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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 Fodhla Russell
Topic: Exam Stress
Views: 37
So exam time and assignment deadlines are getting closer and stress levels are probably high. I know I felt quiet stressed and everything seemed to be piling up on me and I honestly have had thoughts over the two years I’ve been here of just giving up. So I am going to give you some tips which helped me tackle exams and assignments, they might not work for you but it is always worth a try. Here are some of the tips I have to offer:I recommend you get a calendar (which you can get for free in the SU office) and fill in all your deadlines and when your exams are. By doing this you have a clear view of what needs to be done.I find writing To Do Lists for each day is a great way of getting work done as you will aim to complete each thing on your list within that day (but make sure you set a realistic amount of work you will be capable of within that day).For exams, writing out simple points (not long sentences) of the information you will need to know is a great way for... read more