How to… get a good night’s sleep

We all know that getting a solid eight hours’ sleep a night is good for us, right? It’s the key to being productive, alert and in good health. But just how many of us are achieving it? Not many, if surveys are to be believed. Research published last year showed that 28million of us Brits aren’t getting any more than seven hours’ sleep a night. That’s millions of us lying in bed clock-watching and not being on our best form the following day. Sleep is especially important as exams are approaching – you might think that staying up all night…

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How to Beat Procrastination

Procrastination is something that affects everyone, whether it is putting off studying, applying for a job or even returning those shoes you impulsively bought last week. The truth is we’re all guilty of purposely ignoring some of our responsibilities that are overwhelming or require a lot of hard work; resulting in the essay being done the night before, the job not being applied for and you grudgingly keeping the shoes because 28 days have passed. Ironically enough, procrastination creates more stress and more work for us, yet it’s still hard to break the procrastination cycle. Fortunately, there are ways to beat…

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Making the most of each minute

Education can be a bit of a whirlwind: from classes to nights out with pals, part-time work and spending time with family, you might feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Here, Source picks out our top tips for managing your busy schedule.   Get appy Smartphone apps go beyond Candy Crush Saga and Instagram – they can be a great help when it comes to organising your time. Wunderlist is one of our favourites. Free on Android and iPhone, it’s an organiser which allows you to categorise your to-dos (like books to read, food to buy) and tick them…

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Handling stress at university

What with deadlines and a new-found independence of fending for yourself to contend with, university can be a stressful time. However, you might be facing a serious strain without even realising it. Student services at the University of Dundee identify some symptoms to look out for: Physical symptoms include constant tiredness, feeling faint or like you want to be sick, lack of appetite and light, patchy sleep. Mental symptoms feature patchy or non-existent concentration, a lack of motivation to do work, loss of interest in activities and a feeling that you have lack of control. If you recognise several of…

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5 ways… to stay healthy over exam season

Unfortunately it’s that time of year again. The deadlines are set, the books have been taken out of the library and summer is just a little too far away to be excited about. Yes, it’s exam time, with the SQA’s annual exam time kicking off today. To help you get through the stresses of Nationals, Highers and beyond, we’ve put together a list of ways to look after yourself to make sure that you’re at your best to pass.   1. Eat It can be difficult to take time out of revision but eating three meals a day still applies,…

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

We’ve all suffered from procrastination at one point or another. Sometimes it’s the sudden need to walk your dog. Other times, you just sit scrolling through your Facebook news feed, even though there have been no new developments in the past fifteen minutes. Current student Eilidh Stewart, the voice of experience, offers five ways to try and break your habits and get through that workload that’s nagging in the back of your head… 5. Tea, tea, tea “D’you want a cup of tea?” “I’m going to make some tea.” “Want another one?” “I might make a pot this time.” “Oh,…

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The Essential Prelim Playlist

Music can bring energy to the dullest of moments, but playing it while studying can be distracting – mostly because you can end up singing along to all your favourite tracks. Lyrics are the ultimate attention diverters when we’re trying to concentrate, but it’s no fun sitting in silence for hours on end with no noise apart from the tick of a clock. Here’s a few instrumental tracks to help you create that perfect studying environment.   65 Days of Static – Don’t Go Down to Sorrow This was one of my go-to bands when I was studying for my…

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How To… Ace Your Prelims

It’s the first week back at school and just five minutes after you’re reunited with the friends you didn’t see over the festive period – prelims hit. Some think that because prelims are marked internally, and their grades don’t end up on the all important SQA certificate, that they just don’t matter. But they do. The point of prelims is to make sure you’re on track with your subjects, and prepare you for the final batch of exams in the spring. So prepare well for these, and you’ll be on your way to achieving those much-wanted As and Bs. To…

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Stuck in a rut? Not a chance!

If you study astronomy, journalism or business are you forever committed to a career in the industry? We met with some people who say the world is still your oyster after graduation…   Computer Animation to Tattoo Artistry Kirstin Stevenson is a 25 year old from Holytown nearGlasgow and has jumped from one career straight into the other. Initially, Kirstin attended Glasgow’s prestigious School of Art but decided it maybe wasn’t the place for her. “I’ve always been an arty person and at university, I studied a Masters in Computer Animation at the School of Art,” says Kirstin, “I realised…

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