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Student Bloggers | The UK’s Best Blogs to Read for Students

Why Student Bloggers?

Perpetually plugged into the digital sphere, us millennials live our lives through shiny screens, from photoshoots of avocado toast for the ‘gram, to Snapchatting our cheeky weekend escapades (stolen traffic cones included). But there are also many blogs to read that could help give you a break from the social media madness. The UK has seen heaps of social media influencers flock far and wide developing their signature brand through blogs, from the iconic Zoella to Scottish beauty guru Jamie Genevieve. It’s therefore not surprising that student bloggers are becoming increasingly popular. So whether you’re keen for meal ideas on a budget or tips for self-care, here’s a taste of the UK’s seven best student bloggers.


7 Blogs to read

Nine Grand Student

Having been one of the first university years ordered to fork out nine grand tuition fees a year, the Nine Grand Student took to blogging to document her years at uni. Studying to be an Actuary in the big smoke, her blog revels in her passion for food and guides readers through delicious nosh on a budget in her Student Survival Menu, including where to shop, debunking the myth of own brands, restaurant reviews and how to use up leftovers (mac n’ cheeseboard, anyone?). It’s a fascinating blog to read in 2019.


A Little Button


Ever found yourself seriously considering how to clean your ceiling as a procrastination method? If you’re struggling with coursework or motivation, or you’re low-key crapping yourself thinking about moving away from home, A Little Button will guide you through the ups and downs of uni life, from first year to graduation and beyond.


Just George J

Hailing from Lincoln and now studying a master’s degree, Just George J entices readers through witty humour and candid chat, documenting his time at uni year by year, including funny anecdotes and fab tips on finding accommodation, preparing for lectures and combatting ‘student worries’.


Life of a Glasgow Student  

A student from Burma who documents her time at the University of Glasgow, Life of a Glasgow Student is a comforting read for any overseas students not sure what to expect when traveling across the globe for their studies, including the realities of Fresher’s Week and how to explore your newfound surroundings. This is definitely one of the best blogs to read this year. 


Emily Underworld


An alternative lifestyle blog that revolves around trendy witchy fashion and the best London haunts for shopping, eating and crafting, Emily Underworld is a funny, spooky hang-out for quirky students.


The Jack Experience                                         

Talking, typing and tweeting his way through education, fashion, lifestyle and travel, The Jack Experience encompasses a healthy balance of uni advice from his studies in Durham, including exam self-care tips, and inspiring traveling stories, like his awesome guide to interrailing. You can also check out his popular Youtube channel for hilarious and relatable vlogs.


The Healthy Hangover  

Doing pretty much what it says on the can, The Healthy Hangover guides students through how to’s, reviews and recipes on nutritious and mouth-watering hangover grub, including tips on saving money, and recipes like honey and mustard glazed coke gammon and chickpea patties.

If you prefer the less healthy options, be sure to check out That London Duo on Instagram, for a range of tasty delights to get you through your hangover. 

Do you have a fave student blogger that we forgot to mention? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you’re keen for more student advice, have a peek at our blog.

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Creative Ways For Fashion Brands to Market To Students in 2020

Limited budget, questionable outfits during 9am lectures and an unlimited thirst for comfy hoodies – it seems that striking the right balance between fashion and accessibility when marketing to students can seem like an impossible task.

So what exactly are the perks of marketing to students for fashion brands and how will doing so increase your sales?

Though staying a la mode may not seem like a top priority for students, research from Topman shows that students believe that being in style is an essential component of navigating their studies, with 75% saying they changed their fashion style upon starting university, and 41% believing that dressing right and keep up with student fashion trends is a must.

Emma Galpin, digital marketing manager at Topman, said: “The misconception about students is that they blow all their student loan on partying, when in fact they prioritise fashion over bar crawls and believe that looking the part is just as important at university as making their grades.

And if there are an estimated 5 million students in the UK according to UCAS, with 535,200 freshers as of 2016  and an average spend of £30 billion – that’s a pretty massive demographic who are dying to get their hands on the latest pair of Topshop boots.

And if you’re wondering – how the heck do I market my fashion brand to appeal to style-conscious students?

That’s where we come in.

