Exams


We've broken down your exams & assessments into 4 areas:

 

Before

 

  • If you’re having problems revising and preparing for an exam, ask for help.  Talk to your Tutor or the lecturers to see if they have any advice for you. 
  • Don’t leave yourself without time to study.  If it’s too late for that and you’re cramming, then listen to your body and rest when you need to.  Otherwise you’re risking burn-out.
  • Don’t use drugs (prescription or illegal) to help you stay awake or alert for study and when doing your assignments.  It’s not healthy and in the long run your work will suffer.
  • Try not to panic before the exam.  Stay away from anyone who is stressing or revising frantically, they’ll only make you feel nervous too.
  • Take regular breaks, get some fresh air and exercise: apart from helping you to relax it’s also good for the brain – and get enough sleep.
  • Practice answering questions from previous exam papers as if they were the real thing and time yourself so that you can complete the papers within the allotted time.
  • Don't overdo caffeine (especially energy drinks or caffeine tablets) - it can cause heart palpitations and panic attacks.
  • Eat well (especially complex carbohydrates), sleep well and don't use alcohol to relax as it interferes with sleep (that deep sleep that is so refreshing and necessary when studying).
  • Try to keep things in perspective. Grades are not a measure of your value as a human being, nor do they measure intelligence or creativity.
  • Confirm the time and location of your exam hall the day before and on the morning of the exam as on occasion the location of an exam may change for operational reasons.
  • Look up public transport times so that you know how much time needed to get to the venue (which may be located away from your campus), plan to arrive at least 10 mins before the start time.
     

During

 

  • If you are late you can only be admitted within 30 mins of the start. In exceptional circumstances and provided that no other students sitting the same paper has left the exam you may be admitted later, this is at the discretion of the Exams Officer. In this instance, you won’t be allowed any extra time.
  • Make sure you have your student card to enter the exam hall. Passport and Age Card is also accepted.
  • Make sure you sign the Attendance Form when requested by the Invigilator, and leave your Student ID Card in a visible position on your desk
  • Don’t have your mobile phone or any other electronic devices e.g. smart watches on your person like a while in the exam hall. Follow the instructions from the Supervisor about placing your phone (switched off) face down on the floor. Failure to do so can land you in trouble as the Regulations are very specific about this. Saying you didn’t know is not an excuse.
  • If your exam requires a calculator, make sure it’s from the approved list from the Exams Office. Make sure to bring a couple of pens with you; preparation is key!
  • If you think you have been given the wrong exam paper it is important that you notify the Invigilator immediately so that this can be rectified. If this causes a delay you will be given the same amount of time at the end to make up for it.
  • The Regulations state that you are not allowed to leave in the first half an hour of an exam, so if even if you think you haven’t a hope take that time to read the questions a few times and you might get inspired and be able to complete the paper.  
  • Do not put your name on your answer book(s) but ensure your exam number is on all the books you use. Make sure you follow the instructions printed on the exam paper and on the answer book.
  • Any ‘rough work’ should be included in the answer book and identified as such.
  • Make sure you are seated where you can view a clock if you’re not allocated a specific seat or otherwise bring in a watch.
  • You are not allowed to leave the hall within the final half an hour of the exam, so if you finish early you should use that time wisely by reading through your answers and making any final corrections.
  • You are not allowed to remove an answer book from the Exam Hall.
  • You can find all the rules and regulations about exams on the www.tudublin.ie website.
  • If you need any advice or support, pop into any Students’ Union Office to chat with one of our Student Advisors or email advice@tudublinsu.ie.
     

After

 

  • Once the exams and deadlines are over you should Relax – you deserve it!
  • Don’t do a post-mortem with your mates; this is a waste of time and you could end up stressed if you hear how others have said they answered the questions. When the results are published you can discuss with the relevant academic staff.
  • Check your TU Dublin email to find out when the results are available – there isn’t one release date for all students. If you have difficulties with the email/login get in touch with your local Exams office or Students’ Union Advice Office.
  • After the results are published you should view your scripts and ask for feedback– even if you are pleased with the outcome, it’s always useful and it’s your right as per the TU Dublin City Campus General Assessment Regulations. 
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  • Watch out for the Viewing of Examination Scripts is being aware of the DEADLINES; Each school publish dates for the viewing of exam scripts and provision of feedback, this shall normally be scheduled within FOUR DAYS of the publication of results. Check on the examinations website for publications date or drop into any of the Students’ Union Advice office and talk to your local Student Advisor.