Moving into Your New Student University Accommodation – What to Pack

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There’s so much to think about when moving to university. HomeHak has put together this guide to help with all the practical considerations.

 

University Accommodation Moving Checklist 

We recommend that you write a list of what you need a couple of weeks before and keep a track of items you use in that time. You may well find your list alters. Don’t just be functional, you may wish to include something that reminds you of home. 

 

Put theses items on your moving list: 

  • Bed linen – including sheets
  • Duvet, blankets
  • Pillows and pillowcases 
  • Towels 
  • Clothes for all seasons, plus smart wear 
  • Coat hangers 
  • Extension 
  • Lead socket 
  • Adaptor (for international students) 
  • Personal items such as toiletries 
  • Kitchen items and some food to keep you going for the first week 
  • Stationery, including pens, pencils, notepads and highlighters 
  • Pc/laptop and any cables and chargers USB stick notepads mobile phone and charger medicine 
  • Washing detergent and cleaning items 
  • Games and sports equipment 
  • Umbrella 
  • A list of important numbers, in case you lose your mobile phone. 

 

It’s also important to bring the necessary documentation. ‘This differs per university and their registration procedures, but bring your university acceptance letter, accommodation paperwork if moving in to halls, student finance documents and some valid ID like a passport or driving licence,’ says Ruki. You’ll also need a letter or document with your address on, as this might be needed to register with a local GP. 

Don’t panic if you’ve forgotten certain items. Most things can be bought from nearby shops, or collected from home at a later date. 

 

Home comforts and room practicalities 

Most students spend the first year of their studies in some form of student accommodation. As you’ll be spending time in your room resting and studying, you should make this space somewhere you feel at ease. Decorate with photos of family and friends, posters, or your favourite bedding and cushions. 

Other practical suggestions for your room include: 

  • A desk 
  • Fan 
  • A desk lamp 
  • A torch 
  • Music speakers 
  • Drawing pins for putting up photos or posters.

Wondering where to buy these? We recommend checking out Harvey Norman, My Home Interiors, Arnotts and IKEA Ireland.

 

 Be aware that your room may be smaller than your bedroom at home, so take a look on the university’s website and work out how much space you’ll have. You’ll likely have a desk, bed and chair, so don’t clutter your room by packing items you don’t need. 

 

Your room may be the place to get some respite from the hustle and bustle of university life, but it’s also good to invite friends round and get to know those you’re staying with – especially during freshers’ week. You may want to have a couple of spare mugs and some biscuits at the ready. 

 

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Kitchen equipment 

Most halls are kitted out with all the kitchen equipment you need so check what items are there when you arrive and share the cost of any extra items with your flatmates, instead of having six toasters. 

Check the rules of your accommodation as some halls ban items such as rice cookers or deep fat fryers. Make sure that electrical items have been PAT tested, or that you can prove they’re less than two years old. 

Some universities may also give you the opportunity to pre-order bedding and kitchen packs. These bundles can be in your room on arrival. 

Space in your room and kitchen is likely to be at a premium, so weigh up each item and consider its value. In general, you’ll need: 

 

  • Knives and a chopping board 
  • Saucepans and a frying pan 
  • Baking tray plates and bowls (microwavable ones are a good idea) 
  • Cutlery 
  • Glasses and mugs 
  • Corkscrew and bottle opener 
  • Tin opener 
  • Vegetable peeler 
  • Measuring jug 
  • Grater 
  • Cling film 
  • Tin foil 
  • Tea towels 
  • Dish cloth 
  • Student recipe book. 

If taking your own kitchen equipment, make sure all your items are marked in case there are any disputes over ownership. 

Wondering where to buy these? Check out stores such as Harvey Norman, Littlewoods, Arnotts and IKEA Ireland.

 

Study essentials 

You’ll need to bring your own stationery when moving, including: 

  • Pens, pencils and highlighters 
  • Lever arch files 
  • A4 file paper 
  • Ruler 
  • Eraser 
  • Stapler 
  • Hole punch 
  • Diary/personal organiser 
  • Different sized notebooks 
  • Post-it notes. 

Wondering where to buy these? Check out stores such as Hunt Office Ireland, Littlewoods, Etsy and Easons Ireland. 

