Are you feeling exam ready?

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Would you like some handy tips to get you going?

Look no further, we can help get you started here…

  • How do you like to study – in slience? Which library? Do you prefer to be warmer or cooler?

Take a look at the library study options available as well as topics on the ‘you say, we say’ pages on the ‘have your say’ site

Top tip – if you’re studying in a silent or quiet areas and you have ‘noisy neighbours’ you can report disturbances from Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm via library chat

Comments are passed to security who will go and walk round the reported area and talk to anyone if necessary.

Between 5pm and 9am and weekends (and any other time if you prefer), please report directly to security staff at Reception desks. They are available 24/7

 

  • Are you likely to study overnight?

You need food for the brain and plenty of hydration! There are water fountains situated on each floor of Adsetts and on the ground floor at Collegiate. There are new vending machines in both libraries or remember to bring your own snacks.

Top tip – fill up your drinks containers or top up snacks for free, there’s hot water available 24/7 in café areas.

 

  • Need to brush up on your exam skills – on your own or with others?

Here are the top 10 exam tips! on the Bridge

Check out the Exam Resources on the Bridge

Top tip – want more? Try the brand new Exam and Revision workshop – you can book via the Bridge booking page

 

  • Know where you’re going and what you need?

Top tip find out all you need to know on the Exam Information page on shuspace

 

  • Finally – remember to take a break!

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked so it’s very important to look after yourself. Healthy Hallam explains the 5 ways to wellbeing

Top tips – when we asked students to share their thoughts on how to cope during stressful times, here’s what they said…

‘keep calm and utilise the universities resources’

‘always talk to someone if you feel you can’t cope with work’

‘manage your time well and make sure you still have some fun’

‘set time aside to de-stress’

‘allow time for yourself, mental health is really important’

GOOD LUCK!

Borrow a Chromebook!

keyboard-943748__340We understand the pressures of trying to find free PCs during busy periods. To help manage this we’re trialling a new service where you can borrow a Chromebook while you’re studying in the library.

The new Chromebook loan service starts 

11.30am Monday 13 February

You’ll find them

At Adsetts – near the main stairs on level 3

At Collegiate – in the main room on the ground floor C001

Chromebooks are different to traditional laptops and many students find them better for studying than laptops or PCs. They’re faster connecting to the internet, working with files online and also have a longer battery life.They can be used for printing in the University and will work with USB memory sticks.

They are great devices for many types of work but don’t contain the full suite of  software and can’t be taken out of the library.

Advantages of Chromebooks

  • faster start up times (there’s no Chromebook-image-2software installed – all applications work in the cloud)
  • 8 hour battery life
  • saving happens automatically so you won’t lose your work if something happens to the computer and you don’t need to use a memory stick to store files
  • you can easily pick up where you left off working if you change to another device
  • you’ll be able to use the Office 365 Online Apps (like Word, Excel, OneNote and OneDrive) and your SHU Google Apps as well as other cloud-based software
  • easy access to shuspace/blackboard and the Library Gateway

Advantages of laptops

  • there’s more software installed and you can use AppHub
  • laptops have the full version of Microsoft Office installed which supports more features than the online version
  • better for complex documents which include equations, graphics etc
  • you can take them out of the library (Chromebooks need to stay in the library)
  • you can borrow some laptops for up to 7 days

More information about the Chromebook loan service

Give them a try and tell us what you think!

As Sherlock would say…

silent quoteIt’s exam time for many of you and we’d like to remind you about the best areas to study if like Sherlock to need a bit of peace and quiet to concentrate…

Everyone likes a different environment and if you happen to be one of those that cherishes the silence – here are the best places to study…

At Adsetts

There is a silent study room on level 2 or there’s a quiet study room on level 4

At Collegiate library

The silent study room is on the first floor, you’ll find it to your left in the quiet study room. There is another quiet study room on the ground floor in the foyer area too

Please help us to keep the silent areas silent – it really is crucial for some!

If you need to report a disturbance between 9am – 5pm you can do this online via chat. Library staff will alert security staff who will come and walk round the reported area. From 5pm to 9am (and at any other times if you prefer), please tell security staff at the Reception desks about any disturbances, again they will come and have a walk round or talk to anyone as necessary.

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Meet Toni!

She’s one of our team of new ‘roving’ staff already helping students! roving

From Monday 31 October, we’re trialling a new roving service available on our library floors until the end of semester one.

At Adsetts the team will be out and about on level 4 and at Collegiate they will be working on the ground floor and first floor.

