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4 things we want you to know to help you to succeed

20 November 2023

Find out how to make the most of your University Library to boost your academic performance and succeed with exams and assignments

As assignment deadlines approach, we’ve put together a list of 4 things we think will help you to succeed with your assignments and exams whether you’re studying on campus or from elsewhere:

1.    Use your subject guide  – Subject guides have been put together by your subject librarian to help you find the help and resources you need to succeed in your studies.

  • Find your subject searching expert; find contact details for your Subject Librarian
  • Find: Books, Journals, Databases
  • Discover where to find Professional and Additional Resources
  • Find recommended Internet Resources
  • Locate Subject Specific Resources

2. Book your space on an online workshop. Gain more confidence around completing your assignments by attending a skills session online. Topics include:

  • Academic Writing 1: Getting started with your assignment
  • Academic Writing 2: The building blocks of writing
  • Academic Writing 3: Criticality and style
  • Finding journal articles
  • Maths Online Drop in
  • AI Tools at University
  • Cite Them Right Harvard Referencing

3.  How to reference your work. Conquer referencing with our style guides:

  • Cite Them Right Harvard guide
  • APA
  • Organise your references with Refworks

4. Look after yourself and find support at ARU. Re-focus on self-care and resilience – see ARU’s resources on maintaining your wellbeing and the wellness of others during the assessment period and beyond.

  • Emergency help, there for you and others
  • Contact the Counselling and Wellbeing Team
  • Find self-help resources
  • Get support from your Personal Development Tutor
  • Find out how to help someone you're worried about

How the library can help you while you’re doing your assignments:

We’ve put together an article on MyARU full of useful information about how your library is here to support you.

Take some time to read it and find out how to make the most of your university library to boost your academic performance and succeed in those upcoming important exams and assessments.

Take time out for yourself in the Library

Did you know we have a Wellbeing Space on the first floor of our Chelmsford Library and a Wellbeing Wall on the first floor of our Cambridge Library?
If you’re studying in the library and need to take a break – visit the Wellbeing Space or Wellbeing Wall.

Wellbeing Space in Chelmsford Library

You’ll find leaflets, information, books and more and a space for you to take time away from busy study areas when you need it.

Wellbeing Wall in Cambridge Library

If you’re studying at our Chelmsford campus, take some time out to explore our Wellbeing Art Trail across the campus.

Get support from ARU

Remember, if you need further support from ARU you can find self-help and contact information for the ARU Counselling and Wellbeing Service online

Topics: Library help Library resources Wellbeing