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    Looking after your mental health 15-05-2018 11:20

    As a young person, studying and pressures at university can undoubtedly impact your mental health.

    Mental health can sometimes be overlooked or neglected but with diagnoses increasing everyday,it's time to make your mental health a priority. In a survey of university applicants conducted by The Student Room, a quarter of participants admitted to suffering frequent anxiety issues. Of this group 75% reported that they lost sleep, 78% said they struggled to concentrate on their studies, 61% said they experienced panic attacks and 36% admitted to having suicidal thoughts while 33% said they have self-harmed.

    World Mental Health Day

    This year Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 falls on the week beginning14th May The theme this year is stress.
    The campaign aims to help raise awareness of the specific challenges students face regarding support for their mental health while studying at uni. Along with this, the day hopes to improve student's and staff's awareness of support and promote the role of a community and how it can help protect student mental health.

    Find out more here.

    One of the main things to remember when suffering with a mental illness is that you're not alone. In a bid to make other students feel less isolated, some of the lovely members of the TSR community have share their experiences of coping with mental health issues during university.

    Deysey's story - Starting uni with depression


    "My university have been nothing but fantastic with my mental illness. I was diagnosed with depression in the early autumn of 2012; with my university life starting in September 2013. I was first hesitant about declaring it on my UCAS application but do not regret it in the slightest; my university (Manchester Metropolitan University) were quick to follow it up once I’d received an offer from themselves.

    I was contacted by what was the ‘Learner Development Service’ – now the ‘Disability Service’ who quickly put plans in place for extra support in time for September 2013. A Personal Learners Plan (PLP) was made and this gave me access to things such as extra time on library loans, extended deadlines, the permission to record lectures and any exams that would be usually taken in a large hall would now be in a much smaller room. Just knowing that the support is ‘there’ if I need it has helped a lot with my mental health.
    My university’s counselling service have been nothing but fantastic too – they’ve taken on board the level of support I want from them; I see them once a month to just give them an update and it definitely does help knowing you’ve got others looking out for you. I’d recommend to anyone reading this if they’re struggling to reach out to theirs!

    I also receive Disabled Students Allowance; the LDS helped me with the application and it was a really, really easy process! Unlike Student Finance – which is means tested; DSA isn’t! I received a free laptop; free Dictaphone (so I could record lectures if my mental health was playing up and I wasn’t in the right place to be
    Tim Farron

    Your questions answered by the leader of the Liberal Democrats

    We've extended an open invite to all political party leaders to come onto The Student Room and answer the questions of the UK's young people.

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, took time out while on the campaign trail to chat with us. He is the second leader to accept our invitation, following Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas (you can watch our interview with Caroline Lucas here).

    You can see the questions…

    Caroline Lucas

    Your questions answered by the Green Party co-leader

    We've extended an open invite to all political party leaders to come onto The Student Room and answer the questions of the UK's young people.

    Caroline Lucas, co-leader of The Green Party, is the first leader to accept our invitation.

    You can see the questions that have been posed for her on the Caroline Lucas Q&A discussion thread.

    She visited the TSR offices on Friday…

    The best study tools for Romeo and Juliet 12-04-2017

    Romeo and Juliet might be one of Shakespeare’s most-loved works, but after combing through it every day during revision season, you probably have a different opinion!

    To give you more opportunity to have some fun in the sun, we’ve rounded up a collection of the best study tools created by our community, to make revising Romeo and Juliet that little bit more enticing for you.

    Our study tools - including flash cards, mind maps and revision notes - are all created on site, and are rated out of five by other students and even teachers to let you know how helpful they'll be.

    It’s worth noting our study tools are only available to members, but signing up is FREE, and only takes around 20 seconds.

    Then you're free to create your own tools here, or explore some of these useful ones we've found below:

    PowerPoint: the full play

    Romeo and JulietAn amazingly insightful PowerPoint presentation that you can download onto your desktop. This presentation explores each act individually, as well as each character’s personality and the themes evident throughout. Definitely a great place to start.

    Flash cards: key ideas and quotes

    Romeo and JulietThis 19-page collection of revision cards dissects the prologue, key themes, language and characters of the play, and is helpfully split up into sections to make it easier to understand.

    Revision notes: language techniques

    The best study tools for An Inspector Calls 30-03-2017

    Revision season is upon us!

