Study tips for successful revision: Study Buddies & Study Groups

studygroupIt’s week 8 already – a good time to find a study buddy or join a study group and start early with exam preparation. If you haven’t found the right study group start your own.   Agree a regular time to meet and book one of our Group Study Rooms (Edinburgh campus) or check out the other study spaces across your campus and decide where to meet.

Research shows that studying and revising with a study buddy or with a group really boosts retention and more importantly your understanding of a topic or concept. Test each other. Past exam papers are a good source of practice questions – if you can’t find them on Vision ask your lecturer if they can make some available.   Within the study group take turns to explain the concept/idea or the workings of a problem or formulae – everyone benefits, especially the student doing the explaining!

Don’t miss the exam survival sessions in November

This National Stress Awareness day – some reminders about how we can help as the semester moves into course work hand in time and then exams.

The NSS highlights exams are one of the top reasons for stressed students – so don’t miss the Exam Survival Guide and How to Manage Exam Stress Power Hours later this month – each session is full of useful tips and  techniques to help you survive and succeed in your exams.

StressPoster

And remember – if you are feeling stressed you don’t need to cope alone – there’s lots of support available across HWU e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Academic Study SkillsChaplaincy – so get in touch – we’re here to help.

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 and opens on Mon 11 September.

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

Information Services Quiz Winner

We were delighted to host a visit from the 2nd cohort of  pre-sessional students in June. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the library and IT resources and services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Mengxue!

Turnitin upgrade & staff training

turnitinTurnitin has released a major product upgrade that will soon be available at Heriot-Watt University. The new version of the service, called Turnitin Feedback Studio, offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface designed for the modern classroom. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier than ever to promote academic integrity, provide actionable feedback, and evaluate student learning at Heriot-Watt University.

We plan to upgrade our version of Turnitin to Feedback Studio on 1st August 2017.

Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new interface when you open up a student’s paper in Turnitin. Your students will also experience this new and improved interface when viewing Similarity Reports and receiving feedback.

To get acquainted with the upgraded Turnitin Feedback Studio and prepare for a successful implementation, you can:

To support this transition and build on the use of Turnitin across HWU, a one hour online training session will be available (and recorded for later viewing).

  • When: 19/05/2017 at 10.00 BST
  • Where: Online

If you have not received a calendar invite to the online training, but would like to attend, please contact ISAdmin@hw.ac.uk

Power Hours w/c 29th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshop will be held w/c 29th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Copyright for Learning & Teaching

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff Only

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 20th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 2oth March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Exam Survival Guide

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

 

How to Manage Exam Stress

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

 

Pure: Managing Content

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff only

 

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 13th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 13th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

Exam Survival Guide

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: All welcome

Keeping control of Your Data

APOLOGIES, THIS WORKSHOP HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff and PGR only

Measuring Impact: Citations,the h-Index and Journal Impact Factors

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Categories: Staff and PGR only
Campus: Edinburgh

HW VPN: Getting Connected

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: Staff Only

 

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours w/c 7th March (Edinburgh campus)

powerhoursThe following workshops will be held w/c 7th March in the Edinburgh campus library (top floor)

 

Open Access and the REF: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Staff and PGR only

Writing a Literature Review for PG Students

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Categories: PG students only

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.