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?

CV Boosting Tips for Savvy Students

Whether you’re in first year or final year, it’s always good to think about boosting your CV. Potential employers will make a decision based off an A4 sheet of paper, so be prepared to make it look good and don’t sell yourself short.



1) Google Certifications– Google have started to offer free online certifications, from Adwords, Analytics and App certifications, it’s a pretty simple way to stand out from the crowd. Not only does it show a willingness to learn outside of your degree, but it will give you basic skills in each subject that can be applied in the workplace- best of all it’s FREE!

2) Volunteer– volunteering is great as it allows you to donate your time to something you may be passionate about. From helping the homeless, to simply working in your favourite charity shop- donating as little as one hour can make all the difference. Its a great experience where you can meet different people and learn different skills, for volunteering opportunities in Hull click here.

3) Blog– Ironic, eh! But blogging can give employers a taste of your personality and show them where your interests lie. Blogs are a great way to showcase who you are and what you’re about.

Most importantly though, don’t start neglecting your studies! CV boosters should be just that, a small boost to support your university education. For more help and guidance visit The University of Hull Careers and Employability page.



Have you got any CV boosting tips? I’d love to find out!

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!

3 tips to boost your productivity for a successful semester

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.

Prioritisation Chart for Effective Time Management

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.

Steps of the Pomodoro Technique

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! 

Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

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Study Skills: Strategic approaches that can help you with exams

While exams are commonly acknowledged as painful and troublesome among many students, the ways to counter these problems are becoming increasingly paramount.

With this in mind, here I would like to share a step-by-step personal tactic to deal with all kinds of exam, and hopefully these might aid you with your future study!

1. Know your scope:

It is crucial to know the scope of your exam and the core areas. This is the starting point for effective and efficient revising as the time is limited and consequently you must utilise all your strength on the right direction.

2. Make a revision plan:

Once you have identified your scope and core areas, the next thing is to dissect them into sections and label them with a time frame and priority. Normally, the higher the priority the more the time you need to allocate. And the allocation of time is based on the estimation of your personal strength.

3. Be calm and follow the plan:

When the plan is created, the next step is to follow it! Make sure nothing comes in your way and stop you from reaching the daily objective.

4. Reflect and retain:

The last gap between you and the aim is reflection and retention. It would be frustrating that if you cannot remember anything when it comes to the real deal. So, try to be proactive and reflect on the previous learning at the end of each day, and the science behind this is supported by Hermann Ebbinghaus.

Start to make plans now! Please leave some comments and follow me on twitter for more information! @Chuanqi_Xu

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu

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

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