Course Prep Part 3: Necessities

Coming to University can be stressful enough with choosing the course, accommodation etc. But a part of that stress can come from not knowing exactly what to bring, not just for the accommodation, but also for your course.


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is pretty much a necessity for all courses. Having a laptop is crucial to taking notes whilst in lectures and seminars. It will save you a lot of time rather than writing your notes and typing them up after class – trust me with this one. However, don’t worry if you don’t have one or can’t get one due to circumstances. At Edge Hill, the catalyst provides a laptop borrowing system (situated on the ground floor). This allows you to take out a laptop, and you can use it for your lectures and seminars.

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Notepad and Pens

Although for me personally a laptop is better at taking notes, I do like to also have a notepad and pen. This is kind of my back up in case I forgot to charge up my laptop before a lecture, or I only need to take ‘simple’ notes.

Coloured Pens/Highlighters

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Having these save so much energy when it comes to revision. For me, I find it extremely helpful colour coding specific topics and highlighting in different colours. I tend to use the highlighters when doing readings and I need to pick out quotes for an upcoming assignment. I use the coloured pens for mind-maps, revision cards and other forms of study methods. I completely get that this method may or may not work for you, but I highly recommend investing in a few highlighters at least. (Stabilo pastel highlighters are my favourite).

Display Book/Ring Binder

These items are to help organise all of my resources that I’ve printed out. I like to print out my readings, highlight them and place them into some kind of folder. This helps me to stay organised and I know where my readings are for each module if I need them for references or any other research.

These are just my few necessities for starting University. Don’t feel like you need to get everything, but these items will definitely help you along your journey.

Ellis x

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Course Prep Part 2: TV and Film Production

When I made Edge Hill my top choice for University, I was constantly on the look out for how to prepare for my course. Here’s a few things I did before coming to Edge Hill to help settle my nerves, and make me more organised.

Course Information

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This is probably a bit of an obvious tip but, It’s a good idea to look into the course information that’s on the Edge Hill website. This will help give you an overview of what modules to expect, and also what ones you’re interested in at the moment. Reading this information will help calm your nerves as you wont be diving into the ‘unknown’, and it allows you a bit of time to research into that topic too. If you want to of course.

Blog Posts

Most Universities will have a blogging site, like Inside Edge. This is a great way to get an insight from a current students perspective about their life at University, their course, the location etc. The blog posts also allow you to comment on them and ask any questions you may have. For example, if you would like more information about TV and Film Production, you can leave a comment down below and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.


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When you start University, you’ll begin to realise that a lot of your lectures and seminars will want you to do readings. If you would like to get ahead before first year, you may be able to contact some course leaders to see what readings you’ll be looking into. This will help so much in the long run, and is a great way to get organised and prepared before University.

I hope this has given you guys a bit of inspiration to get prepared before coming to University. Hope you’re all staying well and safe.

Ellis x

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Course Prep Part 1: TV and Film Production

When coming to University, most of you don’t really know how to prepare, or what to expect from your course. From my own experience, I didn’t really prepare much, but this is what I did do.

Look into Scholarships

I knew that Edge Hill offered a few scholarships. I entered in my details to the scholarship calculator and found that I was eligible for the Excellence and High Achievers scholarships. Once I found this out, I clicked on the link for the Excellence scholarship and put in an