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Are You Behind in Your Studies?

20 April 2017
When writing fiction an author has two ways to create a sense of tension and urgency in a reader and set the pace of the story. One is a time lock. The other is an option lock. A time lock means the character has X amount of time to accomplish Y and avert the consequences. … Continue reading Are You Behind in Your Studies?

Study tools I find useful – Time to shift gears and nail the exams!

11 April 2017
2017 has been an extremely eventful year and the first three months have flickered by in no time, but more about the eventful things later! The onset of April means, for most of us students, exams are around the corner. This is by no means my intention to set in ‘testophobia’ amongst all of us taking … Continue reading Study tools I find useful – Time to shift gears and nail the exams!

Methods to Help Revising and Studying for Exams

04 April 2017
When I was as young as six or seven, someone once told me: “Each of us is given 24 hours a day, and it is in your hands how you want to make full use of these 24 hours”. These aren’t the exact words, I’m pretty sure about that. But three decades on, the gist … Continue reading Methods to Help Revising and Studying for Exams

Ethics: A practical application of philosophy

23 March 2017
One of the most common criticisms of philosophy is that it’s not ‘practical’; that is, the study of philosophy doesn’t require students to learn anything useful. I strongly disagree with this charge, of course. For those who are studying philosophy develop many highly valuable ‘meta-skills’, such as those required by activities involving careful analysis and clear communication, that … Continue reading Ethics: A practical application of philosophy

How to prepare yourself, practically and emotionally, for an examination

16 March 2017
I feel I should congratulate us all, we are one step closer to our goal – Graduation! The examination period is the most academically stressful period. At this time of year, we have to prove to teachers and, most importantly, ourselves that we have done well all year long. To help us get through this … Continue reading How to prepare yourself, practically and emotionally, for an examination

My Life Philosophy

14 March 2017
Financial markets have always been fascinating for me. I started reading André Kostolany when I was a teenager and after many books, I felt as if I knew everything about market psychology. Of course, I did not! Fortunately, I had no money to speculate with at that time. But to be prepared for the day … Continue reading My Life Philosophy

Structuring Answers to Exam Questions

08 March 2017
I’m sitting behind a mountain of study materials trying to work out an effective revision plan.  For me, revising is not the same as studying. It requires a very different attitude and awareness about what I want to accomplish. When I have a good understanding of those goals, I can then develop a plan to approach … Continue reading Structuring Answers to Exam Questions

Enlist the help of family and friends

28 February 2017
With level 5 formative assessments already handed in and the looming date of formative assessment for level 4, it seems that the reality of examinations is sinking in. Perhaps you are already drafting your revision plans, or maybe you are still considering how to approach the task of organizing revision time to make the most … Continue reading Enlist the help of family and friends

How to survive the examination period stress

23 February 2017
It’s that time of the year. With only two months left to the commencement of the University of London International Programmes (UOLIP) examinations, examination period stress must have set in for students already. I graduated last year but even I’m feeling tense already. Around this time, last year, you could find me in the corner … Continue reading How to survive the examination period stress

Time management during examinations

21 February 2017
Hello readers! I hope your studies are proceeding well and as expected. As we head toward exams, I’d like to share a few ideas with you. In a previous post, we briefly discussed a plan of action to start our academic year. However, that post looked at planning from a long-term perspective and focused on … Continue reading Time management during examinations

Find a Pattern of Studying That Works – Be Your Own Superhero

16 February 2017
How to make a study plan working towards the exams. Firstly, you must decide what your aim in the upcoming examination session is. That is, do you wish to just ‘pass’ or are you working towards exceeding your own expectations and truly succeeding. If a pass is sufficient for you, then relax and continue to do … Continue reading Find a Pattern of Studying That Works – Be Your Own Superhero

Life is all about making the right decision at the right time

14 February 2017
Hello Folks, my name is M.Usman Aqeel, a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), SAP Financials Associate Certified, and recently enrolled on the MSc in Professional Accountancy programme with the University of London. I am currently working in the construction industry as an Asst. Finance Manager with a group of companies in Dubai, … Continue reading Life is all about making the right decision at the right time

How I Plan to Have a Productive Year

09 February 2017
Here are my three Rs for 2017: revisit, recover and renew; created so that a systematic approach would help me in meeting my resolutions for 2017. Another year has passed, and whether 2016 was a productive year or not, (what has passed is the past) I am ready to leave it where it is. However, … Continue reading How I Plan to Have a Productive Year

Choose your Own Adventure: formative assessment

07 February 2017
I remember having one of those books of Choose your Own Adventure when I was a little girl. If you also like reading, these books offered an exciting new possibility over the universe of just one closed end. As I was uploading the formative assessment essays of Renaissance and Restoration, it just occurred to me … Continue reading Choose your Own Adventure: formative assessment

How to take Good Notes!

06 February 2017
“Law school is no joke.” That’s what a friend of mine said when we last talked about my study program. He wasn’t lying. He’s a professional athlete, a downhill skier. He inspired me to think of note-taking like one of his epic runs to the finish line on a Super-G (super giant slalom) course – … Continue reading How to take Good Notes!

How Will I Choose My Courses?

31 January 2017
I have wanted to say Happy New Year for a few weeks now but felt I really had to work this out first. Sooooo, I’m sitting here in post-fact America trying to decide what courses to select for the new term.  There are a lot of excellent options to choose from. This required a good … Continue reading How Will I Choose My Courses?

Film Industry: A profitable industry or another political institution?

26 January 2017
 “Do I have to be cruel to be kind?” Shakespeare had once written in Hamlet. Now, time has passed and things have changed. People are entertained by almost the same things as in the past. Theatre gave way to the movie industry and cinemas are now one of the most common ways to escape from the hustle … Continue reading Film Industry: A profitable industry or another political institution?

“Use every spare half hour wisely!”

19 January 2017
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

19 January 2017
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.