Stressed out by tons of assignments coming constantly? Here are 3 tips to help you reorganise your schedule and study more effectively for a successful semester!
Prioritise based on importance and urgency
In his best-seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr. Stephen R Covey proposed a method of prioritisation that ranks tasks to be done each week based on their levels of importance and urgency. While people normally prioritise both important and urgent tasks first, this problem-minded approach is ineffective in the long term. Instead, we should become more opportunity-minded by focusing on important yet non-urgent tasks, so that our schedule will not be clogged up in the future.
Focus more with the Pomodoro technique
The main principle behind this technique is to break your work time into 25-minute intervals with short breaks of 3 to 10 minutes in between. This technique helps us fully concentrate on the task at hand, especially when we are so often distracted by many things nowadays.
Save time with visual book summaries
Productivity Game is a great collection of short videos which perfectly summarise books with various topics. Whereas these books normally take you weeks to finish, Productivity Game lets you get hold of the books’ most important insights with only around 20 minutes. These videos are also presented in a visually attractive way, making it much easier to follow.
Have you tried any of these methods before? Were they effective? Don’t hesitate to comment your experience below!
Think there’s nothing you can learn from a homeless person? Think again!
Now you can book a tour around some of London’s coolest areas with a homeless tour guide. Pioneered by Unseen Tours – a social enterprise aiming to tackle homelessness in London, this concept has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
So how is a homeless tour actually like?
I booked a homeless Brick Lane tour during my stay in London in December 2016 out of curiosity. My tour guide was Pete – a previous advertiser who lost his job, became homeless and has had to sleep rough around Brick Lane for over 10 years. Along with his easy-going nature, Pete also wowed me with his extensive knowledge about the cultural and social issues around Brick Lane as well as in England. During the tour, Pete told us mind-blowing stories about the famous criminal Jack the Ripper, the suffrage movement in the early 1900s and the multicultural development of Brick Lane following Jewish and Muslim people’s immigration.
I was also blown away by Brick Lane’s brilliant street arts. Having worked in the advertising industry before, Pete explained to us a great deal about how street artists here cleverly delivered subtle messages of social struggles through their creative artwork.
In short, my experience with the Brick Lane homeless tour went far beyond my expectations. If touristy attractions in London are not what you’re after, Unseen Tours will be perfect for you!
Planning to visit London with a tight student budget? I’m sure you’ll love these 4 amazing free attractions in London!
1. Horse Guards Parade
Whereas tourists often flock to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, you will save much more effort to visit the equally impressive Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall Street. As this Horse Guard Parade is not so crowded, it’s much easier to watch it at a closer distance and take more photos with the guards. But be careful: The horses bite!
2. Wallace Collection
My most favorite gem in London, the Wallace Collection features a remarkable collection of art, arms and armour, paintings and porcelain in a beautiful town house in Manchester Square. You can also try a medieval armour on and take a selfie with it here.
3. Camden Market
Open every day from 10am, Camden Market hosts over 1000 stalls selling everything you can imagine from exotic Asian food, vintage art, handmade accessories to organic cosmetics. Don’t forget to bargain before you buy though!
4. Parliament Houses
Entrance to Parliament Houses is free, but be prepared to stand in the queue for up to an hour. If you are here at certain times, you can even watch live debates at the House of Commons or House of Lords.
Have you visited any of these free attractions in London? Or do you know any other that should also make it to this list? Don’t hesitate to let me know by commenting below!