 

Electrical items 

Having your own laptop will make your work and study much easier, as shared library resources are often oversubscribed. This is an investment that will keep your learning mobile, meaning you can work wherever you go. It can also remove the need to take a TV, as you can use it to watch your favourite shows online. However, if you bring a TV, you’ll need a TV licence. 

Different universities have different rules around electrical equipment but you should be fine with standard items like a docking station, games console and beauty items such as hair dryers, but other items like electric blankets, electric scooters and heaters may be deemed a fire risk and aren’t allowed. 

To ensure your connection to the internet is more reliable, consider buying an Ethernet cable. This connects your laptop to a modem or router to provide a solid internet link. 

A portable hard drive is also great for backing up your work – and they don’t take up much room in your bag. 

When moving, make sure you pack all the chargers you need (a spare one for your phone will come in handy when you misplace the original) and remember to bring a few memory sticks. 

Wondering where to buy these? Check out stores such as DID, Lenehans, Expert, and screwfix

 

 

 

To summarise

We hope you enjoyed our guide on tips on what to take with you, what to leave behind and how to make the move. Be aware that your room may be smaller than your bedroom at home, so take a look on the university’s website and work out how much space you’ll have. Moving should be exiting not stressful, this guide will be your best friend!

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Helpful Apps Must Haves to Download for Irish University Students

Moving into Your New Student University Accommodation -What to Pack

Whether you want help with taking notes and revising. Moreover, waking up on time. Additionally, keeping fit. HomeHak has put together our pick of the apps for students. These are must have helpful apps that will make your time in college much easier.

 

 

Lecture capture apps

SoundNote (iOS) is a popular lecture capture app for iPad users. Acting as a notepad and audio recorder. You can store an entire lecture in both visual and audio form. If it’s a whiteboard you want to capture, however, Office Lens allows users to photograph a whiteboard. You can convert it to a PDF, Word or PowerPoint file. Additionally, store all the data via OneNote or OneDrive for catch-up and revision purposes. Other than SoundNote, other good quality lecture capture apps include Notes Plus (iOS) and Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder (iOS).

Revision apps

If you’re a flash card fanatic you might like to consider StudyBlue, a student app. This uses your course information to create a selection of card sets for related revision. You can also make their own flashcards and test yourself. Another useful revision app is GoConqr.  Using resources to create revision charts, mind maps, flash cards, notes and quizzes. As well as the ability to connect and collaborate with friends, classmates or students from around the world. Another choice is Exam Countdown (iOS), which keeps track of the days until each of your exams.

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Exam prep apps

BenchPrep uses social networking-style functionality. This allows users to connect with other test-takers and peruse revision materials with quizzes, notes and more. You can also use the app to track your learning progress..

Student planner apps

Popular student planner apps include Timetable (Android). An app featuring a sharp and clean interface which you can map your timetable onto with ease. For more familiar-looking planner apps for students, consider those with a more traditional spreadsheet-style layout. Examples are My Class Schedule (Android) or Class Timetable (iOS).

Bibliography helper apps

EasyBib is an extremely useful app for students. It creates an academic reference for any book simply from a scan of the book’s barcode. 

Video call apps

Most students will be aware of video calling software such as Skype and FaceTime by now. This technology is becoming even more easy-access. Computer companies integrate quality cameras into their products and internet connection speeds get faster. 

Student safety apps

The Circle of Six app works on both Android and iOS. Designed for university students to keep connected with close friends. The app is particularly useful for locating lost friends on nights out. Furthermore, it allows users to send their circle of six friends an instant call for help at the touch of a button. Other student apps to promote safety include bSafe and React Mobile.

Wake-up apps

If you happen to be a persistent snoozer who always wakes up about 20 minutes too late for lectures, then Alarmy: Sleep If You Can is the app for you. Meanwhile Sleep Cycle aims to correct its users’ sleeping pattern by waking them up during their lightest sleep phase. 

Responsible-drinking apps

The responsible-drinking app WiseDrinking charts how much you’ve been drinking. Secondly it gives you suggestions about how much is safe. Thirdly, it lets you know the optimum time to call a cab, and maps your location in relation to public transport services.

Fun fitness apps

Nike Training Club (iOS), Sworkit, Fitbit (iOS), JeFit, RunKeeper, Strava, 7 Minute Workout and MapMyFitness are great. Nudge is another app that collates all your fitness data and stores it in one place.

