Iona interviews a number of pupils at Warwick on their sleep, focusing on sleep around exams.
By Iona Craig.Continue reading “Exposing the Night”
Iona interviews a number of pupils at Warwick on their sleep, focusing on sleep around exams.
By Iona Craig.Continue reading “Exposing the Night”
Some exams at Warwick will be closed book this year. Emily offers some advice to perfect your revision technique this exam season.
By Emily Alger.Continue reading “Kick start your revision for closed book exams”
As the legend says, there are two types of people in the world – 1) who like music while studying 2) who hate music while studying. Irrespective of which camp you fall under, exams are edging closer, so it’s imperative for us to use every tool to boost our productivity. Today, blogger Krishna presents to you one such tool: music.
By Krishna BellamkondaContinue reading “Should you play music while studying?”
With exams and essays lurking over us, everyone can do with a reminder of important things to remember about our study methods; from how to approach exam season to what to relax in the middle of it.
By Matt MullenneyContinue reading “Plan, Study, Break: productivity in exam season”
Are you interested in improving the Library, making friends, and even a bit of cheeky cash on the side? Then join the Library Associates scheme to get stuck in with projects and plans that make a real impact.
By Olivia CollinsContinue reading “Why not become a Library Associate?”
It’s term three, and for many of us that means that lectures and seminars are over, replaced instead by essay deadlines and exam revision. It can be difficult to stay motivated and find a way to structure your own time without the help of the weekly timetables of the past two terms. Difficult, but not impossible! Here are some tips on how to organise your time and stay on top of your work.
By Lucy CarterContinue reading “How to structure your time without a formal timetable”
With exams approaching we all need to balance our time, making sure we can do our best whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Emily talks through her favourite ways to prevent burnout and look after yourself this exam season.
By Emily Alger.Continue reading “Preventing burnout this exam season”
Here at The Library, we’re keen on mindfulness and staying healthy during study. At a recent mindfulness session we had, we noted down some top tips for mindfulness. And as we descend into the academic term, we thought we’d share them with you. Take a look below.
By Ellie King, Ana Kedves and Dr Dean Howes
Originally published on October 28th 2021.Continue reading “Studying Happy and Staying Mindful: Our Top Ten Tips”
When I found out I had to do a week of work experience as part of sixth form, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Even though I was thinking about working in a library, and University of Warwick Library especially seemed interesting (not to mention convenient location-wise), I worried a lot about not knowing enough about the library to get anywhere or do anything. That fear was amplified by the fact that pretty soon, I’m going to be applying to unis, and I know absolutely nothing about them. If you’re reading this article, you might be in the same boat, so here are 5 key lessons I learnt at University of Warwick Library.
By Sam, our work-experience student.Continue reading “Five lessons I’ve learned from the Library”
Up to 90% of us experience some form of procrastination, but why is this natural and how can we add new habits into our lives to increase our productivity? Emily looks at the science behind, and well-known techniques to combat, procrastination so you can keep motivated this exam season and beyond.Continue reading “Combat procrastination right now!”
The library is a constant companion to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Where would we be without the near-unlimited access to academic resources, the support from the lovely library staff, or the fun and endlessly helpful study happy events? Since beginning my postgraduate journey, I have been using the library more often than ever, and here are some of the reasons why.
By Rebecca Preedy.Continue reading “An MA student’s library love letter”
Using Google for research? We all do. Here in the last part of the “Mastering Google” series, we look at potential pitfalls that you should avoid while “Googling”. I also mention a simple action plan that helps internalize these techniques. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind while using Google for your research.Continue reading “Google for Research: Things to keep in mind”
Blogger and Maths and Statistics student Emily talks to Warwick Library’s STEM Academic Support Librarian Chris Vernon to discuss how to make the best use of the library’s resources and databases to help with assignments, dissertations, essays and more.Continue reading “STEM Students: make the most of your library – in conversation with your Academic Support Librarian”
Hear from Library Newsletter contributor Rachel Parkinson about how to tackle the one thing we all hate: referencing.Continue reading “Referencing Done Easy”
In this post, we want to highlight our fantastic Library Associates, a brilliant team of students working with the Library to help you out. You might have already read a little about them on the Library website, but to find out more about what Library Associates do and how they represent you, we’ve interviewed two Associates, Jessica (final year History student) and Daira (second year Economics student), and Kat, an Academic Support Librarian for Warwick Business School, getting the inside scope on these Library superstars.
By Rachel ParkinsonContinue reading “Spotlight on our Library Associates”
We are back again with Google tools that boost your productivity! In this article, we will discuss some underused features to keep your work organized. If you haven’t yet seen the posts on google hacks, check them out here and here.Continue reading “Organising your day with Google”
Now we’ve all got the first term of the 2021/2022 academic year under our belts, nobody is a newbie anymore. Even the freshers have had their fair share of failures, successes, and how-did-I-pull-that-off moments. As we steam ahead through term two, blogger Hannah invites everyone to take a look back over their academic experiences and consider how they might use them to journey forward.
