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.

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 http://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/powerhours

See our website for further skills development opportunities.