Studying can be stressful.
Thankfully, an animal charity in north London has launched a new initiative to help students soothe their senses while revising for exams. From today until next Wednesday (26 June), exam candidates can book a two-hour slot at Wood Green – The Animals Charity to sit in a special room which has been optimally designed for studying – it’s soundproof and will intentionally be kept free from distractions. Most importantly, they will be surrounded by lots of rescue cats and kittens.
Research has shown that being around animals can not only help reduce stress but also makes you happier, as well as boosts your energy levels. So it makes perfect sense for students can curl up with gorgeous tabbies while they work. Those who book a session will get the pleasure of meeting many cats, including a two-month-old kitten named Raven, who the charity describes as a ‘young playful kitten with piercing amber eyes’, as well as Harry, also two months old, and a ginger male with ‘nice big paws’. Apparently, he also ‘loves to be gently stroked and shown affection’.
However, the purpose of the ‘revise-with-cats’ project is two-fold; the aim is for it to help humans, but also to highlight kittens that are in need of fostering and adoption during summer.
The charity also hopes that some of the students will get inspired to become volunteers. ‘A growing body of research shows that contact with pets has a positive effect on anxiety and stress levels,’ said Jane Harrup, the charity’s centre manager.
‘At Wood Green, we see first-hand the impact that rehoming rescue cats can have on those who are able to provide a positive environment and we’re pleased to offer this experience to students in need of a furry friend during this busy time.’
The charity has partnered with Quizlet, a web-based service that offers learning tools and games, and students can book a slot through its system. If you’re interested, we recommend doing it soon, as it’s likely they will fill up very quickly.