How I use my diary

For some the physical diary may be a thing of the past, as our emails have automatic calendars and we all carry around a phone which has diary functions, but for me, my diary is one of my most prized (study/work) possessions. I love the fact that each year you can pick an adorable new diary and that you can […]

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Cause you’ve had a bad day….

… you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around…. I hope you are all singing these words in Daniel Porter’s voice. But in all seriousness, we all experience bad days. Those days where you come home from work/uni and feel like crying, sleeping, punching things, drinking wine (for the adults) or staying in the […]

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How to prepare for a long(ish) presentation.

Oral presentations terrify many of us. Even confident extroverts would often avoid presenting a long speech- but in many subjects, university courses and careers, public speaking is an important component. This is particularly true in academia… I mean we have conference presentation in front of hundreds of people. I already have nightmares about my first conference, although it will probably […]

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How to grapple with criticism

The world of research and academia is critical. Full stop. No ifs or buts… your work will get criticised. The very basis of publication involves ‘peer review’, which is where other researchers in your field provide critical feedback of your work and decide if it should get published. Your proposal will be criticised by panel members. Your drafts are criticised […]

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Five shows to watch to increase motivation

Although binge watching television shows is possibly the worst way to be productive, I know we are all going to do it anyway. So here is a list of shows which can motivate you to do well in your studies and careers (after you’ve finished watching the season of course!): Grey’s Anatomy- Every time I watch Grey’s Anatomy, I have […]

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The P (…Procrastination) Word

Procrastination is a common element of many people’s days. I think even outside of work or study, we like to ‘put off’ the difficult or annoying things until tomorrow. Although Nike tries its damnedest to motivate us to “just do it”, it is often just not that easy. Although, we may never rid of procrastination completely, it is important to […]

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4 Ways to Plan Your Writing

Throughout high school and undergraduate university courses, we get told about the importance of planning before we start to write essays or reports (or any other type of writing for that matter). I used to think that we were just told this for the fun of it, kind of in the same way that you are told to read ALL […]

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