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My top five places in London

Posted 14 May 2014 by Adam

 

5) Wimbledon

My hometown, and of course famous for the Wimbledon Tennis championships (where I was a ball boy!). The atmosphere is great especially during the tennis. It's a peaceful area, with lots of parks, tennis courts, great for shopping and in my unbiased opinion the best, most balanced place in all of London.

I was once a Ball Boy at Wimbledon!

4) Richmond Park

In my opinion it's the best park and open space area in London (including Hyde Park). I love it there so much that I will sometimes go just to have a 7 mile cycle around the parameter. I'm more of a person that enjoys peace and quiet opposed to the manic busy central London. It's a great place to relax, chill, have lunch and watch the wildlife such as deer and birds speed past.

3) London Bridge

There are lots of bridges that cross over the Thames in London, but London Bridge stands out due to it's location - next to Big Ben, the Tower of London and other iconic places. It's beautiful visiting on a sunny day, and a very popular place for Tourists. Just be careful not to drop anything off as you won't be getting it back - I learnt not to take photo's over the barrier with an old camera!!

London Bridge

2) Tower of London

A free place to visit, and what more can be said about the Tower of London other than where people where imprisoned and killed hundreds of years ago? It's like taking a step back in time. It's right by London Bridge and there are some fantastic views you can get if you go to the roof. Also, be warned, there are often scary pranks going on too!

Tower of London

1) Hamleys Toy Shop

OK, I know this is a kid toy shop, but I used to love going as a kid and without shame I still do! Especially during the Christmas season, there are elves and you get to try out all the cool fun toys and gadgets on 7 floors! I could have gone for Harrods which is the posh expensive adult equivalent, but I couldn't afford anything there!!!

The best toy store ever! Especially at Xmas!

 

Exam season is upon us once more. How quickly this year has seemed to fly past, as if it were mere days gone by!

When you are at university you will most likely have to face exams at some point (some courses are entirely coursework based, but check out how your course is assessed at www.Kingston.ac.uk) Different people handle them differently, some prefer them over coursework! (Law is a dual assessment with both coursework and exams) Some people use strategic revision techniques, some people study a lot, some have photographic memories and can ace exams without too much stress and hassle...

I am in between, I guess. I did well in my first year exams because I worked very hard, but I did get a bit stressed out worrying I was going to fail, which is natural in your first year, I think. There are a number of tips I can give you that I've picked up to hopefully help with your revision and help you along the way.

1. Find out early on in your course modules what the assessment will be. Whether it is coursework, practical or exams. This information is usually (for Law) provided during your first lecture/seminar in the form of a 'module handbook' which contains all above information and sets out the topics you will go over in the year (there are normally about 15 large topics and you can be examined on any one of them).

2. When you know how you're going to be assessed, and the topics you might be assessed on, bear it in mind during all of your seminars and lectures. Always have the reminder in the back of your mind that exam season rolls around soon enough and that eventually you're going to have to write out what you know on the given topic being taught. Make comprehensive notes and do all of your reading. Don't fall behind as you will miss things and then you'll make life harder for yourself when it comes to revision.

3. Coursework - I had four essays this year that were assessed coursework pieces - one for each module. You have no excuse not to get a great grade on these because you have the time and resources available to ace them. Work hard, reference (!),  don't plagiarise (!!) and always remember you can take it to BLASC if you're not sure on structure, grammar, language etc. (BLASC is the academic skills centre for business and law http://business.kingston.ac.uk/about-us/kingston-hill-campus/business-and-law-academic-skills-centre) Most other subjects will have their own skills centre on campus too.

4. Revision - start early, get a revision group (not friends to avoid chatter), I personally work more in the library than at home, go over your notes, read your text books, make flash cards, test yourself on past exam papers etc. Think about the structure of what your exam answer should take, because that's more important than you'd think. For example, in law you rarely need the facts of cases, simply the legal principle... which I didn't realise properly until my second year. During revision, stay hydrated and eat well as your mind works better then.

5. The exam - eat breakfast on the morning, take a bottle of water to the exam and a couple of pens just in case. If it's Law and you're allowed a statute book, make sure you have an appropriate copy. Read the question through properly, make a plan, take a breath and begin. Overall, use the knowledge you have learnt the past year, coupled with your common sense and I'm sure you will do very well indeed.

Now, I must get back to revising, good luck everybody!!

 

Monday - 5 May

Making use of the Bank Holiday weekend by sorting out my room in halls. I move back home next month for the summer. Here is one of my boxes ready to go back the next time my Mum visits.

Beginning to pack my things for my move back home

Tuesday - 6 May

With only a month left to go until my band and I play my home town festival, Basingstoke Live, practice was calling until the end of hours. The practice rooms in Kingston Hill are beginning to become a second home to me and the boys at the moment.

My band and I play at a festival in a month!

Wednesday - 7 May

Being involved in the #TakeoverKU Twitter takeover! This is an opportunity for anyone who is applying to Kingston to ask current Student Ambassadors about any aspect of life at KU! I really enjoyed getting to know the other ambassadors and speaking to all of you!

#TakeoverKU

Thursday - 8 May

A sweet treat for myself after being poorly today, definitely worth the trek to Asda.

Friday - 9 May

A surprise trip home! I love turning up and surprising my family but unfortunately good weather didn't follow me, but on the plus side there was a beautiful rainbow.

A sweet treatA beautiful rainbow

Saturday - 10 May

Spending quality time with my sister, I let her paint my toe nails and have endless selfies in her new room. This is one of my favourite parts of being able to go home, she drives me crazy but I can always laugh with my little sister!

My little sister's artwork

Sunday - 11 May

Back in Kingston this evening and working on my log book entries for a teaching scheme I am a part of. I am part of the Compact Scheme which is a support network for students who meet a certain criteria. I've been working in my placement school for a few weeks and I'm enjoying it! Not long to go now until I'm finished though!

My Compact Scheme Handbook

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