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Study Tips from The Art of War: Mastering the Academic Battlefield

Sun Tzu’s ancient treatise, The Art of War, is renowned for its timeless wisdom on strategy and tactics in the realm of warfare. However, beneath its military context lies a wealth of insights that can be seamlessly applied to the modern student’s academic journey. In this article, we delve into how the teachings of The Art of War can serve as valuable study companions, as well as equipping students with effective tools to emerge victorious on the academic battlefield. Join us as we unveil the hidden study strategies hidden within the pages of this ancient masterpiece.

Lights, Camera, Election: The parallels between politics and professional wrestling

It seems that in recent years, politics has become far more confusing and divisive than ever before in the modern life of Western civilisation. There is an ever-increasing group of impassioned town criers who call themselves politicians but, at the same time, an ever-diminishing sense of trust in politics and democracy as a workable means towards a peaceful and functional society. What has caused this strange shift towards low-trust, selectively lucrative politics – which seems to reward politicians regardless of their effectiveness while ignoring the real struggles of the populace regardless of their urgency?

UP maintains its impressive position in Shanghai Ranking

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University has issued the Shanghai Ranking, formally known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, yearly since 2003. More than 2 500 universities were assessed for the 2023 classification, with the University of Pretoria placing in the 401-500 band globally, and third nationally. Thus, UP has maintained its position in the top 10 in South Africa for years.

To self-diagnose, or not to self-diagnose?

The last few months of the year bring blooming Jacaranda trees and an overwhelming sense of dread. With exam season around the corner, thousands of students are scrambling to shove their ducks in a neat little row in order to finish the semester. Most people on campus are anxious, caffeinated, and ready for a long term to come to an end.

Wills and wisdom: Why do you need a will?

In the spirit of National Wills Week (11- 15 September), PDBY spoke to assistant lecturer Elisa Rinaldi, a doctoral candidate who currently teaches the Law of Succession and Private International Law. In an interview regarding wills, Rinaldi provided a great deal of insight and legal wisdom.

I must “confess”.. The role of confession pages in creating a sense of community among university students

In an ever-changing environment where secrets no longer stay whispered in the shadows, ‘confession pages’ have emerged as the modern-day confidants of university students. These webpages offer a unique outlet through which students can express their innermost thoughts and emotions anonymously. The once leather-bound diary with a small lock has become an open statement, unprotected and revealed to all who wish to know.

The future is already here

When it comes to the future of the world, we often paint it as a place filled with ridiculous contraptions and off-the-wall devices. But, what if the future we are heading for is not that far off from these flights of fancy? This article will take a close look at some truly futuristic inventions making their way into public use.

Pilates and Yoga: A Man’s Sport

Popularised by Hollywood celebrities and Facebook moms, pilates and yoga bear a convoluted public image. Some people think they are both way too difficult to get into and others think it would be pointless getting involved in these forms of exercise. Reasons being  “It’s basically stretching!” and “You’re not even working out.” In reality, however, Pilates and yoga very quickly establish themselves to be very complex and difficult to manage within the first 5 minutes. What is great though, is that both these exercises have advantages that can last a lifetime, and can help your body’s overall functioning in countless ways. Hence, before dismissing these forms of exercise, , here are the reasons why they could be beneficial to men:


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