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….

Life lessons at Uni

Although it doesn’t feel like it I am now two-thirds of the way through my time at university and boy have those two years gone quickly. Despite this, I feel like I have learnt a lot during my time at Lincoln. Amongst the obvious things like living alone and cooking for myself, I’ve also learnt…

#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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Preparing for seminars and lectures

University is wildly different than any other educational environment, every student knows that. The workload for your degree may feel increased and the responsibility to be independent is hard for some to get used to. It may take a while to grasp the rhythm of seminars and lectures, but preparing for them will make this easier. PLAN…

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…