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5. Surfing for the first time

I went to visit my friend in the south of France. I'd never surfed but jumped at a chance to have a go and it didn't disappoint. It takes a while but luckily my friend was a good teacher and by the end of the day, I managed to ride a wave!

Surfing for the first time

4. Midnight golf

I went to visit friends from home and we ended up playing golf up in the hills. I popped back to Folkestone for some summer loving with my friends. We spent about 2 hours golfing balls off the hills and having laugh.

Midnight golf in the hills

3. Barcelona

Sun, beach and a city what more could you want? A city every young person has to go to. I went after finishing first year and then travelled to the south of France with a friend. It was amazing and we met so many people.

Barcelona

2. My cousins came to London

They came for a whole three weeks all the way from Abu Dhabi. Last summer my cousins came to visit for three weeks, I got to take them around the city acting like a tour guide and showed them all the sights of London. London is beautiful in the summer.

Me being a London tour guide

1. Bestival

In 2012 I saw Stevie Wonder live and of course it was amazing. I loved Bestival so much went again in 2013. It's such a great vibe because everyone is so friendly. I lost my camera and someone handed it in. I've never been so happy!

Having a great time at Bestival!

 

5. Explore your back garden

Remember how it was when you were a child? Being able to get pure enjoyment from hanging out in a park or stick fighting? Well, when you've got plenty of time on your hands that is exactly what you should do. Growing up into the grown-up world isn't always as you'd think. You should always try to hold onto the things that make you excited!

Don't forget the simple thing in life that make you happy

4. Visit Friends

Chances are that you'll have some time to spare in the summer, so make plans to travel and visit friends. 

Visiting my lovely friends

3. Intern

Interning is a brilliant opportunity to build a strong CV. It helps put the theory you would have learned throughout the year into practice, as well as making valuable connections with people in the industry you want to go into.

Internships can do so much to strengthen your job applications in future

2. Work

Get a part-time job during the summer to help fund your social life while at university, otherwise you'll end up feeling left behind when others want you to come out.

Working to fund my social life

1. Travel

It doesn't matter where, just make sure you get out and travel. The spare time you have while at University is something you should be aiming to take full advantage of. Get out there and see the world.

On my travels!

Assesments and Dissertations

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Adam

 

As my time at Kingston University is fast approaching an end I thought I would recap the last couple of busy months I've had and share my experiences of how we get assessed at University. I am trying to get everything done, with only two final exams to go, although the last few months I have been so busy finishing off essays, reports, in class tests, other exams and yes the dreaded Dissertation. The dissertation alone took me a whole year to do and it was an enormous EIGHTY SEVEN pages! Don't worry, each year builds you up, to ensure you are ready for the mighty challenge of the manic final year!

I thought I would explain how we get assessed here at Kingston University. It will depend on what course you choose to study, but not just that, also the modules you get to choose will generally be assessed differently. So when applying for universities make sure you see what the modules consist of and how they are taught/assessed. These are the types of assessments we have:

  • Coursework (deadline extensions can be given for mitigating circumstances otherwise work gets capped at 40%)
  • Practicals (generally for science, engineering and performing subjects)
  • In class tests/Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)
  • Exams at the end of the academic year (Extra time is given to those with learning difficulties/disabilities)

Finally you may have to do a dissertation at the end of the third year which is an independent final piece that you get to choose. It's an aspect of your course of which focuses on a certain area you have an interest in. It's a whole year project and it's an independent piece although you have regular meetings with a designated supervisor to help you along the way. You utilize the skills that you have acquired during the course too. I currently just finished my dissertation on 'Human Personalisation Interaction.' My project aims to help vulnerable lonely elderly people that have little to no human interaction in a given day. I proposed and created a companion system that interacts with them e.g. if they came home at 6pm a sensor would be triggered and it would say "Good-evening John. How are you today?"

Adam's dissertation

All together it was over 22,000 words and 87 pages long (usually it's a minimum of 10,000 words). Even though I had a whole year to do it I submitted it on the exact minute of the deadline with 20 seconds to spare! I never learnt about leaving things late, or not been a perfectionist, but to be on the safe side, if you submit work even a few seconds after a deadline your work gets capped at 40% (even if it was an A grade 70% quality) and you get a big fat 0 if it is a week after the deadline. At university it's just about becoming more independent and learning how to manage your time, which is probably two of the biggest skills I've gained here.

I will have a video up shortly showing how my dissertation practically works, via the use of sensors and the power of computers to interact with humans with video examples.

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