By Hannah Filer.Continue reading “Looking Back to Look Forward: How to reflect on your University experience”
Oh, so you want more google hacks that make your life easy? Don’t worry, blogger Krishna returns to look at some more ways to ‘Mastering Google’. If you haven’t read the first load of Google hacks, make sure to check them out here.Continue reading “Google Hacks Part Two”
Low mood can make university life ever more challenging. Iona discusses a few points to bear in mind for any students feeling the onset of depression.
By Iona CraigContinue reading “Depression Doesn’t Like a Moving Target”
Although we’re not even halfway through the academic year, chances are you’ve already had to think, in some aspect, about your future. Whether you’re a first year realising that you already need to be looking at next year’s accommodation or a finalist having to contemplate post grad plans, it’s inevitable that the question arises: “what happens next?”
By Lucy CarterContinue reading “How to Manage Panicking About the Future”
We use Google sometimes, don’t we? Well, that definitely is an understatement. Everything from research to settling an argument includes “googling” as a step. Our Google searches are rather instinctive. What if I tell you there are better ways to google? This would mean better results, faster results, better research and an easy life. So here is the first part of the “Mastering Google” series that helps you get the master this powerful tool.
By Krishna BellamkondaContinue reading “Google Search Hacks That Make Your Life Easy”
Study tips like to do lists and study schedules may work for many students, but for those with short attention spans university work isn’t quite so simple. This week, blogger Hannah explores some tips for those who need a little more help to stay focused. While the methods you need might not be the same, with the right techniques you’re sure to be successful!Continue reading “Study Hacks for Those with Short Attention Spans”
Coming back from what is a long holiday, it’s hard to blame oneself for getting distracted. With so much going on around us and so many commitments to juggle, here are some top tips to help you regain focus and master the art (or science?) of getting your work done on time, every time.
By Harry Sun, Library Newsletter EditorContinue reading “Find Your Groove: Productivity Tips and Tools for Study Success”
As we kick off term two at Warwick, blogger Lucy gives her top tips on getting back into the swing of things and keeping going.Continue reading “How to Get Back on Track and Stay There”
We have some very exciting news for you… The Library is returning to 24 hour opening! Great news for you night owls and early morning larks! Find out more…
By Samantha PlattsContinue reading “The 24-Hour Library is BACK!”
To kick off 2022, we at the Warwick Library Blogs are thinking about new years’ resolutions. Most of us make them every year: eat less, exercise more, spend less money read more books. So, we were no different, and made some resolutions for the year ahead.
By Ellie KingContinue reading “Making New Year’s Resolutions: And Sticking to Them”
As we settle into the holiday season and campus gets quieter after a busy term one, here at the Warwick Library Blogs we’re looking back on the last twelve months. It started in a lockdown and sadly has ended with some restrictions being introduced, but in between we had some great months of learning and growing. Regardless of where you are in your university life, from a first-year undergraduate to a final year PhD researcher, I think this year we’ve been brought together in the challenges we have faced. We asked some of our bloggers to reflect on 2021, and here’s what they had to say.Continue reading “Looking Back on 2021: Merry Christmas from your Bloggers”
As term is ending, we must be all looking forward to a well-earned break. But workloads and deadlines are still looming. November becomes December and then December becomes January. Blogger Iona discusses how to keep your uni head on during the Christmas holidays.Continue reading “Christmas and Uni: How to Do Both”
University work never ends. there is always more reading that can be done or more questions to be practiced. Topics have multiple sub-topics and each niche brings with it a pile of more work. This week, blogger Iona explores how we can manage this university work.
By Iona CraigContinue reading “Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable”
By Olivia Collins
If you’re like me, then coming to Warwick as the first in your family to tackle higher education has been daunting, stressful and… stressful. Although Warwick has many great programmes, societies and initiatives to make people like me feel welcomed, I couldn’t help but feel like I stood out like a sore thumb. This is only what I have learnt, everyone is different, but here are my tips for fitting in, whilst staying true to yourself, as a widening participation student.Continue reading “How to be Working Class at Warwick”
Being at university means we have to study (no matter how you frame it!). But have you ever stopped to think about what is the best way to study, and are you doing it most effectively? This week, Krishna takes us through the best studying techniques.Continue reading “The Science Behind Studying”
Anxiety flourishes in the face of uncertainty. Fuelled by the ever-changing environment COVID has thrown us into this past year, we face a final challenge. Returning to before. Hear from blogger Iona about her best tips for handling back-to-normal.Continue reading “University Life Post-COVID: A Balancing Act”
We’re almost halfway through Term One now (already?!) , and discussions about assessments are starting to creep in. Worried about where to begin? Read this post from blogger Hannah for tips on where to start when thinking about assessments.
