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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…


Happy New Year everybody! I can't believe it is 2018, the last year went so quickly! After having a break off around Christmas I am back and ready to start blogging again. Before I get into my plans for the year I thought I would share what I got for Christmas this year! Like everyone, I'm not bragging - I am very grateful for everything of course!! I've always enjoyed seeing the gifts people have received so here are a few of the things I got!

One of my main presents and something I was really looking forward to opening is my new graphic tablet. I love getting creative and have been interested in developing my digital art skills for a while so this was the perfect gift for me. I got the Chuwi 12" tablet which is such a great size and runs on Windows or Android, the stylus has great pen pressure recognition and I've found it so easy to draw with. Maybe in the future, I'll share some of my work, once I've experimented with it more!

Something else I received was a new blender - something I'll mostly use for smoothies but it can also be used for protein shakes, milkshakes, and other drinks. There are tonnes of different blenders out there but I asked for the Breville Active Blender as it had really great reviews. Although I've only used it once so far, I'm pretty impressed as its easy to use and the 300/600ml bottles are so convenient if you want to make your drink portable!

My boyfriend totally spoilt me this year and as well as getting me the tablet he also bought me a gorgeous necklace from Pandora. I own two Pandora rings and love them so I was so pleased when I opened this! Jewellery is always a special gift and I love the simple design on this, it is perfect for special occasions or you could definitely wear it day to day as it is so subtle!

From a few relatives I received money as I'm currently saving up to hopefully travel at some point so money is greatly appreciated! I'm just over 1/3 of the way towards my goal amount now which is great news!

Lush products are always a great gift idea and as I hadn't used any for a while I asked for some this year. Bath bombs are my favourite because they always make for a perfect, relaxing bath and are so fun to watch all the different colours! I received the Intergalactic one - a favourite of mine as it is fascinating to watch, as well as the Christmas Sweater one, I absolutely loved the design of this and the scent screamed Christmas so it was the perfect option! I haven't used them yet because they just look so pretty!

Usually, I ask for various clothing items for Christmas, this year I got a denim jacket from my Grandparents as I've been wanting one for a while! It's something that is often a staple in people's wardrobes but I haven't ever bought one for myself! I also got some new Christmassy pyjamas and a grey dressing gown - both of which I have thoroughly enjoyed wearing whilst the weather has been colder!

As my contract ended on my phone I was also lucky enough to get a new iPhone 7 from my parents, I had this early though as the contract ended at the start of December so I have been using it for a while now! I'm so used to iPhones now, do you guys prefer Apple or Android?

Most years my sisters and I also get a joint present, often a board game as we always like to play something new over the Christmas period! This year we got the 221B Baker Street game, something I've been wanting for a while as I love Sherlock and had heard great things! It's pretty complicated to begin with but hey maybe after a few games I'll be a pro detective!

Now I'm not going to go through everything in great detail but some other things I received include an eye shadow palette, the Millie Mackintosh 'Deeply in Lustre' bronze and glow gift set, some new grey Converse, watercolour brush pens and paints, the Zoella 'All For You' mini perfume set, a quiz book, room diffuser, nail polish and some other bits and bobs like socks and chocolate - not to be undermined because they are just as loved!

I'm so grateful for all my wonderful presents and I had such a great Christmas! Hopefully all of you did too and you're ready for a fresh year now!


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