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Healthy lifestyle at exam time

on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:00
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Healthy Lifestyle during Exams 

 

THE GAME IS ON.

Exams! Assignments! Projects! Oh no!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means exams are even closer, and it is most definitely not the most wonderful time of the year. It can be very easy to let things run by the way side during exam season. Here are some tips from mentors on how to keep yourself in check for the coming weeks!

 

Make a timetable and study plan…. and stick to it! 

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Planning is usually always a first port of call, but don’t just make a schedule  and toss it aside.

H0W 4RE Y0U K33P1N9??

on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 10:26
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(On behalf of Mentor Leader Sinead Ruane and her team of Mentors)

As a first year, odds are you’re still settling in. It’s a mad year of new beginnings, and it takes quite a while to fully adjust to college life. The following are places you can turn to when things aren’t the best, for whatever reason that may be. Each service outlined, in its own way, is there to support you, to help you with anything you might need help with.

First things first: health.

Preparing for exams

on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:24
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Below is some advice from different students with ideas on how to prepare for exams

As well as studying over lecture notes and slides, external reading can help. Sometimes reading other sources of a subject can help give clarity. It offers more detail and information on a topic or subject, giving wider knowledge of the subject. This will also help to broaden your understanding for the topic. Selecting information from readings, such as keywords, phrases can help gain more points in a type question.

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Time Management

on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 23:24
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Time Management

“You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé

Are you late for assignments, generally stressing or missing activities and around the campus?

Does it sometimes feel like there's not enough hours in the day? Well, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but how come some people make more progress in a day than you can in a week? It all comes down to time management, the art of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.

University isn’t just about getting good grades in your exams, it’s also about skill development.

volunteering in and out of college

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:56
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Volunteering can be a very mysterious area for first years. It has neither the leisure and social allure possessed by the societies which naturally draw curiosity and interest or the more recreational aspects of the clubs sector. Volunteering can be difficult to approach due to what it simply boils down to, which is simply put “helping out” within a wide variety of different areas.

Making friends and getting involved with college

on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 21:27
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Making friends in a new environement such as college is an obstacle each and everyone of us has to face at some stage. Whether you come to college with your friends, or peers from your secondary school you aren't always guaranteed that you will be with eachother in classes and labs! That is when you realise you need to actually 'speak to someone who is not that person youv'e been with since primary school' (Sighs). The transition between secondary school and third level can be quite daunting.

Essays, and how to prepare for them (by Solenn and her mentor group)

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 19:36
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Understanding an essay and what is being asked of you can be difficult, especially your first essay in university. Lecturers will often highlight what they expect the contents of your essay to have, however it happens quite often that you have to do all of the research on a topic that you know nothing about. In any case, there are steps that you can take along the way that aid and improve your ability to write an academic essay or paper.

1st – Understand what the key components of the essay are. What are your key words? If your task a report, a study, a critique?

Mental Health and Services in NUIG

on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:55

Mental Health is something that affects everyone of us. Just like we look after our bodies, so too must we be kind to our minds. Stress is a big part of any college student's life and if not managed properly with the right support, it's easy to let it get out of hand. College can be overwhelming sometimes, with assignment deadlines and exams and the like. Throughout your college career and indeed the rest of your life, you will experience ups and downs, highs and lows, good times and bad.

Budgeting by Sinead Ruane (Mentor Leader)

on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 09:59
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Budgeting and Managing Money

 

When you start in college one of the things that may cause stress is your financials. I believe that there are ten easy steps to stretch your income so you can survive in college stress free, at least from a financial point of view.

 

1. Draw Up a Budget

 

This is a very simple thing to do. You can do it with some pen and paper or even online through excel. Make record of all your income and a record of your essential expenditure. Once you’ve worked that out you’ll know how much money you have left over to spend on the non-essential expenditure. 

 

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