Edge Hill where’s that?

Due to coming from a fair distance away, I am always asked about Edge Hill, where it is, what its like and so on… I am highly surprised that there aren’t many people from where I come from that know about Edge Hill, at the end of the day it is such an amazing place. So I thought that I would compile a list of things that I say when I get asked about Edge Hill.

  1. Where is Edge Hill?– I would generally say, Edge Hill is in a small town called Ormskirk about half an hour away from Liverpool. The town is very quant and cute, which is one of the things I love about Edge Hill and the town it is based. It is so easy to get a train into Liverpool if you wanted a bit of city life but also if you don’t want the hussle and bussle of a big city then you don’t have to. In my opinion Edge Hill is the best of both worlds because you have the option to have either city or small town life.
  2. What is Edge Hill like?– Absolutely beautiful. In my opinion the campus and accommodation is one of the best I have seen . A combination of the beautiful lakes across campus and the amazing wildlife alongside it, really makes Edge Hill a calming and picturesque place to be. There is so much to do, from all the different sports and societies to all the activities that are laid on by the SU there is never time to get bored.
  3. What is your favourite thing about Edge Hill? This is such a difficult question, there are so many amazing things about Edge Hill that I love. One of my favourite things, that I have recently had the pleasure of taking in, is the paths around the back of campus that looks onto the rest of the campus. It is absolutely beautiful up there and so peaceful as well, something that I would definitely recommend seeing when visiting Edge Hill. I also love the Catalyst, it is such a large space with some amazing study areas on each level. My favourite time to go is on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it is very calm and peaceful. Not many people go in early on the weekends but in my opinion it is the best time to go.

To wrap up, I absolutely love Edge Hill and all that it has to offer and would recommend it to anyone, even just for a visit, you will not be disappointed.

Tackling those pesky assignments! 💪🏽📝

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After just handing in one of the hardest assignments of this year, I feel like I didn’t do too badly. If you put in the prep and don’t leave it until last minute you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll do. I’m going to give you an insight on what our assignments are like on Primary Ed , they differ per course, and some tips that have helped me stay a little ahead of the workload.

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Start early and get to the library! 📚
This year we have eight assignments that roll one after another, so you’ll always have your head in at least one assignment. Some people overlap the assignments and can do two at a time, those people are magicians. When I start a new assignment I get a gist of what it’s about and head to the library to get as many books out as I can on the topic. They want you to show wider reading so using books and journal articles are the best way to prove this, and also get a better understanding of what’s going on.

Know what you have to do before you start note taking. 📝
There’s no point taking notes without knowing exactly what you need to do. For example, the assignment title I’ve just submitted asked us to ‘evaluate’, meaning we need to find the strengths, weaknesses and any contrasting perspectives. I do two things. Either, take notes on different books and articles then grab four highlights and assign a topic to each colour like strengths are highlighted in pink, weaknesses in yellow etc. Then if you need to find any strengths you can look through all your pink highlighting. Or, the second thing I’ve discovered helps kill some time is to write all the strengths together (with the reference at the end so you don’t forget who said it) and just flick through those points when writing. I’ve used both of these methods and they both help speed up my actual writing of the assignment. It may feel like a lot of preparation but it helps if you know exactly what you want/need to say so you can write the assignment a lot quicker. 

Be disciplined, overlap if you can. 🔮
Like I said before, magicians. It’s hard for me to overlap assignments but it’s not impossible. I like to focus all my attention on one thing but if I absolutely had to I would work on another at the same time. Fortunately, they given you enough time between them, but only if you’re on the ball. If you leave everything to last minute you’ll be pulling all-nighters in the library, so try and be disciplined with your time management. Know how much time you can have to yourself but put time aside to get work your work done.

Write when you are ready. 🤓
Sometimes I’ve said to myself, just write your introduction then it feels like you’ve done something, but then it ends up being that much waffle you could pour syrup on it. It’s much better, like I said before, to write when you know exactly what you want to say.

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Edge Hill University offer workshops and services for students that are struggling with writing, referencing, note-taking and many more academic skills. They’re always around the library ready to answer questions. There’s a huge support system here at Edge Hill and I’m very grateful to be here.

Thanks for reading! Don’t hesitate to leave any questions ☺️

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Top Tips for Meeting New People!

Hey everyone!

Moving from Northern Ireland to Ormskirk came as a bit of a shock to the system. I had left all my family and friends behind in the small ‘wee’ town of Saul, my forever home.

Coming to university and not knowing anyone around me was something that made my nerves bubble up inside me and fill me with all types of emotions. However, I luckily was very quick to find people who I connected with and can now call my friends.

Here are some of my tips and tricks on meeting new people!


Go out on the first night of freshers!

