• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer than average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful river Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of things to offer students such as shopping, unique restaurants and entertainment - including live music. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs dotted over the city - you really are spoilt for choice!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle has lots to offer including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including 600 shops in the city. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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7 Fun Ways to Revise

It’s that time of year again – it’s revision time! With the exam season upon us, we know you’re all dreading those long revision sessions and those monotonous days in the library. Revising doesn’t need to be boring though – there are plenty of ways to keep things interesting, and even fun (yes, fun!).

In the hope of making the spring less grim for you, we put together a list of seven fun ways to revise.

1. Charade It

Get some friends studying for the same exam as you together and play charades. Not any kind of charade though. All words or phrases you use will need to come directly from your textbooks. This game will help you test your knowledge and find new ways to remember things – by listening to the clues given by other players, you’ll find out how they remember those figures, concepts, or facts.

2. Get Arty

Bright colours and drawings can help you remember concepts visually. Try colour-coding when highlighting important passages in your books – it’ll give you visual cues when revising.

Creating drawings, cartoons, or diagrams of the events or concepts you’re studying can be rather powerful too, whilst also being enjoyable. If you can, hang your illustrations up in your room or the space where you study – they’ll make their way into your head if you occasionally look at them or catch glimpses of them.

3. Get the LOLs

If you enjoy a good comedy show or a joke, this method is for you. A great way to remember facts or people is to come up with a joke or funny nickname for the ones that really don’t stick.

For historical figures, you can either change the person’s name slightly or describe what they’re most known for in a humorous way. For example, Henry VIII could be “the womaniser”. For historical periods, facts, or concepts, you can use amusing expressions to describe the key features that identify them. Revising using inside jokes and witty expressions can be a lot of fun, especially if you do it with a coursemate or two.

4. Sing It

Hair brushes at the ready. Have you ever considered singing while you study? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Assign famous songs, or tracks you like, to people or facts you need to remember. For example, to remember Bill Clinton’s re-election you could sing “Oops!... I Did It Again” by Britney Spears and maybe even change some of the lyrics to include key related facts.

Using this method will make it easier to remember events and people’s personal stories; it will also establish a positive connection with the subject you’re studying.

5. Play Board Games

Can’t be bothered to pull an all-nighter? Why not play board games with your coursemates in the evening instead? You’ll be allowed to play any game you like, but there’s a catch. Every time it’s your turn, you’ll have to state a notion from your textbooks that hasn’t been mentioned in the previous rounds. The pressure of the game and your peers will help you dig deep in your head, which will unveil just how much you already know on the exam subject.

6. Watch a Movie

Not any movie, though. If you’re starting to find the subject you’re studying boring and you’re dreading looking at your books, try watching a film, documentary, or video about it. The Hollywood version of the historical figures and period you’re studying is often much more memorable than a long book chapter.

7. Text It

You’ll inevitably frantically check your phone and text people while revising, even when you really shouldn’t. So why not take advantage of it? Make a deal with one or two friends who are preparing for the same exam as you. You’ll need to add facts from your textbooks to all the texts you exchange with them in the lead-up to the exam. This method will force you to open up the books and dig up new facts; it will also “drill” these into your brain.

Bonus Tip

If you easily get distracted while revising, try the Pomodoro technique – put away your phone and tablet, and work solidly for 25 minutes (this is one “Pomodoro”) and then take a five-minute break. Once you’ve done four consecutive Pomodoros, take a longer break (around 15 or 20 minutes). By taking regular breaks, you’ll feel less overwhelmed by a whole morning or afternoon of studying, and you’ll be more motivated to really focus during each Pomodoro.

Do you have any suggestions on how to make revising fun? Give our team a holler by getting in touch on Facebook or Twitter @comelivewithus, or email us directly.

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