    And if you’re currently studying for your English Lit GCSE, three words you’re probably sick of hearing are An Inspector Calls…

    But don’t throw your copy out the window just yet - we’ve pulled together a handy collection of the best community-created study tools, so you can fill your brain with the juicy knowledge that other students have tried and tested (and written!) before.

    Our study tools are only available to members, but it takes 20 seconds to sign up and is completely free. Then, all that's left to do is explore these resources we found below:

    The story overall

    • A detailed break-down of the play in its entirety with key themes and concepts discussed. Includes an impressive selection of useful quotations and key notes on the main characters too.

    Students' funniest drunken stories 16-03-2017

    It’s almost the weekend, the weather is dropping promising hints and Friday is St Patrick’s Day. Three surefire reasons why many shots will be racked up this weekend.

    In the spirit (pun intended) of drinking until you think you can dance, we’ve pulled together our members’ funniest inebriated experiences. Here’s what we deduced…

    The Student Room's worst drunken stories
    Some members become a bit of an exhibitionist after a few:

    “When in a club in Barcelona, I climbed into one of the dancer’s cages and just went for it – the videos are shocking.” – Yazmin123

    …but these skills don’t always do you any favours:

    “I broke my arm in a nightclub, but didn't notice it was broken so just went back to dancing. Was a wild night.” – Elastichedgehog

    “The most stupid thing I’ve done when drunk was probably to kick my iPhone through the floor of a nightclub… and then forget about it.” – usualsuspects

    Others find they’re more of a wordsmith:
    The Student Room's worst drunken stories

    “I tried to put up a Facebook post about the amazing night I’d just had. It came out like: yjgucijhofhxhc jyvhlutffjyg kkvukugkkggyjgcxjyhcbgivyhbo jungle chuffed ngghggv.” – New-Emperor

    Sex talk: YouTuber Hannah Witton answers your questions 05-04-2017

    We teamed up with sex and relationships YouTuber Hannah Witton to get to the bottom of your dating dilemmas...

    ...And here's what she had to say!

    25 tips for making an A* revision plan 16-03-2017 10:02

    All those subjects, all those exams … the days ticking by … struggling with motivation.

    Where do I begin? How do I start? Yes, it’s a tough time.

    Strangely enough, making a decent revision plan or timetable can actually help reduce the stress.

    You begin to feel organised and see the task ahead of you much more clearly.

    Suddenly it all appears a bit more manageable.

    Right, let’s crack on with our 25 tips, neatly organised into groups of 5 to make it even easier.


    Five reasons for making a revision timetable

    1. 1. You get a better idea of how much time you have before the exams
    2. 2. It makes you feel

    The seven emotional stages of university group work 15-03-2017 15:36

    Words by Danny Dorito
    They're two words that bring dread to all uni students: 'group project'.

    They say it is supposed to prepare you for the 'real' world, but I don't know anyone who couldn't turn up to work because they went out dressed as a Smurf the night before and are now throwing up last night's dodgy kebab – true story!

    For those who want to prepare or want to see if others shared their pain, we’ve looked at the seven stages of a group project.

    1. The announcement


    Your lecturer tells a slightly hungover class that your next assignment will be a group project and your heart sinks. You start to feel agitated as you get flashbacks of secondary school when you were up until 4am finishing off your group geography presentation about rock landscapes. But hey, you're at uni now. You're an adult. Surely things will be different. Right?

    As your lecturer calls out the groups, the dread slowly sets in and you just pray that you don’t get stuck in a group with the half-asleep guy wearing a top with pizza stains down it.

    2. Listening to everyone’s ideas and getting motivated

    Just do it!

    After the awkward introductions and small talk, you start to share ideas. Although you’ve been lumbered with pizza-stain boy, the rest of your group seem pretty cool. You start to believe that this could actually be OK and coordinate your schedules, most of which consist of napping, Nexflix and drinking. This is great, you think. You’re ahead of schedule and you’re going to smash it!

    Organisation and communication are two important aspects. Make sure everyone

    How to understand women: a beginner’s guide 17-03-2017

    The Student Room's guide to understanding women

    Ah, the fairer sex. Universally baffling to men the world over, women can sometimes seem like an entirely different species.

    How to understand men: a beginner’s guide 17-03-2017

    The Student Room's guide to understanding men

    Ah, men. The woman who discovers how to figure out exactly what they’re thinking at all times will be a very rich woman indeed.

