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I'm Back!!

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Laura

 

Hey!!

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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!

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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!

 

5. Listen to music

When I'm really trying to distract myself from studying, I look through my music on my laptop and make playlists and download new music to add to them.

4. Cooking

Sometimes, when I'm supposed to be studying, this is when I spend the most time cooking intricate and time-consuming meals, just to avoid what I'm really supposed to be doing!

3. Job hunting

I often check out what graduate level job opportunities are available, even though I still have a year left at university before I can start applying. I know it's a waste of time but it's always good to know what's out there.

2. Tidy room, tidy mind

I tell myself I can't work in a messy room, so I start to tidy it. Hours pass by, and I've ended up colour coordinating my wardrobe and alphabetising my DVD and book shelf, just to avoid getting back to work.

1. Online shopping

Distraction is never more than a click away! I often get tempted onto online shops by adverts that appear on my browser and before I know it I have made a basket of clothes I can't afford!

 

Hey guys, my name's Jacob Mager. I'm doing my 2nd year of English Literature and Creative Writing, and it's an absolute blast! Since coming to Uni I've written tons of stories, accidentally auditioned and performed in a play, had a sword fight (fencing!), done countless all-nighters in the library, got a black eye from boxing, briefly adopted a cat and joined the Student Ambassadors. These have easily been some of most exciting years of my life, and I'm looking forward to whatever 3rd year has to offer!

9:00 - Shower and fresh breath

10.00

Nothing says good morning like a shower and fresh breath! Sometimes it might be tempting to skip the shower so you can catch a few extra minutes of sleep - don't do it! Trust me, a shower will always wake you right up. It also means you won't have to walk like a penguin all day!

10:00 - Breakfast

10.00

Grabbing a bite to eat before Uni. I never put milk in my cereal- just makes it soggy! Usually I try to cook a decent meal before leaving the house, but if there's no time, fruit and biscuits will do the job.

11:00 - Work session at the library

11.00

I met with my friends in the library for a work session. As Creative Writers, we review each other's work constantly- what better way to perfect a story? Group study time is precious, because University will be the only time I am completely and totally surrounded by writers, all working towards similar goals. We motivate each other!

12:00 - My favourite spot on campus

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The top floor of the library is one of my favourite study areas, simply because the view is awesome. Gazing at the clouds for a while is a good way to take a break from the books. Sometimes people will occupy your favourite spot, and while you might want to fight them in gladiatorial combat it's not allowed on campus. So it's always good to have two or three back-up favorite spots.

13:00 - Playing the Game of Thrones board game

Falling into bed

I recently bought the Game of Thrones board game, and it's started a series of alliances, betrayals and plot twists within my social circle! It's easily the best board game I've ever played, with matches lasting up to four hours. We were thinking of creating a board gaming society as a result. If there isn't a society for your hobby or passion, start one! Chances are there are many people willing to join you, and it looks great on your CV. 

15:00 - Treating myself to a frozen yogurt

Falling into bed

Unfortunately for them, the people queued behind me are not waiting for a kiss - they're queued for Snog! This was my first time tasting frozen yogurt, and it was fantastic. Especially for just a pound, which is why I was able to afford it. If you're budgeting, keep an eye out for affordable goodies like this, but don't go overboard! 

16:00 - Rollerblading!

Falling into bed

Took my Rollerblades out for a spin before the sun set. Rollerblading is an old hobby of mine, and a truly freeing experience. Aside from being good exercise, I've also found that teaching your friends to rollerblade is a great excuse to see them fall over. Just remember to help them up!

18:00 - Burgers for dinner

Falling into bed

Dinner for me was good old burgers in barbecue sauce (my housemate added extra pepper while I wasn't looking!) I'm not a health nut, but I do try to eat at least 1 of my 5 a day! Citrus fruit in particular is good for keeping you awake if you're finishing an assignment. 

20:00 - Playing Mario Kart with my housemates

Falling into bed

Had a gaming session with housemates and friends while the cookies were in the oven. Not to brag, but I'm basically the King of Mario Kart. Messing around with these guys are some of my favorite Uni memories so far. Meeting a bunch of people through societies or just chatting after lecture will net you a good set of friends!

21:00 - Preparing to make some home-made cookies

Falling into bed

My housemates and I decided to try our hand at baking! Not eating the delicious batter was a challenge by itself. We tend to cook for each other as well, occasionally doing a 'family dinner' kind of thing.

22:00 - We burnt the cookies!

Falling into bed

We might have got a bit carried a way...the first batch of cookies were black as night! I might be King of Mario Kart, but a master che​f I am NOT. (Actually, I blame my housemates!)

23:00 - A bit of light reading

Falling into bed

Did some reading before bed. Without spoiling it, The Fault in our Stars is kind of a romance, but with a twist. I'm writing about it for my course. Normally I don't like soppy books at all, but this one is special. In the morning, I'll be putting it in my bag to take with me - whether you're waiting for a train or stuck in a tree, keeping a book handy will stave off the boredom!

24:00 - Falling into bed

Falling into bed

Possibly my favorite part of the day - falling into bed is sweeter than any burnt cookie or victory in a game! If I get lucky, I'll wake up to a cup of tea in the morning, courtesy of Rob or Ollie. If not, I'll make one of them tea, so that they'll be obliged to make me tea the next time. This way, the tea cycle shall continue forever!

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