• Huddersfield,  University

    The Exam Scare: How to prepare and do well

    With final exams looming over us, it is often easy to become overly stressed and anxious and not do well. Here are some techniques that can help you prepare properly and do well in your exams: Preparation-  Study SMART: The most important, and the often ignored, aspect of exam preparation is the importance of planning it out. Effective study is insured by delegating chunks of your time to certain subject areas every day, so that you have the chance to study them thoroughly, rather than cramming up the night before the exam, and jumbling up all the concepts in your head. Organise yourself; pull out the planners and folders, de-clutter…

  • Featured,  Huddersfield,  Mental Health,  University

    Studying for a master’s degree helped my mental health

    I’m currently a postgraduate student, studying for a Master of Science (MSc) in Marketing Communications, with hopes of starting my own business or doing a PhD in business and marketing. A few years ago, that wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. I graduated with a 2.1 in journalism for my undergrad in 2017, and although there were parts that I enjoyed (the course itself), I wasn’t happy, and I wasn’t in a good place mentally. After graduating, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I feel as though a lot of people find themselves like this after graduating. “University opens doors”, but in reality, it doesn’t (for…

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    Productivity Apps & Websites for Students

    As students, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming with different deadlines and assignments pilling up everywhere. With examinations coming up, we could all use a little help to keep us on track and ensure that we can manage all that we need to do. Here are some of the productivity apps and websites for students that you can use to help you get through these hectic weeks.   1) StayFocusd – Google Chrome Extension If you mainly use Google Chrome to browse the internet, you can install the free StayFocusd extension to help you stay productive. You can create your own ‘Blocked List’ and ‘Allowed List’, where you can…

  • Lifestyle,  University

    Best of Both Worlds – and Education Systems.

    I consider myself lucky – I get to spend 4 years pursuing my undergraduate studies in the United States of America, and now I’m here in the United Kingdom, pursuing my 1-year postgraduate studies. Coming from a small Southeast Asian country named Malaysia, being able to pursue my studies in two different countries has been an opportunity of a lifetime. It has helped shape my perspectives and showed me a whole new side of the world. Today, I want to share just some of my experiences in these two different education systems. 1) Slight differences in the naming conventions. I find it both interesting and confusing at how we name…

  • Featured,  Huddersfield,  Mental Health,  University

    How to pick yourself up after a low assignment grade: tips and motivators

    Time at university is full of surprising ups and downs, self-actualisation, and opportunities to improve and develop yourself to a professional level, and therefore, failures and let-downs are a very regular part of student life. Of course, no one likes to fail, but as much as we are wary of it, it is guaranteed and necessary if we want to make something out of ourselves. In fact, the only way you can avoid failure is never trying in the first place. Despite realising this, failure is painful and often difficult to accept. When faced with it, a lot of people do not know what to do next, or how to…

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    How to get on with your flatmates

    So you powered through all the stress of college and you made it to university! Congratulations! Then suddenly it dawns on you that you will be meeting new people that will most definitely be sharing a flat with you. How do you learn to live with a bunch of new people? How will you even start the first conversation? I for one was worried about meeting six strangers when I’d made the biggest move of my life, so I’ve pulled together some pointers over my time at Uni that might help you get to know your flatmates and ease your worries about making new friends! Make sure that you are…

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    How Not To Die At Uni

    By Aaron Haviland University is many things. It’s the halfway house before reaching the real world of tax and mortgages and all those ugly grown up-y things but, most importantly, it’s a fresh start. You’ve spent years of your life perfecting your reputation at school and suddenly no one cares whether you used to be Miss Popular or Mr Shits-Himself-in-the-Changing-Rooms. University is a time for new chapters, clean slates and a host of other clichés I forgot to mention. So, in amongst all that drunkenness, studying and drunken studying, it’s worth taking note of these six important tips. Why only six? Because I couldn’t think of any more. Sue me. Be…

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    Living the Dry Life

    Moving into student accommodation is a daunting prospect. Your mind is spinning with questions: what is my room like? Who are my flat mates? Will I get on with everybody? As a non-drinker, I was more worried about the constant pressure of doing a shot or being forced into drinking games. At home I was lucky to have a great group of friends that respected my dislike of alcohol, but being thrown into a new student environment where drinking is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, naturally I was going to be anxious. While I unpacked my tea bags and hot chocolate powder, the echoes of clinking beer bottles rippled…

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    Mind Matters

    For many, university marks the first point at which one can begin to really forge their own identity. And yet, paradoxically, you are bombarded with alternate ways of being. Be it novel societies, the questioning of your sexuality or the first time you’re offered MDMA, you’re launched into an environment where, supposedly, anything goes. More independent than ever, surrounded by peers and like-minded individuals and with a multitude of opportunities stretching in front of you, university sure is a great place in which to harvest those components that make you, you. Though it’s easy to romanticise the reason we all traipsed off to sit in a classroom for another three…

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    V!RG!N

    For most students university is a time of self discovery, growing up and landing on ones own two feet. Of course with all of that comes a lot of socialising, partying, drinking and almost definitely having sex. Sex with mates, sex with new found long term partners, or sex with random people on one of the cash machines on campus… you know who you are. For some of us it is a fun, well-rehearsed game and the tally is rising way into double figures. However others are having to tackle the dreaded first time. The nervousness, the pressure, the hoping that everything goes right. And then it happens, it’s over…