Study space update (Edinburgh campus)

The following information supplements that already available on the Other Spaces tab at http://www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace

Rooms available for study during exam period

24 April to 19 May 2017: 09:15 – 22:15

Teaching rooms  Teaching rooms
David Brewster

  • DB1.15

Edwin Chadwick

  • ECG.01
  • ECG.02

William Arrol

  • WA1.08
  • WA1.09
  • WA1.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Mountbatten*

  • EM336
  • EM3.06 (except 11/05)
  • EM3.07 (except 11/05)

James Nasmyth

  • JN1.01
  • JN1.02
  • JN1.03

PC Labs

  • Earl Mountbatten*: – EM2.52
  • Edwin Chadwick: – EC2.04
  • Mary Burton: – MBG.22

Other Rooms

Mary Burton Building

18:15 – 22:00 weekdays
08:30 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday

Ground Floor: All ground floor teaching rooms and computer labs

First Floor: MB 1.47 and MB 1.62

Earl Mountbatten is electronically locked around 7 pm (automated system) – no one can enter the building after this time.

Students already in EM can stay until 10 pm but they MUST sign the “out of hours” book at the North entrance/red canopy leading to the car park so that we know who is in. The North entrance is the only exit after 7 pm (please use exit release button).

Other teaching rooms may be available – you can check room availability at Online Timetables.

If you wish to enquire about making a room booking contact roombookings@hw.ac.uk

SCONUL Access: Restricted access to Edinburgh University libraries during exams

During the University of Edinburgh exam period SCONUL Access reference members will have reduced access to the University of Edinburgh Main Library and Law Library.

Restrictions will apply between Monday 17 April – Sunday 14 May 2017 inclusive.  During this time access will be restricted for Reference users, including those with SCONUL Reference Only Cards.

Restrictions are as follows: –

Main Library: – no access between 5:30 am and 5:30 pm
Law Library: – no access between opening time and 5.30 pm.

Normal access arrangements will resume on Monday 15 May 2017.

See Edinburgh University library page for more information.

SCONUL Access allows students to use other UK universities’ libraries. Undergraduates can use other libraries for studying, and postgraduates, staff and distance learners are often allowed to borrow a limited number of books (SCONUL Access does not give access to other universities’ computers or e-journals.).

If you’d like to join SCONUL Access you can find out more on our web pages and apply online.

Opening hours – Easter/Semester 2 break #edincampuslib

We are currently in the Semester 2 break which lasts until 21st April and includes the Easter weekend.
easter semester break

Once the break is over, exams start from 24th April until 19th May which is the end of semester.

During this time the Edinburgh Campus library will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Staff will be available to answer enquiries and provide help and support between 8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Friday and 10:00am – 8:15pm at weekends.

The Learning Commons will be open Monday to Friday during the Semester break  apart from the Easter weekend (Friday 14th – Monday 17th April inclusive) when it will be unavailable for use due to building closure days.

If you require any more information, please check the Information Services webpages or contact us 

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!

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

Blackwell’s offer one week free access to The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of “The Exam Skills Handbook”  by Stella Cottrell.

To receive a unique code for this book, please go to the Library Service Desk, into the Edinburgh store or e-mail jaki.hawker@blackwell.co.uk

study skills handbook offer

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.