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.

Library opening hours – Easter weekend #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus will be open over the Easter weekend – Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April inclusive.  The library will be staffed as usual so we will be around to answer enquiries.  The study spaces will be available and PCs, printers and self-service book issue and return.

The entrance to the Library is still via the temporary entrance to the left of the main entrance and along the ground floor corridor and up the main staircase.  The lift has been out of order and we are working with Estates to get it fixed as soon as possible.  Please ask at the Service Desk if you have any problems.

Maintenance work to the water supply will take place on Good Friday 30th March between 6:00am – 12:00 noon in the Library building.  There should be enough water stored to still be able to use the toilets.  The water fountain will not be available.
Other toilet facilities will be available in the main University building and the Learning Commons between 10:00am – 2:00pm.

 

 

How to Succeed in Exams

We’ve organised some extra sessions of the ‘How to Succeed in Exams’ Power Hour. Whether you find yourself struggling or wanting some extra tips so you can push yourself from a 2:1 to an 1st, this class can help you. It aims to give you the tools you need to create a successful revision strategy, handle procrastination and deal with the exam with confidence.

When? Every Wednesday and Thursday from 28 March to 19 April

What Time? 12.15 – 1.15pm (EXCEPT Wednesday 11 April, which will start at 2.15pm)

Where? The Anderson Room, top floor of the Library

There will also be a webinar at 4pm on Thursday 5 April.

To book, visit our website

To discuss revision and exam strategies, you can also make a one-to-one appointment with a member of our Effective Learning team.

Dubai: email Allyson Noble at a.noble@hw.ac.uk

Malaysia: email Stella Galimpin at s.galimpin@hw.ac.uk

UK and IDL students: email LibHelp@hw.ac.uk or book using the online calendar

 

IT Service Upgrades – Office 365 and VPN

IT Service upgrades

What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.
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The entrance to the Library has changed and is now to the left of the usual main entrance.  There are signs pointing to the new temporary entrance.

route to GCW entrance

Access to Floor 1, Floor 2 and Floor 3 is possible by going along the ground floor corridor and up the main stairs.  The lift is also available – this lift is will be refurbished in the next phase of the project as it is outdated for the number of people using it.
We apologise for any inconvenience – we are working to make access to the Library more accessible and also working on how to open up more areas within the building which are currently staff areas.  This will provide more accessible toilet facilities.
The main entrance will be back in use in Summer 2018.

Construction work is underway on Floor 1 of the Library.
The Service Desk and cafe are fully operational and there are some study spaces in the service Desk area.
Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

There will be some noise disruption but we will try to minimise this as much as possible.  Ear plugs are available at the Service Desk.

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2

 

Reduced opening hours of Library – Friday 26th January (Edinburgh Campus)

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.

Changes to IEEE referencing style

IEEE have revised their referencing style.  The updated style can be found on our subject guides at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/ld.php?content_id=31489650

The key difference is when you use et al.  IEEE uses et al. in reference lists when items have many authors: you should now use et al. if an item has six or more authors (rather than three or more.)

The updated style also includes instructions on how to reference more types of online resources, including eBooks, journal articles and conference proceedings.

Happy New Year 2018!

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All our campus libraries are closed today.

See Library opening hours  for details of when each library opens again.

Look forward to seeing you again after the holidays.