With more than a decade of student marketing experience under our belt, including collaborations with the UK’s biggest fashion and retail brands, such as NIKE, Hollister, Clinique, IOLLA, House of Fraser and Benefit Cosmetics, we know our stuff when it comes to student fashion and spending habits.

From making the most of online audiences to fostering relationships with student press, there are a myriad of ways to increase fashion brand appeal to the student market.

Increase Conversion Rates Through Re-targeted Facebook and Instagram Ads

When it comes to students and online shopping, it’s a match made in heaven.

According to Voxburner, around 28% of young people (aged 16-24) buy the majority of their clothes online and via apps, with students claiming that online shopping is an easier option than shopping in person. I mean, who has time to traipse through town when you’re swamped with essay deadlines?

Student discounts like those from the UNiDAYs app which boasts more than 4.3 million users, as well as online discounts from massive fashion and retail brands like ASOS, offering 10% off to students, and Amazon, offering a FREE Amazon Prime membership for students for the first 6 months, prove that there’s demand from students when it comes to online shopping.

So how do you determine a fashion marketing strategy to appeal to digital student shoppers?

Through re-targeted Facebook ads.

Not convinced?

Statistics show that of all 18-24 year olds in the UK, there are 3.8 million female users and 3.9 million male users – not too shabby an amount of potential customers if you ask me.

That means that if students are online browsing, and haven’t yet committed to purchasing any products (maybe they’re waiting for their student loan to gift them some dolla) – they’ll be re-directed back to the website through Facebook, increasing the likelihood of them completing an order.

So how does it work?

It’s pretty simple. You can re-target visitors back to your website by creating custom audiences with Facebook and targeting lookalike audiences to expand your reach. If they still aren’t convinced – you can target the ads with a slight discount to encourage them to click, a great way of giving students an excuse to shell out on a new backpack or party dress. Check out this handy piece on how to track shopping cart abandonment through re-targeted Facebook ads.

Run Fashion Shows/Events In Student Venues

Face-to-face interaction and event marketing with your target audience will create memorable experiences and show them that you genuinely care about their custom – leading to an increase in brand loyalty and what every business person is looking for – sales.

How do we know?

After ten years of running the biggest and best Freshers’ Festival in the UK, we know the value of experiential and F2F marketing. Here are our reasons why event marketing is a smart choice for winning student and millennial customers.

Putting on fashion shows in student unions with discounted tickets, raffles and competitions is therefore a fab way of directly reaching out to your market and providing a positive experience of your brand as well as increasing brand awareness.

According to Forbes, 60% of millennials said they are loyal to a brand especially if they have built a relationship with them through positive experiences. Research also states that customers who recognise a brand are less likely to pay attention to other brands who they aren’t familiar with. the NSPCC also states that students consider social activity a priority, meaning events are a sure fire way of increasing fashion sales to students.

And since most students are on social media, you can easily run a hashtag for an event to increase your  following and customer base online. It’s a win-win.

Create Style Guides Tailored To Students

Since most students enter university fresh out of high school – many feel like their fashion sense may not be their greatest strength – which is why student fashion style guides are so popular, created by national newspapers like the Telegraph and the Guardian as well as independent publications like The Skinny.

But how do we know that style guides work?

Two-thirds of UK students spend their free time shopping according to the Independent  and so style guides influence student purchasing decisions, by proving that a brand tailors their products to their fashion interests. Research from the Freshers Marketing Report reveals that 87% of 18-24s want brands to entertain, inform and inspire them.

It could be a style guide on casual but of the moment fashion for everyday student living, or a budget friendly guide on outfits fit for nights on the town. Either way, tailoring content via digital or print is a fantastic way of attracting new and existing customers and giving them incentives to shop with you over another brand who doesn’t take the time to consider the student demographic.

Collaborate With Student Websites & Influencers

The Independent conducted research on the top 10 student pass-times, which included reading blogs.

Taking advantage of student reading habits through student magazines or by collaborating with Influencers and bloggers will increase exposure of your brand to students and allow you to easily access your target demographic directly and likely, at a much lower fee than with more well known press.

Need more convincing?

There are heaps of other perks of advertising through student lead media.

