How to live with a stranger?

Being surrouded by people you hardly know is a scary idea, now imagine living with a stranger for a couple months!

First month is supposed to be the key time for getting to know the flat (mate) environment by discussing common study issues, sharing first impresions, compering family origins and mutual favours. Both flatmates observe nonverbal as well as verbal comunication aiming to build up a relationship. This process does not always go smoothly and unpredictable situations may appear sooner than expected.

First month tip! Avoid controversial disscusions, family struggles and gossiping but most importantly remeber that being friendly and taking care about shared places never killed anybody.

To prevent tense situations in a household try these tips:

  1. SPEAK UP! Chitchat while enjoying favorite cup of tea or coffee. Meet each other regularly to discuss news and feelings by a favorite type of drink. Laid back atmosphere offers unique option to talk about wants and needs of both sides (from cleaned kitchen to privacy).

  2. GO OUT! Explore the city and move. Does your flatmate love any sport? Show your interest and ask if you can join. Maybe go for a walk or shopping together. No one has ever been hurt by some fresh air.
  3. ACT! Create a habit. Prepare a meal together as you might have used to do it with your mum or granny. Share your experiences and knowledge or simly watch your favorite movie or a new Netflix series together.

Do not hesitate with writing feedback. The discusion is more than welcomed!

Guides to Hull: J-Jay’s are fueling the people and I can’t get enough of it.

Looking for clean and healthy foods?  Healthier snack/drink options? Look no further than

Great, healthy food options in Hull are something that, until recently, was extremely tough to come across. Sure, Supermarkets stocked healthy food options but as far as somewhere you could go when “on the go” or when shopping in the city centre, healthy options were not easy to find.

J-Jay’s has taken advantage of this space in the market and has established itself as the ‘go-to’ option for healthy eating in the city centre. Healthy Smoothies, Artisan Coffee and Tea, Meal deal options and even healthy treats and cakes have allowed the people of Hull to make positive changes to their lifestyles. Whether its lunch for the City Centre’s workforce or a Coffee date with friends & family, J-Jay’s has established a warm and welcoming experience for its guests that when accompanied by its fantastic menu of food and drinks allows for an enjoyable pitstop.  Just look for yourself at these awesome photos that loyal guests have taken of J-Jay’s options.

And J-Jay’s offerings don’t stop there. For people looking to make serious changes to their lifestyles or athletes looking to enhance their nutrition,
J-Jay’s offers a full meal prep service to the people of Hull. As someone who meal-preps regularly for my own dietary requirements, I can’t overstate the sheer convenience this service provides.

For students looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle in an otherwise stress-filled environment, J-Jay’s really can ensure you eat right during your time at University. Besides, the less time you spend in the kitchen… the more time you can spend at Asyl… the Library, you can spend more time in the Library.

Go see for yourself, J-Jay’s is located right here and even offer student discounts – just take your Student ID:


49 Savile Street
Kingston upon Hull


Want to learn more about J-Jay’s Meal Prep?

Visit J-Jay’s website – Click Here.
J-Jay’s Facebook – Click Here.
Tel. 01482 323572

And If you decide to order a Meal Package, use code: STUDENT10 for 10% off your order.

3 things to do in the City of Hull

Hull is a city full of culture, vibrance and uniqueness with plenty to see and do. This is why I have constructed a short yet fulfilling list of 3 things to see or do in the city of Hull.

#1 The Deep

The Deep is probably one of the most eye-catching landmarks in Hull, with its huge stature and pointed edge, sitting just along the Humber estuary. However, passed the impressive architecture of the building lies an aquarium with over 3000 creatures spanning from deadly Sharks all the way down to cute and friendly Penguins. All making for a great day out spent viewing all the types of fascinating creatures.

#2 Humber Bridge

Another iconic attraction for Hull would have to be the great Humber Bridge. It opened in 1981 and is a whopping 2,200 metres long and for 17 years it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world! The Humber Bridge is also open for the public to walk across if you fancy a brisk walk with amazing views, but be weary of the strong winds especially if you are a hat wearer!

