Want to make some progress in Progress Week? Our student blogger Sarah has some great advice to help you get on with assignments and revision:
Number One: Plan. Do not cram all your studying the night before your assignment is due. Plan your week: when will you study and how long for? Small doses of studying, not long stretches, will help you retain the information. Tools like Trello can help you create to do lists and plan your day.
Number Two: Get the right tools. Make sure you have the right material with you: notebook, pen, reading material. While using a laptop can be helpful, try writing it down. It helps you have a deeper understanding of the topic.
Number Three: Get your zeds. Make sure you have enough sleep. It is important that your body is ready to study. This should also make it easier for you to retain the information as well as understand it.
Number Four: Take regular breaks. It is important that you do not sit for long periods at a time. Give your body a break: take a quick ten-minute walk or dance around the kitchen.
Number Five: Disconnect. Yes, the internet is great, but Instagram and TikTok are not helpful when it comes studying. Use your phone as a reward. Study for an hour, then have fifteen minutes on social media.
Number Six: Noise levels. It has been found that classical music can help you study but so can complete silence. At The Hive there is a silent study space on the top floor, enabling you to study in peace. Noisli is a nice little app which can play soothing background sounds to improve your focus and block out unwanted noise.
Number Seven: Buddy up. Try studying in a pair or in a group. This way you can test each other, and help each other understand. You can book a group study table or nook on level 0 of The Hive.
Number Eight: Use the help available. The Language Centre and Writers in Residence can help you with planning, writing and polishing your essays. The askalibrarian desk at The Hive can assist with finding the right information, and referencing.
Number Nine: Bring food and drink. It has been found that eating chocolate can help you study. It allows the brain to have a reward as well as yourself. Plus you get a student discount at The Hive Cafe. They do great sausage rolls (although we are not sure if there is any intellectual benefit to sausage rolls...)
Number Ten: Test yourself. Yes, you may not know what the exam question is going to be. However, by testing yourself you can see areas you are weak on and therefore you can work on those areas. Do this in plenty of time before the exam so you are more prepared and more confident.
Number Eleven: Bonus tip! Don’t forget to Study Happy. From crafting clubs to free cups of tea, Study Happy helps you study happier, healthier and smarter.