Since the academic year has recently started I thought I'd do a quick post to share some tips that I used or wish I knew at the time! I often found myself feeling pretty prepared and motivated at the start of the year but hopefully, some of these will help that to continue all year round, or more at least!

Attitude and Behaviour

Put in the effort now - when you get further into the year you'll thank yourself for putting in the time to learn everything properly, especially when it comes to revision as you'll already have materials to look back at.
> Mistakes are good - it can be disheartening when you make mistakes or don't get the feedback you hoped for but learning from them is a really productive and useful way to help improve.
> Strengths and Weaknesses - everyone has things they are better at and things they may struggle with, finding that out now and setting time aside to focus on the things you find harder will help reduce stress. You could also study w…


Less than a week to go now guys! Something that is a massive part of the whole run up to Christmas are the festive tunes that I love to listen to - in fact I've probably had them on since September time! There are some absolute classics and I would love to know what your favourite is!

I'm going to share my top 10 favourites, then a link to my YouTube Christmas playlist and various Spotify ones too if you want to have a listen and put them on repeat like me!

1) Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

This one had to be at the top of my list because I have always, always loved it. Whenever I hear it I feel nostalgic as I associate it with Christmas at my Primary school and of course it is great song to get anyone in the Christmas spirit!

2) Last Christmas - Wham!

I couldn't go through Christmas without listening to this, it is a great one to belt out in the car I think! After the horrible passing of George last year, I feel like this one should be on repeat and definitely in everybody's playlists!

3) Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 1984

The original will always be the best and something I really enjoy listening to. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure gathered talented artists to produce a super group to raise money for the anti-famine efforts in Ethopia so it holds a more important message as well as being a great Christmas song. 

4) Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty McColl

So this is often one of those that people either love or hate and I have to say I never used to be a fan. Growing up I just thought it was a miserable song and could never make out what they said, however growing up I feel I can appreciate it more and it is climbed all the way up to 4th on my list!

5) Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas s You

Now this is often found at the top of many people's lists, it is certainly something I can't imagine not hearing during the festive period! 

6) White Christmas - Bing Crosby and Martha Mears

There are quite a few versions of this one, but the original is simple, effortless and my favourite of them all! It always gets me in the Christmas mood but definitely makes me envious of those who do in fact get a white Christmas where they are!

7) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith 

Again there are plenty of versions of this song and I do have to say that I also love Judy Garland singing it too. However I could listen to Sam Smith's voice all day, it is so effortless and I was so pleased when I saw that he released this! 

8) Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

This is just another classic that you can't imagine not hearing really can you. There's always one that shouts 'IT'S CHRISTMAS!' a bit too loudly though isn't there!

9) Baby It's Cold Outside - Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews 

Another one that has been covered endless times, however I always enjoy this version purely for Cerys' 'bloody freezin' innit' remark at the end! I also love Zooey Deschanel's voice singing this song, not just because Elf is the best Christmas film though!

10) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Michael Buble or Darlene Love

This was definitely the hardest spot to fill and probably varies as there are always songs you want to listen to more and certain times, however this year I've found myself playing this one more frequently so had to put it on my list! I like the Darlene Love and Buble's version and listen to both. 

Now if you want to listen to my top 10 and all the other Christmas songs I have been listening to in the run up to Christmas then head over to my YouTube playlist or you can find loads of festive playlists on Spotify too!


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