Student rep blogs

Stressed about exams? Trying to balance studies with extracurricular activities? Looking for some work experience? Our student reps know exactly how you feel and have lot helpful ideas, suggestions and advice to share in their blogs.

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Revision and exams

 Getting ready for OSCE-style exams

Exam season has arrived, and many of you will be facing practical assessments as well as written ones. Plymouth student rep Sarah Hollyhead gives her top ten tips on preparing for OSCE-style exams.

My top tips for revision

Everyone needs a little help with their revision. Here are some top tips to ease the pain and increase your chances of success.

Never underestimate the power of the highlighting pen!

Kirsten Wilson, College rep at Cardiff Uni, has some wise, if slightly unconventional, advice for surviving upcoming optometry school exams.

Revision and exams - some top tips to get you through

Geoff Filmore, student rep at Plymouth University, has some very helpful advice to help make your revision less tedious and more effective. He also has some top tips for the exams – well worth a read...

Top tips and Ideas for revision and exams

The most important tip for revision and preparing for exams is to make the revision fit your style. Everyone has different styles and different methods that work for them. Saabrien Ahmed shares top tips for revision that work for her.

Careers advice

Dealing with rejection as a pre-reg

Amy Cooper, College rep at Cardiff Uni, talks about how she dealt with rejection when applying for a pre-reg place at Moorfields.

Tips for choosing your pre-registration placement

Plymouth student rep, Luke McRoy-Jones, shares his advice on finding the ideal pre-reg placement

My volunteering experience at Henshaws

Manchester student Maram Mansour talks about her rewarding experience volunteering for northern charity Henshaws in this blog.

The importance of getting work experience before you graduate

Ulster student Colm McNicholl discusses why summer is the perfect time to get some valuable work experience

How to ace the pre-reg interview!

The search for a pre-registration place is approaching and you still don’t know what to expect from the interview and how to prepare for it? No worries, we’ve got you covered here!

Independent vs multiple

Independent and multiple practices are like night and day and I have been lucky enough to have experience in both. I began working as an optical assistant in a small independent with only one optometrist, who was also the owner of the practice, before moving to a multiple a year later.

My experience in the (VERU) Glaucoma Clinics

Upon beginning my second year of university, I was given an excellent opportunity to work in the glaucoma clinics at the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) at Anglia Ruskin University.

My practice experience so far, what I've enjoyed and what's been challenging

Working in an independent practice is enlightening and inspiring since it not only allows you to meet and communicate with a wide range of people, but also allows you to gain a personal rapport with them.

Making the most of your degree

How peer mentoring has helped me and how I give back

Entering into any university program can be a daunting change for any student, but with optometry being such an intense and fully-loaded program, many students can find it overwhelming.

How to make the most of your optometry degree

Being a student can be stressful at times, and the years can go by faster than a blink. If you are looking to make your time at uni more productive, here are Caitlin Walsh' tips to help you complete your degree successfully.

Starting a course in optometry?

Second year student, Suzan Kisin, provides an honest account of what it's like to study optometry - and what she would do differently if she knew then what she knows now.

The things I wish I’d known when I first started optometry

Optometry at City University is a fantastic and interesting course, which requires hard work, commitment and dedication. The first few weeks of most courses are tough and optometry is no exception.

Moving through the years at university

Challenges I have faced this year

Ever since becoming an optom student at GCU (where the course is four years long), everyone has always said ‘third year is the hardest year of your life!’ and up until now I have always wondered why.

Second year so far...

Second year so far has been busy! When I started I quickly realised that the year was going to be demanding. Practical exams, coursework and written class tests were going to keep the whole class occupied throughout the year. It is definitely a step up from first year but it is also a rewarding one.

The transition from first year to second year optometry: What to expect

Second year student at City, Brooke Hutchins, advises that if you are a first year optometry student, this blog may definitely come in particularly useful for you to read!

Work/life balance

Making the most of the holidays

Want to make the most of the holiday? Read GCU student Raj Dhillon's advice on making the most of your precious summer break.

How to balance studying and extra-curricular activities

The key to getting the most out of your time at university, succeeding in your studies and having an enjoyable few years I think, is to find the right balance between your studies and extra-curricular activities.

How to balance university work and extracurricular activities

Finding a balance between studying and extra-curricular activities during term time can prove to be a challenge. As much as you try to stay on top of your work, it seems that there is always something else that needs to be done which takes priority...

How to survive the stress of being an optometry student

Raven Sinnathamby, second year student at University of Portsmouth has some wise words for those of you embarking on exam revision.

The balancing act

Employers are looking for a well rounded CV - here are some tips on how to make sure that yours stands out from the crowd.

Why it's important to be involved in activities outside of optometry

To completely understand the industry I aspired to go into, I felt it was important to research and experience every aspect of it as much as I could, to truly know if this is the right career path for me.

Why you should join OpSoc and other societies

At Cardiff University there are numerous societies that help to pursue your interests. There is a huge range, both sports based and non-sports based, ranging from your classic university rugby club to the baking society!