Studying and Socialising

How do you socialise and study at the same time? Both are essential for a fullfilling, successful, and fun life.

It can seem overwhelming. There is always one part of your life that isn’t completely managed. At least, that’s the way it feels at time. Finding a balance takes time and effort. The good news is the lessons that you do learn aren’t going to be wasted. They will come in handy after university, when you have a full-time job and a family.

Whether you need with time management or finding a way to manage the noise in your student accommodation to study, Student Survival Tips is here to help

We will make it possible to pass your degree and have fun at the same time!

10 Tips to Plan for Studying Abroad

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Are you planning on a year of studying abroad? Maybe you want to go away for longer to get the experience and improve your grades. It can be an excellent tool, as long as you are willing...Read More »

6 Tips for Distance Learning Students to Get Back into the Studying Mindset

Full-time, at-college students have a major advantage after holidays. The return to lectures brings back the mindset of studying. They fall back into patterns they’d set up before the Christmas break. Distance learning students don’t get that luxury.

But you need to get back into the studying mindset as soon as...Read More »

5 Tips to Get Your New Year Study Plan in Order

It’s back to university after your two-three week break over Christmas. Now is the time to get your New Year study plan in order. Of course, it’s the last thing you want to think about, especially if you’ve just finished your January exams.

Getting back on track with studying is important....Read More »

4 Tips to Create Your Christmas Study Planner

It’s only November. Why am I talking about Christmas already and why on Earth would I mention a Christmas study planner?

Well, the Christmas break will be here before you know it and for many of you that means January exams. The Christmas break is no longer a case of just...Read More »

Things to Buy Once You’re at University

There are just one or two months for students before they go back to university. If this is your fresher year, you’ll want to get yourself ready as soon as possible. You’ll need to make sure you have your kitchen items, the right clothing, books, laptops, and more.

While you’ll spend...Read More »

5 Tips to Prepare for University Next Year

It may only be the start of the summer holidays, but now is the perfect time to prepare for university next year. New university student or returning student? There are a few steps that you can take right now, so you’re not rushing around at the end of August/September. Here...Read More »

Distance Learning Online Courses: The Pros and Cons

What if I told you that you could studying your course, work full-time, and raise a family all at the same time? It sounds too good to be true and like a dream, but it really is possible.

Are distance learning online...Read More »

The Skills You Need to Study Through Distance Learning

Distance learning is one option for getting your degree.

Is online study the right option for you? Image by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

This isn’t an option for everyone because they do not have the basic skills needed to study at home and on their own....Read More »

9 Exam Study Supplies You Need to Make Your Student Life Easier

Exam time will be nearly here. You need to get yourself ready for your study sessions and the morning of your exam. I don’t want to take up a lot of your time with a blog post, so let’s get straight into these nine exam study supplies you need to...Read More »

What To Do When You Hate Your Course

You spent time choosing the perfect university course in the perfect city. At least you thought you had. Now you find you absolutely hate your course and want out.

The degree isn’t everything you expected. The lecturers aren’t stimulating enough or don’t deliver the course material that well. You just don’t...Read More »

6 Tips to Create an Exam Time Study Calendar

During your exam time, your study calendar will need to adapt. You likely won’t have as many lectures, so you have a little more free time in the home. That free time needs to be spent effectively. So you need a special exam time study calendar.

You’ll want to...Read More »

5 Reasons Your Study Time Is Running Away from You

Can you believe that it’s the middle of March already? Study time is running away from you and your exams will be here before you know it.

Before I move on, let me just wish everyone a Happy Pi Day. So it’s not really a big thing in the UK, but...Read More »

5 Best Student Planners for Freshers

As a fresher, you will be so used to your schools giving you planners and ways to help keep you on track for the week that there will be certain items overlooked when you start. I know that university will start in September, but there’s no time like the present...Read More »

5 Tips to Study While Raising a Family

Are you trying to study while raising a family? I did it and I have to say that it’s not easy. BUT that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With the right schedule and the right frame of mind, you can juggle all the plates that you have. There’s no need to...Read More »

5 Tips for First-Year Students to Manage Their Time

As a first-year student (a Fresher), you will need to change your mindset. Going to university is very different to high school and college. You will be expected to do far more studying on your own and manage your time well to get through the year.

This is often considered a...Read More »

Could the Pomodoro Technique Help You Create More Time to Study?

If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro technique, this is a method that many work at home moms and dads opt for. I’ve used it in the past and now I use a version of it.

