Sunday, 24 May 2015

Things we all did as GCSE students

1. Go stationary shopping before revision period to stock up on smelly gel pens and highlighters in every colour

2. Spend all day making a revision timetable that you were definitely planning to stick to

3. Thinking your end of year prom/event was the most classiest event of the year, and of course, you had to look your best. But your mum wouldn't let you buy heels so you had to deal with flats instead.

4. Buying revision guides for every subject, because that's pretty much all you needed to pass

5. Convincing your parents that you're going to a friends house to revise

6. And then trying to prove how much work you did, when really all you would do is watch TV and play Mario Kart

7. Flashcards everywhere

8. Freaking out about how many exams you had - 22 is a bit excessive, no?

9. Believing they were the most important exams in the world. You will be screwed your whole life if you don't get a B in Maths

10. There would always be that one kid that didn't do any work and be so cool about it the next day

11. Going on The Student Room the morning before to try and work out what would be on the paper

12. And then going on it afterwards to find out what people thought

13. Trying hard not to click on the link that someone had posted of the right answers by their teachers

14. After you've finished, believing that the hardest part of your life is over

15. Someone in your year having a house party to celebrate the end of exams. You believe this is going to be the best night ever. It never is.

Oh to be 16 again.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Oily Skin Products

I used to hate reading blog posts on skincare, but after realising that my skin wasn't in the great condition, I find myself browsing them from time to time, and figured why not do my own!

I have pretty oily skin, and I have tried quite a few products to get it under control. I am also prone to blemishes which makes it even worse. I went to the doctors at the beginning of the year to get it under control. I was given a lotion to apply, which worked for a good few months. But I think that my skin got used to it, and it suddenly stopped working. I then bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish when my student loan came in. I am so sad as this made my skin feel great, but not look great. I broke out and my face looked so red.

But now, I think I have found some products that are working for me at the moment. My skin still isn't the way that I want it to be, but it is definitely improving! 

Step 1 - Face wash
I am currently using the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel foaming face wash. I have been using this for years and I always come back to it. It leaves my face feeling really clean and I use this religiously every morning and night. 

Step 2 - Cleanse 
I then use the Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion. I do like this stuff, it smells a bit chemically, but I know that it is getting all my makeup off and keeping my sking clean 

Step 3 - Toner
I am not exactly sure what a toner does, I'm going to be honest. But I use the Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner after cleansing. If anyone does know what it does, please let me know! 

Step 4 - Moisturise. 
This is where I have recently changed. I am now using The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion. This stuff is great, it makes my skin feel soft and matte for longer than my previous moisturiser! I don't know whether this is clearing my spots, I have had a few pop up on my cheeks which isn't fun, but this just feels so great, I will definitely carry on using it!

Step 5 - Spot treatment 
I am just finishing my Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel, and want to try a body shop one soon. But for now, this seems to be doing the job. It does make my skin quite dry though. 

And that's my skin care routine at the moment. I am pretty happy with it, I will see whether this helps my skin. 

Do you have any recommendations for my oily skin?! 

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

University Revision Tips

In my first year of university, I had no idea where to start with revision. After being spoonfed through my A-levels and GCSEs with textbooks and revision guides, suddenly I was left with nothing but a reading list and a powerpoint.

I am currently studying Sociology, so this may not apply to everyone (apologies about that, can only give advice on what I know!), but this is how I revise for essay based exams.

1. Read through powerpoints and notes
Fingers crossed you have kept your notes from the year. Sometimes, they may not be helpful, but usually, my lecturers will add in extra things that may not be on the powerpoint. Have a look through and note down some of the key points from the lecture.

2. Re-read core readings
Once you have looked through the main points, re read some of the readings. Mine are always separated into core and further readings, with the core obviously being expected that you read. Although I made notes on it when I read them the first time, I definitely recommend making notes and re reading them again. Sounds boring, but it really helps.

3. Bullet point
Instead of writing out long notes, bullet point the key bits, write down useful quotes and note down any names that you could use in your essays.

4. Try the further reading list
If you don't feel like the core reading has gone into enough detail on an area that you are interested in, delve into the further reading list. Read the Abstract and conclusion. If it's relevant, carry on reading, if not, try another one.

5. Google Scholar
Try searching for some key words. You get major props for going beyond the reading list!

6. Flashcard it
Trying to learn key words or names of studies? Write them on flashcards.

7. Past papers
If past papers are available to you, use them! Try planning them open book. Use your notes, make a mindmap of the points you would use, and the studies/information that you would put into each paragraph. Write an introduction and conclusion.

8. Keep re writing
I learn by re-writing things. Take a blank piece of paper and give yourself 20 minutes to write out your essay plans from memory. Or give yourself a list of names and write what they said on a particular subject.

9. Don't panic
University exams are stressful, yes. But they aren't trying to trick you out. The lecturers want you to do well.

10. Don't spend all day (or night) in the library
Personally, I find the library a stressful place in this exam period. Make sure you are taking breaks, having proper meals and proper sleep. There is nothing worse than feeling groggy all day.

What are some of your tips for university exams? 

Need a playlist or procrastination tips?

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