    University of Sussex beats Oxbridge and Harvard in world uni rankings 09-03-2017 12:14

    The University of Sussex has come top of a new global universities league table, beating the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard University (take that Zuckerberg!).

    Sussex bagged the title of best in the world for the subject of development studies in the QS World University Rankings, announced yesterday. The rankings detail unis’ performance and reputation in specific courses.

    Loughborough University has also smashed it, ranking joint-first in sports-related subjects, tied with the University of Sydney. Go Loughborough!!

    Harry Potter cheering

    Oxford got the most first places among UK universities. It ranked top for: anatomy and physiology; English language and literature; geography and archaeology.

    The UK is now home to the world’s top three universities for geography (Oxford, Cambridge and LSE) and archaeology (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL). So all you aspiring Indiana Joneses, the UK is your best bet for soaking up all the earth science goodness.

    Five ways to give something up and stick to it 01-03-2017

    Words by Chelsea Forsyth

    What are you giving up for Lent? (And don’t say ‘nothing’). Now’s a great time to put your willpower to the test; have you got what it takes to deal with 40 days of abstinence?

    Whatever you pick, it’s not going to be easy – our brains have a habit of fixating on the one thing we’re denying ourselves and demanding MORE MORE MORE of it. But give it a crack and follow our five tips on giving something up and actually sticking to it.

    1. Fill your time with something else

    If you’re giving up smoking or drinking alcohol, specific times will feel more difficult than others. If you used to smoke religiously every lunch time, or go out for drinks every Friday, it can feel particularly daunting, but it’s just a case of finding a new way to spend that time.

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    Instead of following old routines, start a new one. Rather than traipsing to the smoking area on your lunch break, head to the gym or go for a run. Working out clears your head while also releasing endorphins, so it’s a great way to stay focused and keep the kind of can-do attitude that’s going to get you through this.

    Once you’ve started this new habit, you can condition yourself to work out (or whatever else you prefer) every time craving strikes. It’s estimated that it takes 21 consecutive…

    What people say...and what they really mean 28-02-2017 15:20

    Woman talking into another womans earWe all know it’s good to talk, but sometimes making ourselves understood is easier said than done.

    How many times have you accidentally offended someone, or sat in seething frustration while someone told THAT lie again, or got tongue tied trying to tell someone you like them?

    The Dear You thread shows we’re not always great at saying what we mean, with hundreds of stories from people who are struggling to tell someone how they really feel.

    So if you’re trying to play detective and find out the hidden meaning in your everyday…

    I’m at university and thinking about dropping out 28-02-2017

    Words by Chelsea Forsyth

    Starting uni is a huge buzz. But what happens if, after the initial excitement of Fresher’s Week passes, you’re just not feeling life as a student?

    A lot of things can crop up after the first few weeks – maybe your course isn’t what you expected, you’re having trouble making friends or you’re struggling to deal with such a big change in your life. Dropping out might seem the only option. …

    Five ways to get free stuff through volunteering 20-02-2017

    Volunteering is a great thing to do: you’re out of the house, you’re meeting new people and you’ll feel great about yourself in the process. What’s not to love?

    As Student Volunteering Week kicks off today, now’s a great time to plan how you can get involved. Even better, some volunteering gigs can earn you some pretty cool freebies, such as these…

    Lend a hand at a festival

    If the idea of crawling out a tent at 5am to slop eggs on to muddy festival-goer’s plates doesn’t make you run for the portaloos screaming, you might be the ideal candidate to help at a festival this summer.

    The Student Room's festival goer

    There are numerous websites where you can apply – just be aware that the most popular (eg Glastonbury) will fill up the quickest.

    You’ll need £200-ish on hand to pay a deposit up front, as this gives the organisers peace of mind that you won’t disappear into a sea of dancers once you arrive.

    Stick to your shifts and show up on time, and your money will be refunded after the festival. You’ll need to bring a little cash for spending money, and won’t necessarily get to see ALL of the music, but you’re still getting a taste of the action for a fraction of the cost.

    Join a ‘Green Gym’

    Gym memberships are pricey, and aren’t always affordable on a student or graduate-job budget... but Green Gyms get you into the great outdoors, getting exercise by doing useful physical jobs.

