Mini study guide for online research

Whether you are doing a dissertation or independent studies, it is inevitable that you will end up doing online research. If you don’t know where to start, where to look for information, or how to share your work, here is a condensed guide for you.

Have you thought about social media?

Social media can be very useful to start with when it comes to finding information, especially Twitter. If you are looking for research ideas or potential partners, you can easily follow conversations thanks to hashtags, and it can also be useful to gather data. LinkedIn can also be a way to link with businesses or professionals who can help you during your research.

Academic social what?

Yes, academic social networks, creating an account on such websites like Academia, Research Gate and Humanities Commons allows you to connect with other researchers and share your work. Academia and Research Gate can provide you with articles that you can’t automatically access via the University log in, by simply requesting them to the author. The following video introduces each of these academic social networks.

Pay attention to ethics

If you have any doubts about intellectual property and want to know how not to breach the law and how to protect your work, check out the University guide about Intellectual Property Rights to get an insight.

For further help, the Hull University skills team created a dedicated website covering topics ranging from research networking to mapping your digital world. 

Have you already tried these research techniques? Have you got a favourite way to carry out online research?

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Mini travel guide for explorers

Looking for a holiday trip to France? Whether you like snow, sun, or simply nice landscapes there is always a place for you! If you like culture, history and ruins, you will find something to visit pretty much anywhere you go.

For mountain explorers…

France offers plenty of activities in the mountains, which you can enjoy during summer, just as much as during winter, thanks to activities such as summer sledging. The Alps are renowned for their exceptional scenery and are home to the highest point in the European Union called the Mont Blanc which peaks at 4808 meters.

L’Alpe d’Huez

For beach explorers…

The south coast of France is ideal if you want to get a nice tan. On the east part of the coast between Marseille and Nice, you will mainly find narrow and rocky beaches, whereas on the west part around Narbonne you will find wide and sandy beaches. You also will find one of the best nature reserves such as the island of Porquerolles which is worth seeing for its untouched scenery, turquoise water and its amazing wildlife.

Island of Porquerolles

For the adventurous…

If you can’t make your mind up, Annecy is perfect for you, this medium sized city offers one of the purest lakes in Europe. During summer, the average temperature of the lake is 23 degrees, having said that, you can easily admire the mountains while swimming in the crystal-clear water or laying down on one of the various beaches.

Annecy lake

Have you ever been to France? Tell us about your experience!

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5 Money Saving Tips Every Student NEEDS to Know!


Know Your Discounts!

Students have access to thousands of discounted products and brands through apps such as Unidays, Students Beans and NUS. You can also get discount on your council tax and freebies through websites such as savethestudent.org and studenthut.com


Pre-Drinks!

Alcohol is expensive, and although there are student nights and deals on drinks, drinking beforehand takes away the urge to spend more when your out!


Don’t Take Your Bank Card on a Night-Out

Take a set amount of cash with you on a night out, an amount you are able to spend happily without skinting yourself for the rest of the month. If you don’t take your bank card you cant spend more than what you budget for, and wont wake up feeling even worse in the morning knowing you cant afford a maccies breakfast!


Don’t Shop When Hungry and Buy Own-Brand

Shopping when hungry leads mainly to impulse buying of junk food, or it does for me! Eating beforehand, or even just having a quick snack on the way to the supermarket could kill the urge to buy unnecessary sweet treats.


Buy Second Hand Textbooks or Borrow from the Library

Textbooks are expensive, some can be as pricey as £100 and when you need to buy 3 each semester it can add up quite quickly! Second hand books are everywhere as students often sell old textbooks to afford new ones, and they are often more than half the original price!


Let me know your money saving tips in the comments section!

Things To Do in Hull: A Student Guide

Dope Burger

Rated #4 out of 61 Quick Bites in Hull, Dope Burger really is as tasty as all the reviews say! There is also student discount at their Beverley Road store, there’s only one thing better than Dope Burgers, and that’s discounted Dope Burgers. They also have Vegan and Gluten free items to cater for everyone.

Hull Ice Arena

For the avid Ice Skater or the nervous beginner, Hull Ice Arena caters to all, from skating lessons, personal sessions, discos and Ice Hockey Games there is something for everyone, no matter your passion you are bound to enjoy something! (And if not there’s always a cafe!)

Humber Bridge Viewpoint and Park

Whether you’re a Hull Resident or a student that’s moved to Hull for Uni studies, visiting the Humber bridge is a must! The Humber Bridge is a single-span road suspension bridge connecting the North and South sides of the River Humber, you can even walk across! The Viewpoint and park is a great way to witness some of Hull’s famous History, with the ability to walk from the top of the park to the bottom near the river.

The Deep

The Deep is one of the UKs biggest and best aquariums situated on the edge of the River Humber. Home to over 3000 creatures, a glass lift and restaurants surrounded by aquarium tanks, The Deep is a must see whilst in Hull. PLUS, Students get cheaper tickets when showing an ID card and tickets are valid for a whole 12 months!

Whats your favourite thing to do in Hull?

5 Essential Tips for Effective Revision

Start With a Full Stomach and Put Distractions Away!

There’s nothing worse that getting stuck into revision when your stomach starts to growl, eat before or have a bowl of finger foods to munch on as you study. Put your phone away and out of reach, and go somewhere quiet away from family or roommates that could distract you.

