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

Changing courses

I seem to mention in some of my blogs the fact I changed courses for this year, so I figured why not write about it?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll give you a quick low down. Last year, I was here studying Law and Criminology. I withdrew from university just after Christmas and, as I worked, I reapplied to study Journalism here this year. Continue reading

The logistics of working remotely

Studying remotely can be frustrating at times. You can’t just walk down to the library for a book, pop in to see your supervisor or just enjoy the University environment that can often help to motivate when motivation is low. I won’t pretend that I wasn’t aware of what studying remotely entailed, but nevertheless I find some days more of a struggle than others to stay on track. Whilst the University has systems in place to help those working remotely keep in touch and feel part of the wider academic community, I’ve discovered a few tips that certainly help me to navigate some of the trickier aspects of distance learning. Continue reading