University: Essential Stationery & Accessories.

Are you a university student looking for tips on how to survive your lectures and revision sessions? Then, you have arrived at the right place. I have just finished my first week back at university (second-year) and I thought that it would be a great idea to share with you the most important things you need for university. This is an honest post of everything that I use to help me focus, study and to excel in all my modules. Of course, it does depend on your degree and what is required of you. I am currently studying Education Studies and Drama. So, without further ado… let’s move on!

Essentials

  • Pens – You are probably thinking, well, of course you need pens, but you would be surprised at the number of times I forgot to bring one to my lectures last year. I would suggest buying 3 different colour pens or a pen that allows you to write with a different colour, such as; black, blue and red. These are very useful especially for jotting down different topics or information needed for different things. I often write quotes in blue, lecture notes in black and references in red. This makes it very easy to identify which information is what and is perfect for essay writing. If you are like me and have a whole pencil case full of pens, colouring pencils and wacky stationery then you are well and truly sorted.
  • Highlighters – 100% ARE A MUST! You WILL be given readings to do and most of the time, you are required to print them out and make notes. Highlighters make is easy to select text and also to categorise the text into sections if it is slightly random. Most of my essays last year were based off a piece of text and using highlighters really helped me to understand them by breaking them down.
  • Notebook or Laptop/Tablet – You WILL always need something to take notes on. It just depends on what you prefer. Some people like to take their laptops to be able to download the lecture notes, so that they can add their additional notes next to it. However, some people like to write the KEY information down in their notebooks and then look back at the lecture notes afterwards. This really depends on how you learn best and what works well for you. I suggest that you try a couple of methods to see what you find beneficial. Personally, I prefer writing down useful information as well as saving the lecturers power-point on my tablet. It is a good way to follow what is being said in the lecture and perfect for those learners who understand by noting it down multiple times. I do this for every module I take and so far I am doing reasonably well.

Useful Tools For Revision

  • Sticky Notes – These are AMAZING!!!! I often use these to save pages in books, as well as adding little notes of text on them, especially if it is a random thought or a piece of additional information. You can get these really cheap and are great for revision. I sometimes use these to map out an essay. I would write on each one the different topics followed by a few keywords, quotes or information I don’t want to miss out.
  • Revision/Cue Cards – These are useful, but not really essential. I only used these twice last year. These are perfect if you are revising for an exam as you can write a heading with a Q&A and ask someone to help you revise. As well as this, you could use them for presentations. I used a couple for a power point presentation that I had to do. I didn’t want to write all the text on the slide as that isn’t fun or great to look at from an audience’s perspective. I used them as a prompt. I wrote a few words on the card to ensure that I mentioned everything that I had to include. If you get nervous or are very forgetful, these are honestly YOUR BEST FRIEND! It makes it easier for you to remember what you want to talk about as well as ensuring you are looking at your audience giving them eye contact. You don’t want to just read off your presentations.
  • Wipe Board – Literally the best thing ever. I use this to write on my weekly schedule as well as use it to brainstorm ideas for when I am writing an essay.

These are just some of my essentials for university and I love them all so much. You can get each of these very cheap and most places offers a student discount. I do highly recommend taking plenty of food and water with you to your lectures. All of my lectures are 3 hours long which is why I advise you to do this. You are allowed to drink and eat throughout as long as you are quiet. You will, of course, have a break at some point during your lecture and I normally use this time to eat as much as I can LOL. I hope you enjoyed this little post. If you liked it please give it a like and comment your thoughts below. If you would like to see more posts like this then please let me know!

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My Top 5 Study Tips & Advice

These past few weeks have been very for me, in terms of studying and keeping up with the workload of university and submitting my essays. In today’s post, I have decided to bullet point all the things that I do to ensure I get my work done and also so that I am in the right mindset for writing essays. Of course, these will not work for everyone, but I find that all of these little things help me to focus and WRITE WRITE WRITE!!!

A Tidy Room

This is very easy to do and surprisingly it will make such a huge difference towards your studying. I prefer to work in a clean and tidy space as I find that I tend to work better and also I can use the space to spread out all my work. I think that a tidy room and having a bed made is such a big difference. You wouldn’t really think about this, but for me, it helps so much and I don’t even know why.

