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Dealing with Stress – Ten Tips

1.Avoid caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine. Avoid or reduce your intake of nicotine and any beverages containing caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that increase your stress levels, not reduce them. Alcohol, in small doses, is a depressant, but in large quantities acts as a stimulant. Therefore, using alcohol as a way to relieve stress will not ultimately help. ...

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Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a severe, punishable act that should not be taken lightly. Maybe you hooked up with someone while you were drunk. Maybe a stranger touched you inappropriately in passing. Maybe you were pressured into having sex with your partner. What is and isn’t considered sexual assault? In short, if you’ve experienced unwanted sexual touching, of any kind, then you’ve likely experienced sexual ...

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Emotional Intelligence

Many of us are aware of IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Designed to measure intellectual intelligence, it gives a score from a series of tests. Higher IQs indicate better cognitive abilities, or the ability to learn and understand. People with higher IQs are more likely to do well academically without exerting the same amount of mental effort as those with lower IQ ...

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How To Pick The Right University For You

You’re thinking about university and taking the next step in your educational career. Where do you even start? There’re so many choices and so many different courses, when you’re thinking about where to study it can be a really difficult choice. You’ve also got to think about the city, where you live will have a massive impact on how much ...

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Top Tips for Student Budgeting and Economic Skills

For many people, going to university means taking full control of their finances for the first time. Inevitably, they probably have more money than ever before, from a student loan, or perhaps from a summer job. It is a heady mixture, and it can also be a challenge. With so much money at your disposal, it can be tempting to ...

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Increase the children’s Increasing Independence

One of the hardest things as a parent is to help your children to grow up and develop independence. However it is also one of the most important: children need to be supported in a gradual process of developing independence as they move from the total dependence of babyhood into adulthood and their own lives. This page provides some ideas ...

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Home Education and Remote Schooling

There is no question that home education and remote learning have become more prominent in recent years. They are seen as a solution to anything from school refusal and anxiety among young people through to the price of summer holidays. They are also seen as a way for parents to remove children from the ‘education rat race’ and ensure that ...

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Why Plan Your Personal Development?

Plan Personal Development

Improving your skills — a practice known as personal development — does not happen by itself. Some personal development can be a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and simply taking up opportunities. But consistent, effective personal development across a wide range of skills requires deliberate and focused effort. This page explains the importance of planning ...

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Self-Motivation: two main types of intrinsic and extrinsic


Self-motivation is, in its simplest form, the force that drives you to do things. The topic of self-motivation, however, is far from simple. People can be motivated by many things, both internal and external, such as desire to do something, love of someone, or need for money. Usually, motivation is a result of several factors. The ability to motivate yourself—self-motivation—is ...

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Improving Your Skills by Developing Your Weaknesses

Improving Your Skills by Developing Your Weaknesses There are a number of ways in which you can start to work on areas of weakness. In drawing up a plan for your personal development, it can be helpful to include several different methods to address problems. This helps to maintain interest. Options include: Formal courses or learning opportunities, whether leading to qualifications ...

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