at hand. UWE offer exam counselling at the Centre for Student Affairs. For more information visit:
  • And above all: Think positive… you can do it!