Organise Your Workspace

By this, I mean your study desk or table or whatever you use to set up your workspace. For me, it has to be clean so that the things that are close by is a bottle of water and all of my relevant notes to help me study. Being in a clean environment is something that helps me to study a lot It takes my mind off things and I genuinely do find myself working better. I always think of it as clean space, clear mind!

Take Breaks

Taking regular breaks is essential. If you are like me and spend literally all day on Saturday and Sunday catching up with work then breaks are a must. I normally have a break every couple of hours which for me is just right. I tend to lose focus or not be able to think of what to do. When I get to this point I take a break, whether if that is going for a walk, watching a YouTube video or even just to make some food. I think it is a really good way to set your mind free to encourage more thinking in your break. This is when I tend to come up with more ideas.

Listen To An Instrumental Playlist

THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!!! Before I used to do this, I would just put on my Spotify playlist and listen to chart music. It got to a point where I had so many essays due and I was finding it difficult to just write which is why I decided to put on an instrumental. Personally, I struggle with writing essays in a completely quiet place. I have to have a little bit of background noise, but it has to be nothing that could distract me. I found an 8 hour instrumental on YouTube which I use every time I have work to do. It honestly is great for the mind and I think it helps me a lot. I recommend giving this a try as it might work for you.

Snacks/ Water/Set Goals

The last thing I would suggest doing to help you with essay writing is having plenty of food/snacks as well as a bottle of water close by at all times. I think that drinking lots of water is always good for you and will keep you awake and hydrated. I sometimes treat myself to a special snack which could be chocolate raisins or anything that I am craving. I would set myself a target of which I have to complete before I can have my treat. I find that when I set myself realistic goals and really push myself, I will get the work done and more importantly at a good standard.

These are just a few of the few things that I always do before and when writing my essays for university. These help me every time which is why I will use them whenever I have lots of writing to do. I suppose some of these can be used when blog writing as well. It is about finding ways that help you personally. We are all different and will always have different tips that help us individually. I hope you can find some use out of mine. If you decided to try these or you already use them, please let me know.

Why I Chose The University Of Winchester?

Hello everyone! Today, I will be talking about a highly requested topic that has been mentioned by a few of you on Twitter. This blog post will be an informative one explaining; What I do at University? and Why I chose Winchester? I will be demonstrating this through a lot of photographs as I thought it would be a good idea for you get a general understanding of what I am talking about. I am very excited to be writing this post as I absolutely love Winchester. It’s mad to think that it actually feels like ‘home’ here now. It is so strange to think that I can’t imagine myself living back in my original hometown. It is a beautiful little city and I am thankful that I encouraged myself to make this transfer because I am genuinely so happy here.

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This is a map of the whole campus including the post room and graphics centre in the bottom left, as well as West Downs (Business School) which is a shown at the top of the map.

From the moment I viewed Winchester University in 2015 at the open day, I knew that this would be the perfect location for me to study. I felt something special with Winchester and it touched my heart which the other Universities didn’t have (even the ones back at home). I decided to take a gap year after college, but I knew this was the University for me. I thought it was a beautiful, quiet and historical city which had an excellent University and everything close to each other which is very convenient for a student. I knew straight away from my instincts that this was the one I would attend for 3 years of my BA Honours course.

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This is the main building of the University with the church for students who wish to attend and to the left is a 4th-floor building (St. Alphage) which holds a majority of my Education Studies lectures due to the large classes and rooms available.

Other than those reasons, I chose this University because it had great facilities and accommodation, as well as offering the perfect degree course for myself which is a BA Honours in Education Studies and Drama. I would love to pursue my career as a Secondary school Drama teacher. I absolutely love doing a combined course because you get to learn about two different subjects and potentially in the 3rd year having the choice of combining them together. It also means that I get to communicate with people from two separate subjects which are amazing because I have made so many great friends already. I am almost done with my 1st year at University and I hope to continue until my 3rd is done and then to complete a masters degree.

