Category Archives: Campus life

Easy Breakfast recipes for Sluggish students

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, But sometimes we get lazy, I’ve put together 2 easy recipes, that are both simple and cheap to prepare, Perfect for every student before a long day at uni.

1)Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and are packed with selenium, vitamin D and B12, making them a great option for breakfast

This recipe is simple to prepare and is guaranteed to keep you full for a long day at uni.

Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1 sausage

Salt and Pepper (according to taste)

Parsley

Method:

  1. Heat some oil in a non-stick pan.
  2. Add a sausage, I like to cut one beef/chicken sausage and fry it lightly
  3. Crack in a few eggs
  4. Lower the heat and cover the pan with a lid
  5. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper
  6. Garnish with some parsley and serve with a couple of slices of toast

2) Pancakes

Pancakes are a great breakfast option and are so simple to prepare.

Ingredients:

100g plain flour

2 large eggs

300ml milk

1 tbsp sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Mix the flour, oil, milk and eggs in a bowl or jug and add a pinch of salt
  2. heat a medium sized frying pan
  3. when hot cook your pancakes for 1 minute until golden on both sides
  4. serve with honey or chocolate sauce

Please let me know if it turned out for you leave a comment below 🙂

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!

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! 🙂

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.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

It’s present day and night.
Determines sorrow and delight.
If you ignore it, it will grow.
To control it, you must know…

What we’re up against.

Mental ill health

Mental health issues are a big problem for students. One in four of us suffer from a mental health problem each year. There are so many complex variations, and so little knowledge about them made publicly accessible, that they are not often discussed.

I want to share with you some observations about mental health that may challenge your perceptions.

Emotions are intermittent

You can feel happy one minute, and sad the next. The truth is, we all operate within a spectrum of positive to negative mental health.

Source: www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk

Perhaps, during recent years, you’ve hovered between coping and struggling for a while. Or, perhaps this has happened to a friend of yours. What’s important, is to know that we can help each other make practical changes to our lives to directly impact this. Eat healthy, socialise, ask for help.

If you’ve never encountered a sufferer, then you probably aren’t looking hard enough- perhaps because the real problem with mental ill health is stigma.

Fear of the unknown

Knowing that someone is labelled ‘depressed’ or ‘anxious’ may drastically affect the way you treat them. It may seem easier to avoid them, but making this a habit only feeds the stigma. I ask you, instead, to help me combat the stigma.

Talk to your friends about mental health, let’s normalise the topic and break down the barriers that prevent sufferers from feeling confident enough to ask for help. Let people know that you and I care.

Contact me: @thetomwalsh

 

Hull University: A place for you!

It’s coming to that time of the year where you are waiting to hear if we’ve been accepted for an interview for our chosen three universities. It can be a daunting and exciting thought of moving to a different city to study a degree to hopefully achieve your dream job.

As a student who has plucked up the courage to attend my local university, I can give nothing but Hull University praise. The transition from college to university was fairly fluid with the university helping with that. Just by putting a taster week on to familiarise with referencing, writing as an undergraduate and postgraduate student.

There aren’t many people who are aware of help you can receive if you have a learning disability. In fact, sometimes we may feel it is difficult to study but afraid to admit for help. Don’t worry about it! Hull University give students who are attending their first year at the University the chance to complete an online test that determines if you need help.

The university will determine if you need additional help from Student Finance who will assess you for an equipment grant. There are a number of programmes that are available for those who have a learning disability. The popular software used is Dragon a speech dictates software that enables the user to speak from reading a book.

How great does this all sound? Is Hull University one of your choices if not why not?

Top Tips for Struggling Students

University is a unique experience for all, whether you have gained freedom for the first time, are coming into education after years out, or studying alongside a job- it’s a mixed bag. However, at times it can get really tough, take it from someone who was a third year drop out!

Whether you’re missing friends and family, struggling with money or simply stressing about the workload, there are lots of obstacles to overcome. But not to worry you, can get through it, so chin up and follow a fellow struggler who made it to the other side. Here are my words of wisdom.

1) Believe in yourself- when the self doubt starts to kick in, remember you have earned your place at university, make the most of it- you can do it.

2) Use your support networks- especially your tutors- most of the time they are more than happy to help, drop them an email and arrange a visit, it can really give you the confidence boost you need.

3) Manage your time- it is much easier to cope with a workload if you manage your time effectively and plan ahead.

4) Don’t bottle it up! Your friends and family are there to listen and support you- it’s okay, be honest, if you’re struggling tell somebody!

If you do find you are struggling, the Hull University Union advice centre is a great place to start. You can find them in Student Central, visit their website or contact them on:
huu-advice-centre@hull.ac.uk

Do you have any tips or experiences you would be willing to share? Write in the comment box below!

Campus Event: Inspired in Hull – “The Business of Film”

It is not under dispute that the film industry is big business, but what are the constructs behind the scene?

The Hull University Business School has invited her distinguished alumni, Kieran Breen, the President of International Theatrical Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox, to unveil the mystery of the movie business.

During this campus event, Kieran illustrated the film business value chain, from its production to the screen, as an exciting and risky parachute jumping. The reason for this is that the cost of a movie is usually around 60~100 million U.S. dollars, and the success of the product largely depends on the performance of its initial launch. In other words, it is either a safe landing or a tragic disaster.

He also explained the importance of the international marketplace, the need to understand the consumer in different countries, regions, and territories. And, the marketing divisions in reaching the consumer.

He further explored some of the structural changes impacting the movie business and the implications for the future of the industry. He noted that this business is no longer as profitable as before for a number of reasons. For instance, there are currently more entertainment options than 20 years ago, thus less disposable income will be available for movies. Moreover, China is building stronger political barriers to protect their local business, consequently the foreign film manufacturer can only get 25% of the sales revenue.

Inspired? It would be nice for you to leave some comments! And please find out more at #BusinessOfFilmpic.twitter.com/aHVhkrJrjN.

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu