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by Eileen Shannon Contact
Topic: Academic life
Tags: Essays, tips, Study
Views: 8
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? Asking yourself these basic questions will help you be more precise when answering the question.2nd- The library is your best friend. Use its resources to its fullest extent! Search the key words of your essay or look for books and publishes papers that have similar research topics to your question. Don’t be afraid to ask the library staff for help in this matter, there are numerous faculty librarians that are... read more
by R.Elliott
Topic: Exam Stress
Tags: Study, exams, tips
Views: 157
Hey Guys,So finals are coming up soon, sounds scary and stressful right? Well the mentors have come up with some advice and a few tips on how to prepare for the exams, it really isn’t as bad as you think!Start studying as early as possible. Tempting as it is to leave it until study week, you don't want to be left cramping a semester's worth of information into a few days.10 minutes off! Every 50 minutes of studying, get a 10 minute break and spend it doing something even if it’s just a walk or looking out the window. You’ll feel much better and ready to go back at the books.Studying for me is reading through all of the lecture slides with your notes alongside, reading through your core readings, and taking note of all the similarities and key points that your lecturer has emphasized.Getting a good night’s sleep the night before your exam and a good breakfast on the day of the exam is essential, and always remember to relax, the system is set up to... read more
by Eileen Shannon Contact
Topic: College life
Views: 90
Hey everyone,Where has the time gone to? We’ve now hit week 8 of the semester, a time where exams are looming, assignment due dates are getting closer, and it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep everything going! With no Mammy to keep after you to ensure all the deadlines are met, the mentors have come up with some helpful tips to ensure efficient use and management of your time!Firstly, it might be helpful to make a large plan of assignments, study, events, etc. you have between now and the end of the semester so you can see the bigger picture of what you have to do and figure out the amount of time you can allocate to each task. Not all tasks are essential. Make a prioritised list. Some tasks can wait. Some tasks can be delegated. Some tasks can be tossed. Keeping a diary (like the one from the SU) can also be helpful to keep on top of assignments. Alternatively, using an organisational app on your phone could be handy. The Sunrise app is one... read more
by laurengalvin73 Contact
Topic: College life
Views: 44
Hey Guys!I hope you have all settled in well to first year by now and are not getting too piled up with essays and assaignments.Now that it is coming to the time of year when this pile up can be really stressful, never fear! I, along with a group of mentors, have heard your problems and are here to provide you with the necessary tips and pointers on how to keep up with college work! It is of vital importance that you do not stress about exams (yet) because it is ok if you start a constant flow of study now, not tiring yourself out too much but just doing a little bit everyday to keep you up-to-date and ready when the exam season comes around YAY!Here are some top tips from experience:Get involved in a club/society! Although your probably wondering what this has to do with college work, it really helps your mental health by having something fun in your routine that you can reward yourself for after some study. It's so hard to actually have a balanced life in... read more
by JennyB1
Topic: Academic life
Views: 18
I normally have a fairly good idea of what's going on, what date it is, basic things like that, but when my lecturer announced yesterday that this is week 7 it took me totally by surprise. The weeks are flying past and before we know it we're going to be up on top of exams again! I had a fairly quiet start to semester 2. I didn't have many assignments and not a huge work load. However that was just the calm before the storm because suddenly I've been bombarded with essays and projects that have fast approaching deadlines. But there's no need to freak out (or so I'm telling myself) because if it has to get done, it'll get done. Just remember to plan your time carefully and try not to procrastinate too much. That was really difficult for me semester 2 of last year I remember. My friends and I drank a lot of tea and ate a lot of biscuits while essays went unfinished. It was great at the time, but staying up half the night trying to meet deadlines gets old... read more
by rachelmangan
Topic: Exam Stress
Views: 34
It seems like only a handful of weeks since college started and you've just realised that exams are in about four weeks - cue panic! But you're not alone. No matter how confident someone claims to be about the impending exams, everyone is going to be at least a small bit stressed about them. This is my third time facing Christmas exams in college and my third time (not including summer exam-time) procrastinating until the last minute when I realise that time really is running out, so I'm somewhat of an expert in the area of procrastination.My advice is to not worry about the time you've already spent procrastinating, as there's nothing that can be done to reverse time and do things differently. The best thing you can do is utilise your remaining time as productively as possible, all the while staying calm and tackling the workload at a relatively relaxed pace - don't take your foot off the pedal but taking your time to actually learn a small... read more