Becoming A Master – A few of my favourite things

Week 33

Hello! So this week I have been writing. I know that’s a huge surprise to you all! However as next week I am off for a holiday, I have had a lot to get done before I can have some time off. Unfortunately that leads to a slightly boring weekly update for you. So instead I thought I would show you a few of the things that make a week of being sat at my laptop a little more bearable.

Number 1 – Breaks! – I know it might seem obvious but its so important to take breaks! I try and do 40-50 minutes work then I have 10-20 minutes off. I try and take those breaks away from my laptop (rather than just flicking over to facebook) and on my feet as I spend the majority of my time at my desk sat down! Surprisingly this has meant my flat is really clean and tidy because that is my preferred break time activity!

Number 2 – All my plants – I have a fair few plants that sit on my desk along with some fresh flowers. I think it’s important that the spot you work in is one that you like to look at! So for me that means fairy lights, pictures of my loved ones and lots of plants!

Number 3 – Reaching goals – Okay, this might sound a little bit lame but I write a to do list every day and it’ll often have word count goals. When I get there like for example on Monday I wrote over a thousand words, it feels great!

Number 4 – Tea – Specifically vats of tea in mugs that look great – I feel like this one is self explanatory!

Number 5 – Seeing people – I know that for me and a few of my other friends can go into a work bubble and not leave the desk for days at a time. So this week I have forced myself out of the house to go see other humans! This included a group screening of the first episode of game of thrones. It was sooo good!

I have a feeling this turned into a how to survive a dissertation post but I’m okay with that! If you’re working on a big project I hope my tips will help you too! Just a quick reminder that there will be no blogs next week and I won’t be on the internet as I’m heading to the wonderful land of Wales!

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Becoming A Master – Write Faster Dammit!

Week 6

Hello! Hope you’ve had a great week with whatever you’ve been up to. I am now 6 weeks into my grand quest of becoming a master of science. I’ve got into the rhythm of things now and I’ll say this next bit quietly, I think I know my way around London.

This week I’ve started on my first essay for my course. Now writing is a big part of my life and has been for a very long time. However writing essays is a little bit different than writing my blog so I thought I’d give you my tips on how to write a scientific essay.

Number 1 – Start Early

If you have a deadline make sure you start as early as you can. It eliminates the 3am writing stress when you’re deadline is at 12pm that day. (We’ve all been there). It also means you can leave your essay for a while and come back to edit it with a fresh mind.

Number 2 – Have a plan!

All my essays start out as a long list of bullet points of everything I want to cover. It helps me to plan the story I’m telling and it keeps me from disappearing up some random tangent.

Number 3 – Snacks

Have your favourite snacks whilst writing, try to keep them healthy but yknow one oreo is not going to kill you. I swear by this one simply because it keeps me happy and then that keeps me going with my essay.

Number 4 – Find your happy place.

This one is personal to everyone but its important to find the space where you find you write well and concentrate the best. Some love librarys, others like to be alone in their room. Either way make sure you’re not going to get distracted. My personal preference is somewhere with space but that’s not my room otherwise I’ll switch into Netflix mode.

Number 5 – Leave time to edit

It really is important to have time to read over and edit your essay when you finish. What you think you’ve written down and whats actually on the screen can be different. This is also the perfect time to check your references if you need too. Just whatever you do make sure it makes sense!

Hope all this helps and happy writing. Let me know if you have deadlines coming up and we can freak out together.

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