Managing Work-Load

Hey everyone, I have seen a few people do posts about how to manage the work-load of university and I realised that people have their own ways in which they do this. I found that when I am stressed or drowning in work, I go to these steps and strategies to help me with my work and try to organise myself. 

Enjoy!


To Do List!

I have to admit that I am one of those people who actually write a to do list and put things on it just so that I have things to tick of i.e make breakfast. However, I found that lists are a great way of getting your priorities straight and decide on what you should focus on first. For example, if I have an assignment, I will want to prioritise reading for that instead of starting something else. Or when I have reading to do for the next lesson, that will be on the top of my list instead of my assignment reading. Not to mention, it is really satisfying ticking them all off at the end of the day.

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Cut off all distractions!

Trust me, your friends snapchat will still be there when you have tackled that workload. Getting rid of all possible distractions when dealing with a hefty work-load could probably be the best advice I could give. This means turning your WiFi off on your phone, putting it in a different room and forgetting about it until you have done some work. As much as I hate to admit this, I find that my phone is a huge distraction and so I really have to make sure that it is switched off completely and out of my sight. Also, I would advise finding a really quiet area to work in as noise around you can be equally as distracting. I find that the silent study in the catalyst is my favourite part of the building as it really is silent…and that I am too scared to take my phone out just in case it makes a noise. Great incentive to keep you off your phone!

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Study Buddy!

Personally, I can’t work with a study buddy because I get too distracted and just want to talk to them all the time and show them funny memes… However, if you are the type of person who can work with other people and not get distracted this can be a great way to stay motivated especially when you are all tackling the same work-load. Finding that good study group can be really great to help you through that to do list and it doesn’t seem like you are working at all.

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I hope that this helps when you find yourself drowning in the work-load! Having said that, university work does not have to be piled up. If you are organised enough and stay on top of the work, I guarantee you will be fine!

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

“What breaks you down is not the amount of pressure you feel at one time, but it’s the way you perceive and handle it.” 

-Ashish Patel-

It’s Time to Celebrate!

CONGRATULATIONS! To all of you who have been accepted with getting a place at Edge Hill! I bet you’re all so excited to start a new chapter of your life – just like I was when I received the email after getting my grades back. At this time, you’ve probably all got it stuck in your head with stress about preparation for Uni but, celebrate your grades! This is an amazing achievement and you should be proud of what you got, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating it. So these are a few things you could do…

1: Plan to go out with your friends

Me and my mates from college all decided that if we got into the University of our choosing, we would all go out for a drink and celebrate. This was a very chilled and relaxed atmosphere and it was with the few people that I got along with really well.

2: Try something new

Maybe, there has always been something you’ve wanted to do. Now that all that hard work has paid off, go out and try it! Kind of like a reward in your mind as if to say, ‘I deserve this’, which you most definitely do. This could be trying a new hobby, joining a class etc.

3: Shopping Spree

Now, this one kind of ties in with University preparation as well as i’m sure most of you will want a few new clothes to upgrade your wardrobe before going to University. Go with your friends and make a day of it!

4: Go on Holiday

Book a long weekend away somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go to, or, do a road trip with some of your mates visiting the Universities you’ll be starting at in the September.

5: Meal out with the Family

This was one I also done. My family wanted to celebrate my grades and my place at Edge Hill just as much as I did, so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. Go to a nice pub or a fancy restaurant and take photo’s! You will not regret it.

Ellis x

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Next year!

Hello everyone, I thought seeing as I am starting to get really excited about getting back to university in September I could share some of the things that I have planned and some of the goals that I have for the upcoming year.

So probably one of the most exciting things for me next year is the fact that I’m getting the opportunity to be a part of a paid internship with the psychology department. At the end of my first year I applied for a couple of research internships that are available to 2nd years and was lucky enough to have been chosen. The research is about Autism and for the hours that I do I will get paid which is brilliant as a student because you get experience in things you’re interested in and get money to support yourself. I know this is going to be a great experience and I am really looking forward to it.