Honestly, I wish it was something that I had when I was a student. I...Read More »

5 Tips to Salvage Your Fresher Year When You’ve Partied Way Too Much

You’ll have returned to university by now after the Christmas break. You’ve either had your mid-year exams or they’re coming up very soon, and now it’s clear that you’ve partied way too much in the first three months of your Fresher year!

Don’t panic just yet! This isn’t the end of...Read More » Review: Does It Really Limit Your Social Media Socialising?

Facebook, Twitter, and many more sites are so tempting. They give you some sort of release from studying and allow you to keep in touch with friends. But they are time drainers.

While sometimes they can be useful, most of the time you need to stay away from them. Trust me...Read More »

Top Tools You Need to Create a Study Calendar

I’ve spoken in the past about study calendars. You need one if you want to boost your time management and improve your chances of passing your degree with flying colours. But while I’ve talked about study calendars and their benefits, I’ve not gone into detail about how to create a...Read More »

Why Hiring Someone to Write Essays Is a Waste of Time

Happy New Year!

It’s been a few months since I’ve written on the blog. That wasn’t the intention in November, but everything ran away with me. I also got bogged down with trying to write daily.

Over Christmas week I took some time off and it gave me some much needed time...Read More »

4 Tips to Stay on Top of Chores While Studying

I remember when living with a bunch of students while working full time that two of the students told me they couldn’t possibly stay on top of their chores in the house. Just how were they supposed to work around all that studying they were doing?

Well, guess what…students aren’t the...Read More »

Bonfire Night Safety Tips: Keep Your Guy Burning Fun

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is just around the corner. November 5 will see people around the UK lighting fireworks and burning Guys on their bonfires.

This was always my holiday. Moving to Canada, I’m a little disappointed that it isn’t a thing over here and it’s just...Read More »

Why I Chose Distance Learning for My Second Degree

When I decided I wanted to do a second degree, I knew that I had to choose something that would fit around my current life. This wasn’t about me fitting in with studying, but supporting a family while I improved my education.

I also needed a degree that I would be...Read More »

Why I Chose the Open University for My Second Degree

When I chose to do a second degree, we weren’t in a position for me to go back to university full-time. As much as I would have liked it, I needed to do it either part-time or through distance learning.

I decided that distance learning was the best option, which meant...Read More »

Why I Chose Aston University

There are a lot of universities in the UK. In fact, there’s way too many to list here. Choosing the best university for you can be overwhelming.

I was a little lucky. I only had the choice of five universities. Well, I had the choice of seven, but I wasn’t going...Read More »

How I Manage My Time as an Online Student

For the last few years I’ve been an online student. All my courses have been done through distance learning, and it’s been great. I’ve worked on subjects that I would never have done at a fulltime university.

But there is a major issue for an online student. Time management.

I know I’ve...Read More »

5 Signs You Need to Change Your Study Schedule

It’s time to make some changes to your study schedule. At least, that’s what your mind and body are telling you.

Not too sure? Still think it’s working for you? Well, take a look at these five signs. If you’re suffering from these signs, you need to make some changes pronto...Read More »

Exam Stress Getting You Down? Here Are 3 Tips to Prepare

We all have exams at different times of our lives. We’ll have GCSEs, A-Levels, Nationals, university exams, and so much more. Exam stress is something that so many students suffer from.

It’s okay to admit that you’re stressed. What you shouldn’t do is let that affect your ability to prepare and...Read More »

4 Tips for Planning Ahead for University Essays

All students have essays and project deadlines that they need to meet. It doesn’t matter what course you do. There will be something.

For me the first time it was mostly programs and projects. This second time it has all been essays. Either way, there are deadlines to meet.

I did have...Read More »

7 Ways Students Can Take Control of Their Time

Have you ever thought your time is running away from you? More often than not we don’t use our time in the most productive ways. If we actually used it better, we’d be able to do far more. We’d have time for studying, socialising, working, and much more.

So, how can...Read More »

Where Can You Find Cheap Christmas Gifts That Don’t Look Tacky?

The problem with cheap Christmas gifts is that they tend to look just like you’ve spent a couple of quid on them. They look tacky and like a piece of junk.

You don’t want your Christmas gifts to look like that, but you’re struggling with your student budget to afford anything....Read More »

5 Tips to Support Your Family While You Study

When I decided to go back to university, I had a growing family to support. At first it was just me and my husband, but he was a full-time student. It didn’t take long for our first daughter to be born and now we have two. Trying to support your...Read More »

4 Places to Find Cheap Decorations

Birthdays. Anniversaries. Halloween. Christmas.

