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The Project Student Playlist

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The Project Student Playlist

In our opinion this is the perfect playlist to keep you motivated during Exam Season and revision sessions:

We LOVE Lo-Fi

lofi hip hop radio

The perfect background music – The link above is a live radio with non-stop, ambient, background beats. Lo-fi embraces technical flaws and showcases imperfections in songs, giving it an old ‘vinyl’ quality. It is a firm favourite of our residents and is perfect if you’re struggling to pick a soundtrack for your study sesh!

KHRUANGABIN

An American trio who takes inspiration from all over the world: Classic Soul, Thai Folk, Middle Eastern Music, and so much more.
They are a staple in the Project Student office, especially the ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ album.
Our favourite song : Khruangbin – Mr White

FUTURE ISLANDS

An American synth-pop band, who are my personal favourite band of the moment. They perform with raw energy and passion, and I cannot recommend them enough!

Check out the video of ‘Seasons’ below:

Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

CLASSIC CLASSICAL

For some classical vibes we recommend checking out Camille Sait-Saen’s Complete Carnival of the Animals: Le Carnaval des Animaux

See if you can recognise where you’ve heard The Aquarium before: The Carnival of the Animals – Aquarium

AMBIENT JAZZ

A classic (and my favourite) Jazz Album! It sounds beautiful on Vinyl – (if you’re into that sort of thing.) Check out Miles Davis: ‘ascenseur pour l’échafaud’ recorded in 1958 in Paris it is perfect Jazz Vibes!

Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud – Lift to the Gallows (Full Album)

Any recommendations? Drop us an email and we’ll add it to the Project Student Playlist!

Techniques To Study Smarter

4 Techniques To Study Smarter – Not Harder!

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The key to becoming an effective student and getting good grades is to study smarter, not harder.

Especially when it comes to studying for something intense, such as a degree – as opposed to school, you may find an hour of studying outside of the lecture room is not as sufficient.

With this said, the vast majority of students achieve their success by developing and applying effective techniques

Here are 4 techniques you can apply to your studies and achieve good grades.

 

1. Plan Your Study Schedule

Rather than attempting to cram all your studying in one session, it’s better to space your work out over shorter periods of time.

For this reason, you should create a study schedule for specific times throughout the week – and actually stick to it!

Typically, students who have a set study schedule perform better than those who study sporadically, therefore create a weekly routine.

Doing so will allow you to remain consistent in your studies and help you to develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education for the long run.

 

2. Avoid Social Media

It’s obvious but you must avoid social media when studying.

We all know, we go to quickly check a notification and before you know it, 20 or 30 minutes have passed.

Typically, emails used to be the root to all our distractions, but now, people are communicating over social media more than ever before – even more than traditional phone calls and texts.

And, it can be very tempting to steer away from studying but you must try to ignore the notifications to be over with your study session quicker – I’m sure if it was urgent, the communication would not have been over social media!

Therefore, take advantage of ‘do not disturb’ modes or download an app that will block your access to social media for set times.

 

3. Take Regular Breaks

University is hard work, and just like any other type of job, breaks go without saying!

In other words, you must take care of yourself in order to give your academic life the attention it deserves.

At the end of the day, you’re paying to get an education and running yourself to the ground without allowing your mind or body to rest is not acceptable.

With this in mind, set yourself regular breaks throughout your study sessions, including breaks for your eyes too.

As such, opthalmologists warn us to give our eyes a rest by looking away from the screen and into the horizon – if you don’t have a window then keep your head in a neutral position and look at the ceiling with just your eyeballs and then do the same to the floor; roll your eyes!

 

4. Essential Oils

Research shows that essential oils have a positive effect on concentration, focus and memory.

Specifically, rosemary, sage and peppermint are high in a compound called eucalyptol, which can significantly improve performance on cognitive tasks.

Furthermore, essential oils are great at reducing stress, which will lead to better study sessions.

For instance, lavender is considered an adaptogen, which can assist the body in adapting to stress, as well as act as a booster for when energy labels run low – which can happen during long hours of studying!

 

The Bottom Line

Studying at university can become difficult, which causes stress and unfortunately leads to failure.

Ultimately, you must develop and apply daily study techniques to improve productivity and achieve success.

So, the next time you plan to study for upcoming exams and assignments, give these techniques a go and see if it enhances your concentration.

 

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How To Create a Distraction Free Study Space

5 Tips To Create a Distraction-Free Study Space

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Trying to find a place to study at home can be quite difficult.

Especially because of space constraints, most students end up studying from their bed.

Or even move room to room, finishing off some housework along the way.

Consequently, by not creating a dedicated, distraction free study space it will be harder to stay focused on the task at hand.

As such, you should have a space in your home that you use solely to study – nothing else.

Here are a few tips to create a study space at home.

 

1. A Quiet Place

Quiet hours at home while studying can help you better absorb information, which can lead to improved performance in exams or coursework.