Healthy eating apps

Rockin Ramen (iOS), is a student app featuring a number of nutritious recipes with ramen as a main ingredient. MealBoard (iOS), an app which plans healthy meals, grocery shops and recipes based on what you’ve got in the fridge.

Other helpful student apps

 

 

To summarise

There’s almost an app for everything nowadays, and this can make student life easier, cheaper, safer and more fun. Whatever the category – exam prep, revision, student planner, bibliography, fitness and healthy eating, HomeHak has it covered.

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Useful Informative Websites for Irish University Students to Follow

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As a new student, you’ll need to learn a lot of new information fast. If you dont do this, you will risk being confused about independent student life. HomeHak has put together some useful informative websites. All university students need to follow!

 

We have put together a realm of student resources. These are full of information about everything. A place where you can learn the things your parents never taught you. These include how to budget your money. As well as how to arrange an overdraft with your bank. Additonally how to iron your clothes without leaving an iron-shaped pattern. 

 

 

Useful informative general websites for students

Spunout.ie is Ireland’s youth information website. This was created by young people, for young people.

Secondly, LifeHacker.co.uk aims to help its users out with life in the modern world.

Thirdly, UnplugTheTV.com is a student resource. This offers an alternative to TV hosting randomized videos on interesting scientific topics.

Furthermore, Sleepyti.me site tells you the best times to go to bed. Great if you have to be up at a certain hour. KeepMeOut.com is used to block certain distracting websites, additonally.

 

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Useful informative educational websites for students

EdX.org is one of the world’s leading MOOC platforms. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are offered for free. Specifically for anyone wishing to learn additionally.

Further Coursera.org covers a wide range of academic learning. 

Useful informative cooking websites for students

StudentRecipes.com has recipes for 4,000 quick and easy student meals. As well Recipepuppy.com allows you to search for recipes. Based on the ingredients you already have at home.

Instructables.com is one of the most useful online student resources. Preferably if you like making and fixing things yourself moreover.

Useful informative Health websites for students

The Ultimate Health Food Guide – Have a health problem? Visit this resource. You can find out what foods to eat to build your immunity back up. What’s more WebMD.com allows you to check your current health status. This is done by using its symptom checker.

Shopping & selling websites for students

Ebay.com allows you to buy, sell or auction off almost anything. This includes clothing, electronic devices and antiques, moreover.

Next Amazon.com sells everything under the sun. Firstly, whatever you need Amazon has it. Secondly, you can get books, e-books and textbooks that you may need for your program.

Also Freecycle.org is an online platform. That resource allows you to give away your unwanted things. This provides the options of getting your hands on what other people are giving away. It is handy for furniture and general bric-a-brac.

Useful informative Money-saving websites for students

Groupon.com offers daily deals. These things include spa days, fancy restaurants and city breaks.

Along with Mint.com which is free to use. Mint can help you organize your finances.

One can also track their spending, most importantly. As well as UniDays.com which lists thousands of student discounts and offers around the globe.  Wisebread.com is dedicated to living well on a tight budget in addition. This website if for both students or if you are just trying to get more for your money. 

Other useful informative websites for students

Genius.com poetry is an offshoot of Rap Genius. Lit Genius is a place where scholars have formed a community. This annotates poetry and literature. These can be both classic or recent.

Furthermore TED.com hosts thought-provoking talks given at events all over the world. The talks are on core topics of technology, entertainment and design. It covers pretty much every aspect of human experience. 

Wikipedia.org is a collaboratively edited encyclopaedia project moreover. This can be a very useful tool for early-stage research into your assignment or project.

Plus Bartleby.com publishes classic literature, poetry, non-fiction and reference. These texts free of charge. What’s more Gutenberg.org provides free online access to texts whose copyright has expired.

 

 

To summarise

We hope you enjoyed HomeHak’s useful informative websites for university students. These will be sure to come in handy in your time in university. Covering every aspect you could need for your third level education experience.

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Study Tips for Irish University Students – How to Study Effectively

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Alternating study locations. Resisting the urge to cram the night before an exam. There are simple changes you can make in your study routine that will help you learn and retain material faster. Here are some of HomeHaks most effective study tips.