#3 Fruit market

The Fruit Market in Hull is often referred to as Hull’s cultural quarter, due to its huge differing range with; microbreweries, gin distilleries, traditional pubs, art galleries, live music and many rather retro shops. So, this is the area to be if you fancy a drink or something to eat or you just want to experience the culture of what Hull has to offer.


A Successful Start to a Term Abroad: 3 Key Tips For An Introvert

I have heard time and time again that an education abroad experience will change your life. As an introverted, first time international traveler, I’m counting on it!

Here are 3 tips to help my fellow introverts ease their nerves and have fun!

  1. Introduce Yourself to Everyone

This is probably one of the scariest things you can ask an introvert to do. That’s why we’re introverts! However, it can make all the difference.

If you’re living on campus, introduce yourself to your flatmates as soon as you can. It can prevent an awkward, silent run-in in the kitchen later!

Say ‘Hi’ to whoever sits next to you in your next lecture. They may not become your new best-friend, but maybe they will help you start a study group to ace that test you’re dreading!

Meet the other exchange students! You already have this experience in common, so keep in touch and you will survive this together!

2.  Join a Club or Society

Have an interest? Join a group! It will help you gain a sense of belonging and something to be excited about! It’s also an easier way to make friends!

3. Stay Organized   

Most excuses for introverts to cancel plans is stemmed from a lack of organizational skills. Plan out your day/week in advance. Keeping a planner will be a tremendous help! Knowing what to expect will help ease your nerves.

Remember to be yourself and have fun!

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below!

Guides to Hull: The Hull Derby – Rivalry? You Haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen this!

“It’s Rough, It’s Tough, It’s Rugby League” – David DoyleDavidson, Hull F.C/Rugby League Legend.

You’re born one of two ways if you’re from this city. If you are lucky, you’re black and white, red and white not so much. But either way, you’re born into Rugby League. The greatest sport in the world, just ask anyone from around here, we’ll all tell you!

All Action? You bet! From Minute One to Eighty, you are all but guaranteed to be left on the edge of your seat. Athleticism that is unrivaled, physicality that astounds fans new, and old. Our sport is as gritty as they come. And, with the Hull Derby, you essentially turn up the dials to 11, as two sides of the same city go to war.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this game splits families. Relationships are put aside and the desire for bragging rights, over the closest of rivals, becomes increasingly more important than enjoying the company of deluded rival family/friends.

Often the most important games of the year, fans descend in their droves to fill out the Coliseum that will host the battle. A Theater electric, deafening is the noise. You’re unlikely to find more passion, desire or emotion… Atmosphere!

And when the dust settles, try’s have been scored, vocal cords left shattered and bodies are left sore. Bragging rights to the victors, life is made easier the next day… It’s rough, It’s tough, It’s Rugby League, the greatest game of all

Well that’s what people from Hull say!

Purchase tickets to the next Hull Derby here and experience it for yourself: – Hull F.C – Hull K.R

The Secret to Being Productive at University

This blog is reproduced from 2019 by Mallotey – Hull University

University can be overwhelming at times with balancing deadlines, social life and down-time. In order to be a productive student, you need to get this balance just right.

Planning is an essential part of organising your day so that you can use every minute effectively in order to reach your goals, long-term and short-term.


Divide your day into 30 minute segments from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.

I know that sounds daunting but bare with me! Here are some points to get you started:

  1. Write out the 30 minute slots on a piece of paper, planner or writing a note on your phone so you always have it with you.
  2. Go through a normal day, filling in each slot with what you do naturally – Be honest with yourself here, this is the foundation of productivity!
  3. At the end of the day, go through the areas where you were least productive and learn from it. Why were you not productive? Do you need more down-time?
  4. Make a new day of time slots and this time PLAN the next day out based on what you have learnt from the previous day.

A ‘To Do’ list is a good place to begin planning each day. Write out what you wish to achieve by the end of the day and tailor your time to those targets. Make sure the to do list is achievable or you will not feel as productive. Feeling productive is half the battle.

