Now that it’s December and all of the Christmas decorations are unavoidable, we’ve cast our minds further to thinking about the New Year. Although we believe New Year’s Resolutions can and should be made any time of the year, at Essay Writing Service UK we’ve come up with seven resolutions all students should consider in order to start 2015 off well.
Get more organised
Stick to a more organised way of working. Make the most of your learning style and embrace what works best for you. Whether it’s coloured post-it notes, a long to-do list, mindmaps, or picture cards, there are a number of ways to integrate a more organised routine of life and work into your time at university. Schedules and timetables can help you to juggle work and socials better.
Setting down these ways of working early will allow you to progress further when it comes to the future of employment too. Proving that you can handle overlapping deadlines and manage time effectively are both essential skills to many employers.
Keep CV updated
If your CV hasn’t been updated since you first applied to university then things need to change! Regardless of whether you are looking for a job or further education opportunities imminently, try to find time to keep your CV up to date. This will prevent you from forgetting any new skills you have learnt, or achievements and certificates you have acquired.
Include any work experience, volunteering and societies, as well as a detailed account of your progressive skills gained during university. The more you work on your CV, the better it will be. Linkedinis also a great place to keep an online copy of your CV. As a social network for business, potential employers can easily access your information, making this great for future job opportunities.
Cut down on distractions
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With the rise of social media, digital platforms, and portable devices, there are even more ways to procrastinate from doing work. Try to cut down on all of these distractions by limiting the use of your phone or the number of TV shows you watch for example. When you sit down to work, leave you phone on the other side of the room, in a closed drawer or even switched off. Just knowing that you can’t access it will allow you to concentrate better. Also save that next TV episode as a reward for doing work!
Stay on top of the housework
Many student houses are guilty of pushing the housework to one side. Don’t become that one messy housemate that everyone else is left to clean up after though. Commit yourself to staying on top of the housework. Washing up your dishes straight after a meal and cleaning the kitchen work surfaces as you go will be quicker in the long run. Work out a rota within your house for cleaning communal areas such as the bathroom and hallways. A clean house will set you more at ease, helping you to prioritise work and deadlines. You can avoid those unnecessary arguments with your housemates too!
Spend and budget wisely
By the end of the year you should have a good assessment of your finances. Admittedly, Freshers Week and Christmas might have made a more significant dent in your bank account but seriously address your spendings. Budgeting wisely is essential during university to avoid coming out with an even higher student debt. You may find that you have been spending too much on clothing, electronic items or alcohol, for example, so this could be changed. Limit the number of ‘treats’ to save you pennies.
Look into volunteering
One of the most rewarding things you can do is get involved with volunteering opportunities. Help out with your local community or on campus and make a difference to the people around you. You may not get paid for your time but dedicating your time and skills to different projects will help you to gather all of the skills you would do in a paid job…and more! Volunteering hours looks great on your CV and show a general interest outside of your studies and social life. Have a look to see what you can get involved in.
Join sports clubs or societies
As well as the academic and social side of university, sports clubs and societies are a big part of university culture. Your time at university might be the only chance for you to try out new sports or enrol in different clubs. Make the most of what your university has to offer and get involved in anything that takes your fancy. If you’ve always want to have a go at ballet or you miss playing football for your school team, look into the university’s clubs. Even if things don’t work out you can say you tried!
Whether you decide to do a few or all of these things, make the most of your time at university, and benefit from a more organised and eclectic experience. At Essay Writing Service UKwe can help get your essay and writing skills on track. Simply contact us today for advice and guidance. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips to get you through your time in education.
Happy New Year! While I know many school districts went back to school this Monday, we have been back in school since January 2nd! At this point in the school year, I love to take the time to challenge my students to think about their work so far and where they hope to be by the end of the school year. To incorporate the start of the new year, we work on goal-setting and we resolve to do things that will help us to be an even better version of ourselves.
I started the week-long writing assignment discussing commercials students have been seeing a great deal of on TV. Many confirm they have seen lots of commercials for gym memberships and weight-loss companies. I ask them why they think these are so “in your face this time of year?” and they were able to respond that “with the new year comes people setting goals to become better.”
We created a brainstorm cloud where students listed ways they could improve upon themselves. Some were very forthcoming and willing to share things that they thought needed improvement. Examples were: practicing harder, putting more effort into school work, listening more to a parent, being more responsible, etc. We discussed the difference between setting a goal versus achieving a dream.
Next students decided on the three things they wanted to work on, starred them on their brainstorm cloud, and got to work on their organizer. We tackled the topic sentence first, so students understood how they needed to begin the task of organizing their writing. I helped them through this by modeling with my three resolutions: saving more money, being less quick-tempered, and saying only respectful things about others.
Once we established our topic sentence, I showed students that my BING paragraph would be all about saving money, my BANG paragraph would be all about being less quick-tempered, and my BONGO paragraph would be all about saying only respectful things about others. I have to share that my students loved hearing the stories behind my resolutions and were very enthusiastic about helping with with the three strategies to achieve each of them. In addition to having three strategies, each paragraph needed to include an opening sentence-introducing the resolution and a concluding sentence-bringing the paragraph to a close.
After the modeling, students began working independently as I moved around the room. I was so thrilled to see how enthusiastic they were about writing to achieve their personal goals.
Day 2: We discussed what we did the previous day and got to work on our introduction and conclusion. Some may find this strategy backwards-I have have found that it can be tricky for students to find a place to begin. With each of their body paragraphs completed, I explained that now they simply have to grab the reader’s attention, and then bring the work to a close.
I gave the example of crime shows. Often the writers open the show with a person dead on the sidewalk to grab the audience’s attention, so you are hooked and don’t want to change the channel. They got it, so we began working together to create a “hooky” introduction. They agreed that asking questions and using exclamations would hook a reader. We created a model and did the same for the conclusion.
For the conclusion we discussed how we are bringing the piece to a close and sending the reader on their way. This is NOT the time to share new information, but instead give the reader the chance to reflect on what we have shared. Again, they got it and were on their way! The students completed their organizers and were ready to draft.
Here are a few pics of my students drafting…
Yesterday I had the chance to have writing conferences with them. They signed up for a conference once they completed their draft. My focus in conferencing was: mechanics-CUPS-capitalization, usage/grammar, punctuation, spelling. Lastly, we discussed organization and the use of transitions in their sentences. Students re-wrote their drafts and will be publishing them on the laptops tomorrow. I will share a few examples of these final pieces soon!
While students are at different levels in their writing abilities, this is a writing strategy that they will find useful through their college years. In addition, it can be modified for multiple uses: friendly letters, persuasive pieces, and expository writing where directions are given. I would love to hear about the tools you utilize to enhance writing in your classroom settings.