The challenge of learning a third language

I started in October to study a third language with the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Actually, this is not the first time I have studied a third language: I studied French in school and I lived in the German part of Switzerland for a year, where I started learning German. I say third because as a foreign student from a Spanish speaking country, English is my second language. Continue reading

How do I revise again?

A combination of my LOA and my choice in modules second year has meant I’m faced with sitting three-hour long exams when the last exam I sat was in 2015.

Now, I wasn’t at first daunted by this prospect. I remember the days of taking myself to Western Park, sunnies on and my notes in hand, and getting through lots of work easily. I made mind maps, good use of my highlighters and found getting into the routine almost as easy getting up and going to my lectures during term times. (I had 11am’s guys, relax). Continue reading

Making the most of it

‘Making the most” of what little time remains of the academic year is a phrase I’m sure everyone has been hearing a lot lately. Whether the next month or so represents the end of your first or final year, it is definitely worthwhile to spend a bit of time investigating how you can make sure you don’t waste a moment and can look back on this year knowing you worked hard but also had plenty of fun. Continue reading

How to stay active during exams season

With exam season approaching, for most students the last thing you want to be doing is exercising. You’ll be spending your life in the library for the next couple of months and the only respite that seems appealing is sitting in front of Netflix and switching your brain off. However, the endorphins released when you exercise are a great way to relieve yourself of the stress caused by revision and impending exams. So here’s three ways to stay active during exam season without trying too hard. Continue reading

Taking a break during “a break”

Broadly speaking, there are two types of people.

Type A: can split their mindset into work and “down time” and stick to this effectively. Okay, when I say this I don’t mean the split is perfect – Type As do have a tendency to have too much “down time”, but none the less can completely switch off from work when they have decided they’re spending time away from it.

Type C: likes to tick off all their jobs before they have their “down time”, which is largely impossible, and they spend a lot of time when they should be relaxing thinking about all the “productive” things they could be doing instead.

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Unsure about postgraduate study? Consider studying part-time!

It’s that time of year when dissertation deadlines are looming, and the pressure is rising with every dreaded question of “so what are you doing next year?”. Trust me, I know how you feel!

A lot of people naturally turn to postgraduate study as it is a logical step in education after an undergraduate degree. However, a lot of people are also put off by the step up in intensity; postgraduate taught degrees run September to September and are 180 credits in comparison to undergraduate degrees which run September to June and are 120 credits, so it’s understandable! Continue reading

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