 

Take good notes 

Taking good notes involves dating each entry and keeping notes for different classes separate from each other. In addition, write down anything your lecturer writes on the board. If the lecturer took the time to write it out, he or she considers it important. Check out this article on notetaking hacks.

 

Review your notes every day 

Spend 30 minutes each evening going over notes from each class. Research shows that reviewing new material within 24 hours after hearing it increases your retention of that material significantly. 

 

Study tips recommend alternating study locations 

Alternating study spaces is a more effective way to retain information. Although you may have a favourite spot to study, research suggests that it is better to change locations. Memory is influenced by location, so changing your study locale increases the likelihood of remembering what you learned.

 

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Get enough sleep 

Sleep is essential when it comes to effective study habits. When you’re tired, you think more slowly and tend not to retain as much information. If you want to get the most out of your study sessions, make sure you get enough sleep.

 

Use flash cards 

Writing notes and definitions more than once will help imprint information in your memory. Write down important facts for a test and quiz yourself each day until you have mastered the material. Flash cards are convenient because they allow you to condense material and eliminate irrelevant information, allowing you to focus on only the most important details.

 

Join a study group 

When working through a difficult problem set or assignment, a study group can prove very valuable. Dividing the work amongst your peers is also an effective method for reducing your workload and ensuring that you understand the material.

 

Don’t immerse yourself in subject matter 

Contrary to popular belief, immersing yourself in a subject for long periods of time is less effective when it comes to memory retention than switching between topics. Take a break from each topic after 30 minutes and move on to another topic. You can come back to the topic after you have spent some time studying other topics. When you do revisit the topic, you will feel refreshed and ready to pick up where you left off.

 

Don’t wait until the night before an exam to study

Waiting until the night before an exam to study can lead to cramming which is not an effective studying technique. Cramming before an exam will increase the feeling of desperation which can lead to test anxiety. Instead, jot down a few ideas or facts that you want to have fresh in your mind when you begin the exam. Read through your list a few times when you get up in the morning and just before you take the exam, then put it away. This kind of memory reinforcement not only improves your performance on the test, it also improves your long-term memory of the material.

 

To summarise

Take good notes. Alternate study locations. Review your notes each day. Get enough sleep. Use flash cards. Join a study group. These are just a few examples as to how you can ace your college education. HomeHaks top tips made easy!

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Balancing a Job and Study at University

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Balancing a job and university can be tough. HomeHak has put together some tips on how to get the formula right! We will help you work out how you can take on part-time work to pay the bills, whilst still gunning for that top class university grade.

 

Figure out whether you really need a part-time job

For the majority of us, the answer to this will be a resounding “yes!”. Particularly seeing the costs of living! The key is to first work out a monthly budget. Have a close look at all your incomings and outgoings. 

 

Don’t over-commit to shifts

When balancing your job, how many hours you choose to work each week depends. Firstly, on how much you feel you’re ready to take on. Secondly how much free time your course permits. Most universities recommend not to take on more than 15 hours per week. The important thing is to take some time to consider how much time you’re able to put in before making any commitments – it’s a lot harder to go back once you’ve given your word, so don’t rush this decision.

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Know when exams and deadlines are coming up

Being seriously organised with your calendar is the key. Make sure you know all the important dates coming up in your course calendar, such as assignment deadlines and exam dates so that you can easily see your busy periods and plan accordingly. If you can highlight important deadline periods in advance, you can ask to take time off or swap shifts with other people. 

 

Use your time productively

One of the best things about taking on part-time work during university is that it puts you in a situation where you’re pretty much forced into becoming super productive with your time. The psychology of knowing you only have a couple of hours before your shift starts to make some serious progress writing an essay will force you to really focus and use those couple of hours wisely. 

 

Talk to your university and employer if you’re struggling

The easiest way to really upset that work/uni balance is by letting things get on top of you if you’re struggling. Juggling a job when you’re studying for a degree is no walk in the park, and your employers and tutors should try to respect that. Remember to reach out for support if you’re ever finding things difficult – the minute you notice any problems with your timetable or if you’re struggling with the workload, tell someone.

 

Get enough sleep

Getting the recommended eight hours a night of shut-eye is vital. If you don’t, you’ll soon notice everything starts to slip. We know that there’ll be nights where this will go amiss, but make sure it doesn’t happen more than a couple of times a week.

