How to use chocolate in your studies

The Easter break is here and for many that means one thing…chocolate. This post looks at three ways that you can use chocolate to help your studies. 1. Just eat more chocolate More frequent chocolate consumption has been associated with better cognitive performance. It’s true. There is research to support this – Crichton et al. (2016:126) found that eating chocolate led to superior “visual-spatial memory and … Continue reading How to use chocolate in your studies

8 things never to write in an essay

There are things we say all the time or use when communicating with our mates (or writing blog posts) that just sound too informal or over-opinionated in an academic essay. Avoid these things and although we can’t guarantee a first, you can at least avoid some potentially embarrassing negative feedback.  Contractions No, not what you get before you give birth! Contractions are things like don’t, couldn’t, … Continue reading 8 things never to write in an essay

The Dos and Don’ts of using Websites as Sources

DO use websites as resources Let’s get that out of the way to begin with.  Some people are scared of using them because they do not think they are ‘proper academic resources’. This is rubbish. ANYTHING is a ‘proper academic resource’ as long as you approach it with appropriate criticality.  Some things on the web are peer reviewed and can be used as sources of authoritative … Continue reading The Dos and Don’ts of using Websites as Sources

How to reference when the guidelines fail you

A lot of students panic about referencing, especially when it comes to citing anything not included in the guidelines for the referencing scheme they are using. However, the reality of this situation is simple – if there are no guidelines for the source type you are using, there is nothing you can be marked against. As such, it is your responsibility to appropriately cite the … Continue reading How to reference when the guidelines fail you

Dissertation or dog’s dinner*?

A well formatted dissertation is a thing of beauty. It is a true reflection of all the hard work that you have put into it. The last thing you want to submit is a document full of inconsistently formatted titles, badly captioned figures, incorrect page numbers and a dodgy table of contents. Not only does it look bad, it can affect your grade. Although the … Continue reading Dissertation or dog’s dinner*?

Getting stuff done

Today is the day you’re going to finally start that assignment. We’ve all been there. You set an aspiration to tackle some piece of university work, but never actually get around to it. Social media, Netflix, video games, going out, paid work, friendships, family, relationships, stresses and worries can all play their role in distracting you. Before you know it, you’ve lost focus and convinced … Continue reading Getting stuff done

Never write another reference again!

By the end of the second year at uni, nobody needs to be typing references out manually – there’s an app for that! Gone should be the days of losing or forgetting referencing details or painstakingly following your referencing guidelines; software such as RefWorks or EndNote can take the strain and the pain out of the process. In the first year Sorry first year students, … Continue reading Never write another reference again!

Using your feedback: summative comments

This can be read as part two of last week’s ‘using your feedback’ post on the in-text comments. This time, the focus is on summative feebback. Summative feedback is the longer feedback that comes at the end of your assignment or on the cover sheet (rather than in the margins or as in-text comments). It tends to include comments about the overall assignment or issues … Continue reading Using your feedback: summative comments

Using your feedback: In-text comments

This week’s post will discuss the six most frequently used in-text comments in feedback. This is structured around an overview of the comments you may recieive, what these can mean and what you need to do. Problems with your evidence Comment(s): Ref?Source neededWhere is your evidence?Evidence What it can mean: You have made a statement that you have not backed up with evidence from your … Continue reading Using your feedback: In-text comments