I remember my first day arriving at university and feeling so deflated after unpacking all day then having to say goodbye to my parents. The last thing I wanted to do was go out and socialize. However, I am so glad that I made the decision to do so! I was able to connect with my new flat mates and get to know them a little better which was such a good ice-breaker. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there and let people see you for who you are. 

 

Join a society!

Here at Edge Hill, there are so many societies to choose from that you will have no problem finding one that tickles your fancy. It is such a great way to meet new people who have the same interests as you and a great way to socialize outside of your flat. Here is a helpful link that will allow you to browse some of the clubs and societies at Edge Hill – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/student-experience/clubs-and-societies/

Give It A Go!

I was so thankful for the students union setting this up for first years. Before I arrived at Edge Hill, I was sent an information booklet from the students union with a timetable of all the Give It A Go sessions that would be happening when I arrive. There were trips to Ikea, Crafternoon sessions, nightclubs and lots of other activities that allowed me to meet people from other courses and to go to with my flat mates! They also organise these sessions throughout the year so take advantage of them when you can! Check out the Student Union website – https://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/

 

Do not isolate yourself!

Believe me, I know the feeling. Moving to a completely new environment can be overwhelming and your flat room seems like the only safe haven away from the unfamiliarity around you. In my opinion, staying in your room and not allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone is not the way to meet new people. On my first night, I was barely in my room because I was hanging out with my flat mates, getting to know them and creating memories that we still talk about till this day! 


And that is all the tips that helped me meet new people and make new friends. I really hope that this helps someone and do not hesitate to ask me anything about moving away from home and settling in to new environments because I know exactly how it feels.

This quote is a little different from my normal ones because my dad said this before I left for university and I have remembered it every single day. Allow people to get to know you because, more than likely, they are just as interested to get to know you as you are them.

“Everyone is curious about everyone” 

-My Dad-

Meal planning and budgeting!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.

For today’s blog, I’m going to talk about meal planning and budgeting while at uni!
Planning out your meals is an easy and very helpful way of on staying on top of what you are eating when cooking for yourself. There are a number of reasons why you would like to do this but I do it because:

1.) It means I am more likely to eat healthily! I am vegetarian so I have to make sure that i eat the right things to get the nutrients I need! If I spend the time to plan each meal I will have, and while doing this know that I am going to get those nutrients and try to include as much fruit and vegetables as I can in my diet then I am much more likely to stick to eating healthy than if I just made a meal and didn’t have a plan. I like to freeze chopped up bananas and fresh fruit as well as vegetables and pasta sauces. Taking a few hours each week to do a little bit of preparation has been a complete game changer and I have noticed how easier it is, how much healthier I have been eating and how much money I have saved from doing this!

2.) I find that after I’ve done the food shop for the next week, if i write down everything I have in and then devise different meals from everything, it means I have no waste! I clean out my cupboard each week before doing the weekly shop and write down everything I need. This means I just buy the things I need and not be fooled in the supermarket into special offers and unhealthy snacks I don’t need! It can be hard to have this self control and there have 100% been times I have gone on a bit of a chocolate binge but i know that its alright, everyone slips up sometimes. I really do feel so much better from doing this and feel alot more healthy, as well as exercising each day.

3.) It has saved me alot of money! I have been buying wonky veg, which is cheaper and I like to get vegetables that you buy individually so it saves waste and money. If I buy exactly what I know I will use and like to eat and the right amount just for me, it saves money! I find it very helpful to buy a meal planner which has the days of the week divided out for you and a section for notes and a shopping list! I try to drink about 1.5 litres of water a day and I’ve found having a refillable water bottle is alot easier to stick to this as I can just refill it when I need it and take it to the gym and to lectures with me!

I hope that this has been helpful for you and given you an insight into how I budget my money for food and plan each of my meals to try to save time and live a healthy life style!

Please comment if you have any questions,
Alice 🙂 x

What’s the First Week of Uni Like?

Hey everyone, since it’s the time of the year where prospective students are submitting applications for uni. I’m going to continue along the theme of some of my previous blogs talking about preparing for university, by talking about the first week, also known as Welcome Week.


If you choose to stay on campus walking into your new room for the first time is one of the craziest things, it’s exciting and scary in equal measure. The student realisation that your parents aren’t going to well, parent you all the time was for me a really surreal feeling. The next thing you will want to do is meet all your other flatmates, I already talked about this in a previous blog so I won’t go on but if there are people in the kitchen just talk to them, it makes life much less awkward in the coming days.


There is loads of stuff going on over Welcome week from fun day activities to events in the evening held in the SU. In my first year we had things like inflatables and mini gold during the day, and disco’s and dj’s like Kristian Nairn (Hodor from GOT) in the night. In the first week Edge Hill does go all out on its events so if you want to, go out and enjoy them because they are there for the students anyways! Don’t feel like you need to go out every night for the first week, I mean you can but, I’d rather not.


