Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Best Revision Playlists

It's that time again, Term 3. I'm not going to lie. I haven't worn jeans for a good few days and my floor is covered in paper. But it's allowed, right?

As I have very limited contact hours, I spend most of my time at home as I can't be bothered to find a space on campus. I always find that having a playlist and something to focus on really helps.

1. Study Music Project
This is an entire youtube channel dedicated to music to study to at varying lengths. I usually go for the hour playlist. If you're not a fan of classical music, then this is one for you. Plug in, and get listening.




2. Disney Piano
This is also a firm favourite of mine. Sit back and allow your favourite Disney tunes to be played beautifully on the piano. Pure Bliss. However, don't do what I did and start singing along - not good revision technique!




3. Harry Potter Instrumental
Film instrumentals are also a firm favourite, preferably ones with no words. Personal favourites include Lord Of the Rings and of course, Harry Potter. Get listening to the sounds of your childhood.




What are some of your favourite playlists to listen to whilst revising? 

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Chicken and Spinach Quesadilla | Student Recipes

(This picture makes my worktops look gross.. ew)
I have been trying to do more actual cooking rather than shoving frozen food in the oven, this week, and it is going okay. I figured it is the least I can do after spending all day revising. It is the best thing to reward yourself with a great meal.

I am also trying to eat a bit healthier this term - including drinking lots of water, and joining the gym next week.

I did a little pinteresting after buying some spinach this week (for £1 a bag which has lasted me for days!) and saw Quesadillas. Perfect. Now most recipes call for large amounts of ingredients, and frankly, I don't have time for that. So I adapted the recipe slightly to make them super quick and easy. Plus they have limited washing up, it can all be done in one frying pan. Perfect.


1 chicken breast - £1
2 tortilla wraps - 25p
3 Large handful of Spinach - 25p
Grated Cheese - 50p
Salsa - £1

1. Cut the chicken into very small pieces. This way they will fit in the Quesadillas and cook super quickly. 
2. Add oil to a large frying pan and cook the chicken. It should take about 5 minutes, but cut the biggest piece open to check. 
3. Transfer to a bowl and add more oil to the frying pan. 
4. Cook the spinach for 2-3 minutes, adding some salt and pepper to taste. 
5. Add this to the chicken in the bowl. 
To make the Quesadillas
6. Spread  salsa to half of each wrap
7. Add the spinach and chicken evenly onto the half covered in salsa. 
8. Grate cheese on top, making sure that it covers the chicken and the sides. 
9. Fold your tortilla in half. Repeat on the other wrap. 
10. Add oil to the frying pan and place the Quesadilla inside. The cheese should melt causing the wrap to stick together.
11. Flip when the tortilla is getting crispy and repeat on the other side. 

They are super tasty and quick. I find that 2 Quesadillas fills me up, but feel free to add a side if you feel like this wouldn't fill you up. 

The ingredients were also pretty cheap. I always use the left over salsa for nachos for a revision snack!

Let me know if you make Quesadillas or have any other recipes that you like to make! 

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

So you've registered to vote.. now what?

The General election is everywhere, where ever I turn on campus or in town, there are people handing me flyers and putting up posters. There is no getting away from it. Frankly, I am pretty excited. This is my first general election that I am able to vote, and whilst it can feel like your one tiny vote can't make a difference, just think if everyone felt that way?

So Monday was the last day to register (which hopefully you have all done!), but now what? We have just under 2 weeks to decide who to vote for, but don't know where to start. 

Firstly, make sure the decision is your own! Some people may be persuaded by their parents or family and friends, but make up your own mind. At the end of the day, that is why democracy is there, for everyone to state their opinions. 

Here are some websites that I have found helpful whilst making my decision for the big day!

1. www.voteforpolicies.org.uk



Students and young people have the power to sway the results of this years general election. Make sure that you don't give up this chance that is given to us! 

Have a chat with some of the candidates and parties that you see around your campus or town. And most of all, vote for what you believe in. 

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Motivational Revision Playlist

It's that time of the year again - the dreaded revision period. Whether you are doing GCSE, A-levels or university exams, it is a stressful time. I will be doing some more posts about revision etc (well I am a student blog after all!) but to start us off, why not have a playlist! (I wouldn't recommend listening to this whilst revising, due to the inevitable singing along that you will be doing!).

So here are some motivational tunes to get you feeling ready to work and achieve your dreams, plus, have a little dance off (against yourself?) in your room.


And of course, if all else fails, you may need this... 


What are some of your motivational songs - tell me what you think of my awful music taste! 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

20 Thoughts Whilst Essay Writing

(wow, so I just realised how dirty my laptop buttons are.. sorry!)

1. Today is the day I will get loads of work done and be super motivated! 

2. My desk is too messy to start doing any work. I'll clean it up before I start. 

3. Now I'm hungry. I can't start essay writing without a snack and a fresh cup of tea

4. I don't even understand the question, I swear we haven't been taught this

5. Or I didn't do the reading for that week. Either way, where the hell do I start.

6. This reading totally isn't relevant to the question

7. Or this one.

8. Thank goodness, I found something relevant. *internal happy scream*

9. I've written an introduction, that's enough to call it a day right?

10. Wow my course is boring

11. How is as essay on chronic illness going to help me in the real world?

12. It's time to have a 'what the hell am I going to do when I graduate' crisis.

13. No, l can do this. I am an intelligent woman. Right?

14. Mum, stop disrupting me, I need to write. But I would like that cup of tea you are offering.

15. How is this relaxing studying music? 

16. I must not sing along to Disney instrumentals. I must not sing along to Disney instrumentals.

17. I need more food. 

18. Damn it, I forgot to write down the page number. That reference isn't being found again.

19. Am I even answering the question? 

20. Screw this, I'm giving up for the day. I'll start again early tomorrow. Solid.


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