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…

The perfect presentation

For the lucky few, presentations are no big deal. Something to enjoy, even. But for the rest of us, we can imagine nothing worse than standing there and giving your work up to public scrutiny and the glaring eyes of classmates. That’s how I felt at least. Don’t worry though, there are things we can all…

A guide to improving low grades

Every once in a while we may receive a bit of a blow through the form of a failed assessment or maybe even a third, but there are some ways in which you can make sure it doesn’t happen in the future and possibly get that grade pushed up to a reasonable level. Having had…

Five tips for better presentations

If your “palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy,” about doing presentations at uni, the following five tips can help you improve your game and get over those nerves.   via GIPHY 1) Know Your Subject Presentations aren’t really something you can just ‘wing’ and do well. It might seem obvious, but truly knowing…

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

Every student will have to deal with deadlines. Not only are they essential for assessment hand-ins, they’ll be a key part of most jobs that you’ll be working in after University. There are two halves of dealing with deadlines – meeting them and managing them. Meeting deadlines involves being able to complete your deadlines and…

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,…