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Motivation, Studying and Living Your Best Life: HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT


It's a wet and windy February in God’s country. The January exam and coursework deadline panic remains fresh. Your housemates won't let you put the heating on, and the gym membership you’ve been paying £30 a month for over a year is collecting dust.

It’s time to regroup, refocus, and remember why you travelled to Leeds in the first place, with your face pressed against the window and your worldly possessions stuffed into the family car. To get that all important grade at the end, which will open doors to employment, new opportunities and new circles.

We’ve compiled some study tips to help you get motivated; get studying and still live your best life at Uni in your lovely Sugarhouse!

- SET THE GOAL – Studying with no direction can be counterproductive. An end goal; whether that be a predicted grade or provisional date for a dissertation draft can help focus the mind and raise motivation. Once the goal is set, take steps to organise how this can be achieved. A modular revision timetable is a good shout!

- REWARDS- Starting revision now is a great idea- it is scientifically proven that the brain can retain information over time in the long term memory through regular revision. But this means that unlike cramming, you have the time and space to incorporate rewards into your schedule. Hyde Park Cinema date, drinks at the Skyrack? Not a problem when you’ve been in the library all week.

- EXERCISE – Regular exercise raises energy levels and concentration. When the words aren’t words anymore, go let off some steam at The Edge or The Carnegie Sports Centre! Squash is a great way to burn calories and get moving. Drinking water regularly also helps your brain to process information and keeps you hydrated in the library, so a decent water bottle is a good investment.

- LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION – This is an important one. To keep studying interesting and fun, planning study days in different locations is a great way to reduce monotony. White’s and Café Latte in Headingley are great study spots; quaint, pretty and calm. Wile away the afternoon with your books over a cappuccino, watching the world go by! The Brotherton Library at University of Leeds is a beautiful reading room featuring special collections and manuscripts. Most importantly, try to keep your bedroom as a sanctuary and haven from your work responsibilities. This will create a healthier and happier Sugarhouse!

Happy Studying!

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