 

To summarise

As we have seen from above, when balancing a job, there are a number of factors to be considered. Is having a job really necessary. Do not over commit to shifts. Know when your exams and deadlines are. Use your time productively. Let your lecturers or boss know if you are struggling. Finally, get enough sleep. We hope you got some value off HomeHaks top tips for balancing a job in univeristy.

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Improving the Balance between School, Work and Social Life

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Improving the work-life balance is as difficult thing to achieve. Most of us know what a poor work-life balance feels like. But we’re not sure how to break free of it. Want to perfect your work-life balance? This will allow you to figure out what kind of balance you need. Build sustainable habits to support your lifestyle. Additionally, advocate for yourself at work.

 

Here are HomeHak’s best tips for improving the balance.

 

1. Create a schedule that works

Start by identifying your available time and prioritise your tasks.To avoid being overwhelmed and cramming at the last minute, set personal deadlines at a much earlier date to the defined deadline. Keep a diary that can help you keep track of your activities! 

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2. Do Not Procrastinate

As a student, procrastination is likely to get a hold of us and become our best friend. We know what we should be doing but we keep posting or binge watching TV shows. We recommend getting your space organised, set achievable goals and try as much as possible to avoid distractions. Remind yourself of the repercussions if you put off doing your tasks. It is easier to get more things done if you stay disciplined. 

 

3. Less of Social Media for improving the balance

Too much social media can cost us more than just time. Set up screen time on your phone that locks your applications whenever you exhaust the allocated time for that day. Freedom and Moment are some apps that can help manage how long you spend on your phone. 

 

4. Take time for a quality rest

This is very important. It is ok to take time off and get relaxed. Our brains are like computers and we need time to rest and rejuvenate. You may want to use this time to take a walk if the weather is great or watch Netflix. Maybe even chill and grab a cup of coffee, bond with that housemate or call your friends.

 

5. Interact with others

Vital information could be missed out. Interacting with fellow classmates can help in creating your social sphere and boost your academics by discussing course work. Don’t be afraid to reach out, that’s what they are here for. It is also very important in improving your network.

 

6. Don’t be afraid to say no sometimes:

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a real thing. Say no to FOMO. It’s not every gist that demands your attention. You don’t have to attend every party or be at every hangout. It is okay to tell your friends you can’t hang with them sometimes. Your true friends will understand if you are busy with college work. Take it easy on yourself. It’s not easy to juggle working and schooling, so always know that you are doing your best.

 

 

 

To summarise

There are a lot of reasons to strike a better work-life balance. Protecting your physical and mental health. Accelerating your career. Less stress. The list goes on. We hope you enjoyed HomeHak’s most recommended tips for improving the balance.

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Budgeting for College Life – HomeHak Top Tips

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Managing money is a skill that some students may have learned at school but, for most, it takes time and practice. Having no money or stressing about money can be really miserable. Students who learn how to budget won’t just find their college experience easier: they’ll also have a useful skill for life. Here are HomeHaks top tips for budgeting for college.

Write down your income and expenses

Start with tracking your income and expenses with a money journal. Determine your income and find out how much you have to spend. Next, determine your expenses. Learn what you are spending and predict your future spending on rent, phone and other costs, as well as budgeting for variable expenses. Additionally, categorise income and expenses. You can also compare your income to your expenses. A household budget should be balanced, meaning that your income should equal or not exceed your expenses. If your expenses are higher than your income, you need to make cuts. Remember to make plans for unexpected or variable expenses. When considering this, think 50/30/20.

Keep in mind about 50% of your income should go on needs, 30% on wants and 20% on savings. Saving 20% may not always be possible, but it’s a goal worth aiming for as it can be a lifeline if unexpected expenses arise.

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Check out this article on how to create a budget.

Some of the problems when students first have to manage their money

You will be tempted to borrow money and getting into debt. What can happen is not paying debt back. Consequently, having a bad credit report which will stay with them for at least five years and could negatively impact future borrowing for business loans, cars, mortgage or other costs. Not managing their money correctly over a short period of time – spending all their money within a few days or weeks and having nothing left, depending on whether they are paid weekly or monthly. Spending too much money on non-essential things such as coffees and eating out. Learn a few nice packed lunches and bring a flask of coffee and you’ll save a small fortune. Linking college life to spending experiences – once out of college you will be forever spending money on things.

