Project: Move – Part One

Project: Move - Part One

Moving, for me, has always been a complete nightmare. My family had never moved house before, so when it came to me leaving home for the first time to head to university half way up the country, I had no idea of the best way or resources to use to pack my kit up. This equally made moving between student accommodation each year a complete pain in the butt! I have learnt a lot about how not to do it since that first move back in 2001! When I arrived…

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Dissertation Essential Kit

Zotero

Project Organisation – Digital Paperwork Using Dropbox And Zotero One of the biggest things when doing a project is keeping everything organised, especially when you have collected a wide variety of resources from several different places. Most of the resources I am using for my dissertation are in PDF format as they are research papers rather than books, so I have a specific folder on my Dropbox account where I save any articles to that I come across in my initial searching. I make sure I rename the file to…

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Dissertation Topic Area Sorted

Research Papers

The Dissertation I am currently doing my masters dissertation, I have to write a 15,000 word research paper on a topic in an area of my choice related to my masters degree course (MSc Information Security & Digital Forensics). Although the word count isn’t too bad, I have written more in a month for NaNoWriMo, the searching for and reading existing research papers on and around the topic area is a large task, especially when you have chosen a topic that is still in its infancy. I also have to…

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I’ve not been using my planner & it has been disastrous

Not only have I not been using my awesome Holborn Filofax, I have also not even been using anything else to plan! That is dispite purchasing a really cool Moleskin planner on a recent trip as well! I bought the Moleskin planner as the pages are not white (they are cream), which is great for me, and I thought it would be lighter to carry around than my zipped A5 Holborn – which it is, however I just have not been putting things into it. It is suddenly March and…

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Cello Challenge

I remember being in infant school, when I was about 6, and getting to playing a cello one day. The whole class could have a go, so I did and I played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” – I loved it! I can remember hearing the deep sound and the familiar tune and I was playing it! I went home and told my Mum I wanted cello lessons! Then one day in junior school I was called out of class for my music lesson – do what?!? The teacher told me…

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Back To Uni?

Back2Uni2018

It’s the start of a new term, maybe even a brand new start all together if your course starts this term! So what have you learnt so far that you will be trying to do more of or better than last term or less of than last term? For me, it is the start of my dissertation term. This time last year I was packing my stuff up at home between hospital visits to check in on my Dad after his heart attack, in preparation for moving back to campus…

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I Fancy Some New Tech!

One of my fellow students introduced me to his Amazon Echo Show last year, he is from California so it had already been released there so he brought it with him when he came to the UK in September for his masters. Being rather an Apple addict I was like, yeah but that’s what Siri can do and it is just like my iPad really but with the screen on and plugged in all the time. I realise now that it is not the same, sure it has some similar…

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Black Friday 2017

It seems that Black Friday has come early this year, in the sale sense of the event! Retailers everywhere are trying to get your custom in the run up to the festive season. With all the sale events already happening already, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something you have been looking for or for that perfect prezzie for someone else. There have been a few items that I have been looking at getting, and Black Friday sales seem the perfect time to push the boat out and finally…

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NaNoWriMo 2017

Are you participating in NaNo this year? Not sure what NaNo is? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which I will shorten to NaNo here, during NaNo, the idea is to challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in just 30 days – that’s not as scary as it sounds as it only works out to 1,667 words per day, which I usually find to be around 2 pages of typed words in size 11 font, on an A4 page (could be more or less depending on the font/size/page size…

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Planning A Return To University – Stationery Haul Part 1

I have wanted to return to university to complete more studying for a long while now but I have not been able to because of the finance side of it. Well that doesn’t need to be so much of a problem now because they are finally introducing Postgraduate Student Loans here in the UK which work in a similar way to the current Undergraduate Student Loans that the UK already have. I can’t however apply for one just yet as they are not being introduced until the end of June…

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