As well as the various events throughout the day. You will also begin your course, don’t worry though they ease you in nicely. I had a couple of lectures/classes where things were fairly casual, just talking about what we would be doing throughout the year, sorting timetables things like that. Nothing to warrant any studying or much work, yet. I do Film and TV Production and so we had a media challenge that we could take part in, just a basic ice-breaker to get us used to classrooms and our course mates etc.


Before you know it the first week will be over and you will probably be reasonably well settled in. It’s ok to still be adjusting as it’s a big change from home life, but if you are still struggling after a while then there are counselling services on campus that are available if you’re needing help. But overall the first week is chill just take it easy and hopefully enjoy it!

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Information and Preparation for a Regional Teaching Placement 👩🏽‍🏫📚

I’m not sure which other courses require you to go on placement but I know that for trainee teachers and trainee nurses it is compulsory. In your first year as a trainee teacher, placement is seven weeks. Last year it started in November, but this year we start in January. I think I would have preferred to get stuck straight in at the deep end, but I do feel more prepared now than I would have at the start of the year.

On the Primary Education with QTS course, you are allocated to a school by the university. You do have some say in this and they will do their best to accommodate you where you want to be placed. For me, I took a regional opportunity. This means I am moving away from home and from University to go and do my placement in the Peak District 🏔. The other choices were Cumbria and Barrow-in-Furness, but these may change. The University places you in accommodation that is paid for and any travel expenses are reimbursed. It’s a great opportunity and if you end up at Edge Hill and on this course, I can’t recommend it enough.

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I travel down on Saturday and I’m going to a very small sample school. I’m going to be co-teaching a KS1/2 combined class, which is something I hadn’t ever heard of before starting University. Whether you are staying on campus, moving home or moving to a regional place, prepping can seem daunting and it can feel nerve wracking if you’ve never taught before. 👩🏽‍🏫

You find out your school and year group, sometimes it can be just a Key Stage. You email the school and introduce yourself, hopefully, they give you lots of information that you can use to prepare. I’ve spent my time looking through the Year 2 and 3 curriculum and researching strategies for teaching combined classes. 🏫

A great thing about this course is we have people called SAMs (Student Academic Mentors), these are second and third-year students who are available to email or tweet and will answer any queries we have. I asked them for some advice on teaching combined classes and my Twitter direct message box was full of advice from students. 📫

I’ve done all I can to best prepare, I think. This profession is definitely about learning on the job and learning through experience so the first week will be observing the teacher and getting to know the class, the routine and the planning. I’ve got a notebook and pen at the ready and I’m so keen to get started. 📝

Please feel free to ask any questions about placements and I’ll do my best to answer! Thanks for reading ☺️

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Tips for revision

I am definitely not the best one for revision, I struggle with knowing how to revise a lot of the time and end up exploring lots of different ways. However recently I have found some really helpful ways to revise and some key things that I think help me concentrate when revising and thought it would be helpful to share with people hopefully starting their revision for a-levels but also with it being exam season at university.

  1. Teaching/ talking about your revision- whether this is by yourself in your room, or with someone else. I find it really helpful talking about my revision or teaching someone else, I have heard it is one of the best ways to learn something, and I truly say that I agree. I always find that I understand things more when I describe it to someone else so this is a good way to revise. You could also test a friend and then they could test you as it will also help you learn what you need to, and doing it with a friend makes revising a bit more fun. 
  2. Take breaks and go out- I love going for walks or going to the gym to get out and away from the revision. I generally revise in my uni room, as that is where I find I work best, so every so often I will go out and go for a walk around campus as it gets me out in the fresh air and clears my head a bit if the revision is getting too much. 
  3. What environment is best for you- It’s really important that you find where you work best, you may find that it depends on on what kind of work or revision you are doing, as to where you work best. You may find your room is the best, or the kitchen, the library, or even a coffee shop. Whatever works best for you. 
  4. Drinking lots of water- I don’t want to sound like your mum but drinking enough water whilst you’re revising is really important. I know that I always forget to drink whilst I’m revising and when I don’t drink as much I can tell towards the end of the day as I start getting a headache and start feeling really tired. So I would highly advise staying hydrated. 

Good luck if you do have any exams coming up, and try and get started as soon as you can, as it will give you more time to remember things. With starting early it will also give you time to do practice papers so you know what kind of questions will be coming. So good luck, and all the best.

Getting Settled Into Your Course!

Hey everyone! I thought that it would be a good idea to write a post all about getting settled into your course.

When I found out I was accepted into the Primary Education course, I wish I would have had someone to tell me how I could prepare for my course or how I could feel relaxed when starting the course. I hope that this helps people whether you are applying for a course or just want to know what to do before getting started!


