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Effective Tips and Tricks for Studying

No matter how old you are, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to studying. Whether you’re taking the biggest exam of your life or you know your teacher or professor is going to give a pop quiz soon, efficient studying is a great way to be prepared.

Create a Routine

One of the best things you can do for yourself, whether you’re in fifth grade or college, is to make studying a habit. One helpful way to do that is to find a way to incorporate it into your daily routine at the same time every day. Perhaps it’s after dinner or right when you get home from school. Find the time that works for you, and make yourself sit down to study and handle any homework you have at that time every day or on as many days as possible.

Break It Up

Everyone’s been there. You wait until the very last minute to study, and you do it all in one sitting. Not only is it exhausting, but you probably also don’t even remember half of what you study. This is why it can be better to break it up and do a little bit each day. If you have a big project coming up in a few weeks, break it down into steps, and take on one of the steps every other day until everything is complete. If you have plenty of reading to do, break it down into chapters or pages, and read one section each day.

Get Some Sleep

While it can be tempting to stay up all night studying before a big exam, you’re better off getting sleep. Your brain and memory function better when you’re rested, so you can retain more of the information and do better on your test. If you didn’t get a full night of sleep, consider napping briefly during the day to help catch yourself up on sleep.

Clear Your Mind

Before you sit down to study, make sure you have a clear mind and that you’re not focused on something else. Take a walk, listen to some music, read a book or do some stretches. Try meditation. Do whatever it takes to get your mind in the right mood for study time. Be sure to take breaks while you study too. Resting for five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes may help you retain the information.

Create the Right Environment

Finally, create a good study environment. It can be hard to pay attention when the TV is on or when you’re constantly receiving texts from friends. Turn off your devices. If you don’t do well with quiet, use a fan for background noise, or turn on a radio. You may find it more effective to study to music that doesn’t have lyrics. Make sure you’re comfortable and organized. You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of water and a few healthy snacks on hand if you’ll be studying for a while.


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To request a room go to the Room Booking Website , you will need your UCL login username and password. Login and search the UCL Room Bookings website to find out which rooms are available and when. The website also provides you with room photos, location information and equipment info.

Once you have found a suitable room for your needs, click on the request link and fill in the online request form, making sure that you include as much detail as possible about your event. Now, it is time to consider if you need any extra planning for your event. Do you require an external speaker, extra equipment or security provisions?

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If the room is already supported with AV you can make a request for further equipment for your event. Please ensure that you request this  5 working days or more in advance.  If if is not requested in time, the UCL system will not allow the booking to be made.

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At the Student Activities Reception we have a list of AV equipment that can be borrowed by clubs, societies and members of staff. Feel free to pop into the Student Activities Reception to enquire about the full list of equipment available to borrow. Alternately you can email or speak to one of our team on 0207 679 7239 to find out more. 

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How the World Changed Social Media

Daniel miller, dr elisabetta costa, nell haynes, tom mcdonald, dr razvan nicolescu, jolynna sinanan, juliano spyer, shriram venkatraman, and xinyuan wang.

ISBN: 9781910634493

Publication: February 29, 2016

Series: Why We Post 1

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How the World Changed Social Media  is the first book in Why We Post, a book series that investigates the findings of anthropologists who each spent 15 months living in communities across the world. This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and explores the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce. What is the result of the increased emphasis on visual communication? Are we becoming more individual or more social? Why is public social media so conservative? Why does equality online fail to shift inequality offline? How did memes become the moral police of the internet?

Supported by an introduction to the project’s academic framework and theoretical terms that help to account for the findings, the book argues that the only way to appreciate and understand something as intimate and ubiquitous as social media is to be immersed in the lives of the people who post. Only then can we discover how people all around the world have already transformed social media in such unexpected ways and assess the consequences.

Praise for How the World Changed Social Media 'A topic ripe for anthropological study, then. And such a study, the “Why We Post” project , has just been published by nine anthropologists, led by Daniel Miller of University College, London.' The Economist 'This week, the project has culminated in the start of an online course  and the launch of three of the books , which are open-access and translated into multiple languages.' LSE Review of Books

'Chileans love 'footies', Chinese people dare to use ever increasing optical illusions in selfies and in India they aren’t keen on seeing a selfie stick. Anthropologists from the University College London investigated how selfies look globally by living with the locals for 15 months.' Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN)

Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology at UCL, author/editor of 39 books including How the World Changed Social Media , Social Media in an English Village , Tales from Facebook , Digital Anthropology,  (Ed. with H. Horst), The Internet: an Ethnographic Approach (with D. Slater), Webcam  (with J. Sinanan), The Comfort of Things , A Theory of Shopping , and Stuff.

Elisabetta Costa is Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). She is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media, social media, journalism, politics, and gender in Turkey and the Middle East.

Nell Haynes is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the American University in 2013. Her research addresses themes of performance, authenticity, globalisation, and gendered and ethnic identification in Bolivia and Chile.

Tom McDonald is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCL in 2013 and has published numerous academic articles on internet use and consumption practices in China.

Razvan Nicolescu is a Research Associate at University College London, from where he obtained his PhD in 2013. Trained both in telecommunications and anthropology, he has conducted ethnographic research in Romania and Italy. His research interests focus on visibility and digital anthropology; political economy, governance, and informality; feelings, subjectivity, and normativity.

Jolynna Sinanan is Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne. From 2011-2014, she was Research Fellow in Anthropology at UCL. She is co-author How the World Changed Social Media  (with eight others) and Webcam . Her areas of research are digital ethnography, new media, migration and gender in Trinidad, Australia, and Singapore.

Juliano Spyer is Honorary Research Associate at UCL's Department of Anthropology, where he also obtained his PhD. His research interests include digital anthropology, online research methods, learning and apprenticeship, DIY/participatory media and Christianity.. Previously, he created and managed social media projects in the United States and Latin America, and published the first book about social media in Brazil (Conectado, 2007).

Shriram Venkatraman has a PhD in Anthropology from UCL and is currently an Assistant Professor at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIITD). He is a trained professional statistician and, prior to his doctoral studies, held leadership positions at Walmart in the USA. His research interests include workplace technologies, organisational culture and entrepreneurship.

Xinyuan Wang is a PhD candidate at the Dept. of Anthropology at UCL. She obtained her MSc from the UCL’s Digital Anthropology Programme. She is an artist in Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy. She translated (Horst and Miller Eds.) Digital Anthropology into Chinese and contributed a piece on Digital Anthropology in China.

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