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Meditation labyrinth and live music help students combat exam stress

University of Calgary students encouraged to visit spaces to relax and de-stress during exam week
April 18, 2016
University students can stop by the labyrinth, which will be set up in the Dance Studio, room KNA 162 and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Apr. 18 to April 22 to refresh, mediate and de-stress during exam week.

University students can stop by the labyrinth, which will be set up in the Dance Studio, room KNA 162 and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Apr. 18 to April 22 to refresh, mediate and de-stress during exam week.

University of Calgary students are invited to listen to live music or take a walk around a meditation labyrinth to de-stress during final exams. 

The SU Wellness Centre and the Faith and Spirituality Centre are hosting two unique spaces for students to de-stress and relax during exam week. Students have the opportunity to listen to live music as a way of relaxing and re-focusing, and can participate in a walking meditation to re-energize themselves. 

“End of term is a challenging time for many students, so it is important for students to have a variety of tools accessible to them to deal with end-of-semester stress and to succeed in their courses,” says Debbie Bruckner, senior director of student wellness, access and support.

Two University of Calgary music students Matthew Beaubien and Steven Dorscher will be playing live music in the KNES B Atrium from 11 a.m. until noon every weekday from April 18 to April 27. 

Labyrinth's large fabric maze is a stress-free space

The labyrinth will be set up in the Dance Studio, room KNA 162 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Apr. 18 to April 22.

“The labyrinth is a great way to centre yourself, to get a grip on yourself. The labyrinth space is a great place to get away from the stress of exams,” says Rev. Tim Nethercott, Christian (United/Presbyterian) chaplain.

The labyrinth is made up of a large fabric maze that can be used as a form of walking meditation, for prayer or as a healing modality. There will be mats for resting and low lighting.

Whether students just need a quick study break or they need to clear their mind before an exam, both spaces will be available to help.

Tips and strategies for exam preparation 

When preparing for exams, students may find the following strategies helpful:

  • Start early
  • Plan your review
  • Practise the skills and behaviours you will have to demonstrate on the test
  • Get feedback as you study
  • Take care of your physical and emotional well-being as you study

For more information, please visit the academic and career section in the SU Wellness Centre’s online Wellness Guide

If you have students experiencing exam anxiety, they may benefit from taking this short interactive online module.