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New Year's resolutions 2015 - be more studious

The January assessment period can come as a bit of a shock to the system straight after the holidays; if your resolution is to be a better student then we have some top tips for you.

Prohibit procrastination

  • Having a good work/break balance can improve mental agility, Francesco Cirillo developed the ‘Pomodoro Technique’ in the 1980s that split work into 25 minute segments with short breaks or ‘Pomodori’ in between. This style of working is not for everyone but you can test it out with‘Tomato Timer’
  • There are free tools where both Windows and Mac OS users can prohibit access to certain websites for periods of time
  • If you’re not working then do something you enjoy instead, such as joining one of our clubs or societies, there is no point reading uninteresting article after uninteresting article when you could be doing something enjoyable

Know yourself

  • Know what method of study or revision is best for you, some people prefer to re-read old notes whereas others prefer to brainstorm or summarise their notes in a visually effective way
  • Organise your time to keep up with assignments, deadlines and course reading
  • Regular exercise and proper diet can help improve cognitive function as well as preventing stress and helping you sleep

Use resources

  • Students Reps find out about issues affecting students' studies and experience. They take this information informally to staff in the department, and can raise issues more formally at department, school, and university level committees to effect positive changes. Reps can give you details of people and services that can help with individual problems.
  • Find out who your student representative is by logging into our website and using our search facility
  • Be library-wise by knowing the times that it is open
  • Have a read of these University resources on how to study effectively

 

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