They can support a range of services including

  • your library questions
  • self-service – issue/return and print top up machines
  • library gateway/catalogue including directing more complex queries to the Helpdesk
  • printing and photocopying
  • directional queries
  • MyPC bookings

So if you’re stuck at a printer, can’t locate that book, need help booking a pc etc – keep a look out for them!

We’ll let you know how the trial goes.

Our 3 step guide to getting exam ready!

1. How can I prepare?

There are Exam Success workshops throughout April as well as bitsize exam preparation sessions, find out more here, from the 18th – 22nd  April which include

  • Get exam ready
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  • Exam wellbeing drop in
  • How to make revision notes
  • Exam wellbeing
  • Memory tips for exams

2. Where are the best places to study?

If it’s peace and quiet your after there are a variety of places in both libraries

In Adsetts definition 1

  • Silent study room, level 2
  • Quiet study area, level 2
  • Quiet study room, level 4

In Collegiate

  • Silent study room, first floor
  • Quiet study room, first floor
  • Quiet study room, ground floor

3. Make sure you know before you go!

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Find out what ID you need, what you can take into exams, venues locations and lots more – it’s all here on shuspace

What you can get help with and where…

There are a variety of ways you can get help whether you’re at home, on placement, live outside Sheffield, or even upstairs in the library!

What… can you ask us about?

  • borrowing from libraries and your borrower accounts
  • logging in and using SHU IT systems
  • using Microsoft Office software
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • finding and using materials for your assignments
  • referencing
  • using library services and facilities eg booking PCs and group spaces
  • referrals to other and specialist services

Where… you can go to get help!

  • chat – useful at home, on placement, if you live at a distance, or even in the library

Chat for library support (including supporting users of IT systems and equipment in libraries) 24/7/365 – with our staff during daylight hours and university library colleagues in the US overnight

Chat for IT support 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri

  • Helpdesks

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If you’re in Adsetts or Collegiate, check out the library Helpdesk – opening hours on shuspace.

 

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There are also IT Help Points located in Harmer and the Atrium at Heart of the Campus – opening hours are 8.45am-4.45pm (from 10am Weds).

 

Don’t get stuck – ask us!

Countdown to Christmas no. 8 – need a PC to study?

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If you’re planning to come and study in the libraries over the Christmas holidays, you can take your pick of PCs!  Most people will be going away from Sheffield for a few weeks, so there’ll be lots of individual PCs, group booths, meeting rooms and more for you to use.

Have a look on the What study spaces are available? shuspace page to find out more about the places you can work and where they are in the libraries.

Remember: if you’ve got a favourite PC, you can book it in advance.

Help us spread the word – follow and retweet our countdown messages @shu_library on Twitter. The first person to retweet each day can win one of 12 goodie bags and they’re ready to go…

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Coming soon – A brand new Skills Hub at the Adsetts Centre

This month, the area above the café in the Adsetts Library is being transformed into a Skills Hub, a centre for skills support and advice.

In order to get this work done, we have closed the space for the whole of December.

You can st20151202_094736_resizedill access the Visual Resources Room until 7th December, using the stairs at the rear of the café ( next to the Costa machine ). However, this service will be moving down to level 3 on 8th December and will reopen on 9th December in room 3.05. The filing cabinets containing the slide collection, have moved to The Stack on level 1.

Building work will start early next week, once the area has been cleared, and we hope to have this new vibrant learning space open ready for the New Year.

 

 

 

Log in or lose it!

What’s that about logging in?

If you book a space in the libraries, like a meeting room or group booth, make sure you log in to the PC.  If you don’t, your booking will expire and other people will be able to book the space instead and ask you to move.  So, even if you’re working on your own laptop and not using the library PC, make sure you log in to it anyway!

Group work

Do you really need all that space?

It’s worth thinking, especially if you’re working on your own: do you actually need a meeting room or group booth?  They’re the most popular spaces in the libraries and there are often lots of people doing group work who need them. If you’d be alright using a table or an individual PC, please be a lovely human being and do that instead.

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You may also be interested in: What study spaces are available?

Keep it down!

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We know there are times when you need proper silence – absolutely no noise – to get things done.  Working on an essay, revising for an exam, thinking how to word something, they all require epic concentration.

We’ve got areas of the learning centres dedicated to silent study.  Look for these posters…

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Silent study is on Level 2 at Adsetts, behind the glass partition, and on the first floor at Collegiate Learning Centre.

Whatever you do, please don’t settle down in a silent area if you need to talk to a friend or work in a group.  You’ll make lots of other people unhappy!  Instead, book a PC or meeting room.