Strikes. Why and When?

Strikes. Why and When?

A breakdown in talks between the University College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) has resulted in confirmed strikes over the next few weeks. This can be a confusing time for many students left wondering what impact the strikes will have on them directly. Before casting evil glances towards our lecturers as we exit class let’s give a little thought to why the strikes are necessary. First of all, teachers and tutors do actually want to teach their students. Contrary to what… Read moreStrikes. Why and When?

Planning for your future

Edinburgh University Psychology Building

You’ve made it to university…now what? There are so many options for life after university, like going further in your education with a graduate scheme or degree, beginning your professional career or travelling. It’s difficult to make a decision or even know where to start. Thankfully, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) has an event to help you! Life beyond your degree PPLS is holding an event with alumni this Thursday, 01 February at the Psychology Building from 5pm – 7.30pm… Read morePlanning for your future

Preparing for your Year Abroad

Preparing for your Year Abroad

So you have accepted an offer to study abroad and are wondering what’s next. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to best prepare for your exchange, complete with a visual checklist – fancy! Preparing to go abroad may leave you feeling overwhelmed. It is, after all, a big adjustment. As an exchange alumni, I can tell you that it is extremely worth it. Just before I left for Auckland (almost one year on!!) a family member handed me a letter filled with… Read morePreparing for your Year Abroad

Niche optional courses: from Gaelic to witchcraft

One of the coolest things about being a humanities student at the University of Edinburgh is that you can choose from an amazing range of niche optional courses in your first and second year. It allows us to explore so many options that would not have been available to us otherwise. As Queen of Quirky Courses, I have spent hours traversing the University’s programme building tool ‘Path’ in order to find niche optional courses that rebel against the “strong recommendation” to choose… Read moreNiche optional courses: from Gaelic to witchcraft

Exam revision: 7 coping strategies

Exam revision: 7 coping strategies

Exam revision is the worst time of university life in my opinion. But you can’t avoid it, so it’s important to be prepared when the stress hits. For me, the first exam period was the worst, but my coping strategies improved since then and the past December exams went by relatively smoothly. Here are some things that helped me be more mentally stable and productive. 1. Grasp the concepts Understand every concept before the start of revision: If you go… Read moreExam revision: 7 coping strategies

Making second semester better

Making second semester better

In little over a week, the winter semester will draw to a close. You might be feeling pretty accomplished or in real need of a festive break. In either case it’s good to prepare for what’s ahead. With these tips, you will be sure to make your second semester this year the best one yet!  Review your progress   1. Reflect This might seem obvious but we often forget to do it. Take a pen and paper and jot down on one… Read moreMaking second semester better

A week in the life of a cognitive science student

A week in the life of a cognitive science student

Wondering what the typical week in the life of a Cognitive Science student is like at the University of Edinburgh? In this post, I set out my day to day during term time to give you an insight into my student experience here in Edinburgh. Monday I just have one lecture on Monday at 9am this semester, which either makes it my most or the least productive day. If I am feeling productive, I go to the library after class to read and do tutorial… Read moreA week in the life of a cognitive science student

International experiences that boost your CV

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As I near the end of my undergraduate years I must think carefully about my next steps. What will I do? Where will I go? Oh, and how? The elusive real world no longer feels so abstract. I have to think about how I fare against a qualified and competitive workforce. Well, for me this is a little different. I am applying for postgraduate study and I feel comfortably nestled in the world of academia. Still, graduate admissions don’t come easy. I strongly… Read moreInternational experiences that boost your CV

My Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

My Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

Hi! My name is Ajda, I am from a beautiful country in central Europe, Slovenia. I’m in my second year of studying Cognitive Science (MA) at University of Edinburgh and enjoying it very much. Let me tell you my story of getting here and hopefully inspire you to be brave in achieving your dreams! The idea of studying abroad came to mind at the end of primary school: in Slovenia that’s when you are about 14 years old. Starting the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme,… Read moreMy Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

The importance of communicating research

research news

The world of academia can feel like a somewhat inaccessible one. When you enter as an undergraduate student it can take a while to wrap your head around it all. The world of research is undoubtedly important. Knowledge is fascinating, and changes how we think and act in our world. It’s important to make this knowledge interesting and accessible to all if it’s ever going to make a difference. We’re all aware of clickbait titles and wild articles that don’t… Read moreThe importance of communicating research