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My name is Emily, I'm a Communications Manager by day and a blogger by night. I set up this blog as I have a passion for writing, and am looking not only to develop my skills but also to share useful advice and news to students. You can find out more about me here.

Student Life

How to Find a Dissertation Supervisor

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At undergraduate or Master’s level, you will certainly be assigned a dissertation supervisor even if you don’t go out looking for one. However, considering how important a good supervisor is for your dissertation project, you may not want to leave this choice up to chance. Look at the list of professors in your research area…

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What Your Supervisor Should and Shouldn’t Do? A Quick Check

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Do you really know what your dissertation supervisor should and shouldn’t do? Check your ideas against these lists. Your Supervisor Should: Approve your topic. Only after your topic is approved by the supervisor, you may start writing the dissertation. Approve your research method (or suggest a different method to use). You will outline your research…

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The Top Degrees to Pursue in 2019

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It goes without saying that the best choice of a major is the one you are passionate about. But if you feel attracted to more than one option and have not yet made up your mind, these tips may come in handy. Data Science Big data and machine learning technologies will be increasingly adopted by…

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Pros and Cons of Distance Education

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Many British universities offer distance education courses. You can complete them without leaving your home country and get the same degree as those coming to the UK to study. Doesn’t that sound great? But there also are some pitfalls. Pros Lower cost. The UK is an expensive country. Staying at home, you will cut your…

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Should I Do a Postgraduate Degree, or Find a Job? What Changes After Brexit?

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Up to 2012, international students in the UK were allowed to stay for two years after completing their studies to try to find a job. However, this allowance is no longer in place.   If you are of a foreign background, you may have to leave the country straight after graduation – unless you enrol…

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Why Making Time for Yourself Is a Must

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With lots of assignments to complete, you may feel like you can’t have any rest until you finish them all. You may even want to stay up all night to finish a paper. However, doing that may actually be harmful to your grades! When you spend too much time working on the same task, your…

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A Campus Survival Guide for Introverts

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Does the idea of sharing a house, or halls, with complete strangers terrify you? As a student, you have no way to escape that unless your family is wealthy enough to rent a whole house or apartment for you alone. But living with neighbours on campus does not have to be a nightmare, even if…

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How to Get Over Exam Anxiety: Quick Tips

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Student life can stress you out at times, particularly when exams are nearing. Some new students get so scared of their first exams they can barely start preparing. If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, here are few ideas to try to get over this fear. Breathe deeply and slowly. This may seem like simple…

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Procrastination – the gift of time

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Procrastination is never seen as something good – probably because the world belongs to the do-ers! – and because there is so much information and change happening now, that if you are not staying on top of it then it becomes very difficult to catch up afterwards. No one perceives that they have time anymore…

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Single parent students – you have the hardest job on the planet

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I have so much respect and genuine surprise when I meet single mothers who are doing a degree. Their life can be made a little easier if they are supported by their own parents or their kids are grown up, however, the majority of those that do pursue a degree usually have younger kids and…

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News

Should you start your own business while at University?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

We all wish that deep inside we were Mark Zuckerberg, who dropped out of university to found Facebook, or that within a few years of finishing university we might be multi-millionaires. It might, or might not happen, however, whether you will fail or not, starting your own business whilst at University could be the best…

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Why should universities worry about Brexit?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

No, no, no! I will not discuss whether Brexit is good or bad for the UK as it’s a political question and a very personal choice for so many. However, what is important is how universities will be impacted if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. UK universities rely heavily on foreign students.…

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2-year degrees: a good or a bad idea?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

On the 23rd January 2019, new legislation was passed in the UK to allow universities to offer two-year bachelor’s degrees for some subjects. The new scheme will start in September 2019. I was very saddened when I first heard this news. It makes perfect economic sense to both parents and students to do a two…

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Do tuition fees matter?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently there has been a lot of discussion in the news about tuition fees and whether the price of them is fair or not. It has also been argued that higher tuition fees will prevent poorer students from attending university and additionally that it’s unfair that richer students who pay up front don’t need to…

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How conditional are “unconditional offers”?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Over the last few years the number of unconditional offers has dramatically increased from 3,000 in 2013 to 117,000 in 2018 (source: BBC), meaning a much higher proportion of students are now getting these types of offers. However, the word “unconditional” can be a bit misleading. There are two types of “unconditional” offer: The university…

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Careers

The Top Degrees to Pursue in 2019

March 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

It goes without saying that the best choice of a major is the one you are passionate about. But if you feel attracted to more than one option and have not yet made up your mind, these tips may come in handy. Data Science Big data and machine learning technologies will be increasingly adopted by…

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Should I Do a Postgraduate Degree, or Find a Job? What Changes After Brexit?

February 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Up to 2012, international students in the UK were allowed to stay for two years after completing their studies to try to find a job. However, this allowance is no longer in place.   If you are of a foreign background, you may have to leave the country straight after graduation – unless you enrol…

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Procrastination – the gift of time

January 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

Procrastination is never seen as something good – probably because the world belongs to the do-ers! – and because there is so much information and change happening now, that if you are not staying on top of it then it becomes very difficult to catch up afterwards. No one perceives that they have time anymore…

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Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are one or the other – then you need to know the difference, because the people who will read your CV certainly do. The easiest way to distinguish the two is probably to think long term. A freelancer is someone who always intends to work alone, part of the gig-economy, self-employed, who will…

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