Any Concerns?

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University, there will be a point in time where you may become anxious or constantly thinking that you’re not going to pass modules. You’re not the only one, there are many people with this in their minds, including myself. Here’s a few things to keep you calm and hopefully ‘stress-free’ whilst studying.

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Friends

Talking to your friends about concerns or worries you have can be therapeutic as they’re the closest people you have to you that know what you’re going through – as most likely they might be going through the same thing.

Uniskills

If you have trouble writing or structuring your essay’s or other pieces of work, the Uniskills work shops can help. They do various appointments including one that covers the academic writing. They’re really useful and definitely an advantage to students.

Peer Mentors

Throughout your time at University, you’ll most likely be assigned with a peer mentor (like myself). They are there to talk about your course as they will be doing the same or similar course to you, but also, they are there for any worries or concerns you have about University life or just general things. All you have to do is email them, and they’ll be happy to help.

Personal Tutor

Your personal tutor is also a great person to talk to if you have any concerns or worried. Much like the peer mentor, they will be assigned to you once you start University and will be related to the course you’re studying. You can talk to them about anything – just email them. The only thing is, you’ll have to catch them during their office hours, and each tutor is different.

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I hope this has helped!

Ellis x

Placements: All You Need to Know

Hope everyone has had a nice start to the new year! As prospective students, you may not realise that some courses are required to have placements as part of one of their modules. This is normally the case for teaching courses such as Primary Education. However there is nothing stopping students from getting their own placements throughout the years you’re at university as it will improve your skills, in addition to gaining experience.

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Much like my course, Film and TV Production, it doesn’t have a required module for placements however, I am currently half way through 2nd year and I have managed to find a series of placements in different areas in both sectors, as well as in different places such as Manchester and London.

One of the things to do is to talk to the careers team as they can advise you in what placements are available as well as being specific to your course. There are a few courses at University which are harder to get placements such as the course I’m studying but, if you take the time to research into it and talk to people, you will find some.

You can also talk to your tutors about placements. Most tutors have connections with other people in the career you want to work in, and if you show that enthusiasm and interest they will help you find that pathway. For example, I have recently completed a placement at SKY, but found out about the application through one of the studio managers at Edge Hill, and it was one of the best things I have done this year.

If you need any more information, click the link below to direct you to the careers page at Edge Hill.

Careers page for placements, and what they do.

Ellis x

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3 Things I Wish I knew Before University.

Hey everyone, I have seen a few other university blogs doing these kinds of posts and thought I would give it a try and hopefully provide you with some knowledge before starting your university experience.

  1. Your routine will change

If you think that after your first week you will have a pristine routine where you have everything planned and organised down to a tee, think again. I came to university with this mindset and now I can safely say that I can maybe keep track of my routine for week before it goes out the window.

With the last minute night outs and looming deadlines, having a routine that lasts more than a week is a miracle in my books. It took me some time to be able to adjust to this at the start as I was the type of girl who thrived on routines the whole way through A-Levels. However, I sometimes think that not having a strict and planned out routine all the time is very beneficial for me and my social life. It allows me to hang out with friends last minute or have a couple hours to squeeze in some assignment reading which always a good thing.

2. Knowing how to cook is an essential.

Luckily for me, turning to a more plant-based diet meant that I had to learn how to cook for myself before going to university but after being a student for a year, I realised how important and beneficial it is of a skill.

From inviting people over for a curry night or a roast on a Sunday (thank you to these people), knowing you’re way around a kitchen is pretty important. If someone asks you to boil the carrots/rice or chop the veg, you’re really going to need to know how to do this if you want fed. I learnt this the hard way.

3. Tidy Room, Tidy Mind

This one says it all. Gone were the days that I could walk out of my room at home and not be bothered about it being a mess. I now can’t really leave my room without at least making my bed just so that I can feel like an accomplished adult.

Tidying and cleaning the space around me makes me feel so much more relaxed and somewhat productive….sometimes.

But honestly, giving yourself an hour to clean and tidy will make you feel so much better and give you the head space to get on with your adult day.

I hope that this provides some more insight as to what university life is about and that you enjoyed reading!

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!”

-Jane Austen-

Healthy and Happy

Hey everyone! I hope you’re January is going well. I thought I would do a little post on how you can stay healthy in university during the month of January both physically and mentally. 


January can leave some people feeling a little blue and so I hope that this helps even one person.

1. Get Outside!

I have lost count of the amount of times that I have praised the medicine of the outdoors on this blog. To me, going outside and being in nature is the best way to help me feel like myself again and I still to this day swear by it as an instant mood booster. 

Next time you are feeling blue or a little out of sorts with yourself, take yourself away from whatever you are doing and go for a walk outdoors and feel the benefits start. I often take assignment writing breaks every hour or two when I am in the library by walking around the sports track and sometimes through Ruff Woods. By the time I return, I am refreshed and ready to start my work again!

An early brain break!

2. Meal Plans

When I say meals plans, I don’t mean downloading some rip off one from the internet or instagram that will make your life even more miserable. Try making your own meals plans with the food that you enjoy and that you will actually want to eat. I create a new meal plan every week now that I am on professional practice so that I know what I am making that night for dinner and what I can make for the rest of the week. 

