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?
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.
Be mindful of what you are reading, listening to, and talking about. Information is like food and if you are careless about what enters your mind don’t be surprised if what comes out of your mind is junk!
If it will take two minutes, do it now! Those notes that have been lying around for weeks, file them away. Or what about that library book you need to renew? Log in and renew it now! It can be very easy to let the small things build up until they become big things. The more time you waste thinking about those nagging chores the less time you will have to focus on the important stuff. Get it done and get it done now!
Technology can help us in so many ways but there is a fine line between help and hindrance in this always on modern age. Just checking your phone for an email can send you down the rabbit hole, browsing Instagram lunches or your friend’s Facebook rants.
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
If you are struggling with motivation just remember that your hard work will pay off one day and with your finely honed skills you will be able to help make the world a better place. But don’t wait until you finish. Use your skills today.
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There are times when you may feel completely swamped with work, social pressures, or extra curricular responsibilities. And at these times it can feel like there is no other mode of operation but to stay busy. You're always on the go, never stopping to enjoy yourself. It's at times like this more so than any other that you need to step outside of the busy bubble. Here's a great video from the makers of Headspace, an app that can help you to relax and take your mind off whatever it is that is currently bothering you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmqI1u72QLU
If you’ve had a long day and need to switch your brain off you could try this ambient music from a British band by the name of Marconi Union. The track, which was created as part of a scientific study, has been found to reduce anxiety by up to 65% according to the Mindlab institution.
"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
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 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.
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
Technology is changing so fast you may not need to type using a keyboard for much longer. However, if you are using a keyboard to type away your uni assignments you might aswell use to the best of your ability. Touch typing could save you hours of slaving away at the keyboard. It doesn’t have to be another chore though. There’s an abundance of games out there that you can use to improve your typing speed and accuracy. Head over to Typing.com and check out their typing games to help you get up to speed without boring yourself
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!
Success at University Uni is a time for reinvention. Use it to your advantage. This doesn’t mean that you must totally change who you are but it is a perfect opportunity to shake off old, and perhaps negative habits, to help you reach your full potential.
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
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you’re surrounded by high flying and hard working individuals you’re in a good position to excel at Uni.