Plan for Life Don’t Let Life Plan for You

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Careers, Productivity, Success|

  Photo: Clker-Free-Vector-Images | Pixabay | CC0 “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon Many an opportunity has been missed because people were too busy with their head down just trying to get through their day, week, month or year. All of sudden they have ended up on a different course to the one they imagined they would follow a few years before. How did that happen they might wonder? 

Learn Self Control to Stop FOMO

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Productivity, Success|

Photo: pixel1 | Pixabay | CC0 There’s so much going on in university that it can be hard to focus on why you are actually there. Social events, parties, sports clubs, and relationships are just some of the things fighting for your attention. So much so, that it is easy to forget why you are in university. When you miss that huge party everyone has been talking about, or can’t play your next football match because you have exams coming up, it can be really hard. This is where self control comes in.

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

Zen and the Art of Uni Success

By | 2017-06-29T13:52:23+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Success|

"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water." There are different views as to what this means, and it is, like many other zen sayings, subject to interpretation. Whatever the true meaning, from a university student's perspective it could be safe to say that it is really about hard work and persistent effort. Whatever you are working on, keep working. Don't expect an essay to write itself or willing survey participants to appear from nowhere and offer their time to help you gather data. Keep striving to complete the small tasks and academic enlightenment may

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

Receive with a pencil. Create with a keyboard.

By | 2017-03-01T21:14:26+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Success, Writing|

Receive information with a pencil. Create Information with a keyboard. It turns out that taking handwritten notes can help us to consolidate information clearly and, as a result, we are able to remember more of the information recorded than if we had typed our notes. This may not apply to artists but for students attending lectures this advice could mean the difference between average and excellent grades! Here's a great talk about these findings... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89vzfTFu1Vw How do you like to take notes? Leave a comment below with your own techniques or tips.

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.

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!

The College Drop Out Fallacy

By | 2017-02-02T21:32:42+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Inspiration, Success|

  For every college dropout success story that the media put about there will be thousands of drop outs that deeply regret their decision. Don’t forget that Mark Zuckerberg only dropped out of one of the most prestigious colleges in the US only after he had established Facebook as a potential business. Steve Jobs dropped in to other lectures that interested him. He loved learning! One of the lectures he stumbled upon was on caligraphy, years later these lectures inspired him to create a personal computer with beautiful fonts. Apple computers are now synonymous class and style, and thoughtful

Gratitude is the Best Attitude

By | 2017-02-01T17:28:38+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Success|

CC 0 John Hain It’s easy to get overwhelmed by life at university, the social demands, ever looming deadlines, looking after yourself. One very simple trick to help make your day a positive one is to practice an attitude of gratitude. It sounds corny but by just focusing on all the good things you have going on in your life on any given day you can drastically improve your state of mind. Look around you at all your friends you get to spend so many good times with, relish in a beautiful sunset from your window or be

Think for Yourself

By | 2017-02-28T21:22:00+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Inspiration, Success|

As a rather famous scientist once said “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” Einstein is known for his scientific knowledge and the work he did for physics in the 20th century but his words of wisdom ring true for people from all backgrounds and interests. It’s easy to cram for a test and know how to fill in all the answers but can you think for yourself? Can you explain the topic to another person? Find someone and try to teach them. Who knows what else you will learn?  

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