How to explain your degree to someone who has never studied it

‘So, what do you study?’

You’ve been asked it a thousand and one times, but you’ve somehow never managed to find the perfect answer. Say your degree title and you risk being stereotyped into the box that people associate that subject with. Go into too much detail and you’re bound to lose them. Make it too basic and you can sound patronising. It’s a simple question that can be so difficult to answer. Luckily, this post is full of tips to help you answer that dreaded question with the least amount of awkwardness possible.

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‘Am I Bothered?’: Lockdown Learning in Challenging Circumstances

While the UK may be beginning to ease out of lockdown restrictions, the current ‘work from home’ message can feel like the world is as shut down as ever. This experience is made even worse when your home isn’t particularly work-friendly. Read these three tips for making the best out of a distracting studying environment.

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Digital Discussions: Leading Online Seminars

Leading a seminar can be a scary prospect at the best of times, but dealing with the difficulties of online learning can make it even harder. Whether your session is graded or not, piloting an hour or two of learning is an intimidating task, but there are preparations you can make to ensure success. This blog post offers tips for humanities students that are leading online seminars, with practical advice to make your session run as smoothly as possible.

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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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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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Throwback Post: How to kick-start your dissertation

If you haven’t yet started your dissertation, or are struggling to find your feet, don’t panic. If you’re an undergraduate perhaps you’re battling with how to actually start writing – if you’re a postgraduate maybe you’re just struggling to get the ball rolling. You’re probably thinking “where do I start?”

originally posted on 18/03/2018. Please note that this post fits within a certain context, so the advice given about going out for coffee with a friend, etc. might not be doable in the current circumstances. Check the university’s and the government’s coronavirus guidelines to stay up to date.

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University’s New Study Skill: Online Group Work

In a world where isolation has now become the norm, we’re all spending most of our day working independently. Some of us are embracing the distraction-free study time to concentrate on our own work, whereas others are missing the social interaction of sitting on floor two with friends, discussing our weekends while working on a reading for a seminar. Whichever category you fit into, navigating a group project is daunting in corona-times for all of us. Fay Inverarity shares her tips on how to make a groupwork lemonade out of this sour online study lemon.

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