Sitting exams and completing assessments can be very stressful. This is a core part of the academic process and designed for you to show your knowledge and understanding the subject matter.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the semester 2 Exams taking place and where can I get my Exam timetables?
Exams timetables for semester two are now published on the website at this link If you have any queries you can phone the general examinations number 01 2206001, (open between 9am and 7pm)
Alternatively, you can email the Exams Office in your campus location:
Exams timetables for semester two are now published on the website at this link.
If you are expecting to sit any module that has not been scheduled on the timetable please contact the Examinations Office.
If you have a timetable clash, please complete the 'Exam Timetable Clash Form' - found here - and return it to the Examinations Office.
If you have any query, please contact the Exams Office at examinations.Tallaght@TUDublin.ie.
Students must contact their lecturer first to confirm the end of term assessment. Outstanding queries can then be directed to the School Office; contact details listed below.
If you have any queries, please contact the Exams Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm anxious about these Exams, who can I talk to?
Feeling stressed or worried about exams is a normal part of life for most students; the good news is that there is help available from the University Counselling services. If you click on these links you will find information on how to make an appointment to speak to someone to help you cope with your anxiety.
Can I get help from the Library?
TU Dublin Library Website: https://www.tudublin.ie/library/
Details of when the Library Services are available for students to book study are available at these links as well as useful information on what you can access remotely.
Where can I get past Exam papers?
Click on the following links to access previous exam papers from the Library Services:
I have personal issues (e.g. illness, bereavement, other unexpected difficulties) and I don’t think I am able to sit these Exams, what can I do?
You should contact your School to advise them and they will be able to go through options for you and for supports you can contact the Counselling Services as follows:
The broadband is very unstable where I am living now and I’m worried about being able to complete these exams, what can I do?
You should flag this in advance to the Exam Office and they will contact ICT services to see if there are any additional supports that can be put in place so that you will be able to complete your exams. If difficulties arise on the day you can document this on a Personal Circumstances Form. See the PC1 section for details.
Some of my exam times are clashing, what can I do?
You should contact the relevant Exam Office asap and they will be able to sort it out for you.
Blanchardstown students email email@example.com
City Campus students see information at this link City Campus Exams Offices (email only).
Tallaght students email firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I can’t upload my exam answers in time, what can I do?
You will need to alert the Exams Office by email straight away and explain in detail what the issue was, and they will be able to assist you further. -
I have a learning disability and want to make sure I have been allocated extra time and support for my Exams, how do I contact the Disability Office?
Contact details for the various Disability offices are as follows:
When will I get my Exam results?
Exam Results should be published before June 20th. TU Dublin Academic Calendar 2020/21
Students will be notified by e-mail to their student email account outlining the specific dates and times for release of exam results.
How can I calculate my GPA?
For Blanchardstown students the details are available here Blanchardstown Campus - GPA calculation and Tallaght students can get information here Tallaght Campus - GPA calculation. This system is not used in City Campus.
What will happen if I fail one of these Exams?
If that happens don’t worry too much, if you can. First of all get feedback from the lecturer on where you need focus to improve your marks next time.Remember that there’s the Repeat/Supplemental Exams in August.
Open Book Exams
So, what exactly are Open Book Exams?
Open Book Exams are either online or offline where you must submit the work in a specified timeframe. Offline exams are when you can download the exam questions or topics and are given a set period of time to complete the answers and then upload to Brightspace/Moodle or email back to the lecturer.
Online exams are where the class or group is issued the questions and given a specific time to answer and submit these online.
Both formats of exams will have a window of time within which you can access and start the exam. Be mindful of these times as you would if you were sitting an Exam on campus, be ON TIME and BE READY.
Open Book exams allow the use of notes, text books and any other materials that have been authorised by the lecturer (NOTE: check these out before you start as some devices and sources may be prohibited and if you use them it's a breach of the Assessment Regulations).
With Open Book Exams, preparation is key. Prepare your lecture notes / textbooks with post-it’s, whatever helps you to find the topics. Try not to have too many sources of information as you can lose valuable time if you have to check through lots of books.
Be familiar with technical terms used and understand what you're being asked.
Manage your time; it is just as important with Open Book Exams to plan how you will allocate time per question, key an eye on the clock like you would do if you were sitting in an Exam Hall in TU Dublin.