The next thing that I am looking forward to this next year is being more involved with Hill start, the dance society. I’m hoping to audition to be part of the competition team and also try out some more and new classes. Alongside this I do have some goals for the next year, due to being part of the dance society, my internship and also being the Vice President of WAP I am going to be very busy so one of my goals is to do more meal prep, so that I’m eating healthier food and its easy enough to cook when I get home. To follow on from this I do want to keep up with eating healthy and going to the gym as it is something that I really enjoy and it is nice break from uni work. When it comes to university work I want to try and stay on top of it due to my busy schedule but I also want to do more extra reading this year as I think it will really help me when it comes to exams at the end of the year . 

So that is some of my plans for the upcoming year, and I’m sure you can see why I am getting more and more excited to come back. I would advise everyone to set themselves goals for the new school year as it enables you to get a new focus and to constantly improve.

Staying Fit, What Gym Options Are Available to You

While at uni eating takeouts might become more frequent or even just eating more junk food when you don’t want to cook, so maybe the possibility of going to the gym seems more reasonable now then at home, so I am going to give you a few pointers to what’s available and what you can expect to pay.

Edge Hill Sport: If your living on campus this should be the only place worth considering, as deals go there residency membership is a bargain. £80 for a full 40 weeks of premium membership which includes use of all facilities at any time of day, not bad eh? If you live off campus you will have to pay more but it’s still good value if you don’t mind commuting a bit with a standard yearly membership costing £170.00. The facilities are really nice and modern with handy green wristbands used to enter rooms and to use the lockers as opposed to keys, the fitness suite is one of the best I’ve used, the only slight downside being it can be pretty busy especially around 4/5 but that’s more applicable to weightlifters and can be avoided by going later or earlier in  the day.

Off Campus Options: If living within Ormskirk then it may be too much hassle to commute to and from Edge Hill but, there are options within the town. If you are interested in swimming then Park Pool, the council run leisure centre seems to be the main place to go, they also have a gym too.  If you are looking for just for fitness equipment then United Health and Fitness and Active Nation (formerly energie fitness) are both good options, Unite has a larger number of equipment in a larger space with a monthly membership costing £25 a month. Active Nation is the gym I use, it’s pretty small but is usually not too busy and is well maintained as well as having the cheapest membership fee I could find at £20 a month.

So there’s just a few options available to you if interested, also make sure you are paying for what you need, if you go a lot buy a longer membership, if your less consistent then maybe a pay as you go option is best, whatever you choose enjoy it and take it easy!

Jordan

If I were to go back to this time last year…

Hello everyone, I thought seeing as now I have finished my first year and had time to reflect on the last year I would share with you a few few things I wish I had done to make my year even better than it was. I was very lucky and really enjoyed my first year and all the opportunities that came along with it but if I were to go back to this time last year there are a few things I would’ve told myself.

  1. Make the most of freshers week- I wasn’t hugely into the going out and drinking in freshers but there were so many other things that I could’ve gone and done and wish I had. Along with this I would also tell myself that the going out is also really good and a great way to break the ice with your flatmates so just go and say yes because you won’t get another experience quite like it. 
  2. Following on from this I would tell myself to say yes to more things and more opportunities. For example I wish I had joined more societies at the start and just given them a try because it is always good to try something new. I contemplated so many things but just decided not to because I didn’t want to overload myself.
  3. Live in the moment- I was always focusing on home particularly in the first semester and it made me quite homesick, but when it got to the second semester I did a lot more and absolutely loved being at uni because I wasn’t constantly thinking about home. 
  4. And finally and most importantly I would tell myself to do some work over the summer, do the summer reading that is recommended because it really will set you off to a good start.

So those are a few things that I wish I had done and I would recommend to you, I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Only 9 weeks till term starts again, hope you are all getting excited.

Home Visits – Can they be hard?

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing summer so far! I thought I would talk a little more about how I find visiting home both comforting but also a source of discomfort as this is something I quickly realised while in my first year of university. 

Coming from a very family orientated family, I have always loved the thought of going back to Ireland to see everyone and spend some good, quality time with them (and to be fed). However, while this was exciting and relaxing, I found that when it came to coming back to university, I would become a little upset and find it hard to settle back into the routine of living away from my family. 


