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“Use every spare half hour wisely!”

6 hours 11 min ago
Happy New Year friends across the World! Hope 2017 has been a great year thus far with many more happy days to come! That time of the year has come and if you are like me, then you are already beginning to stress yourself. Exams are just around the corner, so this is our time … Continue reading “Use every spare half hour wisely!”

Journey Update: Smelling the snow

6 hours 19 min ago
You know that expression that tells “you should stop to smell the flowers?” Well, I wish we had flowers now in good old Luxembourg, but it turns out we are covered in snow. So instead, I am smelling the snow and trying to devise a plan for the second half of this course year. As … Continue reading Journey Update: Smelling the snow

Making a Productive Start to 2017

17 January 2017
To all of you who spent the holidays blissfully ignoring the subject guides like me, the New Year rings in the realisation that there are hardly 4 months to the final exams. As 2016 begins to fade into a glimmer and we are faced with a lot of catching up in terms of study goals, I would like to share some of my strategies for coping with post-holiday time crunch.

Review of the Year 2016

13 January 2017
Another year goes by as we mark the beginning of a new year. For some people, 2016 may have been one of their best years to date, while for some, unfortunately, it may have been one of their worst. From a more global perspective, I am sure you all will agree with me in marking … Continue reading Review of the Year 2016

The Personal Growth Model

10 January 2017
By my definition, personal growth describes the process after which higher personal life quality has been reached. In economic theory, we assume that individuals behave in such a way as to maximize their own utility. By this, society benefits as common wealth enhances. Common wealth is measured as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But the “World Happiness … Continue reading The Personal Growth Model

How exercise benefits cognitive ability

05 January 2017
‘No pain, no gain’ a few of my friends at the gym tell me. Some people like to train with weights, others with gymnastic machines, while others are simply training with aerobic exercises. But they all want to feel healthier and definitely look better after some months of exercising. We all know some of the … Continue reading How exercise benefits cognitive ability

What I want to say aloud this Christmas

23 December 2016
Are you willing…. to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in … Continue reading What I want to say aloud this Christmas

Are You a Superhuman Studying for a Degree?

22 December 2016
I felt like a superhuman. I could be in multiple places at one time, engaged in various activities, and converse with more than one person at the same time. I felt that I was invincible. Wouldn’t this make me the smartest person? Getting distinctions for my exams shouldn’t be difficult, right? Well, not quite. Recently, … Continue reading Are You a Superhuman Studying for a Degree?

A desk of one’s own

20 December 2016
I am one of those people sensitive to the amount of chaos around. If things are tidy and clean I find myself in good humor, but if things get out of hand, I turn into a grumpy, muttering Grinch. I know life can be messy: clothes running around, wrestling my dear dog into taking a … Continue reading A desk of one’s own

The reality of your first year at university.

13 December 2016
Hello I am Janathri Weeratunga and I am from Sri Lanka. I am currently a 2nd year LLB student with the University of London International Programmes. As many students, I too started my first year straight after my A/Ls and I was pretty enthusiastic (at least in the first few months). I was a newbie to … Continue reading The reality of your first year at university.

Legal Reasoning: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer

06 December 2016
Attending law school has been in the back of my mind for quite some time. Now that I am a law student, every time I sit down to study I tend to react like someone opening a surprise gift from a loved one. It is a wonderful feeling. It helps me keep track of my … Continue reading Legal Reasoning: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer

Journey update: reacquainted with myself

29 November 2016
When I wrote my first post I told you that my main concern as an studying mum was making space in my brain for knowledge when the ups and downs with The Little One were barely leaving any space available in said brain. After more than a month of daily study I think it is about … Continue reading Journey update: reacquainted with myself

Returning to study at 24 and 7 tips that are helping me cope

22 November 2016
I am excited. I have always wanted to learn creative writing. The English programme has a complete course on creative writing; I can learn how to write poetry, prose and stage plays. The reading list has Antigone, Waiting for Godot and The Odyssey (which I tried reading when I was younger, but gave up after … Continue reading Returning to study at 24 and 7 tips that are helping me cope

Coping with stress

15 November 2016
By now, I guess many of you are already panicking about the workload of this year. For me, it is usually around this time of the year when the sheer reality of the task sinks in and so I feel myself doing reckless things, like waking up in the middle of the night and considering … Continue reading Coping with stress

The key to self-studying for a degree

11 November 2016
Nobody said that it is going to be easy. Anyone who grows up in a traditional education system would have the idea of pedagogy that naturally conjures up the picture of a classroom of students and a teacher. Nobody said that to acquire a degree through self-studying, without guidance, is going to be smooth sailing. … Continue reading The key to self-studying for a degree

How distance learning has helped me personally and professionally

08 November 2016
Let’s really explore distance learning this week.  To my surprise, this is a topic I find myself discussing quite a bit. Every day I find myself in conversations like: “What is distance learning really like? How do we implement it? What kind of results can we expect to see? What kind of measurements are best applied … Continue reading How distance learning has helped me personally and professionally

How I plan two full-time degrees at once

02 November 2016
Hello to all my fellow students! Since I haven’t posted any articles yet, let me introduce myself first.  My name is Arnold Kinzel, I am 24 years old, from Germany and I am currently enrolled in the BSc Economics and Finance programme at the University of London International Programmes. But if that wasn’t enough I … Continue reading How I plan two full-time degrees at once

The Beginning of a Journey: the Student Mum

26 October 2016
Five years ago, if someone had told me that I was going to live in Luxembourg and raise a baby girl while studying English with the UoL International Programmes, I probably would have laughed. Yet here I am: a Spaniard based in Luxembourg studying English and, yes, raising a baby at the same time (six months … Continue reading The Beginning of a Journey: the Student Mum

Literature and Legal Studies

17 October 2016
Next week I will tell you about how moving and starting a new job drove me to distraction. This week I would like to say a word about how studying law has already helped me quite a bit in personal and professional projects. One reason this course appealed to me is its application to my … Continue reading Literature and Legal Studies

Rekindle that Flame

12 October 2016
Last month, I talked about the importance of taking a break; the benefits of my temporal relief of a knotty problem encountered in any aspects of life, including studying. No matter how pressing a matter might seem to be at a moment, it always does me immense good when I pry myself away, so that I … Continue reading Rekindle that Flame