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Exam Revision Tips For Students

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Exam revision tips

No matter what type of career you’re planning to have after you leave school or university you’ll have to know how to successfully achieve the qualifications you need. Not everyone is naturally good with exams, so for many of us it’s a matter of making the most out of the time we have to revise in order to attain the best possible grades. The truth is everyone is different and we flourish with different learning techniques. Good exam results can be the first step to a successful career. So here is our impartial exam revision tips for you.

#1: Make a Timetable

This might sound like a pretty basic tool, but when exam time is creeping up and stress levels are rising it is very useful to work out exactly how many hours you can fit in between now and the exam. Be realistic with your time and take into account breaks for meals and resting, if you’re over optimistic about how much studying you can fit in you are less likely to stick to the timetable.

#2: Eat and Drink Well

Revision time is not a time when you want to get sick or feel physically tired. Ensuring that you eat enough calories and stay hydrated sounds simple but many people can lose their appetite when they are stressed or forget to eat proper meals. If you live with friends or family (or other students) why not try taking in turns to organise meals for the household, even if you’re not hungry this will encourage you to think about food and remember to eat proper meals.

#3: Don’t Procrastinate

Yes it’s important to be organised when your revising but don’t spend too much time ‘getting ready to revise’ and not enough time actually learning. If you’re finding it hard to get out of a procrastination rut the best advice is just ask yourself to do one thing. For example, you need to read a book – start off by reading the first line then take it from there. Don’t think about the whole task, just the first step – once you make a start the rest won’t seem so bad anymore.

#4: Research the Exam

Ask your teacher or tutor about exam themes and if they have any tips. They will probably only be able to give you very limited information but it acts as good starting point for your revision. It is also a good technique to try to get hold of some past papers so that you can get as much practice as possible. These should be readily made available through your education provider or accessible online via the exam board website.

 

#5: Decompress – time out

You’ll probably find a lot of study guides that tell you to exercise when you are studying. Exercise is a great decompression technique if you enjoy exercising but a pain if you don’t. If you don’t want to exercise take some time out to decompress doing something you enjoy, preferably something that lets you move about if you have been sitting down all day.

#6: Bite-size chunks

Failing to plan is planning to fail;

A simple and effective technique is to breakdown your revision into smaller bite-size chunks, you can then plan these as revision sessions into your timetable. Rather than trying to revise everything all at once it is much easier to revise smaller manageable pieces.

Summer Jobs

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Looking for Summer Jobs

If you are a student or school leaver you may be battling with whether or not to get a summer job. On the one hand, summer is a time for many students to kick back and enjoy travelling and spend time with friends. On the other hand, a summer job could prove to be a valuable work experience for the CV and step into the future. To help you consider the options, here are our top five benefits to Summer Jobs.

1. Income

Many people are motivated to take up work during the summer months because they want to earn a bit of extra cash. If you opting for a paid summer job, having an additional source of income can be a big bonus. Money earned during the summer could help support up-coming university costs or even act as a start-up capital for your own projects.

2. Skills

Whether you take a summer job working at a youth camp, cafe shop or an unpaid internship you will gain a wealth of skills and knowledge that you just can’t get at school or college. These skills will prove invaluable for whatever you decide to do after the summer. They could help you secure another job in the future and make you a more favourable applicant for universities.

3. Confidence

A summer job can be a valuable personal, as well as professional, experience. Putting yourself into a new environment with new challenges will demonstrate to yourself and others just how capable you are. If you have never had a job of any kind before, you will be surprised at how much you grow in confidence over the summer. Regardless of what kind of summer job you take you will gain increased independence and self-reliance.

4. Networking

Although you might be very popular and have many friends from school and college, chances are that you don’t regularly interact with a wide range of different people in a professional setting. A summer job will inevitably find you working and interacting with people who you would otherwise not have met. This can really help broaden your social awareness and help you to learn how to interact with other groups of people. This could prove particularly helpful when meeting new people at college or university, or when applying for jobs in the future.

5. Extra Credit

Many universities run Degree Plus, or similar programmes, that acknowledge and reward work experience gained by students outside of term time. Working in a summer job could count towards extra merit at university and formal recognition of skills and experience gained. It is worth checking with your university or college to find out more about Degree Plus, or their programmes, and to check what jobs are eligible.

The Bottom Line

Whatever you plan to do after the summer, working during this time could benefit you in more ways than you realise right now. It is, however, important to make sure that you get the right opportunity to suit you and to balance work with leisure during the summer.

 

Graduates – Kick start your career

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You’ve graduated from university or are in the final year of your studies, you’ve completed or will graduate with a higher level qualification such as a BA or BSc honours degree. Now you’re searching the web for opportunities to kick start your career, what next? whats available?

There are various routes available for graduates to find employment:

Internships

Internships are placements offered by employers looking for potential employees. These opportunities are for a fixed and limited time anywhere from 4-12 weeks, some can last longer. Internship placements can be paid  or unpaid depending on their employment status classification; volunteer or employee. Internships are available to both  graduates and students.

Some key benefits of Internships include but not limited to:

  • Hands on practical work experience
  • Build on the skills you gained at university
  • Increase your confidence
  • Network and make contacts in your chosen industry
  • Find out if this is the right employer or industry for you
  • Gain a work reference and boost your chances of gaining future employment.

You can search internships at :

Graduate jobs

Graduate jobs also advertised as “Graduate Training Schemes” are paid employment contracts within public and private organisations. Employers create these privileged positions which incorporate structured training programmes that allow graduates to fast-track their careers and reach their full potential. Graduate recruitment programmes enable companies to bring fresh ideas to the table whilst nurturing future talent.

Graduate jobs are designed to take enthusiastic graduates and train them with the key skills required to become important employees in the business. Graduates are given the chance and time to learn the different areas of the business, they are assigned mentors who support and guide them through the journey. Some areas of business which graduates may be expected to job shadow are marketing, HR, IT, management, research and accounts. Some companies also offer industry specific qualifications and postgraduate qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA, CISCO, MCP and much more. The duration of a graduate scheme is dependent on the chosen role.

Most graduate scheme opportunities take place just after graduation between September and January, but don’t worry, you can still find plenty of graduate jobs during the rest of the year.

Here are some sites where you can search graduate jobs:

Self employment

An alternative to working for someone is to start up your own business, become your own boss and an entrepreneur. If you are someone who is creative and driven, wanting to bring your ideas to life, then this may be the perfect solution. Self employment is empowering and allows you to follow and realise your dreams.

There are various sources of funding available from government-backed business schemes to crowdfunding on the internet. Funding can be secured in the form of grants, loans, investments. You can approach business mentors who will give you an honest opinion on whether your business idea is viable or not.

If you have a skill rather than a product to sell, it is worth looking into freelancing, the perfect starting point would be websites such as:

These sites can be the first step into self employment, they allow you to source jobs online and create a portfolio to showcase your abilities and  work.

Don’t be afraid of failing, running a business will teach you an incredible amount about yourself and you will pick up a whole range of new skills to take forward in your career.

Any other jobs

If all else fails then take on any job or volunteer. Being employed is far better than being unemployed. It’s better for your health, well-being and CV. Use any job a stepping stone to a better future.

Good luck with your career