As it’s Mental Health Awareness week, and this year’s theme is ‘Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies’.

Exam season is upon us and we know it can be a stressful time! Here is some advice from our Additional Learning Support team about how to look after your wellbeing during this period.

Why is student wellbeing so important?

It’s important that a holistic approach is taken towards the learners, taking into account both their physical and mental wellbeing. Maintaining good health enables high levels of attendance and participation in all aspects of college life.

What is your role and what do you do?

The role of the Additional Learning Support team is to provide access to additional support where identified or requested. This can be academic support or to refer learners to specialist services such as the college counsellor and wellbeing service. We also assess and request exam access arrangements where learners have a learning difficulty, disability or mental health condition who may need adjustments for such conditions. People come to ALS either by themselves or they are referred to us by their tutors. We can discuss with the tutors any reasonable adjustments that can be made in class for the learner.

What tips would you give to a student who is stressed going through exams?

Balance revision with regular breaks and relaxation. Good relaxation techniques could be breathing exercises, listening to relaxing music, using mindfulness techniques to focus on the present, the world around us and our senses. We would also recommend regular sleep patterns and moderate levels of exercise such as yoga or Pilates.

What support services are there at the college?

  • ALS can provide 1:1 academic support both in and out of class
  • Counselling and wellbeing service
  • Learning coaches
  • Information, advice and guidance

Our top tip for students to relax during exam period – Spend an hour being kind to yourself, go and do something you really enjoy.

For more information and support please visit our Additional Learning Support team at both our centres.

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