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The Short Rant: The library is too hot

The winter is closing in upon us, yet it is not the dark nights or the abrasive weather that I fear. Over the years one builds up an arsenal to deal with such conventional miseries. No, my real fear is the manufactured winter heat, and in no place is this more pronounced than in the […]

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What’s on Your Study Playlist?

Research suggests that students who listen to music whilststudying report better concentration, mood and memory.However, some prefer the defining silence of the library and thescuffles of students doing the walk of shame after failing to finda free desk. If you’re anything like me, you absolutely musthave something playing while you study or the words on […]

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University closes 40 George Square study spaces

On February 4, The University of Edinburgh confirmed that the ‘noisy’ study spaces in 40 George Square have permanently closed. The quiet study space in 40 George Square, located within the New College Library on the building’s ground floor, will remain open. The university did not appear to inform students of the closure before it […]

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Study Spaces and How to Find Them: A Fresher Perspective

Freshers’ Week is often chaotic from the onset. From activity fairs to introductory talks and meeting new people to figuring out food costs. Even conquering the initial awkwardness of using the gym or finding someone (anyone) who has the same classes to ask “Is this really our timetable?” All these questions are part and parcel […]

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How hybrid is your hybrid learning?

With the new academic year beginning, many students waited to hear about how hybrid the hybrid learning at Edinburgh would be. Following an email at the end of last semester, the Vice Principle assured students they would have more in-person teaching next semester compared to the previous year, which for many of us was nothing.  […]

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Studying from home – tips, tricks and getting your reading fix

As I travel back to Edinburgh, I’m unsure of what’s going to greet me but I know I’ll arrive in a slightly different city to the one I left before lockdown. Studying from home (#SFH) this semester will no doubt make it a strange one, but it provides the chance to find a new way […]

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What should we be doing with our time during the ongoing strikes?

Whether you’re in full support of the lecturers’ strike or you are secretly thinking “how could you do this to me right before assignment season”, the impending industrial action doesn’t have to mean the be all and end all of academic success. Disruptions to class timetables are not an excuse to do nothing. In fact with less […]

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Virgin Britain: studies suggest that UK is not ready for sex

When it comes to those first time sexual encounters, Britons aren’t the earliest nor are they the latest, they are in fact, resolutely in the middle. With an average age of virginity loss at just under 18, we are on a European demographic as well as a global level, unremarkable. Yet a study has recently […]