Its all about being prepared and thinking ahead

I’d like to think that I am an organised person and I love being organised and prepared because it often makes me excited about things coming up. Being at uni you may have to think ahead a bit more compared to living at home, for example if you have an evening event or society meeting you need to think about when you’re going to have your dinner, and for me it was if I had dancing of an evening I needed to make sure I had something substantial before I went so that I had enough energy.

To be prepared and think ahead it’s always good to make lists or to do lists, I do this even when I’m not at uni because otherwise I would forget what I needed to do. I always make a shopping list when I do my food shop, often I will plan what I’m going to eat each day and make sure I am getting the right things when I go and do my food shop. Therefore if I do have dancing one evening I know what I’m having and have it prepped for when I can have it.

Another thing that has helped me think ahead is having a calendar. I sometimes had weeks a uni when I had multiple meetings and different seminars, or friends visiting that I needed to make sure I was prepared for when they came. And even more importantly I needed to make sure I had my assignments done before friends visited because I knew work wouldn’t get done whilst they were down. Planning ahead also gives you something to look forward to, for example if you are going to see a friend or maybe your parents are coming up for the weekend, its nice to have those things to look forward to especially if you are struggling with home sickness or just having a rough time. It was always just nice for me to know when my mum was coming to visit as I always had some exciting things to do whilst she was there.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to get organised and ready for uni because it will come round quickly, which is very exciting.

Moving out of accomodation

Moving out of halls for me was a bit more difficult than most people, I couldn’t have brought all my things home for the summer and unfortunately we were unable to put our things into our house early. Luckily for me the girl that I am living with next year also lives a fair distance away from uni so we decided to share a storage unit which is in Maghull. This worked out really well for me as her parents brought their car up to move our stuff, due to being from the Channel Islands it would’ve cost a lot of money to hire a car or bring our car over to move things.

I thought I would also share a few tips about packing up. In the last couple weeks in staying in halls I would recommend using up the things in your cupboard, fridge and freezer so that there is less things to pack and put away. But at the same time I have kept a few tins and dry ingredients such as pasta for when I get back, just incase I don’t get a food shop in on the first day. I would also advise conserving space when it comes to pots and pans if you have then, fill them with clothes that you’re putting into storage to not only protect them but to also save on space.

I would also recommend save on the clothes that you take home, for example I left most of my coats and winter clothes in storage so that I didn’t have to take them home, because I wouldn’t need them. Another thing is donating things, that you haven’t used or may not need next year. This again saves on space when packing things to go home or to go in storage. The SU this year provided green bin sacks that you could put anything in that you didn’t want or use anymore, this was really helpful as we were able to leave the bag in our rooms rather than taking things to the charity shops.

These are just a few tips that could help with packing and also option you have at the end of the year. Thank you fo reading.

Hill Start- end of year show

Hello everyone, I thought as I have just finished my first year with Hill Start- the dance society, I would share what happened at the end of the year. I didn’t know about the end of year show till the second semester when we started a dance for it.

The end of year show enables everyone in the dance society to showcase their abilities. It is really enjoyable and for someone that was in one dance it was good to see what they do in the other classes because it really inspired me to join more classes next year. There was a combination of lots of different dances but they also had some of the dance pieces that the competition team did in Manchester. The show enabled me to meet lots of new people and be inspired to try out more classes and maybe even join the competition team.

The build up during semester 2, for me, was just my normal classes every week. Which was nice because you can choose how many dances your in depending on how busy your schedule is. Then when it comes to the last week before the show, teachers may call extra rehearsals depending on how the dance is and also the last couple of days, for us, they called rehearsals to do an opening and a finale. You really feel like you’re part of a team as everyone is all working together, everyone from first year to third.

Overall this was a really great experience and I am so grateful to be a part of the Hill Start team and I am truly inspired to attend more classes next year and also maybe go for the competition team. If you want to join Hill Start I would highly recommend it, with the variety of classes they offer and also the opportunities of being more serious and attending competitions or just going to classes for fun. Hill Start will be at the freshers fair if you have any questions anyone there will be happy to help.

Making the Most of the Summer!

Hello everyone! I thought for todays blog I would share some ways to make the most out of your summer, most of our university students are now finished for the summer and soon you A-Level students will be ready to get out in the sunshine… that we will hopefully have. You might have holidays planned, maybe you are going to a festival or maybe you are just staying home for the summer which will be fun as well. If you are staying home for the summer I thought I could share a few things to make the most out of the time you have.

Firstly I would suggest you set yourself some goals, whether they are fitness goals or just personal goals. For example I have a couple of goals for this summer, the first one is to read more books because I love sitting out in the sun and reading a book and I just don’t give myself time to do that or I just go on my phone instead, but this summer I want to put my phone down and give myself time to sit in the sun, relax and read a book. My second goal is to run more, my mum and I are aiming to do a half marathon and a marathon over the next couple years so I know I need to start training. This will again get me outside and enjoying the scenery around me.