Plan Revision Around Your Most Productive Times

If you’re not a morning person, there’s no point trying to sit down and revise first thing. Set yourself an amount of time (preferably late morning/midday) with no interruptions or prior arrangements that could affect the quality of your work

Know What Kind of Learner You Are

There are several different types of learner and whether you learn best Visually, Verbally, or Physically, once you know you are able to perfect a revision method best suited to you. If your friends prefer the same learning methods you can even revise in groups. There are several quizzes available online to help find out what type of learner you are!

Regular Breaks and Fresh Air

Whenever you feel like reaching for your phone or procrastinating, stand up take a walk outside and get some fresh air. Small breaks are essential to effective revision and it makes sure your brain isn’t overloaded all at once.

Revise the ‘Why’ as well as the ‘How’

Reading too much information can mean its easily forgotten, However, having the ‘Why’ can help you remember and add real-life examples to adapt your answers when it comes to exams.

Let me know your best revision tips in the comments section! 🙂

3 special things you would expect to experience in Phuket, Thailand

1)Beautiful Sea view and sunshine beach

When people plan to travel to a tropical city, Sea, Sea wave, the beach must come to their mind first definitely.

Phuket, Thailand has a lot of beaches you could visit such as Pudong beachKara Beach and Karon beach. Specially, I’d like to give you a bucket list to give you an idea to enjoy your travel.

  • Sunbath
  • Snorkelling
  • Banana Boat
  • Parasailing
  • Beach Volleyball
  • etc.

2) Enjoy delicious food at a lower price

Some tropical fruit in western countries are not easy to find out and expensive to buy, so if you go to Phuket, you must eat as much as you could. Also, enjoy tradition Thai Food in Thai.

There are two food I recommend to you from my own experience.

Durian (King of the Fruit): This one is about 1/4 of a full durian and cost 480 Thai Baht (about 12 pounds). Durian’s smell might not good but I want to guarantee the taste.

Mango sticky rice ( ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง ): Glutinous rice with mango and coconut milk
Price:£1-3

3)Exploring some small islands around Phuket

While there’s plenty to see and do on Phuket, there are several smaller surrounding islands, each one have their own unique sights. They are all easily accessible by boat from Phuket, with a short journey times under two hours.

There are some pictures I took when I visited James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay.

A Famous location in 1974 Bond movie
You could see a heart when you are taking a boat and surrounding by cliffs

Tips:Do not give coins as a gratuity. Because in Thai culture , coins is for beggar.

The 3 course meal of a Student life.

Ever wondered how 16,000 student settle into University? They end up creating a 3 course meal to help them get through the university life . Here are the 3 locations to help you start creating your 3 course meal.

1) The Pub Food – Want food but cant decide where to eat, don’t worry? Sancuary is the place to be with their menu offering low price with big potion sizes what more can you ask for. 🍽

2) The Sweet food – Scoop is the place to be with their menu offering everything from ice cream, smoothies to hot drinks and Waffles, it is an experience you do not want to miss and most importantly convenient as it is located at the Student Union. 🍦

3) The Alcohol – Are into the night life? Asylum is the experience you have been waiting for. With events lined up through out the year there will always be something for you to get involved with and who knows, you may even start feeling like you have created the perfect 3 course meal for university. 🥃🍷

What does your 3 course meal consist of? Let me know in the comments below.

Fun Fact: The University Of Hull invented the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) in 1972 which is used in all modern TV screens and computer display monitors.

The 4 Best Locations for a Student!

So it is that time where you have to do that dreaded thing called studying. Here are the 4 best locations to study for a student.

1) Did you know the library had;
✔ Group Learning Rooms – Perfect for group assignments
✔ Reading Rooms – For when you need perfect silence to read
✔ Interactive Projector Tables (Situated on the 7th Floor) – Great to get those creative juices flowing and free to talk aloud.

2) While this one may sound odd, studying outside can actually help you increase your brain power. Imagine sat outside, in the warmth, with the freshly bloomed flowers. Can feel the brain power already.

3) With the seating area designed for you to be sat by yourself or with a group it is a great location to study. With only a few peak times for noise it is perfect place to talk aloud and cracking on through that assignment but most importantly, you have coffee at an arm’s distance away.

See for your self! ☕

4) This may sound lazy but just say in your PJ’s, it helps with me with all my assignments and even now while writing this blog the creativity just beams off you. If you are in need of a break click here for my blog on the top 6 places to visit in hull.

What did you think of these locations, let me know in the comments below.

Fun Fact: Did you know Hull is the birth place of Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon.

Top 6 places to visit in Hull as a student

Have you ever woken up and thought “What Can I do Today?” Here are the Top 6 places to visit in Hull as a student.

1) The Humber Bridge

With the bridge spanning over 2,220 meters with some incredible views. The perfect location to get away from those studies.

This View is Amazing! 🌉

2) The Deep

How could I miss The Deep of the list when you have the chance to see those cute penguins. Situated along the river Humber and is only a 20 minute walk from the City Center and provides a discount for students. 🐧

3) Stack It High

Want to buy brands at fraction the cost then this is the place to be. With 1 store in the city centre and the other on Holderness road.

4) Vue Cinema

Situated in the city center, and with cheap tickets, couldn’t ask for a cheaper day out with your friends. 🍿🌭

5) Eskimoo

Do you need more E numbers to get you through those assignments? This is the place to be! With a large menu for you to select from, this is 1 milkshake you don’t want to miss.

6) Lush

Hard day at University? Lush is the answer with their beautiful smelling bathbombs and shower products to distress you and unwind.

What was your thoughts on these places, let me know in the comments below.

Fact Time!
Did you know The Humber Bridge has a larger span than the Golden Gate Bridge in the United States.