Preparation for Autumn examinations

Many students are in the position of having to prepare for resit examinations this summer. Each year many academic, support and Library staff provide assistance and advice to such students to ensure as much as possible that they are able to get back on track academically. A number of new initiatives  are directly aimed at students in this position, particularly those in first year.

All first year students are enrolled on a Blackboard module entitled "1213-TLC100  The Learning Centre". This provides access to Palgrave-McMillan's "skills4study" resources and we are delighted to announce that a new set of materials has now been added to this which covers Revision Skills;

Student Services are currently organising a series of events the week of 10th –12th July 2013 on "Steps for Success in  the Autumn Exams". These all take place in room 2112 in Block E (old Engineering building). Matt Doran of Student Services has emailed this information to first year students and the details are:

  • Students of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies  (Surnames beginning A to M)Wednesday,  July 10th - 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Students of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies  (Surnames beginning N to Z):Wednesday, July 10th -  2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Students of the Colleges of Engineering and Informatics  and Science, Thursday, July 11th - 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Students of the College of Medicine, Nursing  and Health Sciences, Thursday, July 11th - 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Students of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law, Friday, July 12th - 10.00am to 1.00pm

If you are anxious or worried, we recommend that you contact the Student Counselling Service (Tel. 091-492484), the Student Health Unit (Tel. 091- 492364) or the Student Services Health Promotion Officer (091-492408). Service is available Monday to Friday, 09.15 to 17.00 hours, is free of charge and entirely confidential. We are also providing an Exam De-stress Programme (A range of relaxing therapies to help you be calmer and more focussed). More information on this is available at

If you are in financial hardship and have difficulties in meeting the expenses associated with taking the Autumn Examinations, an application for assistance can be made to the Financial Aid Fund:

In addition, many academic staff advise such students of what some of the 'classic errors' made during their first diet of examinations were, so that they can avoid common pitfalls and engage in effective, active study during the summer.

Blackboard is still available for student communication and in many ways can come into its own during this period when students are geographically dispersed.