Friday, 23 January 2015

Essay Writing Tips | University

It's that time of the year again. Term 2 is a busy one for me. Not only are all my assessed essays in for before or just after the easter break, but having to prepare for seminars on top - it's all just a mess!

But fear not, put down that Red Bull, stop planning your all nighters and listen up, because university shouldn't have to be about stressing yourself stupid the night before a deadline! 

1. Start Early
I know, I know. Easier said than done right? Starting early not only means less stress, but you don't all have to scramble for library books a few weeks before the deadline. Look at the questions and start your research. It really will help if you have multiple deadlines. 

2. Plan Plan Plan
I definitely spend a little too long on a plan, making use of all my stationery to make a large spider diagram of all the points I want to make. So you don't need to do this, but going in with a clear plan really does make it easier to write. 

3. Snack up!
Snacks, yes please! I am currently still making my way through my Christmas chocolate, but this probably isn't the best thing to eat whilst essay writing. Make sure you have a glass of water and some fruit, bananas are always my favourite. Stay hydrated and focussed! 

4. Are you answering the question?
Take a step back, or maybe get a friend to read it. Make sure you are not just writing down all the knowledge that you think is relevant to the question. Constantly make sure you are making reference to it for you to come to a conclusion. Seems pretty simple, but again, it is easier said than done! 

5. Sleep! 
Staying up late for me is the worst thing I could do. I do not function well on little sleep. If it isn't going the way that it should or you are feeling uninspired, give up for the night and look back the next day. It could give you a fresh perspective on things. 

6. Know your deadlines
Know exactly when they are and how to hand it in, whether it is online or hard copy. Check your universities guidelines on presentation so you don't have a panic the morning before the deadline

7. Relax
Essay period is stressful, yes. But put in the hard work you'll get results. Make sure you relax a little, make sure to have some well deserved 'me time'.

Good luck everyone, we can get through this! 

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Take Back What's Yours

I am very sure you are sick of 2015 posts or New Years Resolution posts by now, but this is something a little different.

The Take Back What's Yours campaign founded by Chloe from Chloe's Concept is a great idea to use the beginning of 2015 as a way to take back what was once yours, or something that you lost through anxiety, depression or other issues such as bullying or self esteem. As well as the typical New Years Resolutions (that to be honest, only last a few months don't they?), you should aim to get something back to strive for for the whole year and beyond. 

I think this is a fantastic campaign. Anxiety and other mental health issues have been in the blogging/vlogging community a lot last year, and I don't think that's a bad thing. It's something that needs to be talked about openly and shouldn't be attached with negative connotations. That's why this campaign is so great, to find the end of the tunnel, to strive to get better and finally take our lives back, whether it's your confidence, happiness or just generally to feel like you are in control again. 

I aim to 'take back' my confidence that has been taken from away from anxiety.
What do you aim to take back? 

I am tagging 8 other bloggers to take part if they so wish and most importantly to spread the word to others that may need it, even if you don't need it yourself!
The Lilac Scrapbook
Through the Mirror

Follow Chloe on twitter @chloesconcept or the campaign @TBWYcampaign
Also check out #takebackwhatsyours for more blog posts and information. 

Have a lovely weekend! 


Monday, 5 January 2015

Journal of Positivity

So finally things are getting back to reality. The Christmas decorations are now down and I am back in my incredibly cold flat ready for another term of university. I have already spent my morning and some of the afternoon in the library on campus, (working on a Sunday, what is happening to me?) as I am determined for this term to be the busiest and most productive ever... well, we'll see how this goes.

I totally forgot to put this on my 2015 Resolutions post, but I have decided that I want to start a journal. I was given a thick notebook from Paperchase for Christmas, so this was perfect.

I started one last year. Admittedly it only lasted a month or so and I basically used it to write down everything that I was worried about. I think this only fuelled my anxiety, so this year it is all change. Instead, I am going to write down an account of my day, and if it has been incredibly boring, write down things that have made me happy that day. Therefore, it is a 'Journal of Positivity' rather than a diary of worry.

I may also use it for lists or blog post ideas or for doodles etc and also to monitor some of my other resolutions such as drinking more water and eating a bit better!

But, I am not hugely creative, so any tips on how I can make my notebook and pages look pretty!

It hasn't been the best start to 2015, but the only way is up! 
How are your resolutions going? 

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