NATIONAL STATIONERY WEEK: SELINA
It’s National Stationery Week this week and to celebrate we have interviewed some awesome up-and-coming influencer’s who are all going through exams, to give you some insightful advice on preparing for those dreaded days!
MEET SELINA HAMILTON
Today we are talking to Selina Hamilton, A 20 year old Psychology student at the University of Exeter. She is in her final year of university and hopes to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. Selina’s YouTube channel currently has over 12k subscribers, who watch her videos on her life as a student.
Can you tell us why you started your YouTube channel?
I started my YouTube because I myself was an avid viewer, so much so that I wanted to start my own channel. Initially, I was all about the beauty YouTubers and created my own makeup tutorials. However, i grew out of that and now enjoy creating videos of my lifestyle much more. I produce mostly vlogs, which revolve mainly around my student life and the studying that comes with that. Another reason I created my YouTube channel is because one weird quality about myself is that I constantly talk to myself! So, I figured why not just put a camera there?!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a YouTube channel?
My advice to someone wanting to create a Youtube channel is to JUST START! I put it off for so long because I wanted to start "at the right time", but there is no right time. My only regret is not starting sooner. It doesn't matter if you don't have all the high tech equipment, you don't need it! Just sit in front of a large window in day light and film on your phone! It doesn't need to be perfect content right away, just starting is the best thing to do!
What do you do to prep for exams?
I first create numerous schedules and lists before revision. These allow me to gauge how much time I have, how many tasks I have to complete in that time, and therefore how many tasks I should be aiming to complete per day. Usually, the first thing to do is to make sure all your notes are complete and you're caught up on lectures. This also involves ensuring that your understanding of the content is there. Next, I start making my revision materials: notes, flashcards, mind-maps, essay plans. Then, I try to learn all of it off by heart. I'm an oral learner so I like to learn to speak all of my notes/essay plans etc off by heart. Finally, I will do practice questions/mock exams! It’s a lot but I just have to knuckle down and get it done!
How do you keep motivated through exam season?
I keep motivated throughout exam season mostly by the pressure to do well! I like to remind myself that all the hard work will pay off and hopefully be reflected in my grade. In the past, it has been the case that my hard work is rewarded and when I receive my grades, I definitely feel like working hard was worth it. This rewarding feeling is what keeps me going. I also like to remind myself of the bigger picture; this is just a temporary period in my life that will pass, and once it does I can relax and be guilt free over the summer!
What advice would you give to someone struggling through their exams?
My advice would be to keep reminding yourself of why you're doing this and what the end goal is (e.g. it'll help you get into the uni you want to get into, it'll advance you in your career path). It's also very important to still give yourself breaks and one mistake I often make is to be over-ambitious with how much work I can get done in a day! Make sure you're realistic about how much you can get done and to not be too hard on yourself - it's necessary to take breaks. You should also vent to your friends, as they will also be struggling, and that can make you feel like you're not alone! Finally, NEVER be scared to reach out to your teachers or lecturers for help or advice, it's what they are there for.
What are your go-to stationery items for exam prep?
OMG, highlighters, hands down!! Highlighters and coloured pens are absolute essentials for me! I really like my revision material to be neat and aesthetically-pleasing, so colour coding is a must! Especially pastel colours.
Dogs vs cats?
Dogs.. is that even a question?!
Fave stationery item?
Sweet or savoury?
Best revision snack?
Coffee (bad I know)
Fave song right now?
City Girls - Act Up
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