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Dealing with ‘Writer’s Block’ During Deadlines

It’s that grey time of year again – amid all of the festivities and Christmas lights in Nottingham, many of us are getting our heads down in Hallward and trying to bash out an essay which we should have realistically started a few weeks ago. Sometimes, having a deadline looming over you can really boost …

My Favourite Instrumental Music to Study to

If you’re like me and prefer to study cooped up in the library then you’ll understand the problems of accidentally sitting next to either a hungry student devouring endless packets of monster munch, a group of aggressively loud whisperers talking about their c-razy night out last night, or simply a stressed final year who is …

How to Get Out of a Midterm Slump

So, we’re half way through the second term of university (how that happened beats me), it’s cold, dark and bleak to say the least outside. Chances are you’re starting to think about impending pieces of coursework / exams and are lacking the motivation to do anything about these matters. Fear no, my friend, because I …

How to Handle Coursework Stress

It is a thing nobody talks about. Lecturers constantly speak of remaining calm whilst doing coursework and exams, but never do they mention the stress that comes during the process of handing in coursework. I must admit that I am a naturally stressy person, but having consulted a number of impartial sources (ahem, my housemates), …

Presentation Paranoia? How To Ace Your Next Presentation

Around this time last year, I gave my first oral presentation at university. Now, almost a year later, I’m planning – or at least, planning to start planning – my next presentation as part of my course. Over the last year, I’ve learnt so much about delivering a solid presentation and how it so beautifully …

What do I do after university?

So I’m sat here after just applying for a scholarship scheme for an internship in China thinking what the heck do I want to do after university? I know I still have about a year to go, but is that really that long? Today my girlfriend and I had a chat in the car on …

Dear Prospective Dissertation-ers

Dear Prospective Dissertation-ers, While my degree might be slightly different to yours –  you might be conducting an experiment in a lab, examining the theory of something I’ll never understand, delving into the history of a past event or reviewing a piece of literature – there is still some kind of ominous dissertation looming in …

Stages of Writing an Essay

I have been in complete essay mode over the last month, writing an accumulative total of 18,000 words. Now that I’ve emerged on the other side, I think it’s safe to say I’ve become relatively well-versed in the stages of writing an essay…   First of all, there’s the Planning stage. A teacher once told …

Top Study Spots in Notts

When I’m writing an essay at home, I like to move about from room to room, convincing myself that I’ll be more productive if I work somewhere else. In reality, it’s just a pretty shoddy attempt at avoiding reading another article. There is something quite refreshing, though, in studying in a different setting to normal …

3 Ways to Reduce Deadline Stress

It’s that time of year again. The evenings are darker, the days are colder, and your sleep cycle is so out of tune that you might as well be in another timezone. Not exactly ideal combined with the crushing weight of winter coursework deadlines. So if you’re feeling the pressure, try out some of the …