Your guide to this year’s assessments

 

We’re here to help you get the most out of your assessments. Read on to find out what we’re doing to help you succeed…

Here at the library, we’re fully focused on helping you master your assessments and reach your true potential. We know that, even in normal times, this can be a hectic and stressful period for students, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made things more difficult than ever. We’re all learning how to adapt to a new way of living and learning, but we’re doing our best to ensure we continue to offer you the support you need. We’ll get through this together.

So what do we have in store for you?

We’re making it easier for you to get in contact with us

We’ve already been offering email support on weekdays from 9am-5pm, despite the library building being closed. We’ve also continued to provide live chat support during this time too.

Image highlighting the live chat function on the library's homepage

But we’re set to expand our operating hours so you can get access to help faster. From Monday 11th to Saturday 30th of May we’re making live chat available between 9am-6pm every weekday. To speak directly to a member of library staff, visit our website and click on the purple chat box.

We’ll also be monitoring and responding to emails from 9am-8pm every weekday, and 9am-5pm at weekends. If you need assistance, you can send us a question at libline@essex.ac.uk and we’ll be there to offer our guidance.

Finally, our subject librarians are available, by appointment, via Zoom. See our Book a Librarian page to find out how.

We’ve got more study resources than ever

To make sure you don’t miss out, we now have online access to heaps more textbooks, including new ebook versions of items on your reading lists where possible. Remember to check your subject guides too, where you’ll find heaps of information and resources specific to your topic.

We have also developed two new reading lists to help you study hard and play harder:

  • A Study Skills list brings together all the resources you’ll need to smash your assessments, including study guides, search tutorials, and free educational courses.
  • A Health & Wellbeing list, on the other hand, includes links to movies, theatre shows, ebook novels, fitness videos, virtual tours of international museums and tourist destinations, and more!

Those looking for additional revision help can also book a place at a Time to Revise workshop, virtual sessions run by the Skills for Success team designed to help you prepare for and perform in your exams. The first takes place on May 7th from 1-3pm and the second on May 12th from 10am-noon.

We want you to stay in touch

Now more than ever, it’s important that we take care of ourselves and that means taking breaks and indulging in some light-hearted fun. So in addition to our Health & Wellbeing reading list we’re setting up a Facebook film club. Why not join the club and have a chat with your fellow film fans?

We’re also going to be running some fun photo competitions on our social media pages, starting with a Virtual Bake Off. We don’t mind whether you’re a star baker or an enthusiastic amateur, we want to hear from you. Send us your lockdown creations on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and you might get a shout out!

Speaking of Facebook and Instagram, keep an eye on our stories, where we’re going to be putting a series of questions to you and inviting you to interact with us.

Stay safe out there everybody!

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