This list will go on.

There’s always something coming up that you need to find cheap decorations for. But where do you start to find those cheap decorations?

Your list isn’t endless but there are plenty of options available. Some of them are online and some offline. With some...Read More »

5 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Students

Halloween is one of the best times of year for students. Most universities hold some sort of party, but you may not want to spend the money on tickets or the travel to get from your rented student house. You may want to have your own student Halloween party.

But doesn’t...Read More »

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Don’t Look a Mess, Look Your Best on a Student Budget!

Are you sick of cheap Halloween costumes looking like…well, cheap? As a student you won’t have much money to spend on your Halloween costumes, but that doesn’t mean you should look a mess.

It’s time to look your best without spending an absolute fortune. There are lots of cheap Halloween costume...Read More »

Tips to Prepare for Your First Year of University

That first year of university is fast approaching. For many of you it’s going to be in two weeks time!

I know how nervous you can feel going into that first year of uni. Will you make new friends? Will you cope without your parents around? Sure there’s excitement as well,...Read More »

How to Use Your Summer to Your Advantage When You’re a Student

As a student, you’ll get a long summer break. In my case, I got a good four months off between years.

It’s easy to waste those months, but you could use them to your advantage. By using them just right, you’ll be able to boost your skills, increase your chance of...Read More »

5 Tips for Planning Your Study Calendar

Creating your study calendar is a work of art. You need to think ahead, making sure you get enough hours of study for your course, have time to socialise and are still able to work part time if you need to. It’s even harder if you’re studying through distance learning...Read More »

5 Must-Have Student Apps for 2016

We’re already a month into 2016, can you believe it? Before you know it, your exams will be here and some of you will be graduating. It’s time to get serious about your studies, if you haven’t done already.

Student apps are all the rage. There are some poor ones,...Read More »

5 Study Tips to Improve Your Learning in 2016

2016 is almost here. In fact, there are just 5 weeks until Christmas! I know, right!

Well, you may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions already. If not, that’s not a problem, but you might want to think about them soon. Why not put your study as one of...Read More »

3 Cheap Christmas Decoration Ideas

The Christmas season is almost here, and you’re possibly thinking about ways you can decorate your dorm room or student accommodation for the time. Christmas decorations don’t have to be expensive. Pound shops around the country offer tinsel and small decorations at a low cost.

But what if you want something...Read More »

Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum

Christmas isn’t that far away. While you may not want to think about it, now is a great time to do some shopping. You can find a lot of great cheap Christmas gift ideas for mum online. Amazon is by far my favourite place to search.

Here are some of the...Read More »

5 Safety Tips for a Safe Bonfire Night Party

Students in the UK love a good Bonfire Night party. It could be a box of fireworks at a houseparty or a trip to a local event.

Whatever you do, you need to stay safe and warm. I’ve been to parties that have almost ended in disaster, so here are my...Read More »

Halloween Costumes for Women Under £10

Who said that you have to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes? If you don’t have the talent or time to make your own, there are plenty of ideas under £10, direct from the likes of Amazon.

I’ll start with Halloween costumes for women under £10 first and will share something...Read More »

5 Quick, Easy and Cheap Halloween Decoration Ideas

As a student, you want to be able to enjoy the Halloween season but don’t want to spend an absolutely fortune. Throwing a party with your friends can be a great way to keep the cost down, but what about the Halloween decorations?

Don’t go spending a fortune in the...Read More »

Lessons David Cameron’s Pig Allegations Can Teach Students: Think Before You Act

You may have heard about the allegations about David Cameron and a pig by now. If not, just type in #piggate on social media and you’ll find your answers.

I will make a point that these are all allegations right now. Downing Street hasn’t confirmed anything, but it does bring...Read More »

5 Must-Have Tools for University Students in 2015

University is getting closer, and you will want to make sure you’re ready. While you’re living on a tight budget, shopping for the best tools while at home is the best option. You have a little more disposable income and the Bank of Mum and Dad may be able to...Read More »

Finding the Balance Between Studying and Childcare

Whether you’re going to university full time or thinking about distance learning study, finding the balance between studying and childcare is important for student parents. You want to spend as much time with your family as possible, while making the most of your university years.

There are sacrifices you will have...Read More »

Why Blog About Your Time at University?

There are lots of things that go on at university. You may struggle with your course, or want to share about the societies and clubs that you’ve joined. Some students just want to document their time like a diary.

Blogging about your time at university can be great. And not just...Read More »

6 Tips to Prepare for the Start of University

The start of university is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. There will be lots of thoughts running through your head. Do you have everything you need? Who are you living with? What if you don’t like your accommodation or your course?

