Surviving the exams…

We know this is a hectic time of year for all of our students.

To help you out we’ve summarised some of the facilities and information available to try and make the next few weeks a bit easier for you.

Study Spaces (Edinburgh campus)

The Edinburgh campus library remains open 24/7 until the 19th May.

In addition to the Library and the Learning Commons there are lots of other study spaces available across the campus.

See www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace and the Study Space Update for details.

Study environment

All our campus libraries have gone into revision/exam mode – to create an environment where you can get your head down and make the most of your revision time. If you’re on the Edinburgh campus check out the zoning at the library at Making the Most of the Space.

Revision and exam tips

See Revision and Exams if you need some advice and coping strategies or search through InformS for tips, revision or exam.

Exam stress drop-in sessions (Edinburgh campus)

Running from 24th April until 19th May at Student Support Service, Hugh Nisbet Building. More info at Exam stress drop-in sessions.

Finally…

Remember that you can ask our Service Desk staff in the library or your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian or your Effective Learning Advisor for help at any time.

Good luck with your exams!

Discovery search bar issue

Unfortunately, we’re experiencing a problem with the Discovery search bar on our Find Resources page.  Clicking the bar isn’t activating searches.

While we try to sort this out, remember you can still search Discovery via one of the following:

Please accept out apologies for any inconvenience while we try to resolve this issue.

Subject Guides & A-Z list of databases downtime on Monday 3rd April

The isguides pages (Subject Guides and A-Z list of databases) will be unavailable from 17:00 BST on Monday 3rd April (your local time here: http://bit.ly/2nr0Nug).

This is to allow preparatory work for a Springshare server move that will take place later in April.

The duration of downtime hasn’t been confirmed – we’ll update as more information becomes available.

Exam day tips

  1. Get a good sleep the night before
  2. Eat something before your exam
  3. Avoid ‘panic talk’ with other students
  4. Read the instructions on the paper
  5. Stick to your exam tactics plan
  6. Watch the clock
  7. Start with the easy questions
  8. Build in time to review your answers
  9. Don’t leave the exam early
  10. Take control of your stress and make it work for you!

Targeted Malware Attempt

Some HWU users have reported that they have received a suspicious email which

  • includes an accurate postal address for the recipient
  • has a Word (.dot) attachment, with the password to open the file

On further investigation, this has been confirmed as a targeted malware attempt.

If you receive a suspicious email – don’t be fooled into thinking it must be OK just because the sender appears to know a lot about you.  Obtaining work and personal details about you can be relatively easy from a variety of online sources.

If you receive a similar email

  • forward it to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • delete the email from your inbox/sent items

Exam prep tip: pack your exam bag

Organise all the materials you need for the exam  e.g.

  • identification
  • writing materials
  • calculator if permitted
  • dictionary or other copy resources if appropriate
  • water

 

 

Exam prep tip: Plan your exam tactics

A little bit of forward planning, and you can have your exam tactics worked out in advance

(a) How long is your exam? (2 hours?  3 hours?)

(b) How many questions will you need to answer?

  • all of them?
  • do you have a choice of questions?
  • are some mandatory, some elective?
  • are all questions worth the same number of marks?

(c) How much time do you want to allow to read the paper? (10 minutes?)

(d) How much time do you want to spend checking it at the end? (15 minutes?)

Then do the sums

(a – c –  d)/b = time for each question (assuming each question is worth an equal number of marks)

Now

Write down the start time of your exam and your start time for each question, and follow this schedule in your exam.

During your final revision, aim to answer each question in the time allowed.

Exam prep tip: When and where?

Make sure you know when and where each exam is to be held

  • date?
  • time?
  • place?

You can check the dates at Exam timetables and seating

Please note seating arrangements are for Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campus only.

 

Resource of the Week: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Our final Resource of the Week is DOAJ, is a collection of high quality, open access* journals. As a multi-publisher database, you can cross search a range of journals to find useful articles, or browse their publications for relevant journals you may be interested in. Most of the publications indexed by DOAJ have been peer-reviewed, but those that haven’t are clearly labelled.

*’Open access’ means that the journal/article has been made free at the point of access.

Did you know: Some journals have been marked with the ‘DOAJ Seal’. These are awarded to journals that have the highest publishing standards and adhere to best practice. For more information, see their blog.

Access through the A-Z Database List

Guides and More Information

The DOAJ website has useful pages on open access as well as about how to use the site:

Open access

Features

FAQs

Want More?

If you would like more information on Open Access, visit the Heriot-Watt University or the Research Council UK webpages

JANET Upgrade: Scottish Borders Campus

JANET engineers are scheduled to perform an upgrade to the SBC network link next week.

Date: Tuesday 28th March
Time: 07:00 – 09:00 BST

There will be a break in service for all staff and students at Scottish Borders Campus at some point during this time, and student and staff data (Internet) and telephony services will be “at risk” throughout this period.

Main campus buildings: Both staff and student data and the internal telephony service will be affected

Jean Muir Student Village:  Student services will not be affected. Staff data services will be affected (staff phones will not be affected).

See System Status page for updates.

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk or helpdesk@borderscollege.ac.uk