Reaching out to student bloggers and social media influences to run campaigns will also allow your brand to stay up to date with what students are looking for from a fashion perspective but also utilize a fresh audience that you might not otherwise have access to. Giving bloggers the chance to run competitions with your items will give them better online visibility as well legitimizing your products for a student audience. Here are the many benefits of working with social media influencers.

Interested in other ways of marketing to student and millennial audiences? Check out our Playbook or get involved with the UK’s largest freshers events.


Student and Millennial Marketing Strategies

Social Media Marketing For Millennials

With Generation Z an increasingly popular buzzword, people are forgetting about social media marketing to millenials. As part of the digital generation, millennials engage the most with brands through online and social media activity.

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll recognize the impact of social media in our day-to-day lives, and how it influences our perspectives and experiences.

But how do we utilize the value of social media marketing for our business?

It’s simple, really.

You have to create an effective strategy and understand the social media habits of the millennial demographic.

With the right strategy in place, social media marketing for millennials will build an audience, create a trustworthy brand and lead to the generation of more sales.

The Freshers Marketing Report by The Beans Group showed that 33% of students say they spend more than 20 hours a week online while at university, while Hubspot claims that 84% of millennials do not trust traditional advertising.

Elite Daily also discovered that 62% of millennials say that if a brand engages with them on social networks they are more likely to become a loyal customer, and 58% of millennials expect brands to publish content online, wanting to see that content rank authenticity before making a purchase.

And since the profit power of student and millennial audiences is astronomical, with 2.27 million students studying at UK Higher Education Institutes and a further 2.7 million studying in further education, with a combined total of £30 BILLION per year spending power (UCAS) – there’s big bucks to be made from using social media to reach millennial audiences.

Check out our handy infographic explaining the power and statistics of student spending.

Sharing over a decade of experience marketing to millennials successfully (having attracted 10,409 Millennials (aged 17-24) to our live event in Glasgow last year, with aim this year being to dominate London) we’ve calculated the do’s and don’ts of social media marketing for millennials. You’re welcome!


Do Make the Most of Snapchat & Instagram Stories

Though Facebook and Twitter are still popular platforms for millennials, and should definitely be used to engage with those audiences, it’s Snapchat and Instagram that are favoured by this young demographic.

New statistics by the Pew Research Centre find that 68% of millennials are on Facebook, while only 45% are on Twitter. In comparison, a massive 78% of 18-24 year olds are on Snapchat and 71% are on Instagram.

There are heaps of opportunities for marketers on these platforms, from placing video ads within live stories to taking advantage of Snapchat’s Discover platform, where media companies have their own channels.

You can also go for sponsored geofilters, which allow brands to target users based on location, giving them branded filters to put over their images. For example, last year Taco Bell’s Cinco De Mayo filter found huge success on Snapchat, being viewed more than 224 million times. Its filter transformed the face of the user into a taco covered in sauce, and this campaign became the most effective in the app’s history.

Instagram also makes the most of the appeal of visual content online, and Instagram stories have the advantage of short, concise snippets of content that you can create on-the-go, and since it expires after 24 hours, it doesn’t need to be ‘perfect’, and in fact, the more candid and authentic the content is the more likely it’ll receive millennial engagement.


Don’t Forget To Find Ways to Collaborate

Millennials value personalization and sincere, authentic experiences with brands. We are living in the age of authenticity – and what’s the best way to deliver candid content? By collaborating directly with your target demographic.

According to HubSpot, 42% of millennial consumers state that they want to help companies develop future products and services, coinciding with the experience economy driven by young people and the idea that millennials value experiences over things.

Creating user generated content will provide an authentic, personalised dimension to your brand that benefits both you and your followers.

Personalization matters, something that Tom McGee in Forbes summarizes, “Millennials want a customer-centric experience in which they feel wanted and valued”.

Reach out to your audience and offer them products or services for a free trial period in exchange for their stories, opinions or photos to use on social media. The fact that millennials are open to this type of collaboration will increase your sales and brand engagement since 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.


Do Focus on Quality Over Quantity

Since we know already that millennials prefer experiences over ‘stuff’, it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that this demographic are more interested in high-quality content over being bombarded with a massive quantity of posts that’ll just get lost or ignored in the feed.

According to Harvard Business Review, when it comes to online marketing, 74% of millennials get frustrated by overly frequent marketing communications, and prefer fewer communications that are more relevant.