I look forward to my meals everyday and don’t stress cook something that may not be the most nutritious for me and therefore am happier because of the quality of my food and meals.

3. Friends

The people who have in your life will have a direct impact on your mood and how you feel. The biggest lesson I learnt in 2019 was to surround myself with people that make me happy and allow me to be happy as I knew that that they would make the sad days a little brighter.

My advice to everyone is to have people in your life that make you feel good about yourself who won’t impact your mental health or deteriorate it. Doing this will make your university experience so much better and your health so much better, trust me.

I hope that some people find this useful and that the advice here can help someone. Always remember that your emotional and mental health is just as important as your physical health.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

-Glenn Close-

New Years Resolutions

Hey everyone! Sticking with the theme of News Years, here are my reasons why I am not making any resolutions and why I won’t put myself under the pressure.

New Year, Same Me

I don’t see the reason why I should put myself under the pressure to change the way I am to ‘better myself.’ I think that adding that stress at the start of the year and a start to a new term is not a good idea as I will already be under a lot of pressure to get back into my old routine.

However, if you have the willpower to stick to resolutions and not buckle under the pressure, I applaud you.

Baby Steps

I’m not saying that I have never made new year resolutions, I have and that’s why I have stopped making them. I found that making a big change at the start year was a shock to the system and I never stuck to it. For example, if you make a resolution to study for two hours every day when you are only used to studying two hours four days a week, it will most likely not work out the way you want to because it is something you aren’t used to.

My advice for changing your habits for the new year to improve your study at university is to take it in small steps. Maybe only add one extra study day instead of every day just to ease yourself in and to not shock the system and give up sooner than you would like.

The catalyst is the best place to start. Take yourself up to the silent study and stick at the studying for an hour, don’t force it anymore if you think you won’t take anything in.

I hope that you enjoyed this little post about resolutions. By all means, make resolutions that will help you succeed on your course but don’t but yourself under pressure to completely change yourself.

Instead of trying to change your entire life in January, the simpler strategy is to adopt a 12-month plan where you’re making constant improvements.


S. J. Scott

Beating the January Blues

Hey everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas or break and are ready to start 2020 off! For this month, as it is the first month of 2020, I thought I would centre these blogs around the theme of New Years and the month of January as I know this month can be hard for people. Hope you enjoy!

I am sure everyone here has heard or even felt the ‘January Blues’ as I most defiantly have. However, it wasn’t until I started university that I felt it hit hard and it was a shock to the system. I had just started my first placement and two other people that I lived with had also started placement and had moved out from the flat making it feel very lonely all of a sudden.

I knew there were other people in the flat but I just remember not being able to make myself sit in the kitchen with them and so I brought myself over to the gym foyer to do work and then fit a workout in, isolating myself even further. I then started not being able to sleep at night which took a lot of energy out me the next day going into school and it was then when I knew I had to do something about this.

Firstly, I made an appointment to see someone in the catalyst who could help me with this, and I was put in contact with someone very quickly. We had a chat about how I was feeling, and it was so good to talk to someone and let everything out. She offered me some advice on how I could help myself feel better which I appreciated because self-help is something, I’m a huge advocate for.

The weeks following this, I took into consideration some of the things I could do to help myself such as; making time to hang out with friends, facetime my family (I took this one too seriously, sorry mum), rest more and spend time doing something I loved which was walking.

After a few weeks I did start to feel better and more like myself again which was such a relief. All it took was talking to someone to help me realise that I didn’t have to sit in my room or go to the gym every single night to distract myself from the January Blues, all I needed was some self-care and love and I can’t thank the Catalyst well-being team enough for helping me see this.

If you ever feel like this, which I know a lot of people do, know that Edge Hill University’s catalyst is there to help and offer you any help or advice that you need. Follow this link for further information! https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentservices/the-health-well-being-centre/

I hope this helps and I hope that you enjoyed reading, Lauren x

Focus on what you can control: your actions. How you react to negative feelings will be the key to your success.

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Living with Room-mates: Tips

So now that everyone has gone away for Christmas Break, you may be dreading going back to your halls on campus to see your flat mates. Not necessarily because you don’t like them, but maybe because they host too many parties during the week and you just want some sleep. So here’s a few tips to try and deal with it.

Talk to them

Obviously this is your first point of call. If you have any issues with your flatmates, it might be a good idea to talk to them first about the situations you’re not happy with. Try to keep it friendly though. For example: say to watch a movie in the kitchen/communal area, or have a dinner together to get everything said.

Go somewhere else

If you know your flat is going to be having a party, or going out drinking and are going to come back making loud noises, try going to the catalyst or to a friends flat for a little bit. This will relax you rather than potentially being paranoid about your flat coming in any minute.

Catalyst help desk

If you’re really not enjoying the halls of residents you’ve been put in, there is always the possibility of you moving to a different halls. You will have to talk to a few people first about the system and how to move out. The first place to go to is the Catalyst Help Desk, as they will help you look for a solution and a specific person to talk to about accommodation.

