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Healthy Study Habits

Developing Healthy Study Habits are essential to ensuring you get the most out of your University course. It sets you up to stay on track, engage intellectually with your studies, and prevent you from becoming from overwhelmed.

With a high amount of learning and teaching now taking place online or virtually, remind yourselves to practice a healthy approach towards learning. Develop healthy routines, balance your studies with self-care, and look after your digital wellbeing.

If you are still struggling, reach out to your Personal Tutor, or the Support Services available for further techniques and one-to-one guidance. 

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Stay on Track – Studying Checklists

COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty for all of us. It is important to recognise that bumps along the way are common for many students, but the majority go on to succeed.

Whether you are an undergraduate or a postgraduate research student, these checklists are here to give you reassurance and guidance.

Undergraduate Checklist Postgraduate Research Checklist


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Peer Mentors

Have you got involved with your School’s Peer Mentoring Programme? 

Peer Mentoring is a great way for you to ask questions to those students who have already completed Level 1 studies. The Mentors offer subject-specific advice and techniques that they found useful.

You can find out more about Peer Mentoring via the buttons below. 

If you want to find out who your Peer Mentors are, you can contact your School Office, or get in touch with the Peer Mentoring team at ldspeermentors@qub.ac.uk

Find out more about Peer Mentoring Email the Peer Mentoring Team


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One-to-One Guidance

The University’s Learning Development Service (LDS) offer one-to-one guidance and support appointments on how to study effectively, manage your time, and deal with different aspects of your academic journey.

A one-to-one appointment is a dedicated session which focuses on helping you study and prepare for ongoing assessments.  You will meet with one of the team to discuss your learning and to develop a plan of action.

Appointments can be booked via email at lds@qub.ac.uk 

For more information about the Learning Development Service, the services they offer, and how to book a one-to-one appointment, visit their website below.

Not sure what an appointment entails? View the appointment video below.

Booking or attending a one-to-one (video) Email LDS LDS Website


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Studying Effectively Online – Open Workshops

To support your online studying, we have organised a number of open workshops for you to attend.

These 30 min sessions (15 mins presentation / 15 mins Q&A) focus on a different academic skill each week. 

Examples include:

  • note-taking,
  • time management,
  • online productivity,
  • writing and referencing

These take place live on Teams, check out the timetable below and details on how to join!

View the Open Workshops Programme here


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Not enough hours in your day?

Managing your time can be challenging when studying or working from home. However, establishing a routine will help to improve your productivity and work-life balance!

Check out our tips on time management and working from home below

You will also find resources below on weekly and yearly planners. We have prepared a short video to show you how to make the most of the academic calendar, so that you have a plan on managing your time.

Time Management and Working From Home Making the Most of the Academic Calendar


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Year Planner 2020-21

Having an academic planner can really get you set up and ready to go! It ensures you know when all of your important deadlines are, as well as monitoring progress and reaching your milestones.

This resource is free for Queen’s students, and all of the important dates are included for your benefit!

View the Year Planner 2020-21


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Weekly Planner

Do you have lots of things to juggle throughout the week?

Check out our weekly planner so that you can stay on track, and know where and when you have to be!

View the Weekly Planner


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Independent Study

Ever heard of the phrase ‘studying independently?’ Not sure what it is? Or, not sure how to actually study independently.

You’re not alone. A lot of students struggle to adapt to independent studying, but it is a skill worth practicing and figuring out what techniques work best for you.

The Learning Development Service have prepared a really helpful guide to understanding the basics of how independent studying works.

This includes:

  • Managing your time
  • Engaging with module content
  • Self-directed study
  • Reflecting on your progress

Watch our guide to independent studying


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Guide to Online Learning

Have you been struggling to adjust to learning in largely online environments?

This year classes may be taking place online, either via recordings or ‘live’ online sessions.

In this Online Learning Guide, you will find some tips for online learning, focusing particularly on preparation for classes, engaging with sessions and taking effective notes, and reviewing notes and consolidating your learning afterwards.

Online Learning Guide


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Top Tips for Productive and Healthy Study

Learning & Studying can be intense; you have lots of deadlines and sometimes this can be overwhelming.

Ensuring you are studying in a productive and healthy way will help you to achieve the goals you or your course have set!

Check out how to get a healthy balance below

Our Interactive Top Tips for Productive and Healthy Study


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Study Spaces on Campus

Although the amount of face-to-face teaching may have reduced for most courses, our study spaces are still open with strict safety measures in place.

There are a wide range of study spaces and additional areas on campus for you to learn and study.

Find a quiet space on campus to learn, attend an online class, or catch-up with your work

We believe that studying in our on-campus facilities will really help you to get the most out of your online learning. It will set you up with a quiet space to concentrate, focus, get support with subject librarians, and access to lots of electronic and physical resources.

View the On-Campus Study Spaces


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Self-isolation Wellbeing Checklist

If you have had to resort to learning online because you are self-isolating, make sure to strike the right balance between looking after yourself in a challenging time, along with your studies.

The Student Wellbeing Service have developed a set of tips to help you look after yourself during self-isolation.

View the Checklist here


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Digital Wellbeing: Thriving in the Age of Digital Distraction

The average person spends 6 hours and 43 minutes per day online – that’s a lot!

Do you find yourself feeling distracted or fed-up with the digital world? Are your phone usage reports too high?

The Student Wellbeing Service recently ran a webinar with Digital Wellbeing.ie

Watch it back to look at some ideas on getting a healthy balance between the digital world and the real-life world!

Watch the Digital Wellbeing Webinar


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Student Wellbeing Webinar Series

The Student Wellbeing Service have ran a number of webinars which would be useful for supporting your healthy study habits.

These include:

  • Dealing with Exam Stress & Anxiety
  • Sleeping well
  • Living Your Best University Life
  • Dealing with Uncertainty

Watch these at your own pace below!

Have any feedback, or ideas for what webinars you would be interested in attending? Let us know at WOWEvents@qub.ac.uk 

Student Wellbeing Webinar Series


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And, don’t forget, we have lots more resources on improving your learning & studying experience, over at MyQueen’s!

Visit the Learning & Studying Page