I would also highly recommend making the most of the time and either getting work experience or just working a part time job. This is a great opportunity to save up some money for when you do go to university, but also it is a great time to gain some experience in the sector you may want to work in, in the future. For example during my summers I work with my local Youth Commission, looking after and doing activities with children. This is great experience for me and I can also earn money whilst doing it. Although I would say don’t overwork yourself too much because you want to be able to enjoy your summer with your friends before going to university.

Thank you of reading and hope you all enjoy your summer and make the most of it. 

Semester 2 review

Hello again,

As I did a review of my first semester doing Educational psychology I thought it would be good to do a follow up about my second semester.

Assessment wise this semester I have had an essay and an exam for my Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology. The essay was just 1500 words and the exam was multiple choice. We are very lucky in the psychology department in the fact that they gave as much support for the essay as they could and prepped us with plenty of information for the exam.

This semester I also did a partnered presentation for my Educational psychology module where I also did a essay based exam. We also did a group presentation for essential skills and an employability booklet which really helps to prepare you for working life. For my investigation psychology module we carried on with Web Based Assessments which I find useful to do with friends as its good to discuss. We also did another Lab Report which was good to be able to use the feedback from last semester.

In terms of extra curricular for me, with a number of other students this semester we were able to start up a psychology society in which we had a few events including Alan Baddeley doing a talk in our new building, which I blogged about earlier in the semester. We also had other events including socials with a number of different themes. This was nice to be able to mix with a variety of different psychology students in different years. I have also continued to go to Hillstart the dance society, and I am even going to be performing in their show at the start of June. Its really nice to join societies outside your subject so that you can meet different people.

After reflecting on this year I have a few goals for next year, one of them being that I want to get out a bit more for example I would like to go and explore Southport more. I would I also like to try and join a sports society if I can as I am part of other societies like the psychology society.

Motivational Wednesday

Hi guys,

I thought today as most of you are fast approaching your (sorry I have to say it) exams, or maybe you’ve already started them, I’d give you some motivation to keep going. You may be starting to get a bit sick and tired of the revision you’re doing, maybe you feel like you are ready to get your exams done and you will get through them in time, I currently have just over a week till my exams are over so I am starting to feel like I just want to get them done which can make it difficult to keep working through to the end. I thought today I would share some ways to stay motivated.

  1. Change up your revision up a bit- linking back to my last blog post there is a number of ways that you can revise to ensure that it doesn’t get boring, from doing past papers to watching youtube videos it all helps. So if you are always revising in the same ways then try something different to keep yourself engaged.
  2. Think about the end result- if you keep working hard then you will reach your goals easier. If thats going to university, which you need grades for, you want to ensure you get them so just keep powering through. My mum would always tell me to keep thinking about the reward at the end, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the great experience of coming to university. 
  3. Lastly the long summer- now people tell you this but you never think about it at the time but make the most of the long summer, and think about that as you are getting through your last bits of revision and exams. In my opinion it will probably be one of the longest summers you get and such a good summer cause you will have nothing to think about, and you will have the excitement and anticipation of going to university alongside. If that doesn’t get you through your revision I don’t know what will.

Thank you for reading, and good luck, sending you all motivation to get through. 

5 Different ways to revise

Hello everyone, I’m back with another blog about revision. I am hoping that this will give me some motivation to get through my revision and exams and hope that it will do the same for you too. It can be difficult to make revision fun so I thought I’d share a few different ways to help you change up your revision. Exams are fast approaching so good luck to everyone.

Cue cards- This is quite a standard one however it is great for quizzing yourself and learning definitions. On my course I have to learn about different parts of the brain and what each bit does so I use cue cards to put the name of the part on one side and then on the other I put the definition or what it does and where it is located. You could always get people to quiz you by getting them to tell you the name and you have to say what it does or the other way round. This can make revision a bit more fun and interactive with your friends.

Mind maps- I personally love mind maps when revising because I can group information that I need to remember and make things as colourful as I like to help me remember. It also helps me when talking about different theorists as I can show different sides on an argument on different sides of the page.

Practice papers- practice papers are key as you get closer to your exams as they will show you what kind of questions will come up in the exam and also how they are worded and so therefore how you need to answer the questions. It good to mark your own papers too because then you can see where you went wrong for next time.

Recording yourself and listening back- This is particularly useful if you are doing a language as you can hear the accent and also you will probably be quite critical of yourself so this will help you improve. This can also help to learn facts.

Youtube videos- there are many different youtube videos that you can find on a number of different topics. Often people make videos specifically for topics in A-level or equivalent, these are super helpful and often have great graphics to go along with it.

I wish you all the best of luck with your exams and revision to come. Just think about the result at the end. Thank you for reading.

 

Coming from the Channel Islands

Hello again, as I have mentioned in previous blog posts before I come from Guernsey in the Channel Islands and there were a few things that I didn’t realise I needed coming to the UK to live. I thought it may be useful for some people if they, like me, come from the Channel Islands or just somewhere away from the UK.

