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on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:35
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Exams are only a few weeks and as is usual we all start to stress a little, even those of use who have been through the exam system before.

Some of the other blogs give great advice as to how to best prepare for studying like eating right, getting plenty of zzzz's and studying in groups.

However, some of the best advice I got off my mentor last year was to do with preparation. As the man himself, Roy Keane said, "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail". 

What he meant by this was the importance of having your work done and feeling confident of yourself walking into the exam hall.

First Year Office Hours

on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:01

First Year Student Connect offiice hours will be commencing tomorrow. If you have lingering questions that you would prefer to ask in person about anything related to college life, there will be student mentors in The Space tomorrow evening at 8pm who wiould be more than happy to help you with your queries, however big or small your problems may be, we will try to sort you out!

Location: The Space

Day: Monday

Time: 8pm

Simple Study Tips

on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 19:41
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So we’re heading into week 11 of college. At this stage last year, I’m pretty sure I wanted to drop everything and just quit. Assignment deadlines were approaching fast, not to mention those terrifying Christmas exams on the horizon. Not to scare anyone, but the 2014 Christmas exams start 3 weeks tomorrow. The full study week beforehand may seem like plenty of time to cram 12 weeks worth of notes into, but let me warn you it’s not. However, there's still time, so here are some quick and easy study tips to follow for the next 3 weeks that should help you out with the exams a bit:

  1. Study in

Refreshers Event

on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:40
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Lately the dreaded exams have been on everyone's mind so time for some better news!

This Tuesday (November 18th) Student Connect Mentoring in cooperation with the welfare crew are hosting a Refreshers event in the college bar at 7pm. It#39;s a chance to meet your mentor again and let them know how you're getting on and to catch up with some other first years. 

There will also be free food on offer!

Everyone is busy at the moment with exams and assignments but it's important to spend at least a small amount of time every day away from the books.

Exam Stress and Procrastination

on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:51
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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

Making the most of your study time before exams!

on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:16
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So we've all been there! It's the time of year where all the assaignments and essays are piling up and the exams are just a few weeks away! You feel like you have nothing prepared and you just want to leave! Well hold that thought!! DO NOT PANIC, your life is not over yet!! I make it sound easy but the main thing to keep in mind is TIME MANAGEMENT. 

First things first: make yourself a study timetable. Plan it by modules and mix the subjects up i.e. study a history module for an hour and then an english one.

Don't stress out on where to start, I find it easiest to study in accordance to your

Tip For Exams/Assignments

on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:56
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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.

It's ok to be stressed!

on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:41
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Time is getting closer, the pressure is building up . . . . . exams! The dreaded word that gives everyone the shivers. But it's ok to be stressed, infact it's perfectly normal. But how you deal with the stress is important.

Talking is essential, let someone know you're a bit stressed out. If you want to talk to a professional, college has the services, there is counselling and the chaplancy. They are both free and confidential.

Do eat well and drink plenty of water and get lots of sleep. You will feel so much better.

Don't get overwhelmed, write a list each day of what you want to get done

Exam Stress Tips

on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:42
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As we near this time of the year, most of us face one certain problem, Exam Stress. This is very normall. So I would like to help out by pointing out a few things that made me more comfortable facing the exams.

1) Have a study plan-Start planning a revision timetable now. This should include realistic goals and also short breaks. I found it useful to get some fresh air after an hour of studying. 

2)Organise a Group study-I found this to be very helpful as studying with your friends is always fun(as long as you don't mess around!)

3)Health-Get plenty of sleep and eat healthy.You should fuel

meetings feedback mentors

on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:01
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Mentors will be meeting their Mentor Leaders and Programme Directors over the next 2 weeks in Aras Ui Chathail.