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Reflections on University Exams

Currently, I’m writing this blog post to procrastinate revising for my final exam of my first year. Reflecting on nearly reaching the end of my second exam season at Nottingham, here are some of the things I wish I’d known before starting exams: Past papers are not as great as they used to be During A-Levels …

10 minute breaks for when you have too much work to do

Yesterday on a revision break* I walked around campus with my flatmate and spent far too long posing for photos with the NOTTINGHAM sign and discovering hidden gardens. Whilst it was such a well-needed break from the stress of revision, it got me thinking that I need to find some shorter revision breaks, that don’t …

Dealing with the Pressure of Exams

I’m quite a stressy person normally, meaning that come exam season I am a mess. However, although it may be inevitable to feel somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of exams, there are some ways in which this discomfort can be eased. Trust me! Be rational: as much as they may mean to you at the time, …

The 3 Emotional Stages of Being in Your Final Term

The end is nigh.   1.Denial Just point blank denial. No it is not nearly May and that is when I finish. Graduation? What’s that? Definitely not something that is happening to me this July. I refused to let myself think about it and was just pretending to be a first year again. I feel …

A Revision Survival Guide: How to Beat the Panic and Stress of Exams This Summer

Yeah, you guessed it, it’s another ‘revision top tips’ blog. I’m sure you’ve stumbled across far too many of these, but whether you want some genuine exams advice, or are looking to procrastinate some more, then I suggest you keep reading… An exam survival guide: how to beat the stress The summer time: the months …

Making Third Term Easier

Despite it only being week one of a lovely month long Easter vacation, I’m already thinking about going back to Nottingham at the end of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving spending time with my family and relaxing, but the looming exams and deadlines make it difficult to fully switch off for long. Which …

Productive Procrastination

As defined by the ever-trustworthy and academically respectable, Urban Dictionary, productive procrastination is the act of ‘putting off doing something which really needs to be done by doing something else instead which needs to be done.’ Relatable, aye? Anyway, with deadlines all around us and the imminent doomsday of the exam period looming over our …

How To Make This Year Better Than The Last

Christmas has passed us and January has arrived, along with countless new years resolutions just waiting to be broken and dark, rainy days that tempt you to hit the snooze button for the 7th time. I feel as though the new year tempts a lot of people (myself included) into wanting to make drastic lifestyle …

Christmas is Over. (but it’s okay)

It’s a melancholy time when the Christmas tree comes down, the town isn’t lit up with festive lights and there isn’t loads of great movies on the television. But all hope is not lost. Exam time is approaching and in the cold weather it can be difficult to look at the ‘bright’ side but there’s …

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 …