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Destined to revise on the floor? Maybe not…

In my last blog, I gave you some tips for revision – and since then, we’ve updated our Education page on the SUSU website to give you a whole list of useful resources for you to use, covering essay writing, revision, dissertations and reading tips, so check them out!

But there’s still one problem – where do you work?

If, like many people, you can’t revise at home or you need books, you will want to work in the Library, but each year, demand for seats in the Library exceeds supply, meaning you might be wondering where else there is, other than the floor. Well, having worked with the University, I have booked a series of rooms for students to use around campus specifically for revision purposes – you WILL NOT be kicked out of them!

Click on the photo for a list of rooms – or just look in your revision pack if you were able to collect one from the Library or SUSU reception!

In short – the Murray Building (B58), SUSU, and Avenue Campus have an array of rooms open throughout the revision period, as well as other computer rooms. Seminar rooms at Avenue Campus will have timetables posted on their noticeboards telling you when they are free – and for those of you who haven’t ever ventured there – there are a lot of empty rooms, so now’s a good time to check it out!

Also – don’t forget that SUSU’s Safety Bus service will be running from outside the Union until 2am, all the way throughout exams, so do make sure you get home safe!

We’re also looking to collect data on what students most worry about during the exam period – and if you look in your revision packs, or in the Library foyer or SUSU reception, you will find circle flyers and boxes that we want you to give us your thoughts on – so please do!

As you may have realised, the University has been increasing the number of exams being conducted, which has put a strain on rooms available for revision purposes, which is why the main Geography and Murray Building Computer rooms were not able to be booked, as well as a number of lecture theatres. Looking at whether exams are the way to go in terms of assessing students, is something I am looking into – so if you have any thoughts, please do comment or email me directly.

Finally, revision space has been an issue for years now, so I should quickly comment on what’s been done to improve that around campus.

The Library was last extended in 2005, costing over £11m, which is why it’s not an immediately viable option. There is, however, scope to work on the efficient use of space within the Library, and over the next few months I will be looking to get involved in a building Master Plan for the Library, to try and maximise space.

I’ll also be working with the University Timetabling team to make sure there are more revision spaces around campus definitely booked in the short term. Again, if you have any comments, please write them below or email me at vpacademic@soton.ac.uk

Good luck for the next few weeks and see you on the otherside!

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7 Comments on "Destined to revise on the floor? Maybe not…"

  1. Sasha
    Charlie
    09/01/2012 at 12:18 am Permalink

    One problem though, if we need a library book, that is often for ‘library use only’ as most are taken out.. We can only use them in the library, and can’t use these extra rooms?

  2. Sasha
    Sasha
    09/01/2012 at 12:40 am Permalink

    Hi Charlie, thanks for the question – that situation is one of the few that puts a spanner in the works – not everyone will be able to use the extra space in every situation… Hopefully though, more people who dont need those sorts of books will go elsewhere to revise if they can, meaning the library is more accessible for those who definitely need it. Its not a perfect solution – but its one that will hopefully make revision a bit more pleasant.

    Also, the best thing to do regarding a particular book is to mention that text to your Course Rep, and have them see if they can get more copies put in the library (your Lecturer might have a copy themselves as well)

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    Will
    09/01/2012 at 1:06 pm Permalink

    Where do you get this revision pack you speak of?

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    Lyndsey
    09/01/2012 at 2:42 pm Permalink

    It’s good that the meeting room 1 and 2 are free. The only slight problem is that meeting room 2 has a band practice above it right now that is so loud you can barely hear yourself think. Not good if you forget your headphones

  5. Sasha
    Sasha
    09/01/2012 at 3:06 pm Permalink

    Will – there was a slight delay in packing them – they will be out tomorrow at the Library and SUSU reception. We’re staggering them across the week to give everyone a fair chance as well, so if they’re out tomorrow, they’ll be available the next day

    Lyndsey – bugger. Band certainly weren’t booked in there before, I think it was a last minute thing. I’ll notify the Venues team who book out the rooms and ask them not to! Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Sasha
    Holly
    14/01/2012 at 5:45 pm Permalink

    Are these rooms available on Saturday and Sunday too?

  7. Sasha
    Sasha
    15/01/2012 at 10:47 pm Permalink

    Hi Holly, sorry for the delay – the rooms should be open… will check. This is probably a bit late as well…

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