Don’t worry too much! All Freshers will have the...Read More »

Get Your Christmas Study Plan Together

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas study plan. In fact, now is the best time to think about it.

The Christmas break will be here before you know it, and if you don’t sort it out now, you never...Read More »

Plan Ahead for the Christmas Season

Image: Pixabay

As a student, there is a lot going on at Christmas. Some students will have studying to do for exams in January, others will have reports and essays to write.

It’s important plan ahead for the Christmas season. This will allow you to...Read More »

Bonfire Night Safety Tips: Don’t Be Stupid This Guy Fawkes Night!

Image: Pixabay

Bonfire Night is next week, and is a fun time for many students. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for many accidents to happen. Don’t be stupid this Guy Fawkes Night with these Bonfire Night safety tips.

Follow the Guidelines When Lighting Fireworks

Fireworks are...Read More »

Student Tips: Should You Take a Notebook or Laptop to Class?

Which is better? Notebook or laptop?
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When it comes to student tips, many people have one major question when it comes to their lectures. Should they take a notebook to them, or would they be better with a laptop?

There isn’t a wrong...Read More »

5 Student Apps You Need Right Now

It’s time to get the right student apps on your phone.
Image: Pixabay

As a student, you need to utilise technology in the best way possible. It needs to be advantageous, and I’m not just talking about for writing essays. Apps are a big...Read More »

Free Activities to Do During Your Last Free Weeks

What free activities could you get up to before going back to university?
Image: Pixabay

It’s almost time to go back to university. For many, it is just two weeks but for some it will be the start of October; it all depends on...Read More »

5 Ideas to Have Fun on a Budget This Summer

It’s time to enjoy your summer without worrying about your budget.
Image from Pixabay.

Okay, so the summer has already been in full swing for some for a few months now. However, English schools are just breaking up.

So with that in mind, I thought...Read More »

Why It Could Be Worth Preparing for Study Right Now

Is now the perfect time to prepare for next year’s study?
Image from Pixabay.

Now could be the perfect time for preparing for study. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just going to university in September/October or you’ve just finished one of your university years.

Yes,...Read More »

Why You Can’t Spend All Your Time Studying

You can’t spend all your time with your head in your books.
Image from Pixabay.

As a student, you may be tempted to spend all your time studying. This is especially the case if you’re in your final year. You want the best grade...Read More »

Thinking About Taking a Sandwich Course? Here’s Why You Should

Are you thinking about taking a sandwich course? It could be the best decision you have ever made.

Are you thinking about taking a sandwich course at university? This is a course that involves taking a year out of study between your penultimate and...Read More »

Tips to Plan Your Essay from Start to Finish

Planning your essay is one of the most important things you can do as a student. Take it from experience. When you plan your essay, you get your thoughts in order, make sure you reference everything, and have the time to proofread afterwards.

But this planning doesn’t come easy to...Read More »

Getting Back Into Studying After Easter

Getting back into study mode can be hard work

Right now, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is studying. You want to enjoy your Easter break.

But there are exams just around the corner. You know you need to get back into studying, but...Read More »

What ‘The Sims’ Taught Me About Studying

It seems weird at first, but while playing The Sims I learned a lot about studying and being student. Please let me explain before you instantly click away from this!

You see, I started playing The Sims a long time ago. I stopped playing it and thought I’d put the...Read More »

Why Distance Learning Is So Hard

Wherever you study, you need to have the willpower to stick to your schedule.

I chose distance learning because it suited my situation at the time. In fact, it still suits my situation. I can study when I have the chance to around my...Read More »

5 Tips for Writing University Essays

What steps do you take when writing university essays?

I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything recently. I’ve been extremely busy and part of that has been due to university essays that I had had to write. Another part has been...Read More »

Christmas as a Student: Dealing with Studying and Time Off

Are you ready for studying this Christmas?

It’s the Christmas break. A time to relax, unwind, and spend time with family.

Unless you were lucky enough to have your exams during December, you will likely have exams during the January season. Which means you need...Read More »

Dealing with Stress as a Student

Is a stress ball good for dealing with stress?

There are times that your student years will be stressful. It could be something that happens in your family life or the upcoming deadline.

I remember my computer crashing during my GCSE years. I was three...Read More »

Reference Tracking Tips: Making It Easier to Reference

Don’t try to guess all the books that you used. Remember to track them as you go.

