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Whether it's for your smart phone or tablet, here's my guide to which apps make university easier and better for me.

BlackboardBlackboard Mobile Learn app

makes it easier for you to access learning resources for your course whenever and wherever you like!

When I use it - On my journey to Uni - having a quick flick through the slides on my way to uni helps me be prepared for the lecture, and gives me chance to prepare, sometimes it can help to refresh on the slides from the previous week, this might generate some questions which you can ask your lecturer.

During lectures - I like being able to view the slides, the slide decks can be saved and opened in other applications which allow you edit and write notes onto the slides

Blackboard is a great tool for individual study and revision; it also contains useful information about coursework, deadlines and exams.

The Kingston University app

Kingston university app

The KU app gives you access to University information and services such as campus maps, course timetables, library catalogue and account, bus timetables and an address book.

I have only recently discovered the app and so don't yet have much experience, but so far it has been great, giving me a view of my timetable for next year already.

Additionally I think the bus timetable will be particularly useful, along with being able to search and renew library books through it, no more late fines, hopefully!!


Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft Office

And finally, Free  on up to five devices. This means you can have the Microsoft Office package on your tablet and phone, allowing you to view and edit docs on mobile devices, this is great for lectures, as well as public transport.

Follow the link below for more details -

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/why-choose-kingston-university/student-support/computer-facililties/

 

I used to get annoyed at all those people saying how my three years at uni would fly by. And then somehow, what feels like a day after I went in for my first lecture, I am done with my undergraduate degree. And frankly, I have no clue where the past three years went! I am now going to graduate in November with a First Class degree with Honours in TV & New Broadcasting Media with English Literature (BA) . Before I put on my funny hat and take a picture with my gown, I'd like to walk you down the past three years, just to give you an idea of what you can/should do at every stage.

Teddy's first year

First year was the time when I made a ton of new friends and explored Kingston as well as London. I took that year to teach myself the proper format for my essays and I established a steady pace of reading, which was particularly useful in my third year. Take your time and join as many clubs and societies as you can as not only will you get to know more people that way but these will also be great conversation starters at interviews. Don't forget that you need to start looking for a job as well! I personally got a job in March of my first year.

Teddy's second year

Second year gets ever so slightly more serious. That is partly because the grades you get count towards your overall achievement. Time to learn how to juggle a job with your studies as well! I remember thinking how all that free time I had in first year had disappeared all of a sudden. You might find that you won't be as close to some of the people you were friends with in first year but that's okay. I remember feeling like I knew where my place was at this stage.

Teddy's third year

Third year.. well, I found third year quite stressful. I was working almost full time AND balancing my university work. There have been quite a few days when I felt that all my effort was not worth it and that I wouldn't be able to get a first anyway. Looking back now, I know that the feeling you get when you see you've achieved a First is unlike anything else. Third year is also the time when you figure out what career path you'd like to take. Don't worry too much about it though, things have their way of working out. Take a break, take your time to think carefully what you want to do next and then start applying for those (graduate) jobs!

P.S. One piece of advice that you should go by all three years: Travel as much as you can!

Final year fear!!!

Posted 6 Oct 2014 by Sarah

 

My excitement is turning into a fear. A fear of a new challenge, losing friends, struggling to find a graduate job, not being able to afford my expenses and lots more... I have always been looking forward to start my final year and now that it is only few days away I am not sure whether I am ready to carry on with my studies. I guess I can blame my year long placement for losing my concentration and interest in my studies.

I have recently completed my placement which I found really useful however I am struggling to get back into study mode after a long break. I have been in touch with my friends who graduated last year and most of them are still unemployed. Their hardship stories are giving me more stress as the job market is very competitive nowadays and I don't want to be in the same situation. Would the placement be enough for me to get a graduate job? Would I be able to get a first class degree? If yes, would it get me a job? There are so many questions going through my mind which I didn't think of before starting my final year.

I have always been thinking to finish Uni as soon as I can but getting through your final year isn't the end. The real challenge will start once I have successfully graduated. I am hoping to find a graduate scheme which will allow me to secure a job after I have graduated. At the moment I am enjoying myself and going out every day like there is no tomorrow!!!

Keep rocking...

 

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