I found it particularly hard after the Christmas break because I was so used to being at home again and being around my family and so, when it came to moving back over to uni and back to the flat, I suddenly realised that I didn’t want to. This only lasted for a couple of weeks until I settled back again but during that time, I really needed help to make me feel comfortable with being away from my family again. 

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I realise that flying over every weekend or every two weekends isn’t very student budget friendly but, I found that when I had a trip planned to go home for a couple of days I didn’t feel as sad or anxious because I knew that I would be seeing my family and that kept me going until that time arrived. In my first year, I made the mistake of only visiting home if I had a prolonged period of time off university and so as I was home for longer, I was getting too comfortable with being away from university, making it harder to transition back. 

As much as my mum hated this, I made sure to text her or FaceTime her every day while I was away so that I was keeping in contact with her as much as I could while keeping updated with the rest of my family. However, I will say that I may have been a bit smothering about Face-timing back home and texting whenever I could but, at the end of the day, it made me feel better and kept the homesickness at bay.Image result for facetime

It can also be fun to try and plan trips to visit family members who live close by or friends from home that have moved to England for University. This may be quite pricey but, in my opinion, your feelings and mental health come first. If you feel that visiting someone close to you while you are in need of comfort will help you, do it. I was lucky enough to have my cousins live in Liverpool and so, I could visit them when I wanted to or needed to be with family. I also made a couple of trips down to Bath to visit my sister who lives there. Yes, it was pricey but it made me happy. 


I hope you enjoyed this blog and that it helped my fellow Irish students coming to Edge Hill University. I can say truthfully that moving away was the best thing I did for my independence and it really made me appreciate my family more. 

Thank you for reading, Lauren 

 “Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”

-Stitch-

Taking a break – Getting excited all over again

Taking a break


Getting excited about things is great. When you are really involved and love what you are doing the job almost seems to do itself. Except that might not last. Eventually the novelty can ware off. In this blog I want to talk about three ways to get yourself reinvigorated and above all excited to start on whatever you might be doing. It could be a job, or even your future.


Take a break

Alright this is the biggest, and simplest. Taking a break from what your are doing is probably the best way to realise why you enjoyed doing it in the first place. Recently I took a break from writing blogs. It was nice to break my routine. But coming back now to write this made me remember that I really enjoy sharing experiences and writing in the first place. So, take a break and regroup even if its just with yourself.


Break up the routine

As I mentioned above, taking a break can really help. But if you can’t do that then maybe its time to change how you work, and shake up your routine for the better. Maybe try doing more at once, and use the flow to propel what you are doing forward. Take a look at how you work, and change it up. Even if you move something as simple as the day you do your work can make a difference.


Consider a change

This is pretty drastic, but making a big change can be the only way to find a way to break the monotony of anything you are doing. Take everything into consideration and figure out for yourself if you need a break or if you truly are sick of what you are doing and need to make a change.


If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

What Is Ormskirk Like?

I’ve had people ask me before ‘what’s Ormskirk like’ as a town to live in? So I thought I would give my thoughts on this for those of you that are starting in September or moving into off campus accommodation.

For starters Ormskirk is a small town, so if your coming for the city life you aren’t going to get it here, BUT Liverpool City Centre is only around 15 miles away and the transport links for the town are good with both rail and bus travel being regular and conveniently accessible from the in town train/bus stations. Most shops operate around the town centre with housing all over the place. Since the town is small and there is a demand for housing because of the large number of students, and prices will be cheaper the further you go out of Ormskirk but at least it isn’t London eh?.

For the size of the town there is a surprisingly good selection of shops, bars, takeaways etc. suitable for everyone, my personal favourite being the Dixi Chicken and pizza on the Southport road which is an underrated gem.

For things to do obviously it’s not going to have as much as somewhere like Liverpool but there’s still things to do depending on what takes your interest. There’s a few different gyms around the town and a leisure centre to choose from. If your one for outdoorsy stuff then the various walks and bike trails might be for you, and there is also the market in the centre every Thursday and Saturday every week which is always popular among young and old and you can get a good selection of stuff. There was also recently the opening of a cinema in the Chapel Gallery that shows a mix of new and old films.