  • Use the Edge Hill Website – when I first applied for the Primary Education Course, the first thing I did was try to find out as much as I could about the course. I found that this offered me a lot more information about the course at Edge Hill, separately from all the other similar courses elsewhere. The website is really well structured, allowing applicants to look at an overview of the course, reading comments from current students and what modules are involved.  
  • Talk to people on the same course – talking to people who are doing the same course as you is always comforting because they are on the same boat as you. When I got accepted to the course, I downloaded the ‘Campus Society’ app which allowed me to connect with people who also had been accepted to the course. I then felt better about starting my course after talking to people who also had got accepted because I knew they were feeling the exact same way as me, excited and nervous!
  • Talk to someone who has already gone through the course – I was lucky enough to know quite a few people who had already completed a teaching course or were in the middle of one and so after speaking to them, settling into my course seemed easier. They were able to give me advice if I needed it or if I just wanted to talk about the course. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and has helped you prepare for your course. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask for advice or help from anyone about the course you have applied for through social media, the Edge Hill website or me!

Here are some helpful links;


“The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.”

-Rona Barrett-

Applicants Visit Day!!

Hi, I attended an Applicant Visit Day for Educational Psychology. I come from Guernsey in the Channel Islands and so coming to Edge Hill, very far away, was such a great opportunity as the Applicant Visit Day really put my mind at ease that I felt comfortable where I was going to studying for the next 3 years.

When coming to the Applicant Visit Day, my initial feelings were nerves and anxiety, but just know that if you feel like that you are not the only one!

On arrival at Edge Hill, I was greeted with a warm welcome and lots of signs of where I needed to go, there is also usually lots of information and freebies for you to pick up, which came in handy. Every person that I met had a smile on their face and wanted to help in any which way that they could.

A key piece of advice I would give for the Applicant Visit Day, is to not be afraid to get involved and ask questions. At the end of the day if you have a question, you’re probably not the only one wanting to know the answer, and it is important to know as much as you can before making your final decision. Take full advantage of the tours that go on throughout the day as these are generally led by students who can tell you more about student life including societies, socials, and most importantly the campus cats.

The subject specific talks are very informative but also really fun, the lecturers always make them as engaging as possible. Make sure to ask any questions that you have, as its your future and the potential course you could be studying for the next three years, so it’s important you find the right one. For my course we had a fun activity to help us get to know each other and to learn more about the course in an informal way. We had to build a tower out of marshmallows and dry spaghetti- it was a real challenge but also such a laugh and everyone got stuck in. The session was so fun and very engaging. Again, the student mentors will be at these sessions to help with any extra questions you may have about your course which they can answer in a less formal manner.

On my Applicant Visit Day I also got to meet some of the people that were going to potentially be on my course. Another tip I would give is that it’s really important to make conversation with people as they could end up being your coursemates. For me I was lucky enough to meet some of the people that are actually on my course now, and it was really nice to see familiar faces on my first day.

All in all, I would highly recommend attending the Applicant Visit Day, as it really put my mind at ease, which I needed because I was coming so far away from home, and therefore confirmed that Edge Hill University was going to be my firm choice. 

A Sense of Normality

I know the feeling. Coming back from a break from school and university can be hard. All sense of normality seems miles away.

Today’s blog is hopefully going to help you get back to normal! I hope you enjoy.


Get a diary! – This has honestly changed how I organise my day. Every morning, I sit for 5 minutes or less and write out what I need to get done that day and what classes I have. At the very end of the day, it is very (strangely) satisfying to tick off all I have achieved. Plus, if you get a really aesthetically pleasing diary you will be more likely to use it. Amazon have loads!

Start something new – I know this contradicts the point of getting back to normal but starting something new after a break might be a good way to get you looking forward to the work life. For example, my new ‘something’ for getting back to normal is meal prepping. I have never had to do this before but, now that I am starting placement I need to bring my healthy lunches with me and be prepared. I’m not ashamed to say that I am looking forward to it. 

Ease back in slowly – Sometimes the thought of going back to school or university can be quite daunting and so you try to get everything organised as soon as possible. Instead of rushing to get things organised at the last-minute, take some time before starting back to organise yourself and the work you have done over the break. This way, you will feel more relaxed about going back to school or university as you are prepared. 

Be happy – Don’t think of going back to work and assignments as a bad thing. It’s an opportunity to learn new things and broaden your mind! Mindset is everything (something I have learned this past year) and so, if you think positively about getting back to the normal school/life balance, it won’t seem as bad. 


I hope you enjoyed these tips of how to get back to normal after having a break. I myself practice these tips and find them very helpful to get me back on track.

“I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in.”

– Roger Clemens-