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
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
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
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?
Once the hype of freshers weeks has died down, it can be difficult to adjust to what your new life is going to be like. Doing your own food shopping, budgeting, organising your time… all whilst experiencing a new city, making new friends, and trying not to get homesick. It can be tough! Here is my honest opinion about what works and what doesn’t for a few key issues I faced during first year, and how to make the most… Read moreSurviving AND thriving in your first semester
When you live in a city, it is often all too easy to turn a blind eye to the big tourist attractions, taking them for granted. So, sometimes it can be nice to take some time to appreciate what the city has to offer outside of your daily routine. Whenever my pals come to visit, I make sure to take the time to show them as much of the city as possible, and this means I have an excuse to… Read morePretending to be a tourist in Edinburgh for a week!
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
Going on holiday with your mates is always going to be great fun, but it is important to try not to overspend too much! I recently took a trip to Barcelona, and put together some top tips for keeping within budget whilst still having a good time. 1. Book your flights early Once you’ve decided where you want to go and who you’re going with, the best thing to do is to book your flights ASAP. Not only do flights… Read moreGoing abroad on a student budget
Moving away from home for the first time can be quite daunting, and with so many new experiences coming your way it is always good to have a little place of comfort to escape to. Whilst a student flat may not quite match what you had under your parents’ roof, there are easy ways to make your uni pad feel like your home away from home in no time! Moving up the country from Surrey, I didn’t really have a lot… Read moreHow to make your student flat feel like home…
This is going to be a Slightly Serious post. I’m offering some very general advice for international students coming to the University of Edinburgh. It will be mostly based of my personal experiences as an American, so I’m sorry if you feel like certain things don’t apply to you. I’m not really going to deal with things like finance, accommodation, or city life in this post (I’ve linked the University pages on those things if you’re looking for that, and… Read moreBeing a Good International Student: Respect and Mindfulness