Posted 6 Jun 2013 by Anna
Besides officially handing in my final assignment for university last Monday I was also very excited to celebrate my birthday on May 2.. Kingston riverside style! After the weather has been so rainy and cloudy the last few weeks I never thought I would see great weather for my birthday, but I was wrong. My birthday turned out to be a great day of celebrations with my friends both indoors and outdoors. To kick off my birthday I went to the riverside with my friend and fellow journalism student, Harriet. She and I were soaking up the sun with a cool drink at hand and watching swans swim around the river. It was a great time for us both as we had just finished with The River newspaper where we always worked tirelessly without a break. We finally picked the perfect day and place to have a much needed reward from our hard work in university. The riverside area along the Thames in Kingston is a great place to have lunch and enjoy the fine scenery while taking in the lively atmosphere. There are so many riverside cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars which is sure to please everyone. There was no question in my mind that this was the place to be, and wearing a turquoise skirt my mother bought me for my birthday made me feel like a princess for the day. Later I enjoyed a great dinner with friends Martyn and Alice at TGI Fridays!
My top 5 places to try along the Kingston riverside would be...
1. Carluccio's - Every time I go there with friends I always enjoy the Italian aroma and cuisine. They always make great risotto dishes, I always go for the ones with mushrooms or courgettes with gorgonzola cheese. Try to sit outside when the weather is great as you will have a view of the river front plaza.
2. Patisserie Valerie - Think of yummy pastries and a decorative cafe as only the French can present. As you walk by their cafe window it is hard to pull yourself away from the delicious cakes and cool treats. it is a great place to unwind with a nice pot of tea or cappuccino.
3. Riverside Vegetaria - I love their vegetarian dishes with organic ingredients and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. They have many tables inside but also expand to the outside near the river which can be a great place to sit during a candle lit dinner for two.
4. Cammasan - If you love Asian cuisine and want to treat yourself to a night out, they this is a great place to try out. I always go for their great soups and fish cakes and of course a green tea! It is nestled near the river plaza and the Rose theatre so the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a show.
5. Brown's Brasserie - If you love large portions of food and crave a great steak or burger, then this place will leave your mouth watering. It is just along the riverside with a great view of Richmond Park across the river. As you sit and enjoy your meal you can catch a glimpse of the boats cruising up and down the river and even sit outside for a nice cocktail or beer if the weather is warmer.
Hi all! Feels like it has been forever since I last wrote! I have been so busy with deadlines and exams. How are your exams/revision going?
I am still learning how to revise, even after doing my GCSEs and A levels, and I thought you might like some tips from someone who's had to do a lot of revision:
• Try and fit in regular exercise, it gives your mind a rest and makes you feel so much better
• Get a Facebook blocker for your web browser (this helped me a lot!!)
• Give yourself a reward after doing a block of revision, but make sure your blocks are at least twenty minutes; otherwise you end up rewarding yourself more than revising.
• Get an early night and wake up earlier. This cheers you up and makes you feel ahead all day; but make sure you get straight to work in the morning and don't leave it till the afternoon.
• Write summary pages of each topic.
• If your teacher has set you any learning objectives, use those as the basis for an exercise in which you try and answer them fully.
• Highlight groups of information using different colours. For example, I had my last exam on abnormal psychology so had to learn lots of different disorders and the symptoms and treatments of these. I highlighted symptoms in one colour and treatments in another. This makes it easier when going through your notes later on.
• Test yourself periodically. It has been found that testing yourself works better than just reading something over and over.
• If you have really nice friends and family like I do; get them to test you!
I hope your revision goes well! Good luck and hopefully see you in September!
Have you applied for Kingston and got an offer? If you can't decide which university to pick as your firm or insurance choice why not go to some open days? It's such a big decision. I went and looked at all 5 of my choices before I felt able to pick the best ones for me to apply to.
Exam season all over the country has started, not only for GCSE/A-levels, but for Universities too. The pressure to do well in these exams is so much bigger than when being at school. Not only are they are harder, but unlike school each exam has an effect on the final outcome of your degree. For example, second year counts for 20% of your final degree! One slip up or bad result can have a huge effect of the final result. Which is why preparation for each exam is huge! Though this is something I find difficult to do as I don't like sitting still, so to stop myself procrastinating I get all my notes and head straight to the library and get as much as possible done during the day so that I can have the nights off. Otherwise I end up getting bored at home and never getting anything done.
But finding what works best for you is key, otherwise you'll be wasting time revising through the wrong technique. But overall, good luck with your exams, I know you'll do great and will get into the University of your choice!!
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