What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.
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The entrance to the Library has changed and is now to the left of the usual main entrance.  There are signs pointing to the new temporary entrance.

route to GCW entrance

Access to Floor 1, Floor 2 and Floor 3 is possible by going along the ground floor corridor and up the main stairs.  The lift is also available – this lift is will be refurbished in the next phase of the project as it is outdated for the number of people using it.
We apologise for any inconvenience – we are working to make access to the Library more accessible and also working on how to open up more areas within the building which are currently staff areas.  This will provide more accessible toilet facilities.
The main entrance will be back in use in Summer 2018.

Construction work is underway on Floor 1 of the Library.
The Service Desk and cafe are fully operational and there are some study spaces in the service Desk area.
Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

There will be some noise disruption but we will try to minimise this as much as possible.  Ear plugs are available at the Service Desk.

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2

 

‘Payment submitted’ – spam and phishing emails

Phishing emails with ‘Payment submitted’  in the subject line similar to those below are doing the rounds – please beware

spam emailIf you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • delete it

Exam Top Tip: Try the Pomodoro technique.

It is a simple but very effective method that can improve your focus and aid concentration. So to get started you just need a timer-it could be an electronic timer on your phone or lap-top. It doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – but that is where the name originates. Pomodoro is the Italian for tomato. Set the timer for your next study session. Fifty minutes is ideal to start with. After fifty minutes give yourself a ten minute break. Time for a cup of tea or a walk in the fresh air. Then follow with another uninterrupted fifty minute study period. If this method works for you, then start allocating specific topics to revise for each concentrated Pomodoro session. You may be surprised how much revision you can cover using this method.

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Music & Revision

Exam Top Tip: Music & Revision.  You might think these two just don’t mix.  Music can distract.   But conversely it can also help you concentrate and focus – so it is well worth trying it out.  But keep your headphones on if you are studying in the library!  Not everyone will share your musical tastes and some students prefer silence for study.  Here’s an offering from Classic FM for your next study session http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/mood/studying/classic-fm-revision/.

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Phishing emails ‘Invoice’ or ‘Purchase Order’

Phishing emails with ‘Invoice’ or ‘Purchase Order’ in the subject line similar to those below are doing the rounds – please beware

If you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • delete it

Phish purchase

phish invoice

Top tips to help you spot phishing emails

  • Be suspiciousof any urgent requests for personal or financial information
  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at main instalment payment dates
  • Check that you’re using a secure websitewhen submitting credit card or other sensitive information;
  • Prevention: Your email details may have been taken from a social networking site so avoid disclosing your email address or make sure you hide it on your page
  • Look for tell-tale signs of phishing: Check the quality of the communication. Misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often good indicators

 

Managing Exam Stress

If exam stress is getting the better of you, Student Wellbeing Services are running ‘Quick and Easy Techniques for Managing Exam Stress’ drop in sessions every Monday and Wednesday during the exam period

 

Mondays: 11 – 11.30am and 11.30 – 12.20am exam stress drop ins

Wednesdays: 3 – 3.30pm and 3.30 – 4pm

Where: Student Wellbeing Resource Centre (Hugh Nisbet Building – opposite the Union Shop)

Exam Top Tip: Take care of yourself.

Your academic work actually benefits if you build in rest, exercise and relaxation. Your brain needs a good night’s sleep and this is particularly important before the day of your exam.  Exercise will help you relax, keep a good appetite and give you that vital “switch off” time from study.  Remember to build some leisure and relaxation into your study schedule.  This is time to spend with friends or family, go for a walk or watch a TV show.  Finally, don’t forget to eat!  Just as the brain needs sleep it also needs nourishment. spiced_orange_and_honey_36705_16x9

Exam Top Tip: Mix it up!

Successful revision tests your understanding of content. So try recording your answer to a test question and critically listen back.  Is your explanation clear and precise?  Look at a test question and write an essay plan to show how you would answer the question.  If you are a visual learner draw a mind map to show how you would tackle the question.  Mind maps can help you see correlations and identify missing bits of the jigsaw.  All of these methods will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and show you where you need to concentrate most.

Exam Top Tip: Don’t fall into the procrastination trap!

You could use a timetable to mark out revision times for each subject and then stick to it.  Another great way to stop procrastinating and get started is to use the Pomodoro technique: this is as simple as setting a timer.  For example, set your timer for 50 minutes.  This should be concentrated study time – no distractions.  At the end of 50 minutes you have earned yourself a 10 minute break – time for a quick walk or a cup of tea.  Then go for another 50 minutes of concentrated study.  Remember to make your goals for each day realistic, and reward yourself for achieving them. You’ve earnt it!

Exam Top Tip: You don’t have to be anti-social to revise well

Form a study group or find yourself a “study buddy”.  Research shows that group study can be very effective – make use of past examination questions and test each other.  Everyone benefits-but the student whose turn it is to explain the problem, concept or theorem benefits most of all.  Because to explain something means you truly have to understand it. If you don’t have anyone on your course, explain it to a family member or friend.

Library opening hours – Easter weekend #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus will be open over the Easter weekend – Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April inclusive.  The library will be staffed as usual so we will be around to answer enquiries.  The study spaces will be available and PCs, printers and self-service book issue and return.

The entrance to the Library is still via the temporary entrance to the left of the main entrance and along the ground floor corridor and up the main staircase.  The lift has been out of order and we are working with Estates to get it fixed as soon as possible.  Please ask at the Service Desk if you have any problems.

Maintenance work to the water supply will take place on Good Friday 30th March between 6:00am – 12:00 noon in the Library building.  There should be enough water stored to still be able to use the toilets.  The water fountain will not be available.
Other toilet facilities will be available in the main University building and the Learning Commons between 10:00am – 2:00pm.