10 ways to stay focused on revision

Revision can be boring and other distractions can suddenly look sooooo appealing (even housework – who knew?). Here are some handy tips to help you stay focused on what really matters during the final assessment week. 1. Get all the tidying done before you start You’re going to do it anyway as a form of procrastination, so why not just tidy your room, blitz that desk … Continue reading 10 ways to stay focused on revision

Exams are here!! 14 ways to rock them

Before the exam Check the time and place one more time! Eat a breakfast high in slow-release carbohydrates (porridge, low-sugar cereals or a banana for example). Go to the loo! Exams are long. Make sure you have your exam essentials: Student card, pens/pencils, calculator if allowed). Check out appropriate exam rules In the exam room Things you know you SHOULD do but usually don’t: Read the … Continue reading Exams are here!! 14 ways to rock them

Ask for these books for Christmas and make your family think you’re taking Uni seriously!

With Christmas around the corner, your friends and family may well be asking for present suggestions. Why not surprise them this year and ask for some study-related books which can really help you as you progress through university. Here are our 5 suggestions of books we have been impressed with recently: Academic success: a student’s guide to studying at university  Jean Brick, Nick Wilson & … Continue reading Ask for these books for Christmas and make your family think you’re taking Uni seriously!

Should I be writing or revising right now? 5 common procrastination excuses and what you should do instead

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student with an impending deadline or upcoming exam, must find any excuse they can think of to avoid writing or revising. Here, we try to give you some simple strategies to minimise the effects of procrastination in the run up to deadline days and the exam period. Procrastination 1: “I can’t revise or work unless my desk/room/the … Continue reading Should I be writing or revising right now? 5 common procrastination excuses and what you should do instead

Citing right or a right sight?

While in-text citations are easy to do, they are often a lot more intricate than they first appear. While most students get to grips with using them quite quickly, this blog post is going to highlight some of the subtleties of in-text citations. This not only includes where they should go in your sentence, but some additional notations you can use depending on how you … Continue reading Citing right or a right sight?

This way dear reader…using signposts effectively in your assignments

One of your important jobs as an academic writer is to make it easy for your reader to follow your arguments. Key tools for this are signposting words – words that let your reader know which direction your argument is taking. Some assignment marking schemes may refer to them as “discourse markers” and you may specifically get marks for using enough of them (and using … Continue reading This way dear reader…using signposts effectively in your assignments

Jumping to conclusions…

Conclusions are often overlooked, forgotten and unloved 😢. Conclusions, in their imagined lowly position at the end of your writing, are often cursory and written last minute. It’s time to change and give your conclusions some much needed attention. Your conclusion is THE WHOLE POINT of your essay. All the other parts of the essay should have been leading your reader on an inevitable journey to the wonderful … Continue reading Jumping to conclusions…

I’d like to introduce you to…my essay

Just what should go into a good essay introduction? Here are some helpful guidelines to make a reader want to hang on to your every word: An essay introduction should include: A little basic background about the key subject area (just enough to put your essay into context, no more or you’ll bore the reader to death). Explanation of how you are defining any key terms. Confusion on this … Continue reading I’d like to introduce you to…my essay

Well structured essay or wobbly blob?

A really important aspect of writing an essay is to make sure it has a good structure. Without it, it becomes unwieldy and unfocussed – a bit of a wobbly blob. At it’s simplest, an essay needs an introduction, several main body paragraphs and then a conclusion. Each of these grows as the length of the essay grows. The introduction and conclusion should be approximately … Continue reading Well structured essay or wobbly blob?