Category Archives: Productivity/Success

Student Post: Time Management and Stress of Deadlines.

One thing that most students seem to find difficult at times is managing our time effectively, as a result, this can lead to much stress when deadlines are approaching.  When I was at college studying an Access Course, I was a last-minute ‘panicker’, convinced that “I performed better under pressure” and left everything until two days before the deadline. However, upon starting university, I realised this way of working was not going to be effective for me anymore!

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As a mature student living alone and 20 miles away from campus, this leads to further pressure. Travelling to and from uni during rush hour can take up to an hour and a half each way. Alongside this, work commitments and the demands of occasional care responsibilities means that 2 weekends a month I have to be in Nottingham caring for an elderly relative. As a result, time often feels scarce! Therefore, for me, organisation and early preparation is essential for meeting deadlines and managing the stress often associated with them. To help combat this, I find that being organised is the only way I can manage.

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Semester 2: Stop trying to change yourself, change your story instead!

You are just back from the end of semester 1 holiday and should be in the process of receiving your grades and feedback.  Some of you may return with lots of good intentions about how you are going to be different in semester 2 in order to work harder, be more focussed, and achieve better grades.  A bit like New Year’s resolutions, for the majority, good intentions tend to fail very quickly. Perhaps some of you, for example in your third year of study, may be familiar with returning to university with good intentions

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Having spent 20 years as a student (from starting primary school to successfully completing my PhD) I am familiar with the creation of good intentions.  Let me share with you one example from my life about a period where I had lots of good intentions and had tried to change my behaviour: Secondary School.

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10 Reasons we keep creating the same results at University

As a returning student to university, can you observe a pattern of behavior/habits that has led to you getting the results you have got, during your time at school, college and university?  If you are not happy with this pattern or the results you have received, please consider the following 10 points to help you become even more aware of some of the potential reasons for this.

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