Don’t COPY or Plagiarise – this is a very important part of the Assessment Regulations, and as a student you have already committed to upholding the academic regulations when you registered, plus you may have to sign or consented to specific requirements issued by your School.
The TU Dublin School of Computing has created this handy video Guide to Open Book Exams and this also Open Book Exams - The Essential Ingredients: Planning and Time Management.
Check your environment and that you have all the information, stationery, etc ready to go.
Check your laptop etc. is charged, you have internet access etc.
Have a clock to hand or set a timer so you know how long you have left in the examination.
Make sure family/friends etc. are aware of your plans and time duration for the online exam and not to disturb you.
Ensure you are hydrated and have access to any required food for the duration.
Completing the paper:
Write your student number clearly on the top of every page. Tip: have these pre-written to give you extra time during the exam and so you don’t forget your student number on any pages)
Write the main question number (Q 1, 2, etc.) and section (a, b, c, etc.) clearly.
For help with Creating PDFs of Handwritten Solutions see TU Guide to Capture and Processing Hand-written scripts to an electronic format
Top Tips to help you Before/During/After Exams
Organising your time and workspace:
We have compiled some useful tips to help you plan your revision effectively and get through the exams in a positive frame of mind!
Coping with Exam Stress
Breathe, you’ll get through this.
Make a study plan, prioritise the exams you have first. Focus on key areas or topics based on hints given throughout the year and by looking at previous exam papers. This will give you an idea of what the questions will look like and which ones are popular. But don’t rely completely on topics that have come up regularly over the years to come up on your paper.
Look on YouTube for videos summarising any topics you’re struggling to wrap your head around, or just want to refresh your memory on. Try and find podcasts discussing your topics covered and listen to whilst eating or on public transport. This will maximise your exposure before exams whilst allowing you to take ‘semi-breaks’.
Shorten down your own notes and put them on cue cards or post-it notes. Leave these around your room or study area. Ask people to quiz you on them.
Download the Quizlet app and input questions and answers. (This app does true or false, multiple choice and match up formats, which can actually make it fun to learn!). Test yourself at different periods throughout the day.
Practise on previous exam questions and writing answers in a similar environment to the exam halls. Distractions away, phones off.
Take regular breaks, drink plenty of fluids and have healthy snacks.
Have 3 meals a day and focus on brain food. Smoothies, soup, fruits and vegetables are your friends.
Try and get into a healthy sleep routine coming up to exams especially. Your brain will absorb more information and retain it better if you're well rested.
Make silly, funny (or even rude!) acronyms of important theorists, authors, methods etc.
E.g. Authors: Brown, Egan, Smith and Cullen - Brown Eggs Sell Cheese B, E, S, C. Write these acronyms down in your revision as soon as your exams begin and it will help jog your memory for different questions an hour into your exam.
Get exercise on some of your study breaks, even if it’s a walk to the shop. Spend some time outside, touch some trees!
The Night Before
Eat well, go over your summarised notes, bullet point essay plans.
Do some meditation. Use apps such as Headspace/Calm or listen to some nature sounds with your eyes closed. YouTube has some short meditations too which can help relieve stress on the body and mind.
If you normally do so, watch an episode of something before going to bed, or do some recreational reading. Get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Check you have everything you need, if your exam is on campus make sure you have enough cash / Leap Card, and that there's money on it, your student ID, pens - check they all work, calculator and any other tools you may need. If you're sitting online exams make sure your laptop is charged and your workspace is set up.
Wear comfortable clothes!
When You’re Finished
Don't dissect your paper after. What’s done is done and worrying about it will make no difference now. Do something relaxing or something you enjoy.
Remember, exam results and grades don't define who you are as a person. There are more important things in life than grades, but it’s still nice to do well and know you did your very best.
Try not to compare your grades with other’s. Your best can be very different to other people’s best.
Be kind to yourself, don't focus on what you could have done but instead on what you can do now. You got this!
When something goes wrong…the Personal Circumstances Form
Often unexpected serious personal issues can affect a student's academic progress, this can be a family situation, bereavement, health issues, accident, and you’re not able to study, attend class or do assessments. If this happens it is important you let the relevant academic staff know so this can be noted, if necessary, at the Exam Boards when your marks are being considered.
