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Are you ready for exams - questions, advice and support

Thursday 3 April 2014

Exams are coming soon. If you have personal or health issues which you think will affect your exam performance, it’s important that you understand the procedures at Queen Mary, and take action as early as possible.

Fit to sit policy
Queen Mary has a fit to sit policy. This means that if you sit an exam, you are declaring yourself fit to do so. Any Extenuating Circumstances you have cannot usually be taken into account. Read more in our advice guide on Extenuating Circumstances.

Interrupting your studies
If you have ongoing difficulties, or if you have had problems earlier in the academic year and have not been able to catch up with work you missed, you might feel that you are not able to sit your exams. You should discuss this urgently with an academic staff member and consider an interruption of study. The deadline to submit an interruption of study form is 17 April 2014.

If your academic School approves your interruption of study, you should be able to take your exams as first sits at a later date.

Home students need to understand how an interruption of study will affect your Student Finance. International students need to understand how an interruption of study will affect your Tier 4 immigration permission. Read more in our advice guides about interrupting your studies:

Extenuating Circumstances
If you are too late to apply for an interruption of study but you are not fit to sit exams, you are advised not to sit, and to submit an extenuating circumstances claim with supporting documentation to your academic School, to explain why you are not fit to sit your exams. You should discuss this with an academic staff member. There will be a meeting after the exams which will decide whether your extenuating circumstances claim has been approved.

For guidance about what documents are likely to be accepted as evidence of your extenuating circumstances, read our advice guide on Extenuating Circumstances.

Annie Mitchell, Advocacy and Representation Manager in the Students Union, can advise on Extenuating Circumstances claims: www.qmsu.org/advice/academic/

Registering with a GP
It is a good idea to make sure you are registered with a GP before the exams. If you are claiming Extenuating Circumstances you will need medical evidence, and a GP can normally only provide this if you see them while you are unwell.

If you live in postcodes E1, E2, E3 or E14 you can register with the Student Health Service on campus. If you aren’t registered with the Student Health Service but you are suddenly taken ill immediately before or during an exam, you might be able to see a GP at the Student Health Service as a temporary patient. To find a GP practice to register with in your local area, use the NHS Choices website.

Extra support during the exam period
During the Easter vacation and the exam period, extra support is in place for QM students with Queen Mary Students' Union Time Out calendar of support, which includes films, meditation sessions, and study skills classes. Easter vacation activities are listed in a revision planner, which is being distributed in the Library. Exam period activities will be listed online from 21 April.

The Advice and Counselling Service is running a workshop on Managing exam stress – on Wednesday 23rd April from 4.15 – 5.45pm. For more information, and to book a place (bookings open on 9 April) click here.

How to get more help
If you would like a confidential appointment in the Advice and Counselling Service to talk about your individual situation, you can either:

  • Try and get a same day appointment – a limited number of these are available every weekday afternoon during term time. Registration starts at 1.30; or
  • Book an appointment in advance by:
  • emailing us via our website www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk
  • calling us on 020 7882 8717
  • visiting our Reception on the ground floor of the Geography building, Mile End

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