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    I’m applying to university, but my heart’s not in it 23-02-2017

    Words by Chelsea Forsyth

    The pressure is on when you finish A-Levels to know exactly what it is that you want to do. People are firing questions at you from all angles; “Are you going to university? What are you studying? Do you have a job lined up? An apprenticeship? ANYTHING??”.

    Before you know it, you’ve hit ‘submit’ on your UCAS application just to shut them up. But what if uni’s not what you really want to do?

    After noticing students were voicing similar concerns, we invited some experts on-site to share some pearls of wisdom, and here’s what they had to offer:

    “I have no idea what to do, so uni it is!”

    Sound familiar? If you don’t have a clue what you want to study after A-Levels or what you want to do for a career, the gentle persuasion from teachers and parents that ‘going to university is better than doing nothing’ can make you think education is the only way forward. Obviously, it’s better to earn a degree than to lounge around binging on Netflix, but you’ll get…

    Why being single on Valentine’s Day is actually great. 13-02-2017 15:21

    It’s that time of year again where Cupid rears his chubby head and everything in your local shop is covered in hearts or cheesy declarations of love. I for one am single this year for Valentine’s Day and to be honest, I'm actually really happy about it. I'm sure my Instagram feed will be full girls clutching bouquets of flowers and hashtags like #luckygirl #boydidwell, but I can't see myself getting sucked into it all this year. Why? Because being single on Valentine’s Day can actually be great and here’s why.

    Saving your money.

    As students, every penny counts, so you don’t want be wasting your last tenner on a big bunch of flowers or an overpriced dinner. When you’re single you don’t have to worry about any of this and your wallet will thank you for it.

    "Last year I spent so much money on gifts on Valentine’s Day, only to break up with my boyfriend a few weeks later. This year I’ll definitely being saving my money and staying in with the girls!"
    I don't have to spend all my money on someone, and I can have a hella fun self love day. I'm thinking a face mask, a serious Netflix binge, plenty of films, plenty of food, and a few drinks.
    You don’t have to meet any romantic expectations.

    When you’re in a relationship, you end up dragging your partner out to a nice restaurant only to be sandwiched in between a couple who are going a little too heavy on the PDA and another who have been bickering since their starters. You had this evening built up in your head to be more like something out of a Nicholas Sparks’ film, but it’s failing to even come close. But when you’re single, you have no Valentines expectations so you don’t have to live up to anything. No pressure.

    Discounted sweets and chocolate.

    Let’s be honest, all students love a bargain. A great trick to remember is that the day after Valentine’s Day sweets are radically reduced, so why not treat yourself to some chocolatey goodness. It might be packaged in a cringey red heart but it’ll still be delicious.


    It’s all about you.

    Instead of feeling anxious about whether your partner will like the gift you got them or being dragged along to a soppy Rom-Com, you can instead spend the day looking after yourself. Finish off that series on Netflix, catch up on school work or treat yourself to some new shoes. Enjoy your own company and do…

    Eight alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day – even if you’re single 13-02-2017

    If you’re opposed to the traditional red rose, mix it up with something different this Valentine’s Day.

    Whether you’re single or coupled-up, there’s plenty of options to make this year’s V-Day stand out.

    1. If you’re single… celebrate Discounted-Chocolate day

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    Forget paying a tenner for a box of themed chocolates; get yourself down to the supermarket on 15 February morning and reap the benefits of their overstocked aisles.

    Most places will have discounted their unsold Valentine’s merch dramatically, and someone’s gotta eat up all that chocolate before it goes to waste.

    2. If you’re in a relationship… celebrate whenever you please

    Let’s be honest, February 14th is just another day. So stand up to the pressure from greeting card companies and restaurants and celebrate your love on a day that works for you.

    Spending V-day like any other doesn’t mean you don’t care for your loved one (although it's probably best to warn them of your intentions beforehand). It just means you can surprise them with a restaurant reservation on the 15th or 16th, or plan a day out for a different weekend.

    3. If you’re single… throw a ‘QuirkyAlone’ party

    Singles party
    Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming if you’re not coupled up – especially when it seems like all your mates are – but being ANTI-VALENTINES is sooo last year.

    If you’ve ever thrown a ‘Singles Awareness’ party before…

    Eleven random acts of kindness you can easily do 17-02-2017

    Sponsored feature, words by Fay Millar

    Don’t forgot to share the love! Comment with your own Random Act of Kindness stories…
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