The first thing that I needed to do when I got over to the UK was getting signed up with the doctor. Everyone has to do this, however in Guernsey we don’t have the NHS so it was a little more difficult than just switching pharmacies. On move in day there were some really helpful ladies that were able to sort me out and then a week or so later I was sent an NHS number, which you need to keep safe.

Something that I would actually recommend getting before moving over to the UK, is a railcard. It gives you discounts on your train travel and there are often special offers that are sent to you via email. I applied for mine before moving over and I got one that would last be the 3 years I was at uni and so it cost me £70 (subject to change). This is not always something you realise, as coming from Guernsey we do not have trains, however it is definitely worth while when travelling to and from the airport or if you go to visit your friends.

The final thing that you may not realise if you come from abroad is that to work you will need a National Insurance Number. I was unaware of this when first coming over although the University were very helpful to aid me in how to get one. I had to go through a number of phone calls to be able to sort mine and then I went for an interview in Liverpool to confirm who I was and confirm that I was a student wanting to work. Everyone was very helpful and although it took a few weeks I was able to sort it and again everyone in Human resources were very understanding and helpful.

These are just a few things that I thought would be helpful if you are just moving to the UK to study. If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask.

Preparation for move in day (Chancellors court)

Hi, I thought as my first year is coming to a close and I am preparing for my second year, it was probably time to give some guidance about living in halls as you are all starting to prepare to move to university. What kind of things I would recommend buying? And the pros and cons of living in halls,

So firstly when buying things for your accommodation you don’t want to go too overboard straightaway as it will take you longer to move in and you want to save some money, there may be things that you realise you need along the way. So I though it would be helpful to collate a list of things that I have used over the year to help well you are buying and getting things ready for university.

Kitchen- 1 Saucepan (induction hob), sift, baking tray, chopping board, plates (small and big, I have 3 big and 1 small), bowl (I have 3), cutlery, mugs, glasses, wooden spoon, whisk, serving spoon, tongs, bottle opener, tin opener, a decent chopping knife, fairy liquid, plastic tubs, washing up cloths.

Bathroom- hand soap, cleaning products, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, face wash, small bin (a lot of this is just whatever your preference is).

Bedroom- Duvet, pillows, bed covers, mattress protecter, decorations, hangers, airer, blankets, mirror (again this is all up to your preference and how you want to make your room homely).

Extras- screwdriver, tape, sewing kit, anti-bacterial wipes, extension lead.

To follow on from this I’d like to reiterate that this is down to preference and what I have learnt whilst living in Chancellors court accommodation and a lot of the accommodations have slight differences. Living in halls is an amazing experience, some of the advantages to living on campus is that its very close to your lectures so you can leave 10 minutes before your 9am and still get there on time, there starts to be a real family feel about the flat as the year goes on. It makes it easier when you are going out because everyone is going to the same place so you always have someone to walk with or get a taxi with.

Things aren’t always plain sailing though, some flats find that because they are so close they do argue, also there may be times that you want an early night however everyone else is up making noise in the kitchen, although I have found that I have got used to the background noise now and so I can sleep through it.

This is just a small guide on living in on campus accommodation, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Budgeting Tips!

Hi guys, so with it coming to the end of the term and Easter fast approaching people are coming to the end of their student loans and so less money to live on. So I thought that now would be a good time to give you some tips on budgeting and living on a budget.

I think for a lot people end up breaking the bank when they go out a lot because it can end up getting expensive, however you can get it into your weekly budget. So that is the first tip…

  • Set yourself a weekly budget- for me the money I receive from the Government goes into my mums account as I know that I would just spend it straight away. So my mum and I have a system that she gives me £35 a week to cover my food, travel and sometimes treats as well depending on my plan for the week. This is really helpful because then I know how much I can spend on my food shop etc.

  • Plan your weeks meals- I have been doing this the last couple of weeks and it has really helped when doing my food shop. I have planned my whole day of food so that I don’t buy unnecessary food that is just going to go to waste. Once I plan my meals it means I know exactly what I need for the week and can create a shopping list and try not to veer away from it too much when I am shopping.
  • Looking for the best deals- I generally do all my shopping at Aldi, however sometimes when it comes down to a deal, I do shop around a bit. For example recently I have been buying my alcohol at B&M as they have had a good deal on that I couldn’t get anywhere else. However this is always changing and there are always lots of different deals, in either B&M, Aldi and Morrisons (which are the main places people shop).

Lastly, when it comes to things like Student Events in Liverpool… which generally take place in September and April (Tomorrow, 3rd April 2019), make sure you set yourself a budget and make a list of things that you want/need. It is nice to be able to save up a bit of money to go to these events because it is a good way to bond with your new friends. Also as a side note, there are lots of way to make money whilst being at uni and I would definitely recommend getting a part time job, whether that be with the University, or off Campus, it is a good idea.