In fact, the same review shows that 70% of millennials are happy with brands tracking their consumer behaviour, going hand-in-hand with the idea that less frequent, tailored content will be more effective in brand engagement and the potential of sales and conversions.


Do Create Effective Video Content

Though digital and text-based stories that showcase your brand personality and culture, such as blogs, are crucial to a robust content marketing strategy, high quality, effective video content will also reel in millennial customers and grow your brand awareness and sales.

But where’s the evidence?

Well, millennials are more interested in choosing online video content than they are watching TV, since according to Cisco, 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2020 will be from online videos, making video a sure-fire way of getting your brand noticed for the right reasons. Video content that provokes an emotional reaction will form a connection between you and your demographic. Adweek revealed that comedic video ads resulted in a 50% increase in brand familiarity.

PLUS, millennials with businesses who market to their peers, according to in-depth research by Magisto, prioritize video content as a means of reaching their demographic, with 85% using video in their marketing strategy 45% dedicated more than one quarter of their budget to it.


Find out more about our London and Glasgow Freshers Festival events and our philosophy of student and Millennial event marketing here.

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Smash Your Student Spending – Top Tips on How to Save As A Student

Sponsored content from The Curve app.

Wouldn’t it be nice if managing your student finance money wasn’t a big, stressful, complicated thing? Well say no more, the Freshers Festival & Curve Team are here with plenty of advice on how to make your money stretch a little bit further and don’t forget to head to the Curve website & use the code FRESHFES to get a free £5 and download Curve by clicking here.

1. Get the Big Picture

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We were shocked when we saw that 78% students in the UK worry about making ends meet yet one third of students are not budgeting. 5% of students said that they weren’t even considering what they were spending at all during their time at University! One of the biggest reasons why students are not in control of their money is because they are unable to see the big picture, a large percentage of students have multiple cards but have no idea where their money is going. Gone are the times of the little black book where your grandparents wrote down every penny they had ever spent but have no fear, Curve is here.

As a student, managing money in more than one account can often be difficult which makes budgeting for the term even harder. However, Curve have solved this problem and allows you to manage all your spending across all your bank accounts in one easy to use app. Their dashboard is the perfect way to track your spending on everything from your latte to late night kebab. 

2. Feel Rewarded

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As a student, freebies, offers, cashback and discounts are more important than ever. There is no better sensation than feeling rewarded for spending your money wisely. From the 16-25 Railcard to your Student Card your wallet should be bursting with money saving tricks, but you don’t need to just stop there. Most retailers and restaurants have special offers for students whether it is an extended Happy Hour or Half Price on selected items so don’t be afraid to ask in store or when you get the menu.

You may also be surprised by the number of partners that companies have! Everyone from your student bank to your favourite app will have a list of offers and cashback incentives that you can start using to stay on top of your student finances.

3. Put the F in FX

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And by F we mean FREE. Keep those minds clean, just like how we plan to keep your bank account and statements clean.

One of the best things about being a student is having plenty of freedom and so many students use that freedom to explore the world. With banks offering free travel insurance and discount websites like StudentUniverse providing low cost travel deals, trotting the globe as a student has never been cheaper. Travel cards and travel money cards are a great asset to your wallet, but apps like Curve are offering even better incentives, right from your mobile device.

Curve are offering users free FX and free ATM usage abroad so no more fees! You can spend up to £500 abroad with no charges and withdraw £200 for free on the free blue Curve card. With their Curve black card your spending abroad is unlimited with ATM withdrawals of up £400 a month for free. This is £9.99 a month but also includes gadget insurance and worldwide travel insurance! Whether you are a foreign student studying in the UK or about to take on your next adventure, say F YES to 0FX. 

4. Mo Money No Problems

With studying, socialising and showering there are not enough hours in the day when you are a student. There are those heroes among us that also juggle a part-time job, but for most of us, this isn’t an option.

Or is it…? How, I hear you cry? Well, in this age of technology there are plenty of apps on the hunt for student ambassadors. Everyone from Hinge to Deliveroo is on the hunt for a student representative. If you are part of a society, sports team or just enjoy socialising with others on Campus – you fit the criteria. Apps like Curve will create a special referral code for you to share with your peers and you will get £5 every time they sign up and make their first transaction. Getting extra cash has never been so easy!

