How to do: note-taking

You might be thinking that university will just be the same old routine as school, you sit down, copy off the board for a few hours, then go on your merry way, but I learned the hard way that it is very easy to make a mess of your notes if you’re not organised enough….

Reading List Tips

Being at University, one thing you will undoubtedly need is books…and sometimes lots of them. Depending on your course, you might only need one key textbook or several. As an English student, I know the sinking feeling when you get the reading list and realise you’ll need to be shelling out at least £100. The…

Dealing with deadlines

By Alex Cessford, first-year journalism student Every uni student has deadlines and every student dreads them. Not only are they essential to getting the work in so a lecturer can mark assessments, they’re a key part of most workplaces you’ll meet in the future. But the main problem is: how can you deal with them?…

Managing time when there’s none to spare

We all know one of the most difficult things about getting used to University is learning to manage your time well. Getting the right mixture of work and fun, and then there’s the added difficulty if you have a part-time job. It can be a tricky feat getting them all balanced in the right way,…

Mature students: five reasons you will thrive

By Keelan Balderson,  first-year Journalism student If you’ve been out of education for a while and are considering going to university as a ‘mature student,’ you probably have some doubts. At 27, I did too. I’ve forgotten how to use a pen, will I be accepted by people younger than me? What even are lectures and…

Preparing for seminars and lectures

By Alex Cessford, first-year journalism student Any student knows that the change to university is wildly different from any other educational environment you’ve been in. The workload may feel more excessive and the responsibility a student is given to be independent and intuitive in the preparation for your course is hard for some to get…

University: expectations versus reality

By Charlotte Price, first-year forensic science student Moving to university and living in halls of residence inevitably evokes a number of emotions within a student. Whether that be the stress of balancing a social life with reading and coursework, worrying if you will be homesick as soon as your parents leave and fearing the huge push…

Starting a new course (again)

After going through the huge decision of changing courses at university and moving straight into the next year of a new course, I can tell you, it will trigger some nerves. It’s like going through the first year all over again and we all remember how nervous we were then… But, this time you’re not…

Work experience and you

You are getting good grades and have survived to your final year. Great! Now is the time to look for work experience and job opportunities. Not only may this be a requirement of your degree but it will also look amazing on your CV when you graduate. Here are some of our top tips: Apply…

Getting organised

By Olivia Applewhite, 1st year Law student. I like to be organised, and after what feels like fifty ‘introductory’ lectures and seminars this term, it’s safe to say that most of my lecturers want this quality in all of us. What does it mean to be organised though? Everyone works so differently that there’s no one method…

6 tips to help you juggle uni, work and the rest of your life

It’s generally understood that uni is what you make it, but the one thing I can guarantee is that you will learn to juggle your life. I would consider myself to be the definition of someone who does too much; with two jobs, a 20 contact hour degree, being a part of two sports teams…

Build your experience by volunteering

No matter what you’re studying, one of the things you’ll hear over and over is how important work experience is. Regardless of how well you do on your course, nothing stands out on your CV like good old fashioned hands-on experience.  One way you can achieve this is by volunteering with a charity instead of…