What’s the point of writing essays? Engaging students in higher education

What's the point of writing essays? Engaging students in higher education

I surely remember some long nights spent writing papers for my Master’s as if it were yesterday. Okay, yes, it was only a couple of years ago – but still. ‘What’s the point in writing this anyway?’, I would ask myself, as I frantically browsed through endless lists of references. Following a brief search on the web, I realise many students struggle with writing essays. Rightfully, then, you may ask why papers are such a widespread method of assessing students at UK universities. Many essays and two degrees later – now teaching in higher education myself – I think I might have figured it out.

Making the most of the night before your exam

Making the most of the night before your exam

In the best-case-scenario, you’ve finished revising but now you don’t know what to do with your time. In the emergency scenario, your dog may as well have eaten all your materials, because that just about sums up how much you’ve… Read moreMaking the most of the night before your exam

When worlds collide: 5 things you could do when your friends from home come to visit

When worlds collide: 5 things you could do when your friends from home come to visit

Picture this: You’ve been in Edinburgh for a couple of weeks now, and suddenly one of your old friends from not-Uni decides to brave the journey up north and comes to visit. If you are anything like me and rarely… Read moreWhen worlds collide: 5 things you could do when your friends from home come to visit