Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we would like to make you aware of the services which are there to support you. The Student Channel also provides useful tips and advice on studying from home and to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Please remember to contact Library staff if there is anything we can help with.

24 hour opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 17, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 13, 2019.

Please note that there will only be swipe card access after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.

Also, in the run up to and during the exams Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be designated as a Silent Study Area across the whole floor. Please see our separate blog post for further details on this.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  Remember – no hot food allowed.
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

Silent Study: Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

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In response to student feedback for more quiet study space in the lead-up to and during exams Floor 5 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will be designated as a Silent Study area across the complete Floor. Our pilot “Silent Floor” trial will run from Monday 18 November until the end of exams on Friday 13 December.

Unfortunately, we are unable to adjust our noisy hand dryers, but during this period on Floor 5 please observe the following rules:

  • No discussions or conversations
  • No phone calls
  • Please go to the stairwells to make or take phone calls, or hold conversations

Additionally, we will have free earplugs available for anyone who wants them. These will be available at the Welcome Desk.

In addition to the pilot Silent Floor on Floor 5, our designated Silent Study rooms on Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the south side of the building will operate as normal. Note that laptops are not allowed in the Silent Study room on Floor 6 (Room 624) – this is the only space in TSDRL where this is the case.

Elsewhere in the building, we encourage all users to keep noise and conversations to a minimum. Library staff will be readily available throughout TSDRL to promote an environment conducive to study. Feedback and comments on the Floor 5 trial will be very welcome.

If you require space for group discussion and collaborative working have you considered booking a space across our different Libraries to support this? See our website for further details.

Please note that cleaning and hoovering will take place through the night on all floors, including Floor 5. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Revision Strategies and Exam Techniques

Are you making the best use of your time? What’s good to do in an exam? How do you make the most of your knowledge?

The Student Learning Service offers one-to-one sessions to help you with your revision and to discuss tips and hints for sitting exams.

To book an appointment for individual advice, please click this link and fill in the Appointment Request Form.

Maths Skills drop-in sessions are also currently running – to find out more about these sessions, email sls@abdn.ac.uk.

Please note that these sessions are not held in the Library.

Did you know about the Library’s collection of past exam papers?

With just a week until the start of the resit exam period, we would like to help you prepare for your exams by reminding you about the Library’s large online collection of past exam papers.

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You can search for past papers on Primo [http://primo.abdn.ac.uk/] or directly via DigiTool [https://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?RN=744382543], our digital materials database. As access to papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, you will be asked for your computer username and password. There are over 3,000 past exam papers in Word or PDF format covering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the University.
We do not have every past exam paper available, so if you cannot find an exam paper for a particular course, check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide copies of past exams.
For information on how to locate past papers in Primo, see the relevant library guide: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs007.pdf
A further guide to using DigiTool is available here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs006.pdf
Don’t forget that library staff are always happy to help you locate any resources you may need in preparation for your exams. Please ask a member of staff if you need help!

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we make you aware of the services which are there to support you. CluedUp provides the following advice to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Remember to speak to a member of staff if you need help with anything.

Maths drop-in sessions for exam preparation in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have.

You will be able to find her on Floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your questions.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Wednesday 24 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 25 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 26 April, 12:00 – 14:00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

24 hour opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday April 21, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 17, 2019.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  Remember – no hot food allowed.
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

Did you know about the Library’s collection of past exam papers?

With just a week until the start of the exam period, we would like to help you prepare for your exams by reminding you about the Library’s large online collection of past exam papers. 

classroom

You can search for past papers on Primo [http://primo.abdn.ac.uk/] or directly via DigiTool [https://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?RN=744382543], our digital materials database.  As access to papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, you will be asked for your computer username and password. There are over 3,000 past exam papers in Word or PDF format covering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the University.

We do not have every past exam paper available, so if you cannot find an exam paper for a particular course, check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide copies of past exams.

For information on how to locate past papers in Primo, see the relevant library guide: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs007.pdf

A further guide to using DigiTool is available here: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qgdbs006.pdf

Don’t forget that library staff are always happy to help you locate any resources you may need in preparation for your exams. Please ask a member of staff if you need help!

Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.