Don’t forget about down-time and your social life – plan time to do things you enjoy!

Tell me what you think of these tips below:

Hull; City of Culture Indeed!

This blog is reproduced from 2019 by Mallotey – Hull University

One of the most popular and important things Kingston Upon Hull is known for is being the City of Culture 2017. I got to know this about Hull back in Ghana even before I finally moved here for school. There was no way I was going to be here without exploring why Hull has been tagged as such so I took time out to explore the city. Here are some places I visited and admission to all these places are absolutely free.

Hull Maritime Museum: Houses a wide range of ship models and maritime arts and Hull’s famous Wilson shipping line. Get to discover what made Hull the city it is today. It is located at the Queen Victoria Square.

Photo Captured By: Anna

Ferens Art Gallery: Also at Queen Victoria Square, exhibits magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures including works by old European masters, marine paintings and modern and contemporary British art.

Streetlife Museum: Located in the museum quarters on the high street in Hull’s old town. Get to experience the transport history of Hull over the years and enjoy the pleasures of the carriage ride.

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The Historic Centre: Brings together the written heritage, staff and resources of hull city archives, Hull local library and Hull University archives to aid in research. At the time I visited, there was a lego exhibition going on; world history being told entirely using lego.

Living in Hull and haven’t explored the town yet? Here are a few places to look out for. However, if you have and have any recommendations, please SHARE IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW!!!

Hidden Gems in Hull: Three of the Best Places to Grab a Bite

This blog is reproduced from 2019 by SJD – Hull University

Hull has lots of amazing places to eat, with plenty of variety in price range, types of cuisines and locations. I have managed to narrow the selection down to what are, in my humble opinion, the top three places to get some good grub in Hull.

  1. Thieving Harry’s: This place is great for breakfast, brunch or lunch as it has lots of sandwich type foods that are served in massive portions so you definitely get your money’s worth. Possibly the best thing about this cafe, however, is the view of the boats in the  marinara as you eat, as it is situated in Old Town and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
  • Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant: This restaurant is in Kingswood, however, the quality of the food is worth the short trip. The menu is broad and offers lots of choice for the diner. This restaurant is better suited for a formal meal than a brunch or lunch as it can be quite pricey, but it is a meal you will never forget (the courgette fries are to die for)!
  • Levels: This restaurant is possibly the best place to go on Newland Av as it has delicious options for lunch and dinner plus, they serve great cocktails for reasonable prices. The portion sizes here are huge and they are more than happy for poor students to take any unfinished food with them… waste not want not.

If you have any other hidden gems, let me know and also if you have tried any of these, please share your experience below.


Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

This blog is reproduced from 2017 by Simon Cresswell – Hull University

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

Please post your own favourite study music below.

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Study Skills: Strategic approaches that can help you with exams

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu – Hull University

While exams are commonly acknowledged as painful and troublesome among many students, the ways to counter these problems are becoming increasingly paramount.

With this in mind, here I would like to share a step-by-step personal tactic to deal with all kinds of exam, and hopefully these might aid you with your future study!

1. Know your scope:

It is crucial to know the scope of your exam and the core areas. This is the starting point for effective and efficient revising as the time is limited and consequently you must utilise all your strength on the right direction.

2. Make a revision plan:

Once you have identified your scope and core areas, the next thing is to dissect them into sections and label them with a time frame and priority. Normally, the higher the priority the more the time you need to allocate. And the allocation of time is based on the estimation of your personal strength.

3. Be calm and follow the plan:

When the plan is created, the next step is to follow it! Make sure nothing comes in your way and stop you from reaching the daily objective.

4. Reflect and retain:

The last gap between you and the aim is reflection and retention. It would be frustrating that if you cannot remember anything when it comes to the real deal. So, try to be proactive and reflect on the previous learning at the end of each day, and the science behind this is supported by Hermann Ebbinghaus.

Start to make plans now! Please leave some comments and follow me on twitter for more information! @Chuanqi_Xu