How to fall in love with books again

One of the major side-effects of doing a degree can be becoming disenchanted with reading in your spare time. People who couldn’t keep their noses out of books before university often become bogged down with their course material and can’t find the time to pick up a good book. Even if you do have a spare hour or two, substituting your university textbook for the novel that’s been gathering dust on your shelf can seem like more of the same headache. It’s no surprise that so many students end up resorting to passively consuming Netflix in their spare time. However, now that this academic year is over and the summer stretches ahead before us, it’s the perfect opportunity to start falling in love with books again. Check out the suggestions below, and dive back in!

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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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Blues and Burnout: How to keep happy and energised this exam season

It’s that time of year again, and this exam season only seems to be made more stressful by the fluctuating weather and the covid restrictions that seem to be easing at an excruciating snail’s pace. Being shut indoors with a pile of revision on your desk and exams looming can be a real strain on our mental health- an overworked mind and deflated mood can quickly lead to exam blues, and even total burnout. But exam season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Check out the tips below, and help keep yourself happy and energised in the weeks to come.

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Eat happy, sleep happy, study happy: how to maintain a healthy lifestyle this exam season

Exam season. It’s a two-word phrase that calls to mind so many negative thoughts. Cramming, all-nighters, caffeine overdoses and stress-eating are common habits of students in the lead-up to exams. However, these patterns of stress can put our bodies and minds under a lot of pressure, leading to burnouts, depressive states and even illness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during exams seems impossible- and more than that, it feels like you’re breaking some kind of unwritten but binding student contract. Exams = stress = unhealthy habits, right? Not necessarily. Check out the tips below on keeping healthy during exam season, and discover just how much better you will feel this year for doing so.

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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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From hopeless to romantic: how to romanticise your degree

romanticise /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪsʌɪz/
verb: romanticise
deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is. (Oxford Languages)  

Valentine’s may be over, but that doesn’t mean the romance is dead! Sometimes our degrees can be a source of frustration, anxiety, or just plain boredom. When you’re halfway through a seemingly endless bibliography or struggling with exercises that you just can’t seem to get your head around, it can be really hard to love (or even like) your degree. However, if you can learn to romanticise what you study it can go a long way towards helping you achieve degree satisfaction. Check out the tips below, and start falling in love with your degree again!  
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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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