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!

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 »

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 »

6 Tips for Students to Stay Safe on Social Media

Social media is now the top way to communicate. There are certainly some benefits to it. I know from moving abroad that social media has its merits. But it also has its dangers. Students need to stay safe on social media.

It’s tempting to put all your photos on Facebook or...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 »

Making Friends at University: Why Your Second Year Is Your Best Time to Make Friends

Going to university is an exciting time. You’re stepping out from your parents’ house and starting your adult life. It’s all about trying new things and making friends at university.

Well, we hear all the time that the friends you make at university are those you’ll keep for life. Unlike high...Read More »

5 Ways to Make New Friends Any Year of University or College

Making friends happens every single year of your university life. You’ll meet new first years joining your sports club or society, or you may transfer course or find your modules are combined with other courses in the university. There will always be opportunities to make new friends any year of...Read More »

Want to Cut Down on Alcohol While Socialising? Here Are My Top 5 Tips

Take it from someone who slightly believed the opposite: you don’t need alcohol to have a great time out with friends. It sure seems it during university, but alcohol isn’t the part that makes the night fun. It’s the people you’re with.

Sure enough, I’ve had better nights with friends where...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 »

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 »

How to Make New Friends in Your First Year of University

By now, most freshers will be well in their way to making new friends. In England, universities started earlier this month/end of last month. In Scotland, they started earlier than that.

But there will be some students still struggling. If you’re living away from halls of residence in your first year,...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 »

Why You Need to Make Time for Socialising at University

Being a student is a balancing act. There are some people who spend all their time studying and others who spend too much time partying.

We all know what partying too much can lead to, but what about studying too much? Surely that can’t be bad for you as a student....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 »

Yes You Can Study, Party, and Have Fun at University! It’s All About Time Management and Planning

Many full time students make time for studying and partying. As for distance learning and part-time students, they’re able to manage their study, socialising, and work time. Yes, you really can have it all.

It’s all about time management and planning. If you get it all just right, you’ll get the...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 »

How to Budget for Any Student Party

Whether it’s a Halloween house party or you...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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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!

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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.
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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 »

5 Tips to Make the Most of Fresher’s Week

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Fresher’s Week is almost here. This is the time to make new friends and get to know your surroundings. There are just so many things to try, do and see. So where do you start?

Well, it’s all about planning and preparing for...Read More »

Free Activities to Do During Your Last Free Weeks

What free activities could you get up to before going back to university?
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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.
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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 You Can’t Spend All Your Time Studying

You can’t spend all your time with your head in your books.
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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 »

Student Prank Idea: Wrapping Paper Life

Give someone the gift of a student prank.
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I thought I’d take a break from the serious posts again to offer a student prank idea. I know how much students love to have fun, and try out different...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 »

Student Prank Idea: Upside Down Life

It’s time to give your friends something to really laugh about.

I’m going to keep this short for the day.

Part of being a student is having fun. Pranks between friends are a normal part of life, and a funny part of life for many....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 »

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 »

Tips for Choosing the Right Student Sports and Societies for You

Pick a sports club that suits your likes and passions.

Socialising is important and I’ve already shared that joining a sports team or a society is a great way to do that. But, how do you know one is right for you?

It can be...Read More »

Getting Involved at University: Socialise and Make Friends During These Great Years

getting involved at university through volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get involved at university

University is a great time to make friends. In fact, the friends you make during these years are some that you will keep for life.

Getting involved at university is one of the best ways...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 »

Student Pranks: Alarm Clock Life

Will you be mean with student pranks?

Having fun is really important and you can do that without spending a lot of money. Alarm clock life is just one of the student pranks that was played while at boarding school and university.

Note: please make...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 »

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 »

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 »

Top 5 Student TV Shows

What’s on the box?

Students love to watch TV. There are certain shows that they prefer to watch more than others. Here are the main 5 shows that most students will watch, whether on their own or with friends.

They are in no particular order.


Hollyoaks...Read More »

Ways Students can Stay Healthy

Student years are full of drinking, fast food and skipping the gym for socialising with friends.

Well, that’s often the idea of student years. They don’t have to be like that. Students can stay healthy and really should do.

I wished I’d followed these tips the first time I went to university....Read More »

University Safety Tips: Stay Safe on a Night Out

Stay safe whatever the night out is for

University is a time to socialise with friends, try new drinks and go out to different places. That doesn’t mean you need to forgo your safety!

There are many horror stories about men and women (mainly women)...Read More »

Using Facebook as Students: Tips and Advice on Using Facebook

Watch out when using Facebook as students.

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with everyone. You can make events and share them with your various university friends and contact high school friends to see how they’re doing.

However, you need to...Read More »

Ideas for Blogging While Being a Student

Are you ready to blog about your student life?

Whether you start your own blog as a student or guest on other people’s blogs, you can really benefit from this pastime. This is the time to make a good name for yourself and your...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 Survival Tips: Your Fresher’s Week Survival Guide

Are you ready to survive Fresher’s week?

For students in Scotland, you’ve probably already had Fresher’s week, but for those in England and Wales it is just starting. Fresher’s week is a great chance to meet the people you’re going to live with for...Read More »

10 Times When “I’m a Student” Is a Legitimate Excuse

Ever wanted to use the excuse “I’m a student”? Not really thought it’s the appropriate time. Well, here are 10 of the perfect times to use the excuse:


10. Sleeping All Day

Students love to sleep. Who doesn’t get up at midday and then have a nap some point in the afternoon....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 »

Tips for Staying Friends with Your University Friends

Stay friends with your university friends.

The friends that you make at university are often called friends for life. The truth is this only happens if you are willing to put the time and effort into keeping those friendships. If I’m honest, most of...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 »

I Want to Play a Game...

I want to play a game…Image by alfredituzz :B

The Saw movie franchise is so popular that many students have taken to using it for their student pranks. No! Not to give people the chance to fight for their life. This is just a...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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