There aren’t many options unfortunately when it comes to flat mates. With both my flatmates that I had in first year, and now living with my friends on my course, I’ve had no difficulties or problems and loved living with both of these groups. Sometimes, it can just be a clash of personalities, but if you’re really struggling there is always someone to help. Here’s the information for the accommodation team if you need it, or if you’re hoping to come to Edge Hill, you can also find out more information about the accommodation we offer through this team too.

You can contact the Accommodation Team on 01695 657555 or email accommodation@edgehill.ac.uk.

Ellis x

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What’s In My Uni Bag?

Knowing what to pack can be tricky when coming to University. Some might say that they’re not really sure what to pack in their Uni bag to go to lectures. So here’s a few things that I keep in my bag 24/7, ready for a lecture.

Notepad and Pen

Having these two items in your bag is a life-saver, especially when you go to a lecture that you really need to take notes on. I always try and have an A5 size notepad and one/two pens, just in case someone needs one or, if mine ends up running out. After lectures, I try to go back over my notes and either type them up onto a document on my laptop, or, highlight it in different coloured pens so I know which notes are for which lecture.

Uni Keys and ID

Honestly, especially if you live on campus, this is one of the worst things to forget or lose. Your ID acts as your key card to get into your halls of residents. So at least if you forget your key, hope that one of your flat mates is there otherwise, you may have to pay a fee or get a security guard to let you in.

Medications

If you’re anything like me, I have to carry 2 types of medication in my bag as a priority in case anything happens. Due to myself having an allergy and asthma, it is important to carry these items everyday just in case something happens. I also carry some paracetamol in case I start feeling unwell (or usually the case: someone else doesn’t feel good and needs some).

Money

If you have a long lecture/seminar day ahead of you and you forget to bring some snacks from your Uni room, having money on yourself is always a good idea. Just a quick walk across campus to the shop and you’ll find something in no time – and hopefully quite cheap too.

Laptop/Tablet

Sometimes, I feel like bringing in my laptop/tablet. For some students this is easier than writing on paper however, not all of your lectures will necessarily have a table to rest it on, which can become uncomfortable.

I hope this helps! If you have any questions just drop them down below in the comments!

Ellis x

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Happy New Year!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and are looking forward to next year! As it’s coming up to a start of the a new year, this is normally the time when people make different resolutions. Mine is to try and go to the gym more than I do and to eat a little better. Here’s a few ideas you might like to try in the new year!

Try a New Hobby

There’s so many different societies and clubs that Edge Hill offers. I know most individuals would’ve joined their societies throughout Fresher’s Week but, there’s no harm in emailing the society leaders about joining, or turning up to a couple of trial sessions to see if you like them.

Be More Organised

At University, you’ll find there’s a lot of work that needs to be done constantly. Get on top of this by being a more organised person. Whether that is having a diary, or a notepad to write down your shopping, or planning out meals to keep cost down. Its completely up to you!

Eat Better

Being at University can make you feel like you don’t really want to cook that much and normally comes down to either: putting a pizza in the oven or getting take out. 2020 is a good year to try and change this by cooking more, even if its just simple dishes. By doing this it will also keep your cost down.

Travel More

If you’re able to, I would definitely say to travel more in 2020. This can give you a look into different cultures and you’ll love it! Also, this gives you something to talk about in your personal statements if you’re thinking of coming to University.

Let me know what you’re resolutions are! Happy New Year!

Ellis x

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Why study Primary Education at Edge Hill University?

Hey everyone, I thought I would write a blog about why I think you should study Primary Education at Edge Hill University in three simple points. I hope you enjoy!

  1. The Campus

If you haven’t already googled Edge Hill University, then you won’t know that the university is known for its stunning campus. With its water fountains, man-made beach and brand-new Catalyst building, it’s not hard to walk to lectures every day. 

On the Primary Education course, we often get to explore the university campus in all of its glory. For example, in science classes, the tutors often use the greenery around the campus for learning outside the classroom experiences and in other subjects there are opportunities to complete a campus trail. The campus is definitely not wasted on this course.

2. Opportunities

Another thing I love so much about studying the Primary Education course at Edge Hill University is that it offers so many opportunities to expand your learning! We get notified of any workshops that are happening that will benefit us as future teachers or to help us with any lesson ideas for when we go on placement.

Recently I attended a workshop that allowed me to develop my knowledge in engineering, a topic that I would have never been interested in or included in my lessons until I attended. I came out of the workshop with a bank of knowledge and inspiration to push myself out of my comfort zone.

3. The Tutors

First year at university is not easy. At all. The assignments, the timetable, the coursework and Harvard referencing…

I was lucky that I had a lot of support from the education team who helped me prep my first assignment to make it to a university standard and who bridged the gap between high school to university. They really are very helpful, and I never feel nervous to ask them for help as I know I will get it.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading. Now time for an old, personal favourite quote;

“Help will always be given at Hogwarts, Harry, to those who ask for it.”

Albus Dumbledore