James Watt Study Hub: 4th – 18th December

jwsh1Please note that the JWSH will be unavailable as a study space from  4th – 18th December  (Semester 1 exam period).

See  Edinburgh Campus study spaces and Study Space update for details of other study spaces across campus.

Revision tips, links and videos…

Week 12 – if you’ve not started your revision – we suggest you do so now…

If you remember things better if presented diagrammatically we have MindGenius  and Inspiration mind mapping software on the HWU desktop – and you can also get your own personal copy of MindGenius free – see Software for Personal Use.

The following Mindmap of revision tips might be useful.



You can find more suggestions by

  • doing a quick search of InformS to find other posts from previous revision periods with tips, links and videos.
  • checking out the resources in the library – see the Information, Research and Study Skills – the Study Skills books are shelved at 371.3
  • searching online –  you might find some of the YouTube videos produced by the University of Essex useful see Ultimate Revision Advice #1: Plan like a Pro!

Good luck with your revision!

Feeling stressed about your forthcoming exams?

Would you find it helpful to speak with someone?

The Student Counsellors will be holding exam stress drop-in sessions.  All counsellors are trained and accredited by the professional body the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

All sessions will be held in Student Support in the Hugh Nisbet Building.  Dates and times are given below.

Exam Stress Drop-In Timetable for December 2015

Day Date Time Counsellor
Week 12 Monday 30th November 1200 Kenny
Tuesday 1st December 1600 Joanna
Wednesday 2nd December 1200 Carol
Thursday 3rd December 1200 Kenny
Friday 4th December 1400 Carol
Exam Week 1 Monday 7th December 1200 Joanna
Tuesday 8th December 1600 Kenny
Wednesday 9th December 1400 Carol
Thursday 10th December 1200 Carol
Friday 11th December 1400 Joanna
Exam Week 2 Monday 14th December 1200 Carol
Tuesday 15th December 1600 Kenny
Wednesday 16th December 1400 Joanna
Thursday 17th December 1200 Kenny
Friday 18th December 1130 Joanna

Smart Revision helps make a difference!

Now that we’re into these last few weeks of revision, are you aware of, and making the most of, the study resources available to you?

If you haven’t already, you might like to check out the following

  1. Skills4StudyCampus
    Access from the Effective Learning Service Webpages
    You will need to register to access the Skills4StudyCampus materials
  2. Cite Them Right Online
    Cite Them Right Online will help you to reference just about any source, and understand how to avoid plagiarism
  3. Study Skills Books, shelved at 371.3
    The library holds a wide range of resources to support your studies – see the Information, Research and Study Skills guide
    Explore the tabs in the guide and review the extensive selection of information, research and study skills resources available.

SCONUL Access: Reduced access to Edinburgh University main library during exams

During the University of Edinburgh exam period SCONUL Access reference members will have reduced access to the University of Edinburgh Main Library.

Restrictions will apply between Monday 30 November and Wednesday 16 December 2015 inclusive.  SCONUL Reference Only users will not be able to access the Main Library between opening time and 5.30pm.

These access restrictions apply to the Main Library only and do not apply to our other University site libraries. Normal access arrangements will resume on Thursday 17 December 2015.

See Edinburgh University library page for more information.

SCONUL Access allows students to use other UK universities’ libraries. Undergraduates can use other libraries for studying, and postgraduates, staff and distance learners are often allowed to borrow a limited number of books (SCONUL Access does not give access to other universities’ computers or e-journals.).

If you’d like to join SCONUL Access you can find out more on our web pages and apply online.


Book Week Scotland 2015: 23rd – 29th November

BWS-Logos-CMYK-(red-2015)It’s Book Week Scotland – a week-long celebration of books and reading.

Check out what’s on around the country – there are events and activities to suit all tastes and ages.

Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators are out in force to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

See the Book Week Scotland for details.

Problems searching Discovery – “Application Level Exception”

UPDATE: Initially all reports of this error were from Chrome users.  However, we have now seen it in Firefox.  The post below has been updated to reflect this, and to include new advice.

A few staff and students are having difficulties searching Discovery.  The message “Application Level Exception” is displayed instead of the search results

Temporarily switching to a different web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) seems to let you complete your searches.  Alternatively, clearing the cache and cookies from your web browser and then opening a new window should clear the error.  The keyboard shortcuts to clear the cache and cookies are Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac).

We’ve reported this to the company that supplies Discovery and have asked them to investigate.

Desktop PC Problem

Some staff and students are experiencing issues with their PC restarting and installing software updates. If your PC or laptop is affected then please leave it connected and report the issue to the IT Helpdesk at ITHelp@hw.ac.uk or on x4045 leaving your name, username, telephone extension and PC number (e.g. HWPC followed by a number).

The installation process can take some time (over an hour) so please leave the PC plugged in and switched on.

See System Status page for updates.

Information Services apologies for any inconvenience.

Cancelled: Excel Power Hour workshops 19 & 20 November

Unfortunately, the following workshops have had to be cancelled due to illness.

Excel Level 2 (Part 2)
Thurs 19 Nov: 09:15-11:45
Library Training Room, Edinburgh Campus Library

Excel Pivot Tables: Power Bite
Fri 20 Nov: 12:30-13:00
Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library


Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If the presenter is able to re-schedule, those signed up to the sessions will be informed and the new date/time will be advertised on the Power Hours website with places bookable via the  Power Hours booking calendar.

Power Hour Workshops (Edinburgh Campus) Week Commencing 23 November

The following workshops will be held week commencing 23 November in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor)

Exam Survival Guide
Mon 23 Nov 14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

How To Manage Exam Stress
Tues 24 Nov 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Word: Level 3 ( part 1)
Wed 25 Nov 09:15-11:45
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Copyright For Learning & Teaching
Wed 25 Nov 14:15-15:15
Staff Only
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Excel: Level 3 (part 1)
Thurs 26 Nov 09:15-11:45
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

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