Conducting primary research – what I wish I’d known

It can be daunting to begin conducting your own research, especially if you’re new to it. As someone who is just starting to write my second dissertation (14,000 words this time!) primary research is something I have slowly grown more comfortable with. If you’re just starting out or just want a refresher, here are some…

Independent learning: academic reading

One of the biggest jumps between studying A Levels at school or college to a degree at university is the amount of independent learning that you are expected to do. Suddenly, you have more time outside of a classroom to figure out some of your learning for yourself – and it can be incredibly daunting….

The end of an era: my experience of Uni

The past three years have been a rollercoaster- there were times I thought I couldn’t carry on, times when I was unsure I was doing the right degree and times when I was having the best time. Now my time at Uni has come to the end – I wanted to do a roundup of…

Another step forward: year 1 to year 2

Although it may not be as daunting a transition as moving into your first year of university, taking that step into second year is still a bit of a scary one. I’m sure by now you are aware that grades in first year do not count towards your final degree, but the foundation learning is…

#StudyHappy 2

#StudyHappy starts again next week on Tuesday 8th May! The event so nice, it’s happening twice! Struggling to study? Stressed out from exams or your dissertation? Fancy playing some retro games or relaxing on a virtual beach? The Student Life team are joining forces with the Library to bring you another week-long #StudyHappy event in…

How to plan an essay

We all want to do well when it comes to our uni work, and a bulk of those marks come from writing essays. They can be difficult, time-consuming and a lot of work, but all that becomes a lot easier when you plan it all out. This can help you get your thoughts in order,…

How to improve on bad grades

Sometimes to achieve success, we have to fail. Failure allows us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. This can be applied to University grades. I received what I considered to be a bad grade, and even though it was a pass, it wasn’t what I wanted. At that moment I could have reacted in…

How organised should you be at university?

It was earlier on in my third and final year at university that everything started to get a bit too much in terms of my workload. As much as I love a good to-do list, calendar or filing system for all my jobs and assignments, there have been times where I’ve looked at the long…

8 ways not to get distracted when working

Unlike school, most of the work we do at university is in our own time outside of the classroom environment. But what about all those distractions? It can certainly be tough to concentrate with loud housemates, your phone going off, and the millions of other interesting things you can research on the web that don’t count…

How to: wind down

There’s no denying that student life can be stressful. You might be juggling assignments and lectures, with a part-time job and maybe society commitments? But are you making time for yourself? We know the drill, pick two: social life, enough sleep and good grades. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case! Allowing time to…

Stress busters

Stress. One of the most used words in a student’s vocabulary. I cannot even remember a time before I was stressed, to be honest, and that’s not exaggerating. I normally work solidly without giving myself a chance to relax, and by the end of a term I would feel really low because I had gotten…

Places to study in and around campus

The location of your studying really depends on what type of work you’re wanting to do and the conditions you like to study in – silent, quiet background noise, loud, artificial light, natural light, cosy chair, desk chair and so on. I’ve taken a walk around Lincoln, using my experiences from the past (almost) 3…