The Personal Circumstances Form (PC1) is the process by which you can describe your situation and also enclose independent supporting evidence from a Doctor, Counsellor, a Chaplain, or other professional. This must be sent to your Exams Office within three days of sitting your final exam or at the same time as an assignment is due.
This year the PC1 form has been amended so that you can use it to record any technical difficulties you encounter during your exams e.g. laptop issues, poor or unstable broadband connections.
Remember that it is not possible to submit a PC1 after your results are published.
You can access the PC1 Form here
Breaches of Exam / Assessment Regulations – ‘Plagiarism & Cheating’
The University must ensure that all student assessment, whether its exams, essays, assignments, projects, dissertations, practical work, lab tests etc is fair and that each student has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their learning to the best of their ability.
Where it is found that a student tries to gain an unfair advantage over others by various prohibited means it is considered ‘academic misconduct’. ‘Cheating’ and ‘Plagiarism’ are examples of academic misconduct and a breach of academic integrity. There is a whole raft of procedures that are applied if it is suspected that this may have taken place.
What is Plagiarism and how to Avoid it
Plagiarism is broadly defined as “taking or using another person's thoughts, writings or inventions as your own.”
Check out the following links:
Steps to take when Doing an Assignment:
Understand the assignment: Before you begin to read any secondary material make sure that you understand the assignment and what your lecturer is asking you to do. Once you have an idea of what you want to explore or research it will be easier to focus on finding suitable secondary material which will help you to emphasise your points.
Understand the source material: If you understand something, you will have far more freedom to select what material you need to make your point and put it in your own words. The more the essay is in your own words, the less likely it is to mirror the original text without quotations and result in plagiarism. Do this by reviewing each page or paragraph and ask yourself ‘What is this about? What is the point here? How is the writer/artist/academic making this point?’ Without looking at the original source, write out your understanding of the points, then take the relevant ones for your essay or project.
Use the correct referencing system: This is the one set out by your lecturer, in your Student Handbook or the brief for the assessment. If in doubt, ask for their advice. Check it consistently throughout your work, and cross-check again before submitting.
Reference material as you go: So, when you’re writing instead of putting everything on the page and referencing afterwards, we recommend that you always note your sources as you go. This way you will avoid forgetting to source something, losing the tab, page, or paragraph the material came from, or citing the wrong source. This will also help when revising your work before submission. If you cannot do this for any reason, then at least keep a checklist of all your references with details of the website URL/article name/page number/paragraph and any other relevant information.
Have your sources at the ready when you proofread: You could decide to re-word something and it’s important to have the source close by so you can quickly check back on it and ensure you are not closely mimicking the text.
Give yourself time: If you’ve ever written an essay up to the hour of the submission deadline, you’ll know how tempting it is to just copy and paste material in a rush. This increases your chances of plagiarism as you may (accidentally or on purpose) hurry and leave out quotation marks, or not cite the reference.
Use the Academic Writing Centre: If you’ve used the correct referencing system, you’ve checked a few things you were unsure of with your lecturer, you’ve proofread it, but you’re still a bit confused or just want to be extra safe, you book a one-on-one appointment with the Academic Writing Centre and bring your work in for review. They provide some useful Academic Writing Resources.
Cheating & How to Avoid it
If you are caught copying another student’s work, or with notes in your pocket/writing on your hand, or with a phone on your person at an exam it is considered ‘cheating’ and is an example of academic misconduct.
The way to avoid it is to ensure that you don’t do it!
It is your responsibility to ensure you don’t access any prohibited materials during an online exam or have any in your possession during an on-campus exam. Saying you forgot or didnt remember to put your study notes / phone away, that it was a mistake or that you were in a hurry is not considered an acceptable reason.
Never, ever, knowingly plagiarise or cheat, it is not worth it. You will cost yourself time, good grades, potential stress, and in extreme cases - your qualification.
You can find more information on TU Dublin’s procedures for suspected cases of plagiarism, cheating or other forms of unfair practice in the Blanchardstown Regs, City Campus Regs and the Tallaght Campus Regs .
If you have been accused of breaching any of these Regulations you can contact us Advice@tudublinsu.ie and we will be able to advise you on the procedures, attend Enquiry meetings with you and ensure that you are treated fairly at all times.
If you’re feeling anxious and need to talk through your situation in more detail or would like professional help you can always contact the TU Dublin Counselling Service and the TU Dublin Student Health Centres.