For more information on student saving tips and to download the Curve app. Head to the Curve website now. Use the code FRESHFES to get a free £5 and download Curve by clicking here.

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What Students Expect from Brands at Exhibitions.

After 13 years of running the Freshers Festival across the UK, we have listened to thousands of 16-25 year olds give their opinion on what they expect to see from brands at live events. Most Universities and Colleges run fresher’s fairs with free pizza and plenty of pens but is it enough? Here are 3 quick tips on how to make your stand more engaging for students, from students.

1. Make Your Message Relevant

Hundreds of companies large and local exhibit at welcome weeks across the country however not everyone understands the audience they are speaking to. It isn’t enough just to assume that a student is going to stop by your stand because you are a well-known brand. Even if you are a national name, you have to think what it is you can do to get students to look up from their smartphones and engage with you.

Think about what you can say out loud that will stop a student in their tracks and encourage them to spend time talking to you. Of course, this message should be on brand but think about why they would be interested in what you are offering.

“There are so many companies at these events that it is hard to visit all the stands. Most of the time, unless their brand or stand is out there, I will probably walk past. Especially if it is a company I think that I already know.”

Photo from Freshers Festival London – Fika

2. “There’s So Much Room for Activities”

Now that you have managed to get the student to stop and talk to you, why not engage them with an activity? From the Domino’s spinwheel to the Deliveroo static bikes we have seen a lot of amazing experiences for students to interact with, so it is important to think outside the box and go big.

There are some things that you will always see at welcome weeks and freshers’ fairs like pens, pizza, totes and tumblers so MIX IT UP.  Make your activity or giveaway relevant to your company and what you do. For example, if you are a tech company why not hand out portable chargers or phone stands with your branding on?

“I’m not going to lie, most of the time if I attend events with loads of freebies, most of them end up in the bin when I get back. If it isn’t useful or cool, I stick it in a drawer and throw it away when cleaning my room out at the end of the year.”

Photo from Freshers Festival Glasgow – Deliveroo

3.Think Picture Perfect

There is a very large chance that students will be on their phones whilst walking around the event so why not take advantage of it? Encourage them to take a picture of your stand or to join a selfie competition and share it on their social media sites with a specific hashtag.

Make sure your stand is #ready. If you are a cosmetics brand, why not have live festival make up sessions complete with a photobooth? Or, if you are a drinks brand, why not turn your stand into a beach bar or VIP area?

Amazon is a great place to source last minute props on a budget, they are cheaper than party shops and have a huge selection of items.

“The best thing about meeting brands at events is seeing all the exciting things they have on offer. Taking part in online competitions is easy and I love growing my follower base by using event hashtags and seeing who else is taking part.”

Photo from Freshers Festival London – YADA Events

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Our IKEA ‘Back to University’ Student Essentials

Replenish your student home for the new term with our list of essentials from IKEA.



FLITIGHET  18-Piece Service 

This 18-piece dinnerware set can be used for any occasion. From small intimate meals with your housemates to a lovely home cooked dinner when your family comes to visit.

Price: £16




It’s impact resistant, shatters without sharp edges, is great for both hot and cold drinks and only costs 50p.

Price: £0.50


ANNONS 5-Piece Cookware Set

Not only is this 5-piece cookware set incredibly affordable, you can monitor your cooking through the glass lids. So no excuse for burning that spaghetti.

Price: £8



Enjoy a cheeky morning coffee before lectures with this stoneware mug.  

Price: £0.65

DIREKT 3-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set

No need to ask to borrow your flatmate’s spatula any more. This 3-piece kitchen utensil set has you covered.

Price: £6


DRAGON 24-Piece Cutlery Set

A complete stainless steel cutlery set for your kitchen.

Price: £15


TROLLPIL Tea Towel – 2 Pack

Your turn to pack away the dishes? Dry your plates, cups and cookware with this super absorbent tea towel set.

Price: £4.50



It’s not just a clock, but also a thermometer, alarm, and timer too.   

Price: £4.50




Rest your noggin on one of these HAMPDÅN pillows. You can choose a soft or hard one depending on your preference.

