Exam Season Tips!

Hey all! We’re now way into exam season so your Welfare & Outreach team have put our heads together and come up with a list of our best study tips for you & attached some useful links.

  1. Stay organised: We all use different methods of organisation: to-do lists, http://www.todoist.com, bullet journals (http://bulletjournal.com/), schedules and colour-coding. Find a method (or methods) that work for you and stick with it. Try not to get upset if you don’t manage to keep up with your schedule – it happens to everyone. Make sure that your goals are achievable (SMART targets anyone?! http://topachievement.com/smart.html)
  2. Treat yo self: Promise yourself a reward after study sessions: meet a friend for coffee, watch some Netflix, whatever works for you. It’s often worth setting a time-limit for rewards as well.
  3. Take breaks: You’ll learn better and potentially cut down on stress if you take regular breaks. Try using the pomodoro method (25 minutes of work, 5-10 minute break) or adapt it to your attention span/work pattern. http://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730
  4. Getting started: It can be difficult to motivate yourself to start. Try setting yourself small goals like just setting up your stuff up to work, working for 5-10 minutes etc. to get yourself started. Often you’ll find that once you’ve started you’ll be able to work past the time you allocated. http://www.growinghappiness.com/2008/04/21/getting-work-started-a-tip-for-procrastinators/
  5. Look after yourself: keep hydrated, stretch, take breaks from screens etc. Treat yourself the way you’d like a close friend to be treated. http://www.thefreedomexperiment.com/2011/10/28/55-gentle-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-when-youre-busy-busy-busy/
  6. Mental health: there’s a variety of different techniques that you can use to help calm down. Try breathing exercises, getting some fresh air, exercise, meditation or chatting to a friend. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/ways-relieve-stress.aspx
  7. Challenge your thinking: It’s easy to get caught up in the importance of an exam. Try talking to someone outside of university, meditating or thinking as rationally as you can. The world will carry on turning if you get a lower grade than you’d like. Often acknowledging this can remove a significant amount of anxiety that may be making it difficult to study.
  8. Study your way: There’s so much information on studying out there – try them out and then stick to what works for you. Maybe you work better in silence, with some white noise or with music on. Everyone works differently and each way is valid.
  9. Recognise if you need help: Pretty much everyone gets anxious around exam time. If you’re struggling to cope you can contact Nightline (http://www.nottinghamnightline.co.uk/) or us (welfare@uonsulgbt.org) to talk it through. If your anxiety is more of an everyday thing than exam specific and is having a debilitating effect on your life it might be worth talking to your doctor or a counsellor about it. (Cripps mental health: http://www.unhs.co.uk/unhs/your-health/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health/mental-health.aspx , University Counselling Service: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/counselling/index.aspx)

Good luck and best wishes to you all,

Zoe & the Welfare & Outreach team

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Supergay Song Selection for Spring Formal

Hey guys,

We want you to have as much of a say in the formal as possible. So far you’ve voted on the theme, the date, and the location of the after party. Now it’s time to pick the playlist! Use the poll below (by ‘adding your own answer’) to tell us what songs you’d like to be on the playlist 🙂

Your social sec,

Lux

 

Newest conspirators for the gay agenda

A massive congratulations to Joelle Kwuo and Katie Lewis for being elected as the newest additions to our committee! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and especially to all those who applied for the role of Welfare Officer. All were worthy applicants but, unfortunately, we only require two new committee members. However, we do want to encourage member participation in the Network as much as possible. Information on how to contact committee members with your input can be found on the contacts page. Feel free also to approach us at any Network run events.  Again, congratulations to Joelle and Katie! We look forward to welcoming you to our committee.

Your social sec, Lux

 

Learn a bit about your new Welfare Officers:

 

Joelle:

 

Hey, I’m Joelle and I use she/her pronouns. I’m a first year architecture student. I’m super excited to get to work with the rest of the committee as well as everyone in the LGBT+ network as one of the new welfare officers. I’m open to talk to anyone and I want to create a safe space for everyone in the network. One of my goals this year is to help people meet others with similar identities to allow them to connect with each other.

I hope everyone has had a good holiday and that everyone’s exams and deadlines go well! 🙂

 

 

Katie:

 

Hey everyone! Just want to say thank you so much for electing me, I’m so excited to start contributing as much as I can to the network. I have loads of ideas that I really hope you will all enjoy. Since I am in my first year, I don’t know that many people myself, but I’d love the chance to get to know some of you, so feel free to drop a message saying hey at any time. Thank you again and I’ll see you all soon!