Where to study during exam time

Not everyone works well in their room, where there’s a plethora of distractions, and it can definitely be a good idea to get out of your room for a bit and take your books elsewhere. You might get a bit disheartened when you arrive at the Information Commons at 9 in the morning to find over 1000 people already there during exam period, but don’t fret, there are several alternatives! 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

Getting your motivation back after the festive period!

It’s the end of the festivities and it’s back to reality.  Every university student knows just how difficult it is to scrape together all remnants of motivation that have been left in early December.  Even festive television can be distracting, especially when Harry Potter is plastered all over ITV (I’m secretly thankful for this).  But, essays don’t write themselves, and hopefully these few tips can ease you back into the swing of your former studious life. Continue reading

The perfect exam day breakfast

On the day of an exam the last thing you probably want to think about is making breakfast. But having something to eat is important to help you perform well. First off, a rumbling tummy will be distracting during the exam. Second, a good breakfast can help your concentration during the day, which is vital for your exams.

This oatmeal recipe is perfect for exam day because you can make it the night before. All you have to do in the morning is take it out of the fridge and it’s ready to eat- absolutely no messing around!

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Positive procrastination – a guide to surviving the exam period

Exam season is drawing ever nearer, and as the stress of trying to find a seat in the library mounts, it can be easy to forget that we live in a great city. Obviously final assignments and exams are, as they should be, at the top of everybody’s priorities at the moment, but that’s not to say that there aren’t little things we can all do to enjoy what little remains of the academic year. Continue reading

Tips to get you through May!

May is the worst month of the year. As if the constant ‘barbecue to blizzard in three minutes’ weather wasn’t bad enough, I’ve discovered that I have four assignment deadlines and five exams in under two and a half weeks.

I’m sure that my situation isn’t unique, and so I decided to compile a short list of tips that will help you avoid that impending stress-induced meltdown: Continue reading

The art of useful procrastination

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from 5 years at university it’s how to procrastinate. Why get on and complete a task when you could drag it out for twice as long and then stress about your impending doom deadlines?

We all know that most of the time procrastination doesn’t help us in the long run but we still browse facebook or watch another episode on Netflix anyway. Even while I’m writing this article I have other things that I really ought to be doing – like prepare for my supervisory meeting tomorrow!  And, if I’m honest, it’s taken me a longer than it should to finish writing this! Continue reading