Price: £5-6


JÄTTEVALLMO  Quilt Cover and 2 Pillowcases

This 100% pure cotton duvet gets softer with every wash. Winner!

Price: £20


ULLVIDE Fitted Sheet

Extra soft, extra durable and extra comfy. What’s not to love?

Price: £9



Having a lie in? Cozy up in bed with this warm, easy-care quilt.

Price: £12


FAGERGINST Quilt cover and 2 pillowcases

Give your bed a cool quilt cover and pillowcase that you’ll love. Again, it gets softer with every wash so you’ll love it more and more.

Price: £25


DIMPA Storage Bag

Give your bed a cool quilt cover and pillowcase that you’ll love. Again, it gets softer with every wash so you’ll love it more and more.

Price: £25


JÄLL Laundry Bag with Stand

The JÄLL laundry bag holds up to 70L worth of laundry, which is great if you have long gaps between laundry day.  

Price: £2.50


PRESSA Hanging Dryer 16 Clothes Pegs

Is it laundry day already? Dry your washing on this indoor and outdoor PRESSA hanging dryer.

Price: £3


VÄGGIS Noticeboard

Pin up study notes, memos and pictures on this VÄGGIS noticeboard. You’ll never lose them again.

Price: £4.95


DOKUMENT Magazine File Set of 2

Tidy up your desk and shelves by placing books, files and folders in the DOKUMENT magazine holder.

Price: £6



Every student needs a good desk to work from. The MICKE desk gives you plenty of space and is extendable with other desks and drawers in the
MICKE collection.  

Price: £40



Power your bright ideas with this easily adjustable JANSJÖ LED light.

Price: £10


DOKUMENT Wastepaper Basket

This handy wastepaper basket can fit just about anywhere if you need to throw something away.  

Price: £5



Student and Millennial Marketing Strategies

How student ambassador programmes can boost your brand

Who are student ambassadors?

Student ambassadors are current students who link universities with the wider community. Using their local knowledge, bubbly personalities and connections, student ambassadors are often a friendly face around campus who help students ease into university life.

As 84% of us are more likely to trust recommendations from family and friends over traditional advertising, brands who want to access the £20 billion student market could benefit from using the familiar presence of student reps to promote their brand on and off campus.

Student ambassador programmes

If you want to get students on board, a student ambassador programme can give your company the leverage it needs to reach students directly.

Uber took this opportunity in 2014 with their UK student ambassador programme. To get more students using their app, Uber recruited students to plan promotional events, partner with key organisations across campus and liaise with Uber HQ to drive new sign ups. In return, student reps were paid, given Uber credit, VIP access to events and other perks.

Another example is Red Bull, who also launched their own student marketeer programme where recruits were tasked with delivering tailor-made sales and marketing strategies to attract students in their local area.

Student ambassador programmes can revamp your brand while allowing you to access a wider student customer base. For students, it gives them the chance to boost their CV and earn some money while they’re at it.  

If your company can’t afford to pay students, but still wish to use ambassadors to attract a younger audience, then there are plenty of other ways to reward hard working student ambassadors. You can offer ambassadors perks such as CV reviews, company discounts at selected brands, vouchers, job interview training and anything else you can think of which could add value to their time spent with you.

So if you’re thinking of new ways to attract the student market, consider the benefits of working with the people who know students the best — other students.

If your brand is looking for ways to engage with students in 2020 be sure to check out our extensive guide to student marketing.

Photo from Raptor London
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How to Cope with Exam Disappointment

It’s that time of year again, when students everywhere are frantically refreshing their inboxes, stomachs churning in anticipation of exam results, hoping that all of those hours spent locked up in the library with a Tesco meal deal have finally paid off.

But lo and behold, the umpteenth tap of the enter key reveals your worst nightmare, a result that triggers a feeling not unlike the one you felt when your flatmate gave you food poisoning after cooking a questionable lasagna. Exam disappointment is the worst, which is why we’re here to coach you through this crappy time. Here are our top tips to help you cope with those underwhelming results, from cathartic dancing to cake making.


Find Healthy Ways to Express Your Feelings  

The worst thing you can do is to stew upon those negative feelings, letting them peck away at your spirit until you feel like giving up. Though your emotional turmoil may not exactly be a walk in the park, finding ways of releasing those emotions will help you heal, move on, and revise your academic plans.

