The examination period can be challenging, and your SU has a wide range of information available to help you, all the way from revision to getting your results and beyond.
No matter whether you are looking for a good study space, considering applying for extenuating circumstances, or want to know the dos and don’ts on the day, this section has the information you need.
You can also find out about the wide range of support services available at the Students’ Union and University who can help you.
Message from Anna, your Education Officer…
This time of the year always feels like it comes around too quick. And the dread can sometimes be overwhelming. But we’re here to tell you not to panic.
We’ve got loads of important information all compiled in one place to make your life easier. Whether it’s revision tips; how to access libraries away from university or extra study spaces on campus, we’ve got you covered.
The best thing you can do to minimise exam stress is to be prepared. It’s good to start thinking about what you need to do for exam season, before you go home for the holidays. Speak to your tutors about revision, and any assignments you might have. But if you don’t get the chance, staff may still be working after teaching has finished, so if you have any burning questions you can drop them an email.
Always remember to look after yourself, you can only do your best when you’re feeling your best.
If Things Go Wrong
When the exams don’t go completely to plan. Here are some of the most frequent concerns during the exam time, with advice about your options. For more help with any exam problems, the Student Advice Centre is open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00pm.
If you are not able to complete an exam because of illness you should submit an extenuating circumstances form and make sure you ask your doctor to provide medical evidence.
If you are caught with unauthorised notes/material during an exam you are likely to face disciplinary action for ‘use of unfair means in an examination’. Your department will need to speak to you and decide what action needs to be taken. It is likely that you will be refused credit for that exam, even if you did not actually use the notes.
If you think an exam paper was unfair or contained mistakes, rather than simply difficult, you might want to do something about this. It is worth speaking to the module leader or Head of Department to see if your concerns can be resolved informally. If that doesn’t work, you have the option of academic appeal or official complaint. Which one will depend on the outcome you hoping for. If you need help deciding what action to take, the Student Advice Centre can explore your options.
Don’t panic. It is really hard to know how you have done until your results have been published. But do ask your tutors for feedback then so you can learn from mistakes and build on your successes. Your results will include information about resitting any failed exams.
Zero Risk. Don’t Chance It
To make exams fair for everybody, the University has clear rules about what you can and cannot do in an exam. Breaking these rules, even unintentionally can lead to a mark of 0 so it is really important to understand what you can and cannot do.
No matter how worried you are about your exams, cheating is never the right answer. The consequences of getting caught are worse than a low pass or fail. If you get caught, you can expect to receive a grade of 0 for that exam or even the whole module. Where the cheating is regarded as more serious, your department may refer you to discipline committee for penalties ranging from the grade of 0 all the way to expulsion from the University. Cheating can put your whole degree at risk.
If you are worried about preparing for your exams, ask your department for help. Further support is available from 301: Academic Skills Centre.
Most people know that they shouldn’t take a phone into an exam, but did you know that smart watches are also not allowed? Expect a grade of 0 if you are found with either during an exam, even if it is switched off. To avoid any risk, leave your devices in your bag or in the envelope supplied by the invigilators.
It is your responsibility to make sure you don’t have any notes or annotations in dictionaries, permitted reference books or calculators. The invigilators will be checking for unauthorised material during the exam and the University will not accept ‘I didn’t know’, ‘I forgot’ or ‘It was approved by SSID’ as excuses.
Message from Katharine, your Welfare Officer...
It’s that time of year we all dread, exam season. Nothing we can say will make this time fun, but we can try and make it a little easier.
We’ve got loads of tips and resources for how to revise effectively, so that you get the most out of your time. Our study space tracker, mindfulness tips, and the study break pass, are all helpful tools you can use.
The most important thing is that you make sure you look after yourself. You won’t be able to revise properly if you aren’t taking care of your body and mind. My mantra is: eat well, sleep well, work well. Eat full, hot meals and try to get a proper night of rest. Take regular breaks and factor in time for doing non-work things like exercising or socialising with your housemates.
Take care of yourself, and figure out what works for you, and I promise these few weeks will be over soon!
Both the Students’ Union and University have support services that can help you manage the different pressures of exams. If you are worried about yourself, or a friend, you can contact them directly for support and advice.
- Student Advice Centre: 0114 222 8660 – advice on special circumstances, re-sits and appeals.
- Your department: it is important to let your department know if you are experiencing any difficulties.
- University Health Service: 0114 222 2100 – for general physical and mental health concerns. Doctors can make recommendations to the University about your exam arrangements.
- SAMHS: the University's first access point for any student wishing to access mental health support.
- Big White Wall: free online mental well-being support.
- Disability and Dyslexia Support Service: 0114 222 1303 - for help and advice about special exam arrangements and learning support needs arising from your disability.
- Central Welfare & Guidance: 0114 2224321 - for University support with urgent situations or personal difficulties.
- Nightline: 0114 222 8787 - listening service from 8pm till 8am.
- Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Service: 0114 222 8923
- Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 - confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day.