So there’s just a few things to know about Ormskirk if you were interested, if you have any questions let me know and thanks for reading.

Jordan

Student Discounts

Hi guys, as a student money can be tight, so it’s a good job that there are a variety of discounts available if you are interested in saving money, here are a few things I use.

NUS TOTUM Card: You can purchase one of these in the on campus SU shop or online for just £12 a year. They can be used for discounts across a range of businesses throughout the UK and they can even be used within the SU shop and bar for extra sweet savings, also worth noting you save more  money on the card price overall by buying a three or two year card. https://cards.totum.com/join

UNiDAYS: Accessible through the website or via the nifty app, UNiDAYS is completely free and only requires verification of being a student by signing in using your Edge Hill portal credentials. The app also grants you discounts across a range of things like, shops, restaurants and online retailers. https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB

16-25 Rail Card: My personal favourite, the rail card can save you up to a 1/3 on rail prices, usually the 1/3 is more applicable if your ticket is over a tenner but savings can be made regardless of the fare. I use this all the time and would recommend it to anyone who used trains at least every now and again. It costs £30 a year but I managed to get it for free with my bank account so that’s something else to look out for. https://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/

Mobile Network Rewards: OK, this one isn’t exclusively for students but I thought it best to put here since there are some really great deals to be had through some networks own rewards for being a customer. Networks like 02, Vodafone and EE among others all have various deals, such as discounted cinema tickets, free food and priority booking for concerts.

Student Offers: Sometimes you don’t always need an extra item to avail of discounts, an Edge Hill card will get you plenty of discounts on it’s own. From  student offers in restaurants, to saving on movie going, through a student ticket.

So there’s a few ways the student can save money, hope this helped and thanks for reading.

Jordan

University – Expectation VS Reality

Hey everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week whatever you are doing. I thought I would write a blog talking about people’s expectations of university versus the reality of what that expectation is like. I know I am not the only one who binged watched so many ‘moving into uni!’ videos and vlogs on YouTube and somehow built up a somewhat unrealistic image of what life as a university student would be like. 

So, here are a few that I have thought about and I will hopefully be able to do more of these in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Freshers Flu!

 

Expectation – By the end of your freshers week you will not be able to get out of bed and you will have to buy approximately 16 boxes of tissues and live off headache, cold and flu relief. 

Reality – Not EVERYONE manages to catch this dreaded disease and this is not because they have the immune system of a robot. These people look after themselves on a night out by resting, drinking lots of fluids and eating well eg fruits and wholesome foods. I am one of the many who managed to dodge this expectation and if you are also one of the lucky ones maybe try not to rub it in sufferers faces. 

But seriously, look after yourself during freshers and you should be fine.

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Being Broke 24/7!

 

Expectation – you will only live on pot noodles from Aldi, bread and if you are really lucky you could possibly afford to treat yourself to actual Heinz Ketchup. You will also never have the money to enjoy yourself and if you do, it will only last you a day so spend very wisely.

Reality – Okay, I will admit that life as a student can be really really hard and yes, there will have to be a certain level of budgeting if you want to make life easier for yourself and there will be sacrifices to make but, you will most likely manage just fine if you try and save up before entering student life and spread the costs more evenly. This means you can go out and enjoy yourself with friends and order yourself that pizza after a long night out.

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Constant Partying!

 

Expectation – Monday night after class, flat party. Tuesday night maybe into Wednesday morning before lectures, night out. Thursday, another flat party. Friday, big night out and the weekend? More partying and going out all the time. 

Reality – Yes, you may have more than one night out during the week, especially towards the start and end of your year at university but, all the time? No way. Some nights you may just want to have a simple movie night with your pals, you may also just want to hang out in your room and there is also the chance you will have several game nights that involves playing  the board game that destroys families and relationships but, you will most likely not be constantly partying or surrounded by those who do.

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That is all the expectations versus reality situations for this blog. I would just like to say that these are purely based off of my experiences with university and I am aware that others and your own experiences could be very different. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it, Lauren. 

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

-Alexander Pope-