Ashley Broadhurst, 2nd year History and English student at Regents Park College
9:00am- I am most definitely a morning person so for me my day begins at 9:00am with a walk to the English Faculty Library which is a 10-15minute walk from my college. The walk is quite nice especially on a sunny day whilst listening to music and is a relaxing enough start to my busy day.
9:15am - Arrive at the library to return my books from last week’s essay (this routine works really well for me and means so far I haven’t managed to get any fines). If my tutor has given me this week’s reading list in advance I will also collect my new books whilst I am here to save time later in the week.
10:00am- Arrive back at college where I will probably file some notes away from the last week and tidy my room/do general housework as for me a tidy room most definitely creates a tidy mind.
11:00am - Brew! My college, Regents Park, has a daily brew (Monday - Friday) at 11am and 4pm meaning there is free tea and biscuits in the JCR. This is the perfect time to catch up with friends across college and to see everyone before the busy part of the day begins.
12:30pm- Lunch, sometimes I eat in hall (which is another good way to meet people across college, and is especially useful in first term) but usually I make lunch for myself before getting my things ready to head off to my lecture.
1:30pm- Leave college with some course-mates to head to Exam Schools where the lecture is starting at 2pm. This particular lecture series was to prepare us for the coursework paper so was really important and useful.
3:15pm- Arrive back at college after the lecture. As I have a college tutorial at 4pm I will just get my notes for the tutorial ready and read over the essay the tutorial will be based on. This makes me feel more prepared and reminds me of the argument I made.
4-5:30pm- Tutorial lengths differ depending on the tutor’s preference and timetable for that day/week, most are an hour but sometimes they can be over an hour. This tutorial was based on my reading and essay of Virginia Woolf’s novels particularly focusing on how the consciousness was presented. The tutorial was really useful and helped me further develop and refine my points and meant that I also got some further recommendations on where to take my reading next (which is particularly useful for revision during the vacation).
After my tutorial which marks the end of my ‘contact hours’ for this day I will cook dinner with my friends as our accommodation gives us kitchens. We will usually eat dinner together and have a catch up about our days/what we plan to do in the week.
After dinner I will speak to my family back home, which I try to do pretty often as I love hearing what they are up to whilst I am away.
As this week’s essay was set in the tutorial I will look up any books I need, that I do not already have, on the online system to find which libraries I need to go to. After this, as the essay has only just been set I will have a shower and try to have an early night (which is only successful if I don’t bump into any of my friends in the hallway for a chat!).