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

It’s widely believed that to achieve success, we must also fail. Failure allows us to make mistakes and engage with the mistakes and learn from them. This can be applied to University assessment grades similarly. I myself have received what I would consider a bad grade, although a pass, it was not what I had…

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 on 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 conditions you like to study in- silent, quiet background noise, loud, artificial light, natural light, cosy chairs, desk chair, and so on. I’ve taken a walk around Lincoln, using my experiences from the past (almost) 3 years and…

Dissertation tips

Working on your dissertation can be a daunting experience, as it’s probably the largest piece of work you’ve done with more research needed, more self-discipline, and definitely more words. Third year, in general, can be a stressful time with keeping on top of every deadline, and the addition of a dissertation can cause a lot…

Dealing with stress

After being welcomed into university life with excitement, socialising and a drink in hand, it has come to the time where everything seems to be getting on top of you. University is extremely overwhelming; being heavily dependent on my family, it was difficult being pushed headfirst into adulthood. I’m currently staring at an assessment map…

#StudyHappy week

#StudyHappy week starts next week on Monday 5th March! Struggling to study? Always procrastinating? Stressed out from work? Or just want to cuddle a doggo? via GIPHY Well, you’re in luck!  The Student Life team are joining forces with the Library to bring you a week-long #StudyHappy event in the Library Freezone (opposite the Costa…

Postgraduate study: is it right for me?

When you start coming to the end of your three (or more) years it is natural to start to think about what to do next. I have already written a blog about graduate schemes as a next step, but another route is to continue at university. Although another year (or more) of study might be the…

How to avoid procrastinating

It is so easy to get side-tracked at university. There is always something going on and it is easy to put your seminar prep and essays last on your list of priorities. But procrastination leads to all-nighters and bad marks and all kinds of things it is better to avoid. So, what can we do…