WTF (*or What the Fuck*) is “Exam Season”?

UCDSU’s guide to making the most of your exams.

 

That’s it, Week 12 has been and go. Whether you’re a fresh faced first year whose never done exam in university before or a final year student whose seen it all before, this guide is your go to for reminders about all the services your SU provides during the Christmas Exams at UCD! 

 

Have you worked out where and when you're going to study? Did you hear about the Free breakfast mornings this week?

 

Read on and let this guide be your one stop shop for all things exams!

PRE-EXAMS

Free UCDSU Breakfasts

Between December 7th and 11th UCDSU will be giving out free food to fuel your study. Think rice cakes, flapjacks and fredos! Food will be available from 8:30 am and when its gone its gone! Remember that you can now bring coffee and tea into the library so long as its in a reusable and secure container, so why not grab one from our SU shops for a full breakfast experience?

EXAM SUPPORTS STAND (14th - 18th Dec & 21st – 23rd) SU RECEPTION 

 

We have no RDS and Newman exam rooms, whether it a good thing you decide! We do miss giving you free stuff, lending you calculators and positive vibes before you go into your exam.

We however have set up an alternative. We have a physical stand in our reception area with snacks and stationery for you to take, a Sabbatical Officer will also be behind a glass screen in reception and available to talk.

We also have an online zoom event you can pop in to chat to an officer.

Zoom Link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85152847534?pwd=MDlhbzJqQmRaYW9yTmZNQkhiekxsdz09  
Meeting ID: 851 5284 7534 
Passcode: 309488 

Open hours of both are 9:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Studying on campus

UCD have set up bookable study spaces you can use for your exam and for studying. Use this link for the Booking Page: https://ucd.libcal.com/r  

You can currently book a space in :

  • James Joyce Library  

  • Health Science Library 

  • Veterinary Library  

  • Richview Library 

  • Blackrock library 

  • Rendezvous 2 

  • Clinton Auditorium (1st Floor) 

  • L107 James Joyce Library Building 

  • Building 71 

  • UCD Student Centre (Just Café Brava at the minute) 

Estates will be opening their 152 bookable study spaces earlier from 8.30am from now until the end of exams (these are on the library booking system) 

The Library is increasing the number of bookable slots from 2 two hour slots to 2 four hour slots so that students can remain longer in the library, to accommodate those who might wish to sit their online exams in the space. Further details are posted on the library website.

Studying on Saturday

The James Joyce Library will be open on four Saturdays, (10.00-18.00) 28 Nov, 5, 12, 19 December.

 

There will be no desk services. Booking details will be posted on library website soon 

Estates have opened Building 71 on Saturdays, 8.00-18.00 (it is on the Library booking system) and have made a number of other spaces available on Saturdays. 8.00-18.00.

 

All study space will be posted on the Library and other pertinent websites.

Plan out your exam

It is important to reduce your stress on the day of exam by planning out your exam beforehand.

 

There are things that you need to think about:

  • Where are going to do your exam? Will it be at home or will you do it on campus.

  • How is your exam being held? is it a written exam you upload or a MCQ online.

  • Is it open or closed book exam ? Do you understand the honesty code you have to sign? Unsure about either email the lecturer.

  • What is the timeframe you need to get it done? Start time is at a certain time or anytime you chose in a 24 hour period. Timed or just submitted during set time.

  • If there is an issue during the exam do you email the lecturer or do you write on a discussion board.

  • Bookmark the page the exam is on so not spending precious minutes navigating bright space

  • If you have to upload in certain format whether it be a document needs converted into a pdf or you need to use a scanner app on your phone. Test it now rather than during the exam potentially  missing the upload deadline due to technical issues.

Doing your exam at home - things to plan day before:

  • Where you are going to set up for the period of the exam.

  • Make sure to let your family or housemates know you have an exams so they know not to disturb you.  

  • Test your WiFi works from where plan to set up.

Doing your exam on campus? Plan the following:

  • What buses will bring you in, remember there is reduced bus capacity so plan get an earlier bus

  • Book a study space a few days before as the slots are booked up fast

Looking after yourself before, during and after exams

Please remember that exams are not the be all end all of your life and that UCDSU is here to support you in any way we can.

 

If you notice that you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break. Breathe, Eat, Rest.

 

You can reach out to the SU Welfare Officer Ruairi at welfare@ucdsu.ie. and Hannah, your Education Officer at education@ucdsu.ie.

Equally, look out for each other. That person finishing up a marathon cramming session at the same time as you, could be your new best mate - ask them how they are getting on. As it get darker earlier and when you’ve finished your study for the day don’t forget you can always call Campus Services on 01 716 7999 and request the UCD Walk Safe Service. A security officer will be assigned and will meet with you at the location you have specified.

 

Good luck!

POST-EXAMS

Well done on getting through the last semester and your exams! Getting your results can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. If you ever have any questions about your results or what to do next you can always send us an email or call into our offices for a chat! In the meantime, this guide has been put together to answer the most common questions about exam results, appeals, repeats and GPA's.

Provisional Results

All Assessment Key Dates, including provisional results can be found HERE

There are no provisional results this year. Due to this, we recommend two things:

  • If you are unhappy the way an assignment was graded appeal it informally with the lecturer.

  • If you are going through anything at the moment that is affecting your ability to study or something happens on the day of the exam put in an Extenuating circumstances application as soon as possible

Appeals

If you are still dissatisfied with your exam results you can then file an appeal on specific grounds within 20 working days of the final results being published. You will be required to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining the grounds for appeal and providing evidence to support your case. If applicable you may need to provide an original medical certificate.

You can appeal your final grade on two grounds:

1. Procedural Irregularity

 Evidence of an irregularity in the conduct of the assessment process.

Improper conduct of assessment e.g. errors on the examination paper, unclear or misleading assessment instructions, or inappropriate assessment conditions.

Deviation from published module assessment strategy and grading criteria.

University regulations, policies and procedures were not adhered to.

 2. Extenuating Circumstance

If there were extenuating circumstances that your Programme Board was aware of but had rejected because the application was late and the P.B. did not consider the reason why the application was late to be valid.

 A prior circumstance emerged of which the Programme Board was not aware.

HOW TO APPEAL You can download the academic appeals form HERE

What if I fail?

3. Repeat

You can register to the module again when it is next offered.

 

How? Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB.

 

Cost: €230 per module

4. Resit

If a repeat is not offered in the semester directly following you may have to take a resit. How? Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB. To check whether your module offers a resit, use the course search facility on the UCD website to find your module and look at the “What Happens If I Fail” section of the module description.

 

Cost: €180 per module

Grades/GPA Values

  • A+ 4.2

  • A 4.0

  • A- 3.8

  • B+ 3.6

  • B 3.4

  • B- 3.2

  • C+ 3.0

  • C 2.8

  • C- 2.6

  • D+ 2.4

  • D 2.2

  • D- 2.0

  • E 1.6*

  • F 1.0

  • G 0.4

  • NG 0.0

Modular Grades Explained:

*Anything under a grade point average value of 2.0 is a failing grade

GPA Greater to or equal to 3.68 1st Class Honours (1:1)

From 3.08 to 3.67 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 (2:1)

From 2.48 to 3.07 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 2 (2:2)

From 2.00 to 2.47 inclusive Pass

A Semester GPA will be automatically calculated for you at the end of each semester for the modules taken in that semester. You can view a breakdown of your results if you click into the module SISWEB when viewing your results. This will provide you with a breakdown of the grade you scored in each assessment component of the module.

Save or print your grades as soon as possible because they will disappear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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