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

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

What you’ll realise during your first break from university

What you'll realise during your first break from university

For anyone, the holiday break after exams is a breath of fresh air… but none of us expected to miss university life so much. Of course, the holiday break is full of time well-spent with family and friends, which is especially valuable to those of us who don’t have the luxury of a quick 2-hour drive (try 11 hours on a plane!). No one, however, prepared me for the realization that I missed my university family more than anything. After… Read moreWhat you’ll realise during your first break from university

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

A guide to surviving your approaching deadlines

So, your deadlines are not too far away, and the prospect of being a real university student, with real work, is starting to settle in My name is Alex and I’m in my second year of Linguistics here at the University. As I’ve managed one year of fretting over essays, projects, and the like, here are my go-to tips for surviving your approaching deadlines. 1. Try not to stress — or, use it wisely You made it to university, a… Read moreA guide to surviving your approaching deadlines

Tips From The Other Side: Word Processors

Tips From The Other Side: Word Processors

“Tips From The Other Side” is my blog series where I talk about the boring-but-necessary specifics of writing long essays – turns out, there’s a lot of stuff besides just writing to think about. I last talked about citation and some things you can do to make it less painful, and a few months ago I mentioned a few tips on making the process of writing and revision as comfortable as possible. This week I’m focusing on where you write… Read moreTips From The Other Side: Word Processors

Citation: Tips From the Other Side, Part 1

So I just finished my dissertation in Psychology – I designed a psychological experiment, tested it on volunteers, analysed and interpreted the data, and wrote 7,100 words about it. It was really hard, definitely the most difficult academic assignment I’ve ever done. If I had tried to do something like this in first year, I would have failed miserably. But I’ve had a lot of practice writing research essays for Psychology, and I don’t think it went to badly. I’m… Read moreCitation: Tips From the Other Side, Part 1

Student Representation: Finding your community

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Student representation is an incredibly important part of the university experience. This week voting is taking place to elect new sabbatical officers, liberation officers, society representation, and school representatives. I highly encourage you to vote if you’re an existing student – these positions do make a difference! Some of these positions are really important to certain groups within the university. I want to talk about some of the communities we have, which support all students at Edinburgh. Liberation Groups Liberation… Read moreStudent Representation: Finding your community

Revision Tips

Revision… I hate it. I’m not particularly good at it. I’m a huge procrastinator and generally a pretty lazy person. But there comes a time when I need to actually do my intellectual duties as a student. Here’s some tips to make your studying more efficient and effective. Add structure to your day. We’ve all been there. You sit down to start writing an essay, check your phone just once, and suddenly it’s four hours later and Buzzfeed is telling… Read moreRevision Tips