Winter Survival Guide

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Here you can find all the advice to get you ready for upcoming assignments and other projects. As well as tips from Dr David Rush from the Talent Development Centre on how to manage your workload. 

Tip no. 1: Proper Planning is Vital

“You might have been able to get away without it as an undergraduate, but as you write longer and more complex pieces, it is vital that you plan properly.  This means more than just having an outline – you should have a clear sense of every point you want to make, and how everything will link together to form a coherent whole.  It’s also important to realise that time spent planning is not wasting time when you could be writing; if you plan properly, actually writing your essay will take much less time, and will hopefully be less stressful as well”

Tip no. 2: Think about the Purpose of Your Assignment

“Think about the purpose of your assignment – why are you being asked to do this?  Whether it is an essay, a test, or a practical exam, your lecturers always have a specific purpose in mind.  Think not only about what knowledge you are being asked to demonstrate (what have you learnt on this module?), but what skills are being used (what am I showing that I can do?).  If you have a clear idea of why you are being asked to do something, you are far more likely to perform well.  And if you’re not sure – ask!”

Tip no. 3: Give Yourself a Break

“This is easier said than done, but it is important to give yourself a break, both literally and metaphorically.  At times, postgraduate study can feel overwhelming, but it is important to make sure that your work does not become all consuming.  Give yourself rewards when you achieve things, whether that be time out with friends or an hour with Netflix, and make sure to mark out time in the week when you leave work behind – completely.  Spending more time on something does not always improve the quality; you will produce better work if you take care of yourself, and give yourself space, both mentally and physically.”


In the meantime don‘t forget it is essential to take a break and make sure you take care of your wellbeing. Remember, there is nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself!

Here there are some quick and easy steps you can take to improve your concentration and manage stress better:

Take Frequent Breaks

Psychologists say we can only concentrate properly for 30-45 minutes. You could use a technique like Pomodoro, which helps you to take regular breaks. When you do take a break make sure you don’t stay at your desk, you could go for a walk or even just make a cup of tea!

Eat Well & Stay Hydrated

Keep a good blood sugars level to avoid highs and lows of energy, by eating slow-release foods like bread, rice, pasta, fruit, and vegetables. Drink lots of water. People often underestimate how much hydration helps! 

Find the Best Place and Time for You

Think about when and where you work best. Not everyone is a morning person, and some people don’t find the library a productive place to work. There’s no one best place or time to work - it’s about what works for you.

Keep Active

Even a short walk will do. Exercising is one of the quickest and most effective ways to de-stress. Fresh air will clear your head and perk you up.

Get a Good Night Sleep

Try to get about 8 hours’ sleep a night. If you’re stressed about not being able to sleep, there are lots of ways to aid a good night’s sleep.


Thank you for making the last term very special! We had success across the board for PG academic representation and you have made events such as the Postgrad Christmas Party immensely influential.

Stay Amazing!



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