Beat the January Blues by exercising

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January isn’t exactly the most favoured month of the year. Not only is it cold, dark and wet outside, but after all of the festive fun and excitement of December, coming back to reality and routine in January can be tough. The long lie-ins, excessive consumption of food and the joyous reunions and celebrations with your family and friends from back home over the holidays felt so good. But now instead, you’re sat facing reality which consists of 9am lectures, upcoming exams and a busy semester ahead – it’s no wonder you’re feeling fed up.

But January doesn’t have to be all bad. There’s lots you can do to take your mind off things and lift your spirits, such as exercising. Be it working out in the gym or heading outside for a walk or run around the city, we guarantee you’ll feel a whole lot better after exercising.

In fact, within just a few minutes of exercising your mood can improve for the better. How, you ask? Well, as you start to move and your heart rate increases, your brain reacts by releasing chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which all play a role in happiness and therefore will make you feel good!

And with this in mind, if you’re feeling stressed about assignment deadlines, upcoming exams or the like, a trip to the gym could be the solution. It’ll not only make you feel better because of the happy chemicals being released, but a break away from your computer or revision notes is sure to help too. Exercising will take your mind off your worries and when you return to your work, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to give it another go.

Still not convinced exercise will help beat the Blues? Surely feeling healthier and fitter will though? Lifting weights or sweating it out with some cardio will help to keep you in shape and you can even burn off any excess weight you may have put on after over indulging at Christmas. Exercising can transform your body, and in turn can help you feel stronger, more independent and confident – which is great way to start the year, right?

Although we’ve just suggested that exercising can make you feel more independent, it doesn’t mean it’s an activity you have to carry out on your own. Exercising is an activity that can be enjoyed with others. Whether you join a running club, workout with your friends or simply strike a conversation with other members in the gym, it’s a great way to socialise and meet new people – while keeping fit too!

And for those of you that are trying to save money after an excessive few weeks, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need to reach for your purse to exercise. Outdoor activities such as walking and running won’t cost you a penny, and if you’re a resident living with us here at The Curve, you gain free access to our on-site gym which features both weights and cardio machines.

So, no more excuses? Exercise your way through January and you’ll probably feel a whole lot better for it.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London, stay with us here at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

5 revision techniques to help you remember

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Revision can be tough. What do you revise? Where do you start? When’s the best time to learn? How much do you need to know? And on top of all of that, once you have revised, you need to make sure you remember everything for the exams! But fear not. There are lots of tricks and techniques that you can try when revising which will help you remember more. Let’s take a look at some of them…

1. Write it down
From riding a bike to baking a cake, the more you do something, the easier it gets – and the better you become at it. Well, the same goes for revision. Write your notes repeatedly and you’ll soon find that a lot of the information begins to stick in your mind. The more times you write them down, the more likely you’ll be able to remember the information without even looking. And by the time you come to sit the exam, once you start writing, the information will all come flooding back to you!

2. Read out loud
As you read your revision notes, you might find you start to read on auto-pilot mode and you end up thinking about everything else other than the subject in hand– meaning you’re not actually taking in your notes (we’ve all been there). Instead, read them and then try to recite them – only glancing back at them when you can’t remember something. This method is a much better way to get it stuck in your mind as it forces your brain to remember the information.

3. Teach what you’ve learned
Written, read and recited your revision notes? Think you’re ready to be examined? Great! So why not try explaining what you’ve learnt to someone else. By explaining the topic in your own words, you’ll soon discover any aspects which you don’t fully understand or can’t quite remember, therefore, highlighting the areas that require further research and revision.

4. Use mnemonics
Trying to remember a lot of information can be difficult – especially if it’s a collection of facts or processes. Mnemonics are where you create a memorable phrase, which in turn prompts you to remember the information that is more difficult to remember. You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’ – which refers to the points of the compass (North, East, South, West), or ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’ – which refers to the colours of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). Try creating your own and see how much more you remember!

5. Visualise
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and for many, this is very true. Try combining images with text or creating mind maps (a diagram where you have a concept in the middle and branching off this concept are other key words associated to the concept). The idea being that when you need to recall information on a particular topic, you remember the images, key words or positioning of key words on the map and they will help trigger your memory about the finer details.

The above techniques are simply suggestions, everyone learns in a different way so choose the techniques which work best for you! On top of revision techniques, things such as drinking plenty of water, eating healthily, exercising and getting a good night sleep will all help to contribute to a more successful revision period!

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