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Revision Revision Revision

Hello all. 

It’s coming up on exam time, and I am knee deep in some serious revision. As such, I thought it would make sense to share a few of my top tips to make it less stressful and as interesting as it can posssibly be. 

  1. Flash cards are your friend!Different colours and sizes can help visualisation as well as condensing your notes into more manageable chunks. 
  2. Lecture schedules. Ticking off a lecture schedule helps you ensure that there aren’t notes missing or areas you’ve forgotten to revise. 
  3. Past papers. Going through exam style questions can help you get in the mindset. Also, it helps cement knowledge to write down the answers to the areas you’ve been revising. 
  4. Keep a well organised folderDividers and typed up notes help keep things clear in your mind. It’s good to separate subjects in your folder and head. 
  5. Draw diagrams Drawing diagrams can help you visualise difficult areas. If there are things that you just have to learn (such as the arteries above) it’s good to cover the answers and check that you’re right. (Going back to the good old days of year 1 doing “look, cover, write, check”.)

I hope my whistle stop tour of what helps me get through exams helps you out too. 

All the best,

Felicity 

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Staying at home is great too!

Hello,

University has been busy, busy, busy recently. Deadlines keep approaching and everyone is hard at work. 

I’ve met many prospective students around the uni at open days, and many of them are dubious about living with their parents whilst at uni. 

For many people university is a chance to gain some independence. But I chose to stay at home, and it was certainly the best decision for me. I still have independence, I commute into the city, I’m in charge of my time and my finances. But when I get home I can cuddle my pets, there’s food in the fridge and I’m surrounded by countryside and peace and quiet. 

Staying at home isn’t for everyone, but moving out also isn’t for everyone. It’s good to weigh up the pros and cons and find what suits you. It’s not true that you don’t get ‘the university experience’ by living at home. Plus you can save money up for a home of your own, like I’m doing. 

I hope you make the right decision for you. 

Felicity

(I’d miss their cute little faces too much) 

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Doughnut Vs Dissertation

Hello all!

I’m back from placement and already well back into the swing of things. 

It’s February of my second year at university and already we are starting the formalities of 3rd year dissertation projects, and I am loving it so far. 

The best thing about your university dissertation is that it is YOUR project, it embodies your ideas and opinions. You can make it about whatever interests you. 

My lecturer gave me a top tip: buy a note book that is solely for your project. Everytime you make a search online or in a book, make a note of when, where and what you found. It makes it so much easier to compile everything at a later date. This can be applied to any essay or assignment (I certainly wish I’d known  it for my A-levels). Plus if you get yourself a new and smart looking, notebook, it encourages you to keep things neat and legible. 

I’d better get back to it!

Felicity 🙂 

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Year 2 Placement 2

Hello all,

It’s the start of the new year and I’m back on placement for the second time this academic year. 

I started my placement in CT planning, next week I’ll be in radiotherapy physics, and then I’ll finish my 4 weeks  on the Linac (radiotherapy treatment machine pictured below). 

I’ve spent a few hours on the linac in between CT patients and have had the honour to be involved with some ‘deep inspiration breath hold’ (pictured below) techniques. This is a new and up-and-coming technique which is improving the lives of breast cancer patients post treatment. It maximises the radiation dose to the tumour whilst minimising the dose to the heart. 

I’ve had a great time learning so far, and am looking forward to the next 2 weeks. There really is no better way to learn than being hands on! 

If you’re interested further in my placement experience, I’ve been posting on the University Instagram site: 

All the best with the new year! 

Felicity 

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A Very Merry Christmas

Hello and merry Christmas to everyone.

Most students are now back at home with their families engaging in the festivities. Below is my, not amazing, attempt at a gingerbread house. (If you look closely you can see that the back wall has fallen down!)

Christmas is my favourite time of the year; relaxing, snuggling up with a movie, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. There are assignments that I need to complete before returning to university in January, but for a few days it’s nothing but good food and good company. (University isn’t all about studying.)

Wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you have a good one.

All the best,

Felicity

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Personal Statements and such …

Hello all,

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, crazy, non-stop, action packed blur.

The difference between being a second year student compared to last year is becoming apparent, but in a positive way. We are starting to have more lectures on reflection on one’s self and one’s ability. For me this has never been a problem, as I tend to over-think everything. However, these sessions have helped me to do this in a healthy way. Plus, we have been assigned an online portfolio to create. We also did this last year, but it isn’t until now that I really understood why.

As a future health care professional CPD (continuing professional development) will be an ongoing process for the rest of my career. Just as many people are slaving away over their personal statements at the moment, I am creating a portfolio of my achievements online.

It is always difficult to sell yourself without sounding manufactured. “I am a team player”, “I am caring”, we’ve all written it on job applications or personal statements (guilty!). But what do we have to show for this?

What I have taken away from these lectures, and is my top tip anyone in the position of personal statement  writing, or portfolio creating, is back it up with evidence. How are you caring? Give examples. Have you done voluntary work? Were you a mentor for younger students at school? Once you dig deep you may realise that you’ve done so much more than you first thought.

It is a really positive feeling to reflect on your achievements. It makes selling yourself much easier when you’ve sold yourself to yourself!

I wish everyone applying for uni / jobs / anything the best of luck.

Felicity

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Hitting the deadlines

teaThis week marks the return to university from placement in the hospital, and the return to responsibilities. When you are on placement, even for only 5 weeks, university and assignments seem a distant memory.
These last few days have been a bit of a wake up call. With an assignment due Friday and another in a couple of weeks time, it is time to knuckle down and get things done.
I spoke with a lecturer today, and she asked me how I cope when I am stressed. The truth is, I drink tea and cuddle my cats a bit tighter than they would like. As such, this evening has consisted of cookies, tea and folders to get tasks completed. (The cats seemed less than interested in a snuggle.)

Now I am feeling relaxed and motivated to get these deadlines met.

Good luck with any deadlines of your own.

Felicity

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