As we enter the third semester, Life&Style writer Matthew Magill looks back on what UoB students were getting up to before the stress of exams kicked inWritten by Matthew Magill on 26th April 2017
How To Spend Your Easter Break
Katie McDonald explains how you can make the most of your Easter break
“revising in the Easter holidays is difficult because it is the last thing any sane student wants to be doing
First thing’s first, make a dreaded revision timetable. Allocate the time you have for different modules and then leave some ‘you-time’. Heck, colour code it if you feel that way inclined. That’s what they all say. But revising in the Easter holidays is difficult because it is the last thing any sane student wants to be doing. We’ve got through the last eight months, or so, so now surely it’s time for two weeks of relaxation, family and chocolate, right? I hate to break it to you, but once your pretty timetable is finished, it doesn’t mean you are. The hard part is actually sticking to it, which is why those purple ‘yoga’ or ‘out with m8s’ slots are actually just as important as the red ‘first exam’.
Another recommendation everyone seems very keen to make is to exercise, which we take as a mixture of obvious, patronising and, ironically, stressful. We’ve been given 4 weeks to indulge in delicacies, why would we want to ‘make time for those spin classes’? Educational institutions dedicate a month where unwritten, or not so unwritten when it is already pre-written into our planners, social norms instruct us to focus on munching Cadbury crème eggs with our family.
“Prioritisation is the key to success, or at least a First or 2:1
It’s so easy, and I’m guilty of this, to forget to drink water. The important message of hydration is shoved down our throats, but only because it is so true. You can’t escape the fact that you simply can’t work on a dry, dehydrated brain. It’s unproductive and, more importantly, unhealthy. Make it fun, or as fun as drinking water can be, by setting yourself little challenges. All you need is a large bottle of water and pen. Mark appropriate levels on the bottle with ‘11am’, ‘2pm’, ‘5pm’ and refill when necessary. Await your rehydration, soon to be followed by great results.
The newspapers still encourage us, with the best intentions, to get out in the open air. Again, they are kind of right, to an extent. I could count on one hand the number of students who are rich enough to afford weekly spin classes, but that’s a bad excuse. So, message the group chat and suggest a park picnic, where you can eat ham sandwiches, pick on strawberries and let the fresh spring breeze relieve you from the stresses of third year life for an afternoon or so.
“You can’t escape the fact that you simply can’t work on a dry, dehydrated brain. It’s unproductive and, more importantly, unhealthy
Prioritisation is the key to success, or at least a First or 2:1. As tempting as it is, don’t do the easy tasks first. Ask yourself which is urgent or which is just important, tackle the urgent ones first and you’ll soon be pleasantly surprised when you watch your motivation blossom into a beautiful grade.
Why is it that articles always finish with the ‘don’t stress’ emphasis? They aren’t afraid to fill and overwhelm us with ‘fantastic advice for those fantastic grades’, but add that stress we should not. But you can’t obtain a beautiful grade without the hard work. Reward yourself, which I’m pleased to say involves acknowledging how far you have come as well as what you need to do. So happy Easter. Indulge in the delicacies, make the most of that family time and do your best to work hard in those red revision slots.