Talk to the Library – Thursday 4 March 2021 is #UniMentalHealthDay

The Library is an intrinsic part of University life. In supporting all members of the University community (students, staff and alumni), the Library understands the challenges and stresses of the academic environment and how they can impact on mental health and wellbeing. As such, the Library not only provides support through resources, information and facilities, but also through connection and community too.  

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Study ‘Appy: Organisation in the Palm of Your Hand

Now that first half of term’s deadlines have been completed and you’re turning your attention to the next half of term two, you may be looking to organise your time more effectively. Alternatively, you may be looking for ways to find/stick to a daily routine and schedule. While traditional methods, such as handwritten to-do lists and timetables may work for some, modern technology offers students a wonderful range of apps to support an organised student lifestyle. Here’s the second instalment of our ‘study apps’ series, featuring a few front-runners and how you could use them effectively!

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How to ace your Dissertation Presentation

Nervous about your dissertation presentation? You’re not alone! As if writing a dissertation wasn’t enough of a task, it seems almost cruel that you have to do a presentation for it as well. For many people, oral presentations (or public speaking in general) can be really stressful experiences. However, the vast majority of degrees require some form of formal discussion about your research, and for many this will actually count towards your grade. Whether it’s formative or summative, it’s worth looking at your presentation as a chance to show your department what you’re made of, and to gain valuable feedback in the process. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to help you ace your presentation!

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Lockdown Library: Some ‘can-do’ solutions to things students can’t do

With the current restrictions on academic institutions in the UK, it can feel like students are being told more about what they can’t do, than what they can do. With the recent changes to the library and other study spaces around campus, you may be asking yourself how you can work effectively in these new circumstances, whether you’re at university or at home. Here’s a few ways to find practical solutions to study issues you may be facing, and a helpful guide to using the library services even if you cannot access the main library space at the moment.

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome at University

‘Imposter Syndrome’ is defined by Warwick’s Wellbeing Service as “a psychological phenomenon in which people doubt their accomplishments…and fear being exposed as a ‘fraud’, despite evident success or external proof of competence”. These fears are felt by countless students across the globe, but can feel incredibly isolating. This post provides three practical tips to beat those doubts.

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On the record: dealing with camera shyness in the world of online lectures

For those who struggle with anxiety, introversion, or are just plain camera-shy, online lectures can be terrifying. University classes have always been something that we can leave on campus, but in the current pandemic they are literally invading our homes, with lecturers popping up on-screen in our private spaces to ask us questions and (more troubling) to expect answers. Now that we’re in a second lockdown, and expecting to be online until at least mid-February, here are some strategies to help you cope with the stress of being on-camera during the next term.

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‘Term Two, New You’? Ways to Set Goals That Will Actually Stick

The start of a new academic term is a great time to set yourself goals and look forward to things you want to achieve over the next ten weeks. The act of setting the goals, however, usually seems like the easiest part of the whole process, with actually reaching your goals often being the real challenge. How many times have you set yourself a resolution, only to lose your motivation a few weeks later? Here’s some ways you can set an effective goal, that will stick right through to week 10 and beyond.

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End of the year wrap-up from your blogs editor

Another year over, and we are still here. 2020 hasn’t been easy, but as everyone turned online for most of their social interactions, including learning, our job as your library community blog suddenly became much more essential. You might not be a big blog reader, you might be fed up with reading things on the screen at this point, which is why we are gonna make this wrap-up post short and sweet and full of nice clickable info for you to sail through to the new year.

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