About The University Of Winchester 

The University of Winchester is a public research university which is based in the city of Winchester, Hampshire in England. The University has been shortlisted for the University of the year in the 2017 Times Higher Education Awards. The University facilitates a range of courses from Arts, Business, Law, Sport, Education, Health and Social Care, Humanities and Social Sciences which are all available at different degree levels (Wikipedia, 2018). The whole University is on a hill which is why it looks a lot smaller than what it actually is. I really like the idea that Winchester is very hilly because it keeps you fit by walking up and down hills, as well as creating beautiful views in the distance which can be so lovely.

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Library – The Library at the University Of Winchester is exceptional! It is available to use 24 hours a day and 7 times a week which is very handy if you have some late assignments to complete. It has 3 floors which are easy to navigate with a range of resources such as; books, audios, journals, articles, newspapers, dvd’s, laptops. The facilities are great. There are a lot of study rooms available and pc’s for all students to use. It honestly is a well-designed library which makes your study time enjoyable. There is also a sectioned room which is designed for students who study Education Studies and Primary Education that has resources available for different year groups as well a private study area.

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The entrance of the library which can be accessed through 3 doors.
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These are my favourite study areas which are really nice in the evening to use because they have their own personal space which makes my study time more efficient.
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This is the private study area predominantly for students who study Primary or Education Studies. This includes books, games and resources for all year groups in both Primary and Secondary education.

Shop – This is quite self-explanatory which is an adequate size for an on-campus shop. It sells the basics which are very useful if you run out of something and you need it quick. It is a little bit more expansive in comparison to the supermarket, but not a drastic difference. It is great because the workers are students which makes it that little bit more special. There are plenty of jobs available on campus if you would like to earn a little bit of money whilst studying.

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Nightclub – Fortunately, the University of Winchester facilitates a space for events which can hold shows/performances, movie nights or as a replacement for a nightclub. They host a range of nights with different themes and music so that it applies to all students. This is the place where BOP is held which is a weekly night out with your society by which you dress up in accordance to your societies theme. It can be a lot of fun and is a cheap night out as well as a good way to meet new people and make friends. There are 2 bars and 2 spaces for people to dance as well as a stage which is great fun to dance on. You can also chill on the sofas which are provided. It tends to start at 8pm and finish at 1am. I think these times as even if you have a 9am, you are still able to go out with your friends. The bar is run by students who attend the university which enhances the overall experience.

Fast Food – There are quite a few places on campus that you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner from such as the Terrace Bar (hot dinner food mainly like burgers and chips), the Food Hall (mainly for catered students but does a variety of food) and Cyber Italia (pizza, toasties and paninis). There are also coffee machines and vending machines located all around the university too.

Terrace Bar

Food Hall

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Cyber Italia 

Accommodation – There are two types of accommodation on campus which are Queens and Burma. Both are directly on campus which is located towards the back of the university. It is approximately a 2-minute walk to get to the main building on campus. I am currently living on campus in Queens Road Student Village and I love it so much. It definitely gives that uni experience that people say all students have to do. It is nice to be living with students living as independent adults. I live with 7 other girls as an 8 man flat. Both accommodations have en-suite bathrooms in the bedrooms and you get your own room. You share a kitchen/dining room. I have attached an image of what the bedrooms look like in Queens Road. Unfortunately, I can not get a picture of Burma ones as I do not have access to those buildings. Your key card only works for your block, flat door and bedroom door. However, the inside of Burma looks very similar to Queens, so you’ll be able to get somewhat of a vision of what it looks like. There are 5 blocks for Burma (A, B, C, D, E) and 7 blocks for Queens(1-7). I am living in block 2. Below Burma block C there is the uni gym which is a yearly membership for students who wish to work-out. This is such a great facility to have on campus as not many universities have one. It also encourages students to keep fit and stay healthy.

Queens Road Student Village

Burma Road Student Village

There are so many reasons as to why I love living and studying in Winchester and I hope I have got that message across to you today. I think this has always been the university destined for me. I can not fault this at all which is an amazing result. The university is perfect and I definitely recommend this to anyone who is stuck or indecisive about their choices. I do not regret the choices I have made. I believe this will change my life forever for the better. Thank you all so much for reading. If you would like me to do any other posts regarding my chosen university or Winchester in general, please let me know by commenting or on my social medias’. I hope you have a good weekend and a great week ahead of you.