It is a long road ahead but it is worth it


Issa - student bloggerThe wise Lao Tzu said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That step for me was to decide three years ago that I wanted to go back to school. Why? I asked myself one evening as I sat in a hotel room in Guinea capital city of Conakry, in the middle of the worst Ebola Virus Disease. Unlike many, my desire to go back to school was not motivated by the need to boost my career or to earn another degree. I have a good job and Master Degrees from two world-renowned institutions of higher learning. Why did I decide on that full moon night in December 2014 to return to study after a long time off?

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A day in my study schedule


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In my last blog post we talked about “Big picture” planning so, to complement it, I thought you may like to read about how I organize myself on a daily basis during weekdays. Perhaps you can get refreshing ideas!

This schedule relies heavily on my own preferences, habits and circumstances as a student. For example, I prefer working in the mornings because I know it is easier for me to focus then. Remember how important it is to know yourself in order to devise a suitable schedule for you.

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Isolation


As Pink Floyd (The Wall) said: “Hello, is there anybody out there?”Hello

Since changing jobs and not likely to get a phone before the final project is due, I have lost contact with the SFP module WhatsApp group.  Now I am not getting my daily dose of international (student) news, titbits of wisdom on the course, highlights of key areas to watch out for or areas to ensure I cover. Continue reading

Better late than never


Better late than never: Spencer JohnsonHave you ever thought about age becoming an obstacle for us to study at the university again? I was concerned whether I’ve left it too long to study for a bachelor’s degree as I am 21, which is an age most students obtain the degree. I am sure that many of you have heard this worry before, but I believe now that it’s never too late to start again. Here’s my brief story before I enrolled at the University of London.

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The “Big Picture” Plan


Having ana blog oct 2017a study plan is one of the first things that enters our mind when we decide to study, and even more if we do so as International Programmes students. We think in terms of time allocation, ascertaining when we will be able to sit down with our books, juggling many other commitments, perhaps thinking that it is not worth planning study sessions if our lives are so hectic that we are lucky with an hour left for studying. Continue reading

Apps and tools to boost study skills


As UoLIP students, we may feel like we are left to our own devices Clock icontoo 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.
View of Hong Kong skyline

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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