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10 Organisation Strategies for Disorganised Students: Keeping Chaos at Bay

I have a confession to make: being organised is not my natural state. My default state is crazy messy desk. Crazy messy bedroom. Crazy messy kitchen. Just ask my friends. But after reading various books on organisation strategies, as well as a lot of trial and error, I have sorted out my inner slob. I […]

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Exam Revision: To Cram or Not to Cram?

We’ve all heard stories of people leaving their revision until the night before an exam. We don’t tend to dwell too much on the stories where the student fails miserably. The stories that stick in our minds are the ones of those people who manage to just scrape through the exam. Or students who score […]

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How to be a ‘Completionist’ (Not a Perfectionist)

Have you ever said to yourself, “I won’t start writing that essay until I can get it absolutely perfect?” or “I won’t start that project until my desk and room are spotless”. Welcome to the world (and trap) of perfectionism. I come from a family of perfectionists. So I have first-hand real world experience of […]

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‘Fitspiration’ is for amateurs: Practical strategies and tools to help you get moving

When we think of people who exercise every day, we typically think of people who are super motivated and inspired and full of positive thinking. Maybe these people are sipping on a green smoothie or striking a yoga pose on the beach with their hands in prayer position. Look, I like green smoothies. I really […]

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Making friends with exercise: How to become someone who exercises every day without becoming a ‘gym junkie’

Over the last few years, exercise has become a non-negotiable part of my day. Friends and family now call me a ‘gym junkie’ but believe me, I’m not. Typically when you think of ‘gym junkies’, you think of people who have huge bulging muscles and are striving to achieve a perfectly chiseled physique. I am […]

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The most bizarre exam hacks you’ll ever come across

There are certain things we know we need to do when it comes to preparing for exams: create summary notes, work with the syllabus, attend revision classes, manage exam nerves, get plenty of sleep, etc. These are the obvious, big-ticket exam preparation items. But there are less obvious (and slightly bizarre) things we can also […]

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Avoiding the Comparison Trap: How to Navigate through Facebook to Avoid Experiencing Mild Depression

Have you ever noticed that you sometimes feel a little flat after spending time on Facebook? A study by Kross et al. (2013) found that young people experience lower levels of subjective well-being after spending time on the social media site. Why would this be? Some scholars argue that it’s because we compare. According to […]

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Why going cold turkey on your highlighter pens may be the best thing you ever did

You understand the dangers of smoking, texting as you drive and walking down dark allies on your own at night. You know it’s foolish and potentially dangerous to engage in these behaviours. But perhaps you’re less aware of the dangers of highlighting (and underlining). For most students, highlighting and underlining information feels so natural and […]

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