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Exams and Revision

How to get the most out of the Library and other University support for revising for and taking exams


woman biting pencil while sitting on chair in front of computer during daytimeThis guide contains key information about the following topics: 

Past exam papers

Exams guidance and updates

Book a study space in the Library

Looking for a quiet space to get your revision done? A wide range of study space is available across campus. Find a study space to suit your needs and book it using the Seat.Ed app. Study spaces must be booked in advance.

Getting Help


The most important thing right now is your wellbeing. Please make sure you're taking as good care of yourself as possible, and consider some of the resources below.

Escape your exams

cup of tea placed ontop a bookWe've put together some resources from the Library that you might find helpful when trying to unwind during this stressful time.

Listen to music 

Bored of Spotify, iTunes, whatever music streaming service you normally use? Did you know through the Library you have access to databases that allow you to listen to millions of songs from pop and rock to classical music, from operatic arias to alternative dance?

Visit our museum and art collections

While it may not be possible right now to physically visit a museum or gallery, you can still do a lot of exploring of collections online.

Google Arts and Culture allows you to virtually explore around 500 museums and galleries across the world, includes our very own National Museum of Scotland.

Enjoy a film or drama performance

Does it feel like you've completed Netflix? Amazon Prime not feeling so amazing anymore? You can access a wide range of TV programmes, documentaries, films, drama and theatre performances through the Library.

Read some fiction

Forgotten what it feels like to read for pleasure? Some of these databases may help you rediscover that feeling.

Library opening hours

Some libraries have extended opening hours during exam and revision periods, and the Main Library in George Square is open from 08.30 - 23:59 every day during semester time.

Follow University of Edinburgh Libraries


Much of the content in this guide is taken from or inspired by the University of Newcastle's Exams LibGuide and the University of Reading's e-books guide.

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This Guide to Learning Resources for MicroMasters by Lauren Smith at the University of Edinburgh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.