Welcome to the Study Blog

Welcome to Warwick! Congratulations, you made it! We’re so excited to have you on campus for your university journey. We wanted to give you a special welcome from the Study Blog. This blog is part of Warwick Library and is written and organised by students and for students. We publish a post every week, on Thursdays at 10.30am, providing you with all the advice, study hacks, experiences, and hints and tips you need to make your study and university journey a success. To give you a flavour of our blog, in this post editor Ellie gives you a tour of our site, pointing you to some of our favourite and most useful post to get you started at Warwick.

By Ellie King

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Start thinking about your dissertation NOW

If you’re a finalist next academic year there’s a good chance you’ll have the option to take a dissertation module. Some of you might not have the choice at all! Either way, if a dissertation is something you’ll be working on next year, it’s never too early to make a start. Get a ahead of the game and start preparing now during your summer break…by Kumail Jaffer
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Don’t be diss-stressed! How to start prepping for your dissertation

It feels like your whole degree has been building up to this moment. You finally have the freedom to write an extended piece of writing on literally whatever you want. The possibilities are endless… but sometimes the fear is as well! When do I start? How do I decide what to write about? Where do I start with researching? How do I approach a supervisor? These are all questions which may start to plague you during the summer before your final year of university, and it can be difficult to answer them by yourself. Check out the dissertation prep checklist below, and start getting inspired!

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Summer is here! How to make the most of it

Now that term has ended and summer is upon us, there is a no small feeling of relief. However, in a couple of weeks that relief will grow stale and turn into something deadly: boredom. We’ve all had weeks in the summer when our friends are busy and we just can’t seem to find anything to occupy ourselves with. Luckily, there are some really easy ways to keep yourself entertained this summer that might just end up having long term benefits as well.

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Remember, remember: memorising information for your exams

Ever wished you had a memory like Sherlock, with a whole host of facts and information at your fingertips? Here are some techniques you can try when revising, to help you memorise the information you’ll need to remember in your exams. We can’t promise you’ll turn into Sherlock by the end of the week, but some of these may be just the ticket…

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How to structure your time without a formal timetable

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 Carter

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Five lessons I’ve learned from the Library

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.

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An MA student’s library love letter

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.

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STEM Students: make the most of your library – in conversation with your Academic Support Librarian

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.

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Spotlight on our Library Associates

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 Parkinson

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Looking Back to Look Forward: How to reflect on your University experience

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.

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How to Manage Panicking About the Future

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 Carter

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Google Search Hacks That Make Your Life Easy

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 Bellamkonda

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Study Hacks for Those with Short Attention Spans

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!

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Find Your Groove: Productivity Tips and Tools for Study Success

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 Editor

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Looking Back on 2021: Merry Christmas from your Bloggers

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.

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How to be Working Class at Warwick

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.

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The University Break-Up: Dealing with Post-Graduation Blues

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!

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