Study Well Profile: Aisha Qadi

Hi, my name is Aisha Qadi, I am a second year BSc (Hons) Psychology student, and I am also the school of Biological and Behavioural Sciences (SBBS) representative.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at the Students’ Union

Hi, my name is Aisha Qadi, I am a second-year BSc (Hons) Psychology student, and I am also the school of Biological and Behavioural Sciences (SBBS) representative. I also work with the Student’s Union not just as a rep, but in several different societies as a committee member, as well as the student council.

My role as a rep is to represent and voice all the 3000+ students within the SBBS to implement change and improve the school based on feedback and suggestions taken from the course reps, students, and staff of the school.

 

What’s your favourite study space on or off-campus?

Off campus, I love working and studying in any of my favourite coffee shops in central. As unusual as it seems, I can’t stand quietness when studying. Hence, you would never see me in a library! The ambience, noise and the smell of coffee help me keep focus and I love doing my work there. Not to mention, I am obsessed with coffee!

On campus, you will always find me at the Students’ Union hub (I absolutely love it!) or the ground cafe. Although if I ever have any meetings, I would definitely try to find a quiet place ??

 

Do you have any top tips for new students that are sitting their first exams this winter?

Don’t open any books on the day of the exam. Leave all your revision up until the night before. This is because opening the book half an hour before your exam causes your brain to forget everything you’ve revised prior, and only retrieves the most recent information you take in (aka the info you have checked just before opening the exam), causing you to panic and feeling blank.

Start with the hardest lessons and topics to revise for. If you are a procrastinator like me (sometimes procrastination can go beyond our control), then the best thing to do would be to learn the hardest topics you struggle with and revise the most relevant points to your lectures. You can get your way with the easier topics if you feel comfortable with them.

If your exam is an MCQ (Multiple Choice Question), remember that each question is worth 1%. Hence, per lecture would be about 3% as you usually would get about 3-4 questions per lecture. That means most likely they would either give you the most important points as a question in that lecture, or they would give you a very sneaky question hidden down in an asynchronous article or reading somewhere.

Don’t panic, take your time to read the questions well. Especially if it’s MCQ’s, make sure to carefully read them well as many of the options are quite similar.

Do your best, and don’t overthink! Go with your gut answer. Don’t overthink about any of the results after the exam. You’ve worked hard, and you’ve done what you could’ve done. Everything happens for a reason and even if the exam didn’t go the way you wanted, there’s always a solution for everything that can calmly be solved.

 

What are some of your projects/priorities for your rep role this year?

One project I really want to achieve this year is to collaborate with the library services and DDS (Disability and Dyslexia Service) services in academic skills and advice project, targeted towards DDS students. We often have a lot of top academic skills and advice provided in the library services, however not many are suitable to the student’s part of the DDS. Hence, I want students that are part of DDS to be able to also get customised advice on academic skills, whether that’s study skills, writing skills, lifestyle advice, etc.

I have already started working with the library skills, hoping to complete some of the projects currently ongoing like exams & well-being, Revise Well projects, and marketing strategies for better promotions.

I hope that by this year, I can work with the SBBS to open and launch an official SBBS Instagram account that all SBBS current and future ones are able to control. This would include a lot of personal engagement (as well as alumni), information, and promotions that go on within the university and the Students Union.

I am also very keen on collaborating with other part-time and full-time officers in mental health workshops and several networking events, assuming that we are still able to continue face to face education until the end of the academic year.

 

 

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