Revision tip: Practice writing

Practice writing for the exam.  How long is your exam?  When was the last time you wrote by hand for that length of time?  So practice, practice, practice.


Resource of the Week: EndNote Online

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows you to store and organise your references and then insert them into your assignments (if you’re using Microsoft Word). EndNote Online is the mobile version which you can access from anywhere using your own computer. It can be used with EndNote Desktop or as a stand alone product.

If you access EndNote Online through our website, you will be taken to an authenticated session where you can get the full benefits of a premium account – including 50’000 references, 2GB of file storage, and access to a range of referencing styles, for free as a HWU student or staff member. You have to EndNote Online Premium for one year after the last time you log in to an authenticated session, after which it reverts to a Basic account.

With EndNote Online you can:

  • Create references manually, or import them as .RIS files from databases and Discovery*
  • Attach documents to your references
  • Make keeping track of your research easier by organising your references into groups
  • Use the ‘Cite While You Write’ plugin for Microsoft Word to import your citations into your assignment and automatically generate your formatted reference list as well.

*The majority of academic databases have this option, which will be called either ‘Save’ or ‘Export’. You can often also save time by selecting more than one to download in the same file. Web of Science also allows you to save references directly to EndNote Online.

Did you know: You can sync your EndNote Online account with EndNote Desktop to get unlimited online storage for 3 years.

Access EndNote Online through the Information Services website 

Guides and More Information 

Our Software Guides and Tutorials webpage has lots of helpful information and guidance on how to use EndNote.

Clarivate Analytics, who own EndNote, also have a range of useful guides and have a YouTube channel.

We regularly run Power Hours on EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop. Find out when the next one is by visiting our website, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

If you have any questions or want more guidance, please contact your Library.

Want More?

EndNote Desktop has more functionality than EndNote Online and is installed on all the PCs on campus, and so is ideal for those who work more on campus. For a comparison of the two, please see this guide. You will have to pay to get it on your personal PCs, but students are entitled to a discount.

Revision tip: Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of tap water and/or bottled water – still or sparkling.

Avoid sugary drinks.



Revision tip: Take regular breaks

Get some exercise – anything from a gym session or a group sport to a quiet stroll

Edinburgh campus students could :

Other students, please check out your local facilities.

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

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Revision tip: Snack on “brain foods”

You might try: salmon or other oily fish, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, blueberries, bananas, dark chocolate

Check out these videos for ideas.

Revision tip: Organize study groups with friends

You might like to organize some study sessions with friends. You could work:

  • as a group answering questions together
  • individually while sitting together and then compare your answers.  If your answers don’t agree ask your class mate to explain how they reached their answer. As a group, work out who has used the correct method and has reached the correct answer.
  • alone, perhaps in your room, and contact your group by Facebook, Skype, etc to compare answers.

Set some ground rules:

  • stay focused on the topic
  • agreed the amount of time to spend on any task
  • everyone in the group must contribute

Blackwell’s Offer One Week Free Access to “Doing Essays and Assignments”

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “Doing essays and assignments” by Pete Greasley.


To receive a unique code for this book, please go into the Edinburgh store or e-mail

Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis.

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so.

Revision tip: Explain your answers to anyone that will listen

Explain your answer to friends, brothers, sisters, parents and/or relations.  Pets count too!

Revision tip: Practice on past papers or sample questions

Find out where you can get past papers or sample questions for your course.

Using past papers and sample questions will help you get used to the format of the paper.  Perhaps answer questions against the clock to get used to writing for an extended period and to get your timing right.

Do you need more than just a few sample questions?

You might work with class mates to create your own “exam paper” using a selection of tutorial questions from your course.  You could then work together to answer these questions.