Whether you have your final year dissertation to write or your first essay of your first year, referencing is essential. You need to make a note of...Read More »

Finding the Right Support During University

Students need support just like buildings.

Going to university is a major change. It can lead to a lot of mixed feelings, especially if you’re already coming with illnesses, mental disabilities or anxieties.

There’s also the studying and extra work you’ll need to do compared...Read More »

Parent Tip: Encouraging Students to Study During the Holidays

Set up a space to encourage children to study

Encouragement goes a long way and it’s one of my biggest parent tips.

There are different ways to encourage students and different things you need to encourage them about. Today’s parent tip focus on studying during...Read More »

Note Taking Tips: Getting Everything You Need During Lectures

Are you ready to take notes in your lectures?

With the advancement of technology, taking notes in lectures is not long a big problem. You won’t have an aching hand after an hour of constant writing, hoping that you get everything written down.

I used...Read More »

Studying With Children: Leaving Your Children with Their Other Parent

Leaving for university isn’t easy but it’s sometimes the best thing for the family.

If you were already at university when you—or your partner—had a baby, you will have had to make a decision:


  • Drop out of school
  • Transfer to a local one
  • Separate the family temporarily


Studying...Read More »

Distance Learning: Tips for Juggling Work, University and a Family

As many of you know, I study through distance learning. There are now many people all over the world choosing to study from home.

Personally, I find this much more challenging than studying through a full-time institution. You need to juggle a lot of commitments, especially family, work and university.

It takes...Read More »

Tips for Writing Your Dissertation: Get It In on Time and Make the Most of It

Prepare yourself for writing your dissertation and make the most of the year.

In your final year of university, you’ll have to do some type of dissertation or final year project. For me, it was a large final year project that was worth 40%...Read More »

Planning Time for Your Coursework to Get It Right First Time

Planning time for your coursework will ease your stress

Like at school, university degrees have essays and coursework involved. They could be lab sessions where you have to do a write up or long essays where you have to do a lot of research.

Either...Read More »

Exam Study Tips: Getting Ready for the Exams

Use exam study tips to get you ready for the test

Your exams may seem far away right now but the time will fly. You need to be ready for them.

Whether you’re in your first year or last year of university (or any of...Read More »

Setting Your Student Goals for the Year: Have Your End in Mind

Where do you want to be at the end of university?

What do you want out of your degree?

Do you want to get a 1st and go on to have the best job in your field? Maybe you just want to have an excellent...Read More »

Planning Your Study Timetable: Make Time and Pass with Flying Colours

Remember the days of the school timetable to help with planning your study?

Planning your study is essential. If you don’t make a plan, how do you know you’re fitting all the hours of study you need to in a day?

How do you know...Read More »

Student Parent Tips: Planning Your Time for Your Studies

My husband and I were both student parents (I still am!). Having a little one in the house definitely doesn’t make studying easy but it’s worthwhile when I’m doing it for her future.

After a year of studying, we’ve both found our ways to make sure she got the time she...Read More »

Plan Ahead and Get Ready for University

Get ready for university by planning ahead. Are you ready?

For students in Scotland, university is just about starting. For those in England, Wales and other parts of the world, some don’t start for a few more weeks.

It doesn’t matter how far away it...Read More »

Top Websites for Helping with the Student Life

Get ready for student life with the help of the internet

When you’re trying to settle into student life, where do you turn to for advice? There are many places online. While I try to offer as much practical advice as possible, there are...Read More »

Noisy Distractions Getting You Down? Use These Tips to Improve Your Studying

Studying in university halls of residences is difficult. Students don’t have the same amount of lectures and not all will take the courses seriously; especially if it is the first year.

If you’re one of those who wants to do well and wants to study on an evening or weekend, it...Read More »

Why You Shouldn’t Hire Someone to Do Your Assignments

Get an A+ by doing the work yourself. Image by pakorn/

As a writer, I’ve see a growing trend of people contacting me about writing their assignments. Every time I get the opportunity, I turn them down. For one – I don’t know your...Read More »

Tips to Surviving Uni After the Christmas Break

Get ready for uni after Christmas. Image by pixajen

At the moment you’ll be enjoying your well-earned Christmas break. Some of you may be revising (depending on when your exams are) but others will be relaxing, watching TV, socialising with old friends...Read More »

Planning Your Studies: Everything You Need to Know So You Graduate with Honours

University is more than just a time to study and get good grades. It’s a life experience. So much happens that your course and studies take a backseat when they really shouldn’t. Planning your studies is essential though if you want to graduate with honours.

Over the last few years, I’ve...Read More »

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