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5. BuzzFeed

My new favourite website which offers hundreds of pointless articles! News, funny features and pointless quizzes, this website offers lots of different things to do. Look out for it when you're in a need of a break, or simply putting off your pile of work.

My absolute favourite way to waste time!

4. Munchies

Snacking and checking what's in the fridge is a close second in my top five.
Raiding my cupboards and searching for something to eat or something crazy to cook up was my biggest study distraction during my a-levels and still is.

Munchies!

3. Friends

There is no point trying to study with friends! You'll end up chatting and taking silly photos. Studying with friends can seem like a good idea, but most of the time it's a bad idea because you just end up talking and taking too many breaks.

Studying with friends is not always the best idea

2. Internet shopping

Undoubtedly something I spend far too much time doing.
After a while, you find that you've been staring far too long at your word document and for some reason, internet shopping becomes the best thing ever.

Screenshot of internet shopping

1. Selfies

Should have been writing a news story whilst in the newsroom here.
Added to the Oxford Dictionary last year, taking a 'selfie' and posting it online or snapchat is becoming a something of a regular occurrence for me.

I really should have been writing a news report

 

5. YouTube

Be prepared to spend a lot of hours on YouTube. In fact, it can be used to research topics you may be working on. However, we all know that you'll end up watching clips of cats and people falling over.

Youtube

4. BuzzFeed

Whether you want to know the '20 things you only learn in your twenties' or the '18 reasons why you're single', Buzzfeed can take all your time from studying and waste it with extremely useless facts. Which you somehow feel all your friends should know about too.

BuzzFeed

3. Cooking

You can never have enough food in the house - just don't leave it in the oven for too long! Whoops.

Don't leave your food in the oven too long!

2. Social Networking

Let's be honest, people on social networking sites aren't really ‘networking', they're using it to stalk their old friends, their ex or even someone they like. Either way, to avoid working, refreshing your Facebook page will become an enjoyable task I'm sure.

Facebook

1. Cleaning

Yes, you read that right, cleaning. When you've done the above to the point of no return there is only one task that you can do left. Clean, reorganise and wash everything. From how your wardrobe is laid out, to remaking your bed 10 times. All in the the vain of avoiding university work.

Cleaning!

I'm Back!!

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Laura

 

Hey!!

passport

So my blog has been a little quiet for a while, I'm sorry! BUT I'm now back! :D

I'm actually writing this on the plane... I'm going home, my second year is over!! How have these two years gone so quickly?

With all exams finished and assignments handed in... I can now RELAX! Haven't heard that in a while... BUT not for long! Why you may wonder? Uni students are known for having loooong summer holidays! WELL, I'm starting a one year placement in July! filling out all those applications, going through assessment centres and interviews has paid off,  and I'm so excited! But a bit nervous as well.... I'm actually going to be in a FULL TIME JOB!

So as I know exams are still going, I thought I'd add some revision tips that have helped me through my revision sessions!

1. Colours

I really don't understand people that can just sit there and revise off black and white pieces of paper... How do you pick out the key words? Highlight the advantages and disadvantages? Or even examples to throw into the exam and WOW the marker?

It's helpful to try and understand your best way to revise. I know I have a visual memory therefore using spider diagrams and LOTS of colours works best for me! I can close my eyes in the exam and remember my revision notes! But I know friends who find other things more useful... maybe podcasts? Youtube videos? Recording your own voice... or even reading out loud! Try and figure this out about yourself first :) it will definitely come in handy!

2. Break it down

This is something I also have to remind myself as I just can't summarise! I have never been able to, but I'm working on it! Whenever I'm making notes or WORSE writing an assignment with a word limit I seem to find SO many things important I end up writing too much! This skill is key when revising.

 It's no good using small flashcards but then writing little essays in minuscule hand writing (going back to my GCSE days!)...reason why I've realized mind maps are better for me!

Library

Being able to pick the key areas and writing them down, which will THEN help you remember more in depth things is important! You could use anagrams or mnemonics...maybe even a little song? (I know I've had to use this before to remember my German prepositions!)

3. Past papers

This has always been one of my key methods; it helps you revise as you look up information to answer the questions, helps you figure out what is expected of you (also using the mark scheme) AND it can also help you have a bit of a guessing game as to what you think might come up!

4. Teachers

When exams are written by your teachers LISTEN to them... they sometimes drop hints (knowingly or by accident) as to what might come up... I also jot these  little comments down during the year...and when it comes to revision 'season' I find them quite useful! Or even with external exams...your teachers may have a 'sixth sense' and guess the right topics - have a chat with them!

Well, I hope this has helped :D I will be posting more things soon - stay tuned!

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