In other words, studying in a quiet place increases concentration, which means you can retain information quicker and therefore your study session will end sooner.

As such, set rules with the people you live with and stick to those specific times of the day that are dedicated to quiet time.

 

2. Simple Design

As much as it’s nice to have a quirky and fun study area, it can actually be quite distracting.

For this reason you should try and keep it simple.

Don’t worry, if you like bright colours, then go for it! Just make sure the decor is minimal instead.

Doing so creates an enjoyable atmosphere, with an eye pleasing aesthetic.

With that said, this is your space so make sure you design it in a way that’s best for you! 

 

3. Use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature 

Both Android and Apple phones have settings that allow you to mute all notifications, which you can set for specific times or manually; otherwise known as ‘do not disturb’.

By muting notifications, you’ll still be able to go online, (only when necessary), if you need to search for something related to your studies, without having calls, messages or any other alerts.

 

4. Take Breaks Outside the Study Space

During study periods, a common mistake is to take a quick break inside the study space.

Doing so confuses the brain and therefore becomes distracting.

Ideally, when you enter your study space, your brain knows it has to focus as it associates that space with learning.

However, if you watch a short video at your desk or play a game, your brain receives mixed signals about what to do.

Therefore, when it’s time for a break, move out away from the study space – either go for a walk or sit in a different room.

 

5. Remove Physical Clutter

Whether it be pens, paper, cables or mugs, get rid of anything that you don’t need on your desk whilst studying.

Because, if unnecessary things are placed within your reach, you’ll want to divert away from your studies; visual distraction overloads our brain and reduces working memory.

In fact, research reveals that disorganised, cluttered spaces have a cumulative effect on our brains – our brains like things in order and clutter shrinks our ability to focus.

 

Final Thoughts

There are a number of distractions around that can hinder study sessions.

In order to succeed, you must understand what breaks your focus and come up with solutions to avoid this; i.e. muting notifications on study devices.

Overall, establish good working habits that will help you hit your grades and succeed throughout your studies.

 

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Effective Time Management Tips For Students

5 Effective Time Management Tips For Students

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You may already think you have everything under control.

However, it’s normal to suffer from stress, especially during assessment periods where not only do you have exams, but looming deadlines too.

Furthermore, it’s important to review your current schedule to help you recognise any changes that need to be made.

Here are 5 effective time management tips to ensure you’re living a balanced life at uni.

 

1. Write “To-do” Lists

Lists serve as reminders of what tasks need to be prioritised. 

As such, creating lists allows you to tackle the most important tasks first.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to keep your list in a prominent place, such as on your fridge, calendar or electronic device –  there are many apps available if you prefer things to be digital.

This way, your to-do list will be at the forefront and push you to complete tasks you may have left otherwise – and so, remain organised.

 

2. Avoid Multitasking 

Instead of multitasking, it’s wise to focus on one assignment/task/project at a time.

Consequently, multitasking can actually decrease productivity.

Therefore, it’s better to arrange your tasks in order of importance and concentrate on them one at a time.

Because, research suggests, multitasking can disrupt short-term memory and decrease creativity, which can negatively impact the quality of your work.

 

3. Set A Timer

To achieve better time management, it’s a good idea to set a time to study.

Consequently, only performing tasks when they seem appealing or simply going with the flow can be a bad habit to fall into.

So, if you plan to study between 1:00 – 2:30pm for example, make sure you stick to this time.

Doing so, allows you to focus more and in the end, be more productive.

Furthermore, sticking to dedicated times allows you to make time for other commitments, such as watching your favourite show or going out with friends.

Therefore, once you do what you said you’d do, you can take time to do what you please.

 

4. Limit Distractions

Distractions are one of the biggest pitfalls to time management.

Did you know, some of us can lose as much as two hours a day due to distractions?

Just imagine how much could have been achieved if you had that time back!

Simply, minimise distractions from your electronic devices by putting them in ‘do not disturb’ more and study in a noise-free place. 

Doing so, allows you to manage interruptions effectively and improve your concentration.

And, as a result, you’ll be able to complete important tasks and meet deadlines.

 

5. Exercise 

Surprisingly, exercise works in the same way as sleep.

Simply, exercising can help focus your state of mind, clear your head from clouded thoughts and boost brain power.

One study revealed, daily exercise improves time management by 72% more than if no exercise was carried out.

Moreover, exercise increases your energy capacity, therefore by allowing time out of your day for physical activity, you’ll prevent that afternoon fatigue and stay motivated to complete tasks.

 

Final Thoughts

Don’t worry, uni can be stressful – with an already hectic academic schedule combined with daily distractions, it’s no doubt students become overwhelmed with managing time.

For this reason, it’s important to get better at time management so that you’re more organised and find the right balance between study and leisure.

Overall, these tips should help you manage your time more effectively, which could be the difference between success and failure. 

 

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