Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Who am I? What does your personality type mean?

Have you ever thought about the sort of person you are?

Recently, I discovered a psychometric test commonly known as the Briggs-Meyer test. I may be waaaaaay behind the curve here but if you haven't done it I highly recommend that you do.

The test is 75% accurate. It gives you a four letter personality type from sixteen recognised types. The type of personality that you have can give a good indication of the careers you could try, and outlines your desirable qualities and also what you, for want of a better phrase, might want to work on.

Try the test here Human Metrics and come back and tell me what you are and if it's accurate for you. I'm really interested.

Me? I'm INTJ. This is the rarest group. For me as a female, it's even more rare. My good points are that I'm reliable, intelligent, and able to build systems to help others. I'm fiercey independent and capable. My challenges are that I'm not overly good at expressing my feelings and tend to assume everyone else is an idiot if they don't see things from my perspective. It's pretty accurate for me. I need to work on some stuff.

It told me that I should have a career as a scientist (probably too late for me), an academic (I'm working on it), or as a business consultant (which is partly what I do for a day job). 

It also says that if I was a Harry Potter character, I would be Draco. I disagree that Draco Malfoy is an INTJ (he's a bit of a bumbling idiot). Not everyone who has an evil mind is INTJ. Evil mastermind possibly, but Draco was never a mastermind, more an evil puppet. Anyway, I digress.

So please do come back and share. I want to see if any of you are lesser-spotted female INTJs and how many of you I need to convince that I'm always right about everything and you should listen to everything I tell you! :)

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Brilliant study tips - from me (and them) to you!

As part of my (ir)regular foray into sharing with you some of the wisdom I have built up after studying for both an under-graduate degree and a master's degree, I have passed on much advice; some of it good, some of it not so good. One of the things I have written about are study tips. In particular I have discussed best ways to meet deadlines, and reasons why students fail

I'm always conscious when writing these pieces that I might be throwing you a duff. After all, we all have our different ways of studying and learning and what works for me might not work for you. All I can do is tell you what worked and what I observed in others so you can make a judgement about whether it's worth your while trying it for yourself. Hey, I'm not the be-all-and-end-all of knowledge. Far from it!

In previous articles, the wisdom I imparted went like this....

1) go to lectures and seminars. Attendance is important!
2) Read the textbooks.
3) Try and predict what will be tested so you can prepare. The reading list is often a bit of a giveaway. Also, read the module handbook.
5) Pay attention to deadlines and don't be late with anything
6) Use your diary to keep track of exams and assignment hand-ins
7) Create a study time-table and set appropriate priorities
8) Speak to your tutor if things start to slip.

I don't think it was anything radical, but I wanted to make sure I was talking sense, so I asked our followers on Twitter for their best study tips.

Helen said "do the reading that's suggested."

Melissa said "Be prepared! Don't leave everything to the last minute. Read loads and research."

So there you go........they agree with me! 

There are no tricks to help you or short-cuts. Read, read, read, do your preparation, and don't leave it too late. Advice not just from me, but from some kind Twitter folk too.

If you've got any to add yourself, please comment below.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Cheap University Textbooks from theBookPond.com

Here are some great textbooks that are on www.theBookPond.com right now! If you want to buy them, then please register with us and contact the seller directly. No P&P charges, no fees. 

The Study Skills Handbook Third Edition by Stella Cottrell
Available at The University of Middlesex, this book is in good condition and at £5 is cheaper than a major online book retailer, and there's no waiting around!

Essentials of Economics by John Sloman

Yes, you can buy this book at the same price online (£15) but if you're at Glasgow Caledonian, you can have this book now and save P&P charges. Go look!

The Law Student's Dictionary by J.E. Penner
For £14, students of Nottingham Trent can have their own copy tout suite.

Operations Management Sixth Edition by Slack, Chamber, Johnston
Way down in Exeter, there are a selection of management books available. Go take a nosy.

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse 1509-1659 by David Norbrook
At York St John University for a bargain price of £5. Do you need this book?

Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture & Design) (Hardcover) by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
Available at Brunel Uni for only £5!! Crazy talk.

There you have it. If you need any of these books, or more, please visit our textbook trading site at www.theBookPond.com and see if any of your fellow students are trying to sell the book you are trying to buy. Cut out the middleman!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Fresher’s guide to getting home in one piece after a night out

This is a guest post from David at TheUniPod.com

All the mums and dads at home are going to worry about their children at university; what will they eat? Will they be happy? Will they meet nice, new people? Will they be motivated to study? Will they get home in one piece after a night out? Hmm. 

When making your choice of university these are things which don’t even come into your mind, but come Fresher’s Week, and students will tell you that some of these are easier than others; bunging a pizza in the oven is classed as cooking in the student world and scoffing it whilst in bed with a DVD is an acceptable and rather content way to dine.  There will be a bit of studying and there will be a bit of fun. All students can confirm this, but getting home in one piece is quite often a blur for many and they sometimes won’t be able to tell you how they managed it. 

It’s easy enough to drink yourself into a merry state, let’s admit that, and when you’re at home in a familiar town getting home is freakishly embedded into your brain, even when severely intoxicated. I’ve got some news for you. Getting drunk in a new town during Fresher’s week may be great fun… up until the moment when you literally haven’t a clue where you are and you can no longer hear the buzz of the club or bar in the distance. Here are a few tips for getting home in one piece:

It’s a good idea to jot down not only your address but a couple of “landmarks” or directions on your phone and save them in the notes section. Or, take a photo of the information so that it’s easy to find if you’re fingers aren’t cooperating with your brain (it’s happened to all of us!). Jotting down “landmarks” is pretty funny if you’re in a group as you’ll almost feel as if you’re hunting for your university, but still feel safe as you know it’s hiding nearby somewhere.

Most university towns offer an ingenious taxi service scheme that could save you if you’re one of those incredibly generous people always buying rounds and end up with no money at the end of every night out. This is problematic, unless you sign up for this pre-paid taxi service that basically uses your card details to pay for any journey home that you need. This is a great one for reassuring the parents and also means that you can relax knowing that you’ll get home safely not only during Fresher’s week but for the entire university year.

Some universities, like Leicester, for example, really do care that you come back from a night out in one piece - almost as much as your parents - and they offer bus services from the student union to halls. This is a God-send if you’re attending a city university and don’t fancy stumbling down roads that seem to look increasingly unfamiliar on your way home back to halls. It’s also a cheaper option than getting a cab, so despite all the moans about university fees you’ll be grateful they sorted you out on this one.

If you’re a cheeky student from Sunderland you will even be able to take advantage of Station Taxis “free” lift home if you’ve run out of money. All you simply have to do is show your Student Union Membership card and then sign an account at the end of your journey as confirmation. The Student Union pay for the lift and then when you reclaim your Membership Card you simply pay them back.

These kind of schemes are becoming ever more common at universities, so be sure it’s one of the first things you check in Fresher’s week. Getting back to university halls or accommodation in one piece despite wibble-wobble-walking may be easier than you thought- this is something I definitely learned as a Fresher in my first year at university. With that being said I am not encouraging that binge drinking reputation we all seem to have as students! Enjoy yourself but also be safe!

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