About the Wodehouse Library
Certain areas of the school have become mobile free zones.
The Periodicals Room in the Wodehouse Library is one of them, although mobile phones and other devices (switched to silent mode) are still permitted in other parts of the Wodehouse for study purposes.
Given this new set of circumstances, we are discouraging gaming on personal devices and asking that boys instead reclaim the Periodicals Room as a place for quiet reading.
Furnished with comfy chairs and the latest issues of dozens of magazines and newspapers, the Periodicals Room offers boys and staff the perfect opportunity to take a screen break.
For anyone looking for a longer, more challenging read we would suggest picking up a copy of The Atlantic or Prospect, although other titles also offer in-depth journalism and comment. Prospect’s March issue includes a set of articles on free speech and one of our newest books –Feel Free, by Zadie Smith – might be of interest to you if you read Lionel Shriver’s words on the ‘call-out culture’. Smith’s foreword sets up her essays nicely and any of the them would divert you during a free-study period in the middle of the school day.
We hear you when you say that you haven’t got time to read – we’re busy too! – but nobody can make time for you to read except you. With that in mind, keep a look out for our Short Reads recommendations, coming soon to the Periodicals Room!
On a sunny day like this it’s nice to contemplate the holidays.
This blog is taking a break (well earned of course) until September when we’ll be back with our usual mix of stuff.
Have a great summer.
Wodehouse Library team
Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.
Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.
Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, Ancestry.com and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.
This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.
As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.
We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!
Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.
We’re taking advantage of a quiet moment to round-up the start to Lent Term here in the Wodehouse Library.
Year 11s came back from the Christmas break straight into GCSE mock exams, so the Inner Room in particular has been a hive of activity for the past 9 or 10 days. It wasn’t always a peaceful hive of activity for anyone using the library (although there were moments!) but fingers crossed the results will be encouraging.
Today sees a return to lessons for the lucky Y11 boys so we’re looking forward to welcoming them all into the library for their wellbeing classes on plagiarism avoidance over the next fortnight.
The Periodicals Room has somewhat more than a fair smattering of covers featuring President-Elect Donald Trump. Earlier we ran a few of these covers by some Upper School boys who were in there reading and they agreed that the most striking was the NewStatesman’s Twitter/cuckoo clock effort.
One of the most exciting things to have happened though is the arrival of our new chameleon. Not yet officially named, he is around 18 months old, largely emerald green in colour (we are told he turns yellow at night), quite sociable and hungry! He joins us behind the Issue Desk to the chirping of crickets.
Finally we should add our current reads in case you need inspiration over the weekend:
Echo Burning by Lee Childs
The Humans by Matt Haig
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Girls by Emma Cline
Here in the Wodehouse Library we know how stressful exam time can be. Honestly, we do.
We also know that there is no magic wand to wave which will make all of the stress disappear. Instead we recommend good old-fashioned preparation!
There are many useful books in the Study Skills section which cover everything from time management to exam room strategy. Sometimes you won’t have thought of some of the things that these books mention and we’re not suggesting that you read them all and faithfully stick to any one strategy over all others – indeed it’s important to remember in the run up to your exams that you work out a mix of time management, revision and exam strategy that works well for you.
Other resources that could help include:
- the Very Short Introduction series of books – it’s common to hear exam candidates complain of not knowing anything and these books on subjects from Communism to Statistics might just be what reminds you of all the things you do know so you can walk into the exam room with some confidence
- Connell Guides – another series of short texts. Search the Library Catalogue using the term ‘Connell Guides’ to find all 18 guides
- Access to History series – as recommended by Charles Apthorpe (Year 13) whilst borrowing one! Not only finding them helpful with his A2 coursework, Charles agrees that this kind of text is a great revision aid too
- the Philip Allan Review series – these journals are aimed specifically at GCSE and A-Level students and include valuable revision help and syllabus-focused content
- newspapers and magazines – in the Periodicals Room you will find the current editions of English and foreign language dailies and magazines, including The Economist, New Statesman, Mathematical Spectrum, New Scientist and BBC History
- online resources – avoid wasting your time filtering good from not so good results in a Google search and head straight for the e-resources available via your MyDulwich homepage where all subject areas are covered by known, reliable information providers
- staff – as we said at the top, we do know stuff and are here to help you.
Finally, because we understand how easy it is to procrastinate online whilst allegedly looking for tips on dealing with the horror of Exam Time, we’ve stashed some revision links for you on the Wodehouse Library’s Delicious page. Now there’s no need to go searching for revision help as we’ve done it for you and made the links easy to find by tagging them with the words: revision, exams, study skills.