Thinking twice about trashing

Image description: Students take part in traditional post-exam trashing celebrations The University is set to reintroduce the ‘What a Waste’ campaign first launched last year to discourage students from their current trashing practices. The campaign highlights the social, environmental and financial impact of the traditional post-exam celebrations. Many students are probably not aware that we are, […]

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Seven tips to beat exam stress

Exams are approaching, and many students will now be in the deepest depths of a library trying to absorb information via osmosis.  However, many students end up generating more heat than light. Here are some tips to help you stay happy and productive during this revision season. 1) Get some sleep If you go to […]

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Finalists (and why they scare me)

Finalists have made it. They are the kings and queens of the jungle, expert players in the Oxford game. They are old hands at tutorials; they have faced the dreaded exam season and survived.  Every finalist I have ever met has been disarmingly friendly and perfectly polite. Frankly, I find them terrifying. In my mind […]

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Prelims’ pressures and pains

Exam season is well and truly coming. The sun has begun occasionally appearing over Port Meadow, finalists have disappeared into the bowels of their rooms, and the first pictures of ecstatically trashed students have begun to appear on our Facebook feeds. Following on the tail of these picture-postcards of the Oxford summer comes a highly […]

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#SupportAFinalist

As we get further into term and dreaded finals (or prelims) edge ever closer, finalists’ gloomy faces become easier and easier to spot around college. With this in mind, here is a super easy guide to cheering up a your finalist friend/college parent with a care package. Coffee. I would explain why this is a […]

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The unhealthy hype around Finals

“You look very sane for a Finalist.” The sound of these words a few weeks ago did not fill me with the reassurance that their speaker probably anticipated. They sparked a chain of fear in my relatively composed Finalist’s brain. Should I look less sane? I’m evidently not working enough yet to have lost the […]

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The EBacc: The numbers behind inflation and opportunity

By 2018 the ‘English Baccalaureate’ – a pastiche certificate including English, Maths, History/Geography and a language – is intended to replace GCSEs as England’s standard 16-plus measure of academic attainment. Michael Gove announced the move in order to counter the “grade inflation and dumbing down” engendered by GCSEs. Gove’s exam would not only be harder, […]

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