What is university all about? Part 1.

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“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week”

I believe that for each one of us the answer to the question is different (e.g. academic journey, socialising, getting involved, a new life, a tipping point, discover yourself, new cultures and the list can continue)

In today’s article, it is about the academic journey.  If you want to enjoy your academic experience, make sure you give 100% in every task you have, so that at the end of it you can be proud and say, “I did everything that I can!” There will be times when you would expect a higher grade or a better team but do not let that distract you because you will become depressed! You did everything for that task, you achieved new things, you grew professional already and you need to be proud of your work.

If you do not know – ASK! You have the support of university (D20 – AMBS East, lecturers or seminar leaders). Trust me, everyone at University of Manchester is willing to help you, but all you have to do is simply to ask.

Here are my top 5 tips for an easier academic year:

1. Dayboard – I am using this one every day. Dayboard is an organising and planning app.  It works on web browser like this: tell Dayboard what things you need to do for today; whenever you open a new tab, it will give you a reminder of what you have to do today right before you are about to procrastinate.

2. OneTab – Every time when I am doing research, I find myself with lots of tabs open – sometimes closing them by mistake, trying to figure it out which one is for what, web browser crashes, etc.  Press the OneTab button and it will take all your tabs into just a single one. (It is stated that this app can save 95% of your computer’s memory)

3. Asana – I think that this is by far the most useful project management tool. “What is the problem with What’s up or Facebook group chat?” you might ask. The answer is – avoiding procrastination.  This app gives you a pinch of academic responsibility, where you can actually see what the objectives of the project are, who is doing what and the deadlines.

4. Grammarly – Especially if English is not your first language – Writing a CV or an email with spelling or grammar mistakes is not professional for anyone. Grammarly will enhance your writing skills and it is very useful when it comes to your essays. (alternative option – use Microsoft Word)

5. Cite This For Me – When it comes to your academic work, this app is a very useful tool. It has different referencing styles (e.g. Harvard, APA, OSCOLA) and it will save for you a significant amount of time. (alternative option – EasyBib)

 

 

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