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10 tips for dealing with revision and deadlines

By Nicole (3rd Year Language and Literature BA) and Humaira (2nd Year English Literature BA)

The end of the semester is never a fun time. With deadlines and exams coming up, this is always one of the most stressful times for students. These are our top ten tips for managing revision and deadlines!

Stress:

  1. Make sure you keep a timetable or a diary to keep everything organised!

Juggling multiple deadlines can be stressful. By keeping a timetable on hand to keep track of your deadlines and record progress, you’ll keep stress at bay.

  1. Exercise.

You probably don’t have enough time to make it to the gym or have the strength to get there. But just taking a walk around your neighbourhood will make a huge difference. The endorphin rush will make help you relax and you’ll be returning to your work energised and full of new ideas.

  1. Get some sleep.

Okay, the thing students are best at is sleep. It’s good for you and will help you de-stress! So avoid the inevitable revision all-nighters! When you sleep your body has time to recover. When you’re stressed, get some rest.

  1. See your friends.

Your friends are the enjoyable and fun people in your life. So what better way to de-stress than to chat over a cup of coffee (or a cocktail, if needed) and forget all your worries for a couple of hours. And there is no shortage of great coffee around Regent Street. In need of coffee inspiration (or a good revision spot)? Check out our guide to coffee around campus: https://uniwestminsterenglish.com/2017/02/25/english-students-guide-to-coffee-around-regent-street-campus/

  1. Do something not related to your course or assignments.

Revision might not seem like the time for procrastination. But taking your mind off work from time to time will make you more productive in the long run. You could google a funny video, listen to some music, read a book, or make some food. Anything that will help take your mind off the stress!

Deadlines:

  1. Know when your deadlines are.

Deadlines tend to all be around the same time, so it’s important to know just when each one is; there’s nothing worse than thinking you have an extra week to get an assignment done, just to find out that it’s due tomorrow. So whether you have a calendar, a diary, or even both with your deadlines and due dates clearly marked out, make sure you check it on a regular basis (and congratulate yourself on your amazing organisation skills when you get all your work in on time)!

  1. Allocate yourself a set period of time to work on each assignment.

For each assignment, give yourself a set time with a set day where you start the assignment and a set day when it should be finished, so you can move on to the next one. You might even give yourself mini deadlines to have certain parts of your assignment completed. By breaking each assignment up like this and allocating yourself specific periods of time to focus on each one, you’ll have enough time to make sure each piece of work is done on time and no work is rushed and last minute.

  1. Prioritise your work.

If you leave it quite late to start your assignments and then all of your deadlines come at once, the only way to get through is to keep on top of them all. For example, say you have 3 deadlines over 2 weeks, you have to prioritise and see which ones require more focus and perhaps more research to be done and which ones you can start later.

  1. Having said that, don’t leave it too late to start your work.

If you have multiple deadlines coming all at once (which, as a student, you probably will at some point), you do not want to be doing all-nighters too often just to make sure you meet each one. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for each assignment and start before the due date, so you have time to fully research and then edit your work (yes, you will need to edit your essay – it might seem amazing and ready to go at 4 am after 12 cups of coffee, but we can guarantee you will find plenty of typos, referencing errors, etc. after you had sme sleep).

  1. Last but not least, take it one day at a time.

You have all of these deadlines coming up, you’ve given yourself mini deadlines and you have so much to do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. But instead of panicking, procrastinating and delaying the work, focus on one day at a time. Try getting as much as possible done each day. You should still be aware of when your deadlines are, but instead of thinking “I have 3 deadlines in the next 3 weeks”, think of it as “today I have a full day to do as much as I can on assignment X” and you’ll see the difference it makes.

To all of our students with approaching deadlines, good luck! You’ll all do a fantastic job!

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Why study Theatre at Westminster? The Course Leader’s view

The two exiting new degrees courses we’re offering here in the English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies Department at Westminster University – BA Theatre Studies & English Literature and BA Theatre Studies & Creative Writing – offer students the chance to study theatre right in the heart of London, only short distances from some of the capital’s most exciting venues and companies.

These two new courses draw on already existing expertise in English and in Creative Writing and add in to the mix a range of modules designed to help you explore the lively, stimulating and though–provoking world of theatre.

Study

These two new courses draw on already existing expertise in English and in Creative Writing and add in to the mix a range of modules designed to help you explore the lively, stimulating and though–provoking world of theatre. The three main threads of Theatre Studies, as an academic discipline, underpin the new modules we’re offering. Those being:

  • the study of history of theatre;
  • the theorisation of theatre and performance; and
  • the analysis of performance.

We’ll visit the Globe Theatre and think about what it would have been like to go and see a Shakespeare play in the late 1500s.

 

So this means that:

  • you’ll learn about the fascinating and extraordinary history of theatre, principally (but not exclusively) in the UK. We’ll visit the Globe Theatre and think about what it would have been like to go and see a Shakespeare play in the late 1500s. We’ll think about the Victorian musical; the politics of the Brechtian theatrical revolution; the absurdist world of post-war European theatre; and the violence and anger of 1990s in-yer-face theatre, to name just a few.
  • you’ll explore the idea that theory offers us a way of thinking beyond our assumptions and of critically exploring the things we think we know. Embedded in the very word “theatre” is the idea of showing and looking, and in this thread of study we’ll confront what our assumptions about showing and looking might be. This theoretical investigation will allow us to interrogate what performance is and what it does.
  • you’ll watch, discuss and debate performances! You’ll learn how we analyse performance, and we’ll consider how we come to understand the ways in which productions might generate both meaning and affect.

you’ll watch, discuss and debate performances!

As well as working in these three areas, our new degree courses will offer you the chance to study Shakespeare and the performance of Early Modern Drama; the ways in which theatre and performance have interrogated the politics of race; some of the specific theatres and companies that operate in the UK; the performance of Early Modern plays in the present; site-specific performance and theories of adaptation; London’s fringe theatres; and many more topics.

Tutorials

Central to our degree courses here in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies are our tutorials. These run throughout your degree, offering you the chance to build and reinforce your subject specific skills, whilst also receiving support with your assessed work. Taught in small groups of no more than five people, these tutorials mean you’ll get all the support you need, that you can dictate the skills you need to work on, and that you won’t get lost in the crowd.

visiting the theatre will be central to your learning

Theatre in London

London has some pretty incredible theatres and if you choose to take one of these courses you’ll get to experience the wonderful range of productions, venues and companies on offer, because visiting the theatre will be central to your learning. Within easy reach of our Regent Street campus is the Arcola Theatre; Almeida Theatre; National Theatre; Young Vic; Theatre 503; Southwark Playhouse; Union Theatre; The Finborough; Barbican; Battersea Arts Centre; Bush Theatre; Donmar Warehouse; Hampstead Theatre; King’s Head Theatre; Lyric Hammersmith; Old Red Lion Theatre; Rosemary Branch; Royal Court Theatre; Soho Theatre; Hackney Empire; Theatre Royal Stratford East; and Tricycle Theatre, to name a few!

Finally

This isn’t a course were you’ll learn to act or perform, but if you love watching, reading, designing, imagining or thinking about theatre and if you want a course which will equip you to go out into the cultural industries ready to think critically and create intelligently, then these courses are for you!