Destination Procrastination

Procrastination. We’re all guilty of it, some of us more than others. And we’ve reached that point in the year where you don’t even realise it’s happening. January exams seem like a distant, long-forgotten memory by now, and it still feels a bit too early to start panicking about summer exams just yet. Whilst deadlines might be in abundance, especially the dreaded dissertation, it can be easy to slip into bad work habits, so here are a few tips and tricks to keep you on track: Continue reading

Empty-headedness during exam season

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m notoriously empty-headed. Most of the time, I’m too busy thinking about one thing to even consider the possibility of another – trust me, it’s led to many mistakes and injuries. Around exam season, I always end up stocking up on plasters only to go through half a packet, but I’ve already accepted I’m probably a danger to myself. Although I know I’m bound to make the same mistakes again, hopefully by sharing some of them, we can learn together and prevent further injuries (and maybe Morrisons won’t have to restock their plasters quite so often). Continue reading

Exam season making you feel sick? It’s time to swap your computer screen for the big screen

After returning from the Christmas break, I committed myself to the fact that I was going to have to squirrel myself away for the rest of January. With deadlines looming, I was starting to get a serious case of ‘the guilts’. ‘The guilts’ is like the flu in that it’s rife in the bleak months after Christmas, and everyone who catches it feels truly awful. Likely symptoms include the shakes, a raised temperature and uncontrollable sweating. It is commonly believed that ‘the guilts’ is caused by a realisation that you should have done more work over the Christmas holidays, rather than stuffing your face with chocolate and watching Jingle All the Way on repeat (a lifestyle choice which is sure to make anyone sick). Continue reading

Stressed about exams?

What a silly question, of course you’re stressed about exams. We all are – sleepily emerging from the warmth of post-Christmas food comas, we’ve been thrown into a vicious cycle of remembering we have exams, spending so much time stressing out about revision that we don’t leave much for actual revising, procrastinating, revising, and then panicking some more.

But you know what? We’re going to get through it. Continue reading

The art of procrastination

Procrastination is a true art form – even now, my reason for sitting down to write this post is to avoid my thesis for a half hour or so if I’m being completely honest. The reason you’re reading this post may very well be due to the fact you are in the midst of a session of prime procrastination yourself. Your time doesn’t have to be wasted online, reading blogs (thank you) or flitting through social media to procrastinate, it only has to keep you from your primary task at hand. In a world of mobile devices with every kind of app you could possibly imagine, procrastination is easier than it’s ever been – and I am a consummate professional. Continue reading

January blues

Now that the excitement of Christmas and New Year has died down, you really are struggling to find an excuse to put off work any longer. The past couple weeks of catching up with friends, spending time with family and never being sure what day it actually is, have finally come to an end, much to most people’s dismay. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. Continue reading

The end of the world

I am proud to say that I put an immense amount of effort into my studies at university. I attend every lecture, every tutorial and feel proud of the dedication that I have towards gaining my degree. But dedication and effort doesn’t mean everything will always go to plan. I write this blog on the night of a particularly difficult day of receiving a bad result on an assignment.

When I looked at that percentage on the screen, it really did feel like the End of the World. Continue reading

Things to definitely not do when trying to revise

Term is slowly yet surely coming to an end and if you’re like me, who has still not sat any exams yet, it’s becoming a struggle to concentrate on revision. The weather has been unusually hot, friends from home had their exams weeks ago, and the temptation to just ditch everything and go home is all too real. But NO. The days until the freedom of summer can nearly be counted down on one hand. Just one more week to stay focused and in order to do that, here is a list of things you should definitely not do when trying to get some hours of revision in. A list of things which I have done a number of times in order to perfect the art of procrastination. Continue reading

Time to switch off?

Nowadays, with modern technology the way it is, it is very easy to fall into the temptation of checking your phone every 5 minutes. What happens if someone has texted? How many people have liked my recent Instagram picture? Who has commented on my Facebook post? But recent studies have shown that we are spending more and more time looking at screens and less and less time interacting with others around us. There is even a syndrome called FOMO: Fear of Missing Out, defined as ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media’. Continue reading