• 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 in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

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

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

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

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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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, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, 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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Beat Procrastination: How to Ace Your Exam

Your exams are just around the corner. Those deadlines are fast approaching and it’s really time to knuckle down and get on with the mammoth task at hand. But don’t worry.

Over the next few weeks your room becomes a comfortable place for revisiting earlier work. With just five tips you can make the whole thing much more manageable. So read on and everything will be okay. We promise.

Ease into Revision

The internet is chockablock with revision tips. We’ve read most (some) of them and here are the five best:

1. Work with your mind in mind

Your brain is a complicated piece of work. And because it’s so clever you should know a little bit about how it works so it can work for you. Namely: water and consistency.

Stay hydrated. Scientists say that drinking lots of water is good for thinking. In the last year alone a paper in the important-sounding “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience” said that preventing thirst can help you solve problems up to 14% quicker than before. Obviously crucial for those exams!

Another way you can keep in control of the mind is to exploit its desire for consistency. Tell yourself, your friends and family that you’re in a revision period and you’re way more likely to stick to it.

2. Start in good time

Sometimes all you need is time. The sooner you can start on your revision process the better, as so much of the process is getting all that amount of information to absorb in the mind. In fact the experts think this is right too.

When the Guardian asked a Sergio Della Sala, a professor at the University of Edinburgh who knows loads about the brain, he said “The best revision is continuous revision, started as early as possible.”

And we believe him.

3. Break it down into chunks

You’ve eaten a pizza, right? So you’ll know that a pizza is way too big to just eat in one go. You have to cut it up into little slices so that it’s manageable (unless you calzone it, but that’s cheating).

In this same sense, break up your study topics into digestible chunks. Module — Topics — Examples is one way you could think of it.

For example a literature student might have: Victorian Lit – Authors – Charles Dickens. By breaking your subject down in this way you’ll have a clear idea of what you’ve learned and what you could brush up on. Along with the next techniques, you’ll be ready to ace your exam.

4. Memorise memory techniques

Get to grips with one or more of these techniques:

  • Flash cards – you write the facts you want to learn on real or digital cards (see study blueand memorise) then test yourself as regularly as possible.
     
  • Visual maps and post-it notes – many students learn faster with visuals. If you’re this kind of person then notes, mind maps, flowcharts and other visual prompts around your room can help you to take in the information.
     
  • Memory palace – Sherlock Holmes is supposed to have used this technique. It allows you to use the brain’s knack for remembering stories to your own advantage – and store facts into locations in your imagination.

5. Create exam room strategy

You’ve probably heard the maxim “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” And on top of that we’d like to add that you should also plan to plan. Let’s explain.

Imagine you’re in the exam room and you have no idea what’s coming up, or how you’re going to answer the paper. This means you have to figure it all out under the pressure of the clock.

Way better then, to check the type of exam you’re sitting, and how long you have for each question. In many cases this will be in your course handbook. But if you’re confused or a little bit worried then see one of your tutors – after all they’re the ones setting and marking the paper!

Good Luck

Now that you’re aware of your mind, memory techniques and how to break down a strategy you have given yourself the footing you need to ace your exams.

Over this time we imagine you’ll be cooped up in your student accommodation. We hope you’re with us. And if you would like to live in amazing halls (from Cardiff to Edinburgh) then you should say hello today.

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