Stay at home; the government advice couldn’t be any clearer. Cue people from all four corners of the world scrambling to adapt to studying or working from home, myself included. I’m a postgraduate who over the last couple of weeks has sat my spring semester exams, conveniently timed just as coronavirus began to turn the UK upside down. Cheers 2020! Uni stopped face-to-face teaching a week before I was due to sit them, meaning my exams had to be rapidly adapted to an online format, and done from home. This, combined with moving back to my family home a few days before exams started resulted in a slightly unusual exam season, to say the least!Continue reading
In 2015, a biographical movie was released called “The Man who knew Infinity” based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who made significant contributions in the field of mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. He completed his PhD during WWI in Cambridge (a period of severe rationing and even bombardment) and personal health issues (including TB to which he succumbed in 1920 at the age of 32), while staying in England away from family in India.
Some members of our society have been called to self-isolate and this could become a reality for all of us soon. Quarantine doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Someone seems to have pushed the fast forward button in our lives so some slow time may be just what we need. Here are some ideas to ensure you get the best out of your quarantine.
Before Christmas, I wrote a survival guide on how to avoid burnout when you either had multiple short deadlines or just needed to make it to the Christmas holidays. This post will instead explore some of the long term strategies that you can employ to make sure that you have a healthy relationship with your workload.
This time of the year can be stressful as a student. With Christmas past and January exams and deadlines looming, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Everyone has different ways to deal with anxiety and try to keep a positive state of mind; my favourite one is to lace up my trainers and head out of the door for a run.Continue reading
Christmas is soon approaching and although everything is over in Sheffield, the end of term for me is still tantalisingly within reach. If you’re like me, mustering the energy to keep going to uni at a time like this is almost impossible, so I’ve written a few tips on how to keep going and avoid burning out.
Picture this, your seminar tutor has just asked the group a question. There is a deafening silence as they await an answer. This time, you have the perfect discussion point that you’ve been contemplating all week. Just as you gain the courage, someone else jumps in. The cycle repeats. Fifty minutes go by and you realise you’ve been a spectator to your peers’ discussion, yet again struggling to contribute. Sharing your thoughts can be daunting for many of us. Especially if you have anxiety. Seminars can be a nightmare for introverts that are scientifically more productive when alone. Alas, seminars and workshops are a part of uni and it can be beneficial for your grades when you begin to feel more comfortable speaking in a group.
University. Independence, partying, lectures, pasta, friends, societies; perhaps the best years of your life. You see and hear it everywhere from teachers in sixth form, your aunts and uncles reminiscing every time you are with them, to videos on Snapchat and posts on Facebook.Continue reading
People who struggle with their mental health are painfully aware that it’s not an issue that can be resolved in a week. Because of this, Our Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness of student mental health support at the University of Sheﬃeld, so that people who need help can access the support they need for the duration of their time as a student here. It also showcases different ways you can improve your mental well-being, through fun (and free!!) activities and events that will be going on all week.
Exam season is upon us and stress levels are high. In fact, I think stress levels are high throughout the entirety of university. Often we create a link between university and high stress as if the two are one and the same. Students seem to expect to experience stress to such a degree that they accept it as normal and sometimes don’t even notice it. I speak from experience when I say it’s easy to get caught up in a bubble of assignments, deadlines, essays and revision and whilst stress can act as a motivator of sorts, equally it can hinder productivity. The problem in some cases is that students aren’t necessarily aware of the fact that they’re stressed and therefore can’t work towards helping themselves.