Apps and tools to boost study skills


As UoLIP students, we may feel like we are left to our own devices downloadtoo much, and sometimes we struggle to organize ourselves, find material or muster the motivation to accomplish our goals. Luckily, we live in an era where having Internet access means finding a solution to almost any problem, and student life can be easily kept on track with the help of a myriad of apps and web pages designed to overcome the most common problems of a student. Yours truly has gathered this manageable list in the hopes that you may find something useful in it.

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The Survivor’s Guide (part 1)


For my inaugural blog I thought I would convey some of the wisdomMy study work desk with laptop and monitor I have gained as a grizzled veteran of 7+ years of post-secondary education. As I embark on my second, hopefully final, year of the LLB program, the thing I would like to convey to you first-year students is that it is possible to pass all your classes without a rewrite and without a supporting institution.  Admittedly it may be harder for those of you without any post-secondary experience, but, I assure you, it can be done.  Yet if you are looking for a cheat sheet or shortcuts, you will be sorely disappointed: You will not survive without hard work and discipline.  That said, here are some tips and hints to help you as you embark on your studies. Continue reading

The surprise pros of distance learning


Distance learning is a fabulous alternative for busy folks who have difficulty going to college. You don’t need to spend your time to go to an institute or campus as long as you have a computer with internet access.
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Surprisingly, not only you have more flexibility and control over your study plans on a daily schedule, but you can also study from anywhere you live or work. This is an amazing advantage for everyone who wants to study while working!

Last week, I had a travel plan from 13 to 15 September 2017 for the Hong Kong Jewellery Fair. Let’s say if I were on an ordinary college program where I had to study in the classroom, I would have missed out on the lectures and all the related notes.

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I am not doing this for the fun of it


challenge I have never written a blog before but I thought it would be interesting to give a slightly different perspective on life and the reasons for doing the MSc Professional Accountancy course.

Just a warning, unlike some of the other bloggers, I don’t see the studies as a “calling”, I have studied over the past years (BA, BSc, ACCA, ACT, and now MSc) as a means to achieving certain professional goals.

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Thinking outside the books


books-1015594_960_720If you’re like me then books are not your best friends. Even worse, you may have bought a ton of books to fill up the bookshelves and all they’ve done is gather dust. For some, you may have bookmarks placed somewhere in the middle pages of three different books, which you’ve vowed to complete for months now. While for others, you may have fallen deeper to sleep with every word that you try to read before bed. So for the bunch of us who aren’t so much into reading, what could be the alternatives? A source of inspiration, something that motivates you and explores your abilities, something that gives you knowledge beyond traditional texts… where do you go for it?

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How I work my reading lists


reading-listAs you may know, this year I am attempting for the first time ever to sit for three modules (‘Augustans&Romantics’, ‘Victorians’ and ‘Moderns’). Up until now, I have been doing two modules per year, but last year’s marks have encouraged me to take on a new challenge. It also helps that I have already read some of the authors on the suggested syllabus before, so I already have a few ideas to work with.

However, one of the issues that I had last year was that I did not compile a good reading list from the beginning, and I had to muster all my forces to overcome that and do well in the examinations, but I felt like all of it was done in a haphazard way, and this prevented me from enjoying my studies fully. I have been thinking a good deal about how to compile my reading list this year because with three modules and a 1-and-a-half-year-old kid I cannot get away with a bad organization.

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Choose your partner wisely


couple-park-bannerNo, this is not an advice column on relationships and its ups and downs. This is about how you structure your studies when you are on your own without any institutional support behind you. This blog entry is for those brave souls who are so committed to self-study that they – as Captain Picard said – will boldly go where no one has gone before.

Let me start by saying, those of us who are studying towards our designations on our own, are a rare breed. We must be crazy or damn close to it. Nevertheless, here we are at the beginning of the academic year and it is the right time to discuss how we will survive it.

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


road-ahead15th August, 2017: in the spirit of continuity and the flow of time, it was again that time of the year when the heart starts beating like a thoroughbred galloping horse. We would get to know the results of how we fared in the examination. Staying in London for the past two years during this time of the year meant the wait was much less excruciating, for India is four and a half hours ahead. After a couple of frantic fruitless clicks, a page suddenly appeared: ‘Congratulations on successfully completing your degree programme. Very best from us all at the University of London International Programmes.’

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Economic Geography of the movie industry


Hollywood signFor the following year, I’ve decided to pick among other modules the module of Economic Geography. After I’ve already studied a few, I feel more and more passionate to learn more about this field of study and I find myself already trying to identify key concepts of this area of study and correlate them to my everyday life.

Economic Geography as it is indicated in the subject guide, the field of study that tries to explain and investigate economic activities through a geographic approach. However, Economic Geography is different to Geographical Economics. The latter is mostly concerned with economic cost and puts aside other significant issues as the location and the specific characteristics of different regions.

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Oh summer, where are thou?


anase-where-art-thouWe are already in September, and mixed feelings start to bubble up to the surface. On the one hand, I would love to keep the relaxed routine we have had for the past month and a half. On the other, however, I am bursting with anticipation at the new things I am going to learn (and also I have a new planner and new notebooks, yay!)

This summer has been both relaxing and active, and I feel fully recharged and ready to tackle this year’s challenge: ‘Augustans & Romantics’; ‘Victorians’ and ‘Moderns’. After the good grades I got in last year’s examinations, I have decided to take on a new challenge and try and make up for not registering for examinations the year I was going to give birth to The Little One.

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