Galway Exams 101 

This semester we have developed a programme of exam supports to help you prepare for your upcoming exams. Galway Exams 101 covers a range of themes and offers Library Workshops, PodcastsCoffee Mornings an Exams Webinar, and online resources to ensure you have everything you need ahead of semester 1 exams. 

The Semester 1 examination session will run from December 4th to December 15th 2023. Exam timetables will be released on Thursday 9th November. You can find a link to your exam timetable here. Check the amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam.

For more information on exams take a look at the exams FAQ webpage. If for any reason you need to defer an exam, you can find more information on this page. You can also visit the Student Services Support Wheel to find out about the many supports in the university that you can access when you need them.

Have a look at some of the extended catering options on campus during study week and exams.

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First Years - Get Exam Ready

First Years - Take a Break Coffee Morning: 

Join us for FREE hot chocolate and chat with staff about any queries you might have in the lead up to exams.

Where: Student Enquiry Centre, Arts / Science Concourse. 

When: Wednesday 8th November, 12-2pm. 


Podcast - Your First Year Exams Survival Guide 

AnnMarie Gilchrist, Student Advisor with the College of Medicine, Nursing+Health Sciences and the School of Law chats with host Barry Ó Siochrú and provides practical tips on sitting your first university exams. Listen here. Transcript available here


What Happens on the Day of the Exam?

Take a look a the Exams Office FAQ page to find our what you can expect on the day of the exam. 

Assignment and Exams Success

Podcast - Study Skills

Luke O' Donnell, Researcher with the School of Education chats with Barry Ó Siobhrú and provides tips and insights on how to develop good study skills and habits. Listen here. Transcript available here.

Library Workshops: 11am, Monday 6th November - Wednesday 15th November

Finding Articles and BooksNot sure where to find the right information to be successful with your assignment? Check out this quick library skills session, where you'll find out; 

  •  the main features of the library catalogue
  •  how to search for scholarly articles, books and ebooks
  •  how to search for topics on the library catalogue and refine results
  •  about different databases relevant to your subject area

Online: 6 November, 11am. Register now.
Online: 8 November, 2pm. Register now
Online: 15 November, 12pm. Register now
Library Training Room PC Suite: 15 November, 12pm. Register now.

Citing and Referencing using Endnote - this session will include information on how to cite and reference sources (including in exams), how to paraphrase without plagiarising, tools to help cite faster and more accurately, as well as information on contract cheating.

Library Training Room PC Suite: 7 November, 10am. Register now
Library Training Room PC Suite: 
14 November,10am. Register now.

Online: 8 November, 9am. Register now
17 November, 10am. Registrer now

Academic Resources

Below are some great resources that can help with assignments and exams.

Study Tips

We asked our students to share their top assignment and exam study tips. Check out the full list of study tips

Taking Care of Me

Take a Break - Coffee Mornings

Join us for FREE hot chocolate, tea or coffee and chat with staff about any queries you might have in the lead up to exams.

Wednesday 8th November, 12-2pm. Student Enquiry Centre, Arts / Science Concourse
Tuesday 14th November, 10-12pm. Student Enquiry Centre, Arts / Science Concourse
Thursday 23rd November, 12-2pm. Career Development Centre. How to find us
Monday 27th November, 10-12pm. Student Enquiry Centre, Arts / Science Concourse

Podcast -    Destress for Success 

Jimmy McGovern, Support Worker with the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Centre, chats with host Barry Ó Siochrú, and gives us some fantastic tips on managing and reducing stress in the run up to exams. Listen here. Transcript available here

Podcast -   Sleep Well, Study Well 

Nóirín Mannion, Mental Health Support Worker in the University of Galway student health unit, chats with host Barry Ó Siochrú and reminds us that it is ok to allow time for self care, particularly during stressful times. Listen here. Transcript available here

Podcast -   Take a Breath with Ecotherapy 

In this episode Fiona Roche, Student Counsellor in the University of Galway, chats with host Barry Ó Siochrú and explains how ecotherapy focuses on using nature and the outdoors to improve our wellbeing. Listen here. Transcript available here

Podcast -   Tarraing d'anáil le hÉiciteiripe 

Sa chlár seo míníonn Fiona Roche, Comhairleoir Mac Léinn, conas a úsáideann éiciteiripe an dúlra agus an saol amuigh faoin aer chun ár bhfolláine a fheabhsú.  Anseo

Podcast - WellZone Series

The Well Zone podcast series is brought to you by Student Counselling & Wellbeing and will explore proven strategies to support your mental, spirtual and emotional health during your university journey. There are four episodes in this series and each episode has a variety of exercises that you can complete in your own time. This series is delivered by members of the counselling and wellbeing team at University of Galway.  Listen now. View transcripts and exercises

The Mindful Way In-Person Meditation

This in-person practice of mindfulness, presented by Student Success Coaching takes place every Tuesday in the Psychology Building, ground floor, room AMB G065 and runs from 8.15am to 8.45am. This practice is a simple mindfulness meditation and is suitable for all, both beginners and for those already familiar with meditation.

Doing Exams

Exams Office Information Session

Join the exams office for an in-person information session and / or online webinar. Learn everything you'll need to know about exam timetables, late entry, alternative exam arrangements, regulations, sitting your exams and more. 

When: 5 - 6pm, Tuesday 21 November
Where: In-person, AMB - 1022, Fottrell Threatre, Arts Millenium Building

When: 12 - 12.30pm, Wednesday 22 November
Where: Online, Microsoft Teams Live Event. Link: here  


Podcast - Regulations Do's and Don'ts

Joe Mee, former Student Union VP for Education gives some practical advise on what you should do ahead of sitting your exams, as well as what to expect on the day of the exam. Listen here. Transcript available here

Podcast -  Accommodations, Adapting for You 

Catherine Dufficy, Assistant Disability Support Officer provides information on how students registered with the Disability Support Service can avail of additional exam supports. Listen here. Transcript available here

Academic Supports

The Library Academic Skills Service is open Monday - Friday from 10-1pm

Exams Breakfast: 9-11am Monday 4th December - Friday 15th December

Start the day right and join the Chaplaincy team for FREE tea, coffee and breakfast. Available from 9 - 11am Monday to Friday during exams.  

Exams Snack Station: 11am-5pm Monday 4th December - Friday 15th December

Fuel up in between exams - grab some water and a healthy snack outside of the Student Enquiry Centre! The SEC is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday during exams, if you need support, just drop in. 

Study Spaces on Campus

Additional Study Spaces

There are multiple group and quiet study spaces available on campus. Find a full list of available study spaces and opening and closing times on Word or PDF