By Hannah FilerContinue reading “Thinking About Assessments”
In response to student feedback, a ~£4m project to refurbish the main Library took place over summer 2021.
The project focused on Floors 1 & 2 of the main Library building, updating them to create a contemporary, comfortable, work-inspiring environment. The two floors were reconfigured to provide over 10% more study spaces, and completely new spaces were developed to facilitate new approaches to teaching and learning, and support student wellbeing. On a practical note, the toilet facilities on Floors 1 to 5 were also updated and refurbished, and essential maintenance works were carried out throughout the building. Find out why the refurb project was so important, and what improvements have been made…
By Sam Platts, Ant Brewerton, Heather GreenContinue reading “The Library Refurbishment: Improving Services for You”
Starting the university year is always a big change. If you’re someone who likes a routine, term beginning can ruin the structure in your weeks. Uni life can be full on with lectures, seminars, society events, and what can feel like endless nights out. Blogger Hannah gives her advice on creating your new-term routine.Continue reading “Finding Routine in a New Term”
Whilst the library is in its final stages of refurbishment (it should be fully open in a couple of weeks!), our blog editor Ellie gives you the lowdown on all the alternative study spaces around campus that you might need to hit during the first few weeks of term.Continue reading “The Best Study Spaces on Campus (while the Library is being refurbished)”
Welcome to Warwick! Studying in the UK as an international student can be a very exciting and rewarding experience, and equip you for working and living in a multicultural society. We realise, however, that it can also at times be challenging and stressful as you adjust to the UK academic environment and develop your study skills while working in a foreign language… by Helen Ireland and Helen Riley
So, you’ve made it to Warwick. Congratulations! The first week at Warwick is known as Welcome Week, where you have a chance to settle in, find your feet, and get to know all of the best bits of Warwick. You’ll have heard this everywhere, and about how Welcome Week is the best week of your life. But here at the library, we know that not everybody is as keen to jump in, start a conversation with every person you walk past, or join fifty different societies. If you’re a bit of an introvert, the idea of moving to university and getting stuck in with Welcome Week may be the stuff of nightmares. But we’re here to help. Take a look at our top tips from our resident bloggers and mentors about having the best Welcome Week, even if you’re a bit of an introvert.Continue reading “Having the best Welcome Week (if you’re a bit of an introvert)”
Flying the Warwick nest for your year abroad can seem quite daunting, as you leave behind the networks you have established since your first day on campus. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to remain firmly lodged within the Warwick bubble while you’re away!…By Ciara Brodi
Finishing an undergraduate degree can leave you with extremely mixed feelings. Pride over your achievements, heartbreak over leaving such a big part of your life behind, and anticipation over what will come next. Many students really struggle in the first year after graduating from their undergraduate degree. It can take a lot of adjusting to get used to what has been perhaps unkindly dubbed ‘the real world’, particularly when many students feel like university was the best reality they ever had. However, it’s not the end of the world, and there are lots of things you can do to make the ‘break-up’ with university life easier. Check out the advice below and start down the path of accepting that the end is only just the beginning!Continue reading “The University Break-Up: Dealing with Post-Graduation Blues”
Whether you’re a returning student or have just enrolled in your first year at Warwick, the weeks leading up to Welcome Week can often feel daunting, as you try and prepare for the impending academic year. Blogger Fay, entering into her fifth year at Warwick, shares some helpful tips on things you can do in these final few weeks to prepare for the next academic year at Warwick.Continue reading “Ten Tips to help you prepare for next academic year”
It’s over halfway through August, and the new university term is looming closer on the horizon. It’s time to start thinking about returning to full-time education! Except…the summer has been long, and it’s become increasingly difficult to pick up that reading you were supposed to work through. Here, blogger Hannah explores the difficulties in trying to rediscover your academic mojo.Continue reading “Returning to University…Unprepared”
The summer break: it’s what most of us spend the entire year looking forward to, and a chance to have a well-deserved break. However, after the end-of-year celebrations begin to die down, and with COVID restrictions still making travel during the vacation period difficult, students can begin to feel sluggish, as their productivity levels are significantly lower than during term-time. While it’s still important to have a break from long study days and endless reading lists, there are many ways students can stay motivated and productive while they take a break from studying. This blog post sets out some ways that blogger Fay is staying productive during the vacation, as well as some quick productivity-fixes to boost your motivation.Continue reading “How to stay productive as a student over the summer break”
Congratulations! If you’ve reached the stage of preparing for university, you, first of all, should be very proud of yourself. You are about to embark on what is probably the biggest change in your life so far. The transition may be unfamiliar, but fun and exciting nonetheless… get ready for Warwick!…By Ciara Brodi