If you’re a sporty type, engaging in some form of physical exercise with friends, whether that’s shooting some hoops or choreographing a dance routine to Beyonce’s latest track, will help express your feelings in a healthy way. Or if you prefer art or writing or strumming your acoustic, whatever your niche, using it as a means of catharsis will help you accept your situation.


Speak to Someone You Trust

Have a friend at another uni that’s experiencing a similar dilemma? Talk to them, whether that’s on messenger, through Skype, or traveling to see them. That connection with someone you trust will help alleviate those difficult emotions and give you the means of assessing the bigger picture. Or if your keen to speak to someone outside of the situation, like a family member, reach out and vent with them if you need to, then talk through your options. Getting support during difficult times will give you the honesty and clarity you need to move on.


Practice Self Care

It’s important to take time to relax and unwind, obsessing is never healthy and it won’t make you feel any better. Though they can be important, your grades won’t define your future success. Remember this while you practice some self care, treat yourself to a massage, do some baking with your friends, run yourself a fancy bath or let your significant other cook you up a tasty meal. Looking after yourself and taking small steps like these will release pent up stress.


Learn From Your Mistakes

When you’re ready to recognize where you went wrong and what lead to your disappointing result, put a plan of action into place, it’ll feel empowering and help to inspire you to get over this bump in the road. It could be that you chose a subject that you’re not naturally adept at, so drop the course and move onto to something that better suits your knowledge and skills. Or maybe you procrastinated too much with Netflix documentaries when you were supposed to be studying, so put in place a study schedule and space for your resits or future exams.


Keep Yourself Motivated  

No matter what, you shouldn’t let a small disappointment sabotage your confidence or motivation to succeed. There are heaps of ways to keep yourself motivated, from books and fitness classes to reading up on your favourite celebrity moguls and how they made their career. You’ll be surprised at how many people fail before achieving success. Steve Jobs was a university drop out and Oprah got fired from her first reporting job at twenty-three, but that didn’t stop them dominating their industries. Seek out inspiring stories to help you keep your eye on the prize.


Any of these tips help you cope with your exam results? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re keen for more advice, check out our other blogs here.

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Expert Tips for Finding Summer Work

So you’ve been making the most of post-exam bliss, a month of honeyed sunshine, BBQ’s in the park and cheeky promos at your union. But you’re slowly coming to the realisation that your student loan is running out and your CV sits discarded in a pile on your desk with last night’s leftover Chinese. It’s time to find a job, and what better timing than the bustling summer months, to gain some experience, some new pals and some much-needed cash. Here are our top tips for finding summer work, with some expert advice from recruiters at Primo Associates.


Spruce Up Your CV  

Make sure that no rogue comma or spelling mistake rears its ugly head in your CV and sabotages your chances at nabbing that awesome local bar job or summer camp position. Remember that though the email address you made in 2007 was probably hilarious ([email protected]), a professional email address, tone and structure is vital to making a good impression on a future employer or recruiter. If you’re keen on understanding how to make the most of your CV, check out these pieces on how to write a great CV and the most creative CV’s to inspire your job hunt.


Discover The Hidden Job Market  

Some of the best jobs aren’t always advertised, so ask around with friends and family to see if they know of any cool opportunities that aren’t in the public eye. Networking is hugely important for this, so if you’re part of any clubs at uni, or professional bodies outside of your studies, make the most of their events to chat with people and expand your circle of contacts. You never know, your ideal summer job could be right where you least expect it.


Seek Out Employers Face to Face

Putting a face to a name more often than not will make you more memorable in a sea of anonymous candidates applying for one position. Print out a bunch of CV’s and hand them out in person to local businesses, that way you’ll have the chance of meeting your potential boss, making the right impression and landing an interview. Retail and hospitality jobs are especially partial to this approach, so never underestimate the effect of a smile and a solid handshake over a mundane, dime-a-dozen email.

“If there’s a particular field you’re looking to work in or company you’d love a job at after your studies, enquire about work experience, shadowing or filling in any temporary positions. Getting your foot in the door as an undergrad will help no end when you graduate. Also make sure that you’re being paid the right wage for your age, you can do that by checking out national minimum wages here.” – Tony Devine, Director at Primo Associates.


