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Learn a Language at University

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy
March 30, 2015
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If you are coming to England on a year abroad and English isn’t your first language, you will inevitably be hoping to improve you English whilst studying in the UK. By immersing yourself in the country and being forced to practice all day every day you will be sure to become fluent over the year. However, if you are already quite good and just honing your English skills – what about a further challenge?

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Effective Essay Writing

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy
March 30, 2015
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Whilst at University you will have to write essays. There is no way around this fact – perhaps some of us will write more essays than others but it is unlikely you will find a course where you don’t have to write essays or papers at all – however long or short they may be. Whether you like them or not, essays can provide us will vital skills for the professional word, with being able to write well being rated as one of the most desirable skills. Often grades can be raised if you have a good ability to write well as it will make your answer much clearer and easier to follow if your structure is well planned and organised. If you need a hand, here are a few top tips!

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Study Abroad

Spring Cleaning

Morgan Hayden-KentMorgan Hayden-Kent
March 30, 2015
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Spring has arrived! Well, almost. And as much as we love the blooming flowers, increasingly sunny days and rising temperatures, there is a lot less affection for the annual ‘Spring Clean’ that accompanies this season.

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Read and Relax

Morgan Hayden-KentMorgan Hayden-Kent
March 30, 2015
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Most art degree students will agree that after many hours spent analysing, writing and preparing for essays, the last thing they would like to do is read. Certainly not their first choice of relaxation. Science and math students will likely concur that their long course hours take up too much of their leisure time, and they equally will not be the first people to pick up a book to unwind.

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Writing 101: The Myth of the Writer’s Block

Pedro Saez WilliamsPedro Saez Williams
March 30, 2015
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The single most practiced activity of the last seven years of my life has been writing. In this sense, and because writing is such an important part of academic life, I though it could be useful for the readers of this blog, for me to devote one or two posts to the subject.

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Your rights as a tenant: moving in to a flat

Susie DaltonSusie Dalton
March 30, 2015
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One of the first things you’ll need to do with your letting agent or landlord is to arrange a move-in date. You’ll probably need to pick up the keys and the landlord might want to show you around the place – make sure you ask any questions you have now, particularly stuff like what date rent is due, and who the energy providers are (so you know who to pay bills to!) and how often you’ll receive bills. Very often past tenants will have had a contract for internet that will have expired after they left, so bear in mind you might need to set this up again, and that you might be internetless for a while. If you find this is the case, you might rediscover the lost arts of ‘conversation’ and ‘reading’.

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Your rights as a tenant: getting your deposit back

Susie DaltonSusie Dalton
March 30, 2015
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When it comes to moving out of your flat, there are a couple of things you need to think about in advance. Obviously, you’ll need to work out how to fit your life around move-out day, and if you’re still in the country for a while after that, you’re going to need to find somewhere else to live (well in advance!).

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Your rights as a tenant: finding a flat

Susie DaltonSusie Dalton
March 30, 2015
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During your time at university, odds are you’re going to be renting a room in a flat or halls. As a student – and particularly, an international student – it can be difficult to know what your rights are when it comes to securing your flat, moving in and getting your deposit back at the end of your stay. Landlords can be notoriously difficult, and pretty much every student has a story about themselves or someone they know getting screwed over by a greedy, exploitative landlord. But how do you stay safe?

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Student Money Saving Tips: Budgeting

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
March 25, 2015
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Micromanagement of your finances, such as an evaluation of your food spending, can certainly help you survive the financially straining time as a student. However, sometimes it’s best to step back and look at the big picture. By spending some time calculating a detailed budget for yourself, you can ensure that you will have no problems with money (as long as you stick to your plan!)

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Student Money Saving Tips: Part-Time Work

Alexander FranklinAlexander Franklin
March 25, 2015
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Whilst keeping your spending in check at university is one of the most important ways of ensuring you don’t run into financial difficulty, increasing your income beyond the student loan can also make a massive difference.

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