Hello, and welcome to 'Aston Law Matters'. A blog written by Aston Law School students, for students. Find out more about our student writers and what they hope to bring to the Aston Law Matters blog:
- Ruvimbo Kazora
I am a final-year student and editor of Aston Law Matters. I enjoy going to the gym, walking and blogging. Through this blog, I want to enable students to hear from other students and offer something fun.
- Aliyah Mohammed
I am a final-year student. If I am not studying, I am probably watching Netflix, drawing, at work, or attempting some exercise. I hope this blog provides Law students with some reassurance, as well as helpful guidance and tips.
- Anya Sutaria
I am in my final year, and I am a Student Representative for Law. As an avid true crime and conspiracy fan, I naturally gravitated towards modules such as Fraud, Bribery and Corruption. I have a range of experience from overseas aid work to commercial real estate, and I hope to share my knowledge and experiences.
- Reanna Sandhu
I am in my second year, and I am also an assistant editor of the Law School Newsletter. I want to be in the legal sector after my degree, and commercial law is an area I am considering. I found an interest in mooting during my first year, something I did not think I would enjoy, so I would like my career to entail some public speaking.
- Olivia Smiles
I am a final-year student after completing a placement year at Shoosmiths LLP. My mind is not set on a specific area of law to practise, as I like to keep my options open, allowing my interests to develop organically. Although, due to my interests in law and the fashion industry, I have naturally gravitated to areas like IP and commercial law.
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- How to stay motivated during a pandemic
How to stay motivated during a pandemic.
Welcome to our first blog post! In this post, we share our reflections on what has worked for us in terms of studying techniques. We hope you find our reflections and advice useful as we move into the revision period!
(1) Develop a routine with regular breaks
Working, relaxing and sleeping in the same room/household can be a lot to deal with, and separating time between these activities can be hard. Building a routine and work schedule with rests included is essential: not only to give yourself a well-deserved break but also because of the benefits to mental health and productivity!
A good way to do this is to compartmentalise your activities. For example, if you’re studying, make sure you keep this exclusively to your desk or table. If you’re watching Netflix or reading a book, do this on your sofa or in bed – but don’t mix them! Take regular (planned) breaks between work tasks and give yourself an hour for lunch to increase productivity.
Some of you may have a part-time job and find trying to maintain the right balance between studying and working difficult. Of course, trying to keep safe if you attend your place of work, or sitting at your laptop everyday if it’s a ‘work from home’ job, presents additional challenges! This can make breaks and relaxation even more important.
(2) Stay connected
This seems simple, but many of us are guilty of not doing it enough, whether it’s with our friends and family, or course mates and tutors. It’s very easy to become isolated during this pandemic but remembering that we are not alone and are experiencing the same things can be reassuring – a short text message, telephone call, or email can really go a long way and mean so much to people. If you live with others, take time to sit down and switch off’ together, or host virtual quizzes or movie nights. There are so many things you can do. Get to know your course mates, as having a network that supports itself is priceless, especially when exams get nearer.
Lastly, don’t forget your tutors. Personal and module tutors are there to support you; they care about your well-being, and they want to help you to make the most of your degree (remember, there are no silly questions) – so don’t be a stranger.
For some of us, the motivation to work out and get out is not there at all. However, it’s important to leave the house and actually go outside and get some fresh air if possible. It’s recommended you get at least 30 minutes every day, which can help to reduce your chances of heart disease and illness. Simply walking whilst listening to music or a podcast can make a world of a difference (and so can ensuring you’re eating well and getting the necessary nutrients!). This will enhance your physical and mental health during this period.
(4) How to overcome disappointment
With deadlines looming for placements, graduate positions and other opportunities there comes that annoying possibility of rejection, which can seem so disheartening when you have spent time completing online assessments and preparing for interviews or assessment centres. Rejection is bad enough but might feel even more difficult to take in the current circumstances.
However, it is important to remember that if you reflect on your shortcomings or areas for improvements, in the next application you might well be successful. The same is also true of module assessments. Contact your tutors for help and feedback to highlight areas where you can improve and look for themes in feedback from different assessments. This could make an important difference to your marks in the future.
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