Show the World Your Work

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Study Hacks, Success|

Ever felt like all that work you did last year has just been put in a folder somewhere and forgotten about? A great way to keep track of your academic, personal and professional progress is to create an online portfolio. Not only does it help you to show the world where you are on your journey but it should help you to remember past experiences in years to come. Below are four different platforms you can use for free. Be aware that some do charge for more services or data storage. Check out some example student portfolios created using Bulb

We are what we repeatedly do…

By | 2017-03-03T21:53:30+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Study Hacks, Success|

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant This also means that if you repeatedly do something that is not good for you it may eventually become a bad habit. Watch yourself! If you are always doing something that is not helping you progress or causing you unnecessary stress then you need to change course. Here are some tips for breaking free from old habits: - Focus on just one habit at

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

By | 2017-02-28T14:21:33+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Study Hacks, Success|

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day By quickly asking yourself these five questions every day you can become a more reflective learner and a better person too! It has been proven that gratitude can improve your own sense of well being and have a profound impact on your outlook. Try these questions every day for a week and see how you feel. Leave a comment below if you have any other useful practices that help you get through your day and your studies.

Get Smart Get a Dumb Phone

By | 2017-03-17T08:58:04+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Study Hacks|

There's been a bit of fuss around the re-release of the Nokia 3310, a classic phone with very little to offer aside from calls, texts, and the classic game snake! Here at Uni Study Skills we've been using old mobile phones for a while, simply because, as much as we marvel at the amazing power of technology to impact every part of our lives, we get fed up of being constantly distracted. You know what it's like, you quickly check the time on your phone only to be completely sidetracked by your latest Instagram notifications or a Facebook message you

Step Away from the Keyboard

By | 2017-02-25T10:56:07+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Productivity, Study Hacks, Writing|

You don’t need to sit at a desk and write your way through university. These days there are many other methods for capturing your thoughts and organising them into written texts. Google Voice Type Your Ideas in Minutes You can speak ideas into your phone and use Google Docs which offers Voice typing... (see below). It's not always accurate but can be a great method to use if you want to get short ideas or notes down without typing.     Rev Up Your Writing and Write 6000+ Words in an Hour Use a professional transcription service and write

Type Fast, Have Fun

By | 2017-02-27T21:03:38+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Study Hacks|

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How to Get Started

By | 2017-02-12T01:53:18+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Study Hacks, Success|

Get Started CC 3.0 If you're struggling for inspiration for your dissertation or a research project you could try these questions to spark your imagination: Use the following searches to get you started... ...the future of ___________ (insert subject here) ...amazing  ___________ (insert subject here) ...mysteries of___________ (insert subject here) ...secrets of___________ (insert subject here) ...successful___________ (insert subject here) projects Leave a comment below if you have useful tips for getting inspired!

Change Your Brain Forever and Switch to a Growth Mindset!

By | 2017-03-23T22:11:11+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Productivity, Study Hacks, Success|

Photo: OpenClipart-Vectors | Pixabay | CC0 Your brain is like a muscle and muscles need exercise. Don't give up on the next challenge because you feel like it is way over your head. Keep pushing and learning and go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Here's a simple video describing the growth mindset for kids but we can all learn from the content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zrtHt3bBmQ  

Pinspiration

By | 2017-01-15T13:16:20+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Inspiration, Study Hacks|

Pinspiration A great tool for gather ideas for uni study skills, or anything else for that matter, is to set up a Pinterest account and some pin boards to organise your findings. In a very short space of time you will have built up a huge catalogue of useful ideas, inspiration and maybe even a few quick recipes. Just what you need when deadlines are looming and time is scarce! Check out our Pinterest page @ uk.pinterest.com/unistudyskills Happy Pinning!

The Ultimate Strategy for Making a Good Decision

By | 2017-01-04T19:25:39+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Study Hacks|

Are you trying to decide on which assignment topic to follow or what to research for your dissertation? Does a pros and cons list often not work and leave you even more confused? If this is a problem you are commonly dealing with then the weighted average decision matrix could be just what you’re looking for!

Warning! Do you settle for good not great?

By | 2017-03-04T22:02:02+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Study Hacks, Writing|

It's very easy to settle for 'that'll do' and to be honest that is how a lot of us approach assignments or exams. However, if you want to achieve a higher level of success in University you need to start asking yourself 'How can I make this even better?'. After slaving for weeks, months or even years on a course or project it is often tempting to draw a line in the sand and submit a completed piece of work that is good but not great. Why not set yourself an early deadline? You could make it a few weeks

3 Tools to Improve Focus

By | 2016-12-17T11:42:03+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Study Hacks|

Online Clock Countdown: set your desired time for studying for your session and work towards it. Pause when you take a break. You can also use Google's timer tool. Tomato Timer: using the Pomodoro technique, reminds me to take breaks every 25 mins but also only brief 5 min breaks, with a 10 min break every 4th cycle. My Noise: generates background or white noise so you can block out distractions if you have to study in a busy environment. Works best with noise-reducing earphones but still effective without.