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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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Writing essays made easy: How to slay your inner perfectionist and make an absolute mess

I used to agonize over writing essays. Writing every sentence was like sticking a pencil in my eyeball. It was a painful process. But over time something has shifted. I now really enjoy writing. How could this be? From pencil in the eye pain to enjoyment? Well, I gave myself permission to write rubbish. I […]

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Avoiding the Stationery Trap: Insights from a Recovering Stationery Addict and an 18th Century Philosopher

In recent years, the humble notepad, pencil case and pen have transformed. Stationery has experienced an extreme makeover. I recently worked with a teenager girl who used a bright pink pen with a big diamond on top to take notes. This pen even had its very own feather bower. Another student had a pencil case […]

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Saying more with less: A simple way to boost essay marks

Have you ever found yourself looking up a thesaurus in an attempt to find a more complex or sophisticated word to use in an essay so you looked more intelligent? I’ll admit, I’ve done it. But it turns out, I’m not alone. 110 Stanford students were asked if they had ever looked up a thesaurus […]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block: How to Outsmart Your Inner Critic

Have you ever left writing an essay until the last minute because you didn’t know what to write? Or perhaps because you were overly harsh and critical of your writing? An empty word document can bring up all kinds of uncomfortable mental and physical states such as anxiety, self doubt and overwhelm. “Is it going […]

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How Yellow Paper and Zumba can Boost your Creativity

Want to be more creative? Then writing on warm coloured paper, hitting the gym and a view of nature may be your answer. These are just a few of the suggestions made by Dr Amantha Imber in her book “The Creativity Formula”. With a solid understanding of the latest empirical research, Dr Imber provides a […]

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5 strategies to help you write an assignment, thesis or book

The thought of starting any new writing task (whether it be a blog post, an assignment or a book) can be a daunting one. With only ideas in your head and nothing on paper or typed up on your computer, the sight of a blank sheet of paper or empty word document can be paralysing […]

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