Surrey Love is your Union's campaign to support you through exams. We know that exam periods can be stressful for students so we are here for you, to help you achieve your full potential through exams. Running free wellbeing sessions, revision tips and top tips for exam success, our Surrey Love provides students with practical advice and guidance through January exams, Summer exams and Late Summer Assessments.
Our academic advice team are also on hand to provide advice and guidance on Extenuating Circumstances. You can find out more here or, check below for our EC drop-in times! Our advisers can help support you in your EC and advise on if you have grounds and, which EC to apply for!
Scroll to the bottom of the page for our Top Tips on avoiding Academic Misconduct or plagiarism!
Download your January 2021 Revision Planner here: Surrey Love Exam Planner Jan 2021.pdf
Our academic advice team are running EC Drop Ins through January to support students in their EC applications. If you have any questions or queries, then get in touch by attending a drop in or emailing email@example.com
You can find more information on ECs here
Extenuating circumstances drop in:
Drop ins through January 2021 will run on Zoom and you can find the link on the @Surreyunion Instagram stories the morning of the drop in. Cant find it? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout January (From 4th Jan - 30th January 2021) from 10.30am - 12pm
Chat with an academic advisor for independent advice and guidance on your ECs.
Surrey Love Events:
Tea, Toast and Talk: The Hive
Don't you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Join Aaron and the Sabbs for FREE BREAKFAST to kick-start your day right. With coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, pastries and fruit, you are sure to get your revision off to a great start with us. Come say hello and grab some free breakfast.
Wednesday 11th and 20th January, 10am - 12.30pm in the Hive
Virtual Coffee, Cake and Chat: Zoom
Join our online Zoom chat for a friendly chat with our VP Support and other students. Take a break from revision, grab a cup of tea or coffee and meet new people.
Every Friday throughout January at 11am - midday on Zoom.
Check out the @surreyunion Instagram stories the morning of Tea, Toast and Talk for the Zoom link or email email@example.com
Avoiding Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct:
The University take plagiarism very seriously, and if you are caught to have plagiarised then you may be asked to attend a meeting with the University to discuss your work. If you have been asked to attend a meeting, you can click here to find out more.
You can avoid plagiarism for your online exams by:
Having your own notes:
Making sure your notes are your own prevents you from repeating words or phrases that may have come from another source. Sometimes students unknowingly write the exact phrasing from a source down (such as a lecture, text book or article) and forget to paraphrase their notes.
Check your work, check it another time and then check it again!
The more the work is your own words, the less likely you are to copy and paste the same text.
It can be tempting to check the group WhatsApp or check in on your housemate downstairs who is doing the same exam. But the University have ways of detecting if you have worked with someone else - it isn't just TurnitIn scores that can indicate plagiarism or collusion. You never know, a colleague could put the answers in the group WhatsApp, and if you check it you could be questioned by the University/
Don't get caught out, work alone and don't be tempted to communicate with others who are taking the same exam, in the whole of the 24 hour window.
Reference properly (if you have been asked to do so):
Unlike "normal" exams, some exams (particularly 24hour exams) may ask you to reference. It is therefore important that you make references for your notes, and you know your referencing style so you can correctly reference in-text and at the end of your essay.
Unsure? Check with your lecturer or module leader.
Unsure on referencing? Get a meeting with Academic Skills and Development who can go through it with you (details on MySurrey)
Use your time wisely:
If you have been given two hours for an examination, then that is because your lecturers feel this is a sensible time to complete your examination. Whilst you may be an absolute whizz and be inclined to speed through, we would advise that you always carefully read the question, read it again and then check over your answers to make sure you are using your time wisely. Completing your exam too quickly could cause you to make silly mistakes.
If you have a 24 hour examination, make sure you give yourself enough time to check references at the end, check your paraphrasing and still leave enough time to submit your work.