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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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.

Power Hours Workshops w/c 15th January (Edinburgh Campus Library)

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
15th January in the Edinburgh Campus Library
(top floor)

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Date: 15 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 15 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

How to Succeed in Exams
Date: 15 January 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 16 January 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Making the Most of Lectures
Date: 16 January 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome, most suitable for UG and PGT students

Note Taking [Webinar]
Date: 16 January 2018
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Your own computer
Campus: All
Categories: All Welcome

Note Taking
Date: 17 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online [Webinar]
Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Your own computer
Campus: All
Categories: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard [Webinar]
Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Your own computer
Campus: All
Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 19 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Endnote Desktop
Date: 19 January 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All Welcome

Leadership Skills
Date: 19 January 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff and PGR only

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

12 Reads of Christmas: Academic Phrasebank

Do you sometimes struggle to say what you mean in your essay, thesis, report or dissertation? The Academic Phrasebank is full of reusable phrases you can use in your writing. Produced by the University of Manchester, the phrases listed here have been taken from authentic academic sources and arranged by chapter of a report or thesis, with other sections on general language usage for other writing. It is extremely useful for all students, regardless of academic level or confidence with English.

The online guide is free, however a more comprehensive PDF version can also be purchased from their website for £4.99

See also

For more support with academic writing, Skills4StudyCampus has a module on Writing – for more information visit our website or access it from the A-Z Database list

There are lots of excellent guides and resources for academic writing listed on the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide. There are books to help with all kinds of academic writing, including essays, reports and theses.

A Note on Citing and Referencing 

For help citing and referencing using the Harvard author-date system, visit our online resource Cite Them Right Online.

If you use another style, such as IEEE, SIAM or the Royal Society of Chemistry, visit your Subject Guide for help and guidelines.

12 Reads of Christmas: The Study Skills Handbook

Now on it’s fourth edition, ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ by Stella Cottrell has lots of useful tips and techniques to help you study. Sections include help on time management, revision strategies, writing techniques and more. study skills handbook

Our online resource, Skills 4 Study Campus, is based on this book. We subscribe to four modules:

  • Getting Ready for Academic Study
  • Reading and Note-Making
  • Writing Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Find The Study Skills Handbook on Discovery or access Skills 4 Study Campus from the A-Z Database List

See also:

Other study skills guides that we highly recommend include:

For more information on guides to studying, writing and more, please see the Information, Research and Study Skills Subject Guide.

Power Hours Workshops (Edinburgh Campus)

Why not come along to one of our well received Power Hours workshops this Semester?

“Well presented”, “full of information” and “unexpectedly enjoyable!” are some of the overwhelmingly positive comments received about the workshops last year.

In our latest survey, 94% of respondents or strongly agreed that the workshop they attended would help with their studies, research or teaching.

The Semester-long programme offers skills workshops for students and staff covering topics in:-

  • Academic Writing
  • Citing, Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Data Security
  • Finding and Evaluating Information
  • IT
  • Presentations and Posters
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Study & Lifestyle Tips

Booking is required.

The Power Hours programme is part of the Information Services Skills Development provision.

Power Hours Workshops (Edinburgh Campus)

Why not come along to one of our well received Power Hours workshops this Semester?

“Well presented”, “full of information” and “unexpectedly enjoyable!” are some of the overwhelmingly positive comments received about the workshops last year.

In our latest survey, 94% of respondents or strongly agreed that the workshop they attended would help with their studies, research or teaching.

The Semester-long programme offers skills workshops for students and staff covering topics in:-

  • Academic Writing
  • Citing, Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Data Security
  • Finding and Evaluating Information
  • IT
  • Presentations and Posters
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Study & Lifestyle Tips

Booking is required.

The Power Hours programme is part of the Information Services Skills Development provision.