Top tips to cut costs and stay within budget.

If you and two other students are sharing a house, work together to bulk buy your food. Learn how to cook. There are plenty of free, online resources for recipes. If you want to buy something, take a breath and wait. Do you need those runners now, or can they wait? Always have your student card with you for discounts.

 

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Budgeting helps you acquire life skills

Realise what a budget is: a way to have peace of mind, control of your finances and financial wellbeing. When we budget, we can be flexible, look at where we can save money and where it can go wrong. Develop self-awareness and understand your own strengths, weaknesses with financial temptations. Set goals: it’s very satisfying when you reach them. It allows you to focus on and become more committed to your budget. Having a budget allows you to make informed decisions – you are in control of your money instead of it controlling you.

 

 

To summarise

HomeHak has given a number of top tips to help in budgeting for college. First, write down your incomes and expenses. Examples of problems you might run into such as borrowing money and getting into debt. Tips to cut costs and budget. Finally, the benefits of budgeting.

 

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Making Friends in Irish University? Here is how

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It is your first time walking into a lecture theatre packed to the rafters with strange, unfamiliar faces. This can be a really overwhelming experience. Regardless of how confident you are in your abilities to make friends – especially at 18. HomeHak has put together some tips for getting to know people in college.

 

Connect with classmates online

After registration and in the early days of college, there will likely be a course group set up on social media. These are a great way to connect with the other students. 

 

Attend course nights out

These nights out are a good way to get to know people in your course outside of the lecture halls or labs. Remember that everyone in your class wants to make friends. Additionally, enjoy their college experience. 

 

Join clubs and societies

One of the best ways to get out and meet like-minded people who share some of the same interests is to go to club meetings. Attending club and organization meetings provides the common ground. This is essential to fostering conversations. Many people say that clubs and societies are what makes the college experience. Colleges offer so much choice in these areas. There’s really something for everyone. It provides a much easier opportunity to make friends. In comparison to large lecture halls filled with people you might not have similar interests to.

 

Hang around campus in between lectures

In college, you are going to have long periods of free time in between lectures. Try not to go home between lectures. Instead, spend your time talking in the different cafés. You can also just wandering around campus. 

 

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All you need is one familiar face (and maybe a hobby you enjoy)

Keep an eye out for a familiar sight. Another student looking just about as lost and scared as you are. Build up the courage to say hello. In college, all you need is one familiar face and you are set. This face will keep popping up. 

 

Treat your shared interest as an icebreaker

Through your shared interest in the same topics, you will get close quickly. Before you know it, you will be really good friends. Societies and clubs are a great way to make friends. Put yourself out there. Join clubs or societies. Go to events and gigs where you can meet like-minded people. Step outside of your comfort zone. Look beyond the borders of your class. It’s very likely you will find people to connect with outside of your class too.

 

Be authentic, be you

Your college experience is a pivotal moment. Therefore, you want to make sure that you spend time with individuals who appreciate your unique qualities. They will be the main drivers in creating long-lasting friendships.

 

To summarise

Leaving the soft cocoon of your circle of school friends for bigger classes in subjects you’ve often never studied before can be  hard. Fortunately, if you’re feeling a little off, there’ll be student support services in every college designed to help you get on your feet in college and make the most of your time there. As nerve-racking as making friends is, we hope you keep these tips in mind to help you foster unbreakable bonds.

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Health and Fitness Top Tips for University Students in Ireland

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Health and Fitness Top Tips for University Students in Ireland

 

Many students suddenly find themselves in new routines. Which, usually do not involve the words “fitness” and “exercise”. Basically a healthy, academically productive lifestyle.

 

Here’s HomeHak’s top tips on health and fitness. Everything on how to break the vicious cycle of living an unhealthy lifestyle. Showing you how to start a new exercise routine. 

 

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Just do it

To get started, first fine-tune your mind. Think about all the benefits of activity and exercise. Do not be ashamed to write these down for reference. The only person who can motivate you to get started is you. So after you give it a think, an easy way to move forwards is simply to get outside and start moving! Check out this article on the benefits of exercise.

