It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
So the term has ended and the Christmas holiday has begun!
It seems like all of my end of term blog posts start off with something along the lines of “wow, this term/year has gone so quickly!!!”
AND THIS TERM IS NO DIFFERENT! The past year has literally flown by! I have made amazing friends *shout out to you all*, I started squash and ice skating lessons during the beginning of this term; and participated in some cool politics things like working with The Daily Politics studio, work experience with the HM Treasury, joining the Politics SSLC and starting to organise a politics workshop for schools as part of the World Youth Organisation!
A few blog posts ago, I mentioned my intention of applying for a job as a Politics Ambassador, and I am super pleased to say that last week I found out I was successful in my application! If you ever see me around during open days, please do say hello! 🙂
This Christmas: My plan is to finish my summative essay for my Political Economy module – this is my first essay which counts towards my overall degree grade! I received my feedback for the formative essay for the module which was really helpful and detailed — which is great as I can use it to improve my summative.
(For those of you who don’t know: A summative essay is one which counts towards your overall grade (unless you are in your first year, in which case it only counts towards your first-year grade), and a formative essay is one which doesn’t count at all — so gives you practise with writing essays)
I also want to brush up on my notes — I have taken on a different approach to my note-taking this year (I will go into more detail on this next year), but I have decided to:
– Handwrite seminar notes, type up lecture notes using wide margins, giving me space to annotate any extra things said or space to form my own opinions (eg: whether I agree or disagree with what the particular slide is suggesting if it is a theory, do I think it is the most important… etc), and similarly type my reading notes, again with wide margins so I can annotate over the document. I then make summary notes for each lecture, where I also try to link topics into other topics.
— I have found this approach to be super helpful because it keeps my notes organised; I know exactly where everything is.
Well, this will be my last post this year; as I also want to use the time wisely to spend time with family and friends! Hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and see you in the new year! 🙂
Shanita 🙂 xo