Prepare Yourself For An Interview

Though this may seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised at how many people don’t prepare well enough for an interview, relying only on their application to secure them a role. From being on time and researching the company you’re interviewing with, to dressing appropriately and keeping on top of your nerves, it’s vital that you nail this part of the process to give you the best chances of success. Here are some interview tips to help you land the job as well as some common interview questions and answers.


Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

So you’re in the library on a caffeine-fuelled job hunt, scrolling through site after site until you spot your dream summer job. You click apply, and begin imagining your what your life would be like if you bagged this role, how impressive your LinkedIn profile would look and how glamorous your wardrobe would be. Stop right there. Though it’s good to know what you want, and what your skills and experience are best suited for, it’s a dangerous game to put all of your eggs in one basket, as you could risk disappointment. Be open to different opportunities and don’t take rejection too personally.


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2018’s Best Student Gadgets

From the crucial role of selfie sticks when we’re roaming the town to swanky smartphones for recording lectures with a hangover, it seems us students can’t get enough of the latest tech. And as Ariel from The Little Mermaid once professed, we’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty! So if you’re keen to acclimatise yourself with the newest additions to the digital world – we’re here to help. We’ve curated a list of the crème de la crème of student gadgets from 2018, including devices to help with essay writing and research as well as post-exam parties in the park.


Sipu Power Bank 24000mAh Portable Charger

Price: £21.99

There’s nothing worse than waking up and realising that despite being plugged in the night before, your phone is out of battery. If you’re in a rush, keen to get to your 9am lecture on time, and need your phone to soak up some juice to keep you going throughout the day, then the Sipu Power Bank Portable Charger is bound to be your hero. With three charging ports for both iOS and Android devices, this dainty digital is an expert in quick, high power charging, ideal for busy days. Plus its compact size and LED flashlights make it easy to find and carry from place to place.


Casio FX-CG20 Advanced Graphic Calculator

Price: £135.25

Though you may be asking yourself, ‘why the heck would I spend that much on a calculator?’ once you’ve heard what this bad boy can do, you’ll be whipping out your bank card in no time. If you’re a science or maths student, this Casio Advanced Graphic Calculator is here to satisfy all of your graph and number based needs. With a character display with over 65,000 colours, innovative picture plot function enabling analysis of images and video, extensive range of functions including Dynamic Graphs, Geometry, Spreadsheet and e-Activity, massive storage and a three-year guarantee, this is the calculator of your dreams. Worth the investment, it can see you through uni and beyond.


Canon Pixma Colour Ink All-in-One Printer

Price: £88.89

Don’t fancy battling the torrential rain to get to the library printer? Always find that when you do make it there before your essay deadline, there’s a massive queue? Solve all of your printing problems with the Canon Pixma Colour Ink All-in-One Printer, since not only will it save you time printing essays, but it boasts heaps of options that your boring library printer won’t have, like printing from a smartphone, tablet and camera, printing from wi-fi, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display and ability to print, copy and scan.


Salter EK2408 Coffee Maker to Go Personal Filter Coffee Machine

Price: £23.99

Coffee addicts, rejoice! Instead of clamouring through the queue to get a sub-par cappuccino from the uni café, why not rustle up your own cuppa with the Salter Coffee Maker to Go. At this sweet price, it’ll save you cash on expensive coffees as well as time, taking only three to four minutes to pour out a delicious brew.


Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker

Price: £74.99

Named by WIRED as the best Bluetooth speaker of 2018, the UE BOOM 2 Speaker is the perfect portable speaker for BBQ’s in the park, or parties in halls. With clear, crisp sound quality and 360 degree surround sound as well as as being able to pair with eight Bluetooth devices at the same time, it’s guaranteed to see you through your best memories (drunken Beyoncé dancing included).


ACER CB3-431 14″ Chromebook – Silver

Price: £299

You’re not gonna get a better laptop for under £300 than this ACER Chromebook. This stylish lightweight laptop has a full HD display that minimises glare and background light and a 12 hour battery life, ideal for transporting from lecture to lecture. Plus if you’re strapped for cash, you can pay it off at only £14.96 per month – bargain.


What’s your fave gadget of 2018? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re keen for more retail tips or student advice, check out our other blogs here.