 

Take it step by step

Fitness is a long-term goal. One that will hopefully stay with you for the rest of your life. No one needs to overstretch their limits in the early stages of a new exercise routine. Write a list of all the fitness goals you want to achieve in increments. It makes things more organised for planning and executing your aims. 

 

Join a student club

A university is a place where people from all different backgrounds unite and learn. There is a society and club for everyone. You just need to put effort into a little research! 

 

Choose activities you enjoy

Which type of exercise is suitable for you? Do you enjoy group activities, or are you a solo rider? These points are just some of the many things to think about when you’re choosing a sustainable exercise routine for university. If you enjoy something, it’s much more likely that that activity will stick around for good. 

 

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Find a buddy

Getting started with exercising and fitness with a friend can be extremely rewarding and motivational. Having a partner or an exercise buddy can mean many things. Such as fewer workouts skipped. Less excuses not to exercise and more company and deep conversations as you all work together for a fitter, healthier body. 

 

 

Finally, it’s important not to forget one word: balance. Balance is important when you’re living life to the fullest. It’s also very significant when you’re striving for a healthy lifestyle. So, get started today – even right now – why not head out for a walk or jog and start stretching those muscles! We hope you enjoyed HomeHak’s top health and fitness tips!

 

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Daily Activities of Successful Students in Irish Universities

Daily Activities of Successful Students in Irish Universities

 

There is a common opinion that if you study hard and struggle you will get a good result in the exam. But the reality is different. So how can a student be successful and phenomenal in every step of life? HomeHak has put together some daily activities of successful students.

 

Wake up early

The first daily activities of successful students is getting up early. People who tend to be more organised, wake up early in the morning, so they have more time to get all their tasks completed. This is going to give you more free time during your busy day as well. 

 

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Workouts or Exercise

Waking up early in the morning and moving your body is a must as part of your daily activities. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of exercising early in the morning.

  • Morning Workouts Enhance Your Metabolism
  • A Good Morning Workout Routine Will Help Cultivate Consistency
  • Morning Exercise Improves Your Physical and Mental Energy
  • Early Morning Workouts Help You Develop Strong Self-Discipline
  • A Morning Exercise Routine Will Help You Get Better Sleep

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Plan Routine in your daily activities

During the morning, make sure to plan out your own routine that’s going to help you do and finish everything on time. A well-constructed routine will not only make you feel fulfilled and like you’re doing the things you’re supposed to, but you will also be on time with everything and will contribute to your overall well-being. Organize the routine based on things you enjoy doing, and it will become second nature to you.

 

Learn Something New every day

Do you learn something new every day and add to your knowledge? Try to throw information to your brains in every second of the day. No matter how much you accomplish but try to learn something every day. You feel a lot better about the things you do learn because you’re actually backing them up with actions.  So every day was the day to learn something new.

 

Clean Up

Disciplined students always keep clean and organized everything. They take a bath every day because taking a bath has many pros. It can improve heart health, help you to breathe easier and your brain and nervous system can benefit from bathing. Moreover, having a clean space and home will improve the quality of the indoor air, improves mental clarity and deters stress, and housekeeping kills germs.

 

Read Books Every day

Reading books has many significant benefits and pros. The more you read books, the more you will realize your ignorance and see the better views of life. In addition, it reduces your stress, improves your knowledge, gives stronger analytical thinking skills, and gives you better writing skills.

 

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Use the Internet in your Daily Activities

Successful students always research on the internet, because it internet innovate our daily life, also the positive use of the Internet makes their lives easy and simple. The Internet provides them useful data, information, and knowledge for personal, social, and economic development and make them aware of the world.

 

Complete Your Assignments on Time

Whether it’s your environment or time management skills, it’s easy for things to discourage you from finishing your homework but finishing homework for organized students are approachable. Because they set aside a specific time to do their homework and create a schedule that will help them to remember their homework. Check out this article for tips to manage time and tasks.

 

Prepare Overnight

It’s always good to even prepare certain things overnight. Whether it is your outfit or homework or whatever else, don’t leave anything you can get done today for tomorrow or any other day for that matter.

 

To summarise

Most position holders at school, college or university get a good result and they successfully pass the exam. Although, despite having good grades, when they graduate, the only thing that matters a lot is their knowledge and the ability to operate within the system. We hope you enjoyed HomeHaks daily activities of successful university students and got some inspiration to implement!

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