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Health and Fitness during exam time

Make sure you keeping moving while you study.  It’s good for your mind, body and soul, according to Gary, Sports Development Coordinator at UC Sport.

Here’s some tips from the Rec Centre>

Remember, the RecCentre has changed their timetable over exam time.  Make sure you check the timetable before heading to your favourite classes>

Ideas for planning and studying – before exams

Part of the struggle of the exam studying period is being able to organise and plan your time in order to get the most out of your study.

Louise Orcheston-Findlay from the Academic Skill Centre (ASC) teaches revision and exam skills. She has some top tips to get you thinking about how to find out how you study best> 

Here are some top tips from the Academic skill centre on how to study well in a short amount of time:

Review your notes by reading actively – concentrate on what you are reading

Concentrate on learning what you don’t know.  If you give yourself a small test, you will find out your “weak” areas.

Think of questions that may be asked.  Practice on old exam papers.

Try question and answer sessions with others – you may need to limit chat times or competition with other students in these  sessions.

Use Rhymes or mnemonics as memory aids

Put things into your own words.  This helps you to know if you have actually understood the information

Let family and friends know that your increased time spent studying does not mean disregard for them and ask for their cooperation in your timetable.

Know the dates and times of exams you will be sitting.

Going Zero Waste as a Student

Many of us want to reduce our waste, but it can seem like a huge task, especially for busy students.

Frankie Desmond spoke to Masters student Helena Ruffell about her journey towards minimising waste, which she shares on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

Helena was inspired to start cutting back on waste by “images of coastlines and oceans full of plastic… especially those involving marine organisms and seabirds.”

“Another big influence was the fact that our landfills will just keep filling up… There will be a point where there will be no room for our waste to go.”

Helena found some aspects of reducing waste to be challenging.
“I definitely struggled with having time to make my own lunch and going supermarket shopping.

It added a couple of extra minutes to my day but I thank myself now for taking that extra time, to avoid processed and greasy fast foods!”
Helena has also noticed other benefits from her lifestyle changes, alongside reducing her waste.

“I’m eating much healthier! I’m saving lots of money not buying processed foods, and I have a lot more energy as a result. It’s also really handy just popping out to the garden to get some herbs for dinner.”

For students wanting to minimise waste, Helena suggests moving away from packaged foods as a good first step. “Instead of buying packaged crackers, scones or muffins, you can easily whip some up on a Sunday night!”

“Bringing reusable bags to the supermarket is an obvious one, and you can extend this to not using a plastic bag for your fruit and veggies!

Just go without, or reuse the millions I’m sure are hiding out under the sink in the flat.”

For some more inspiration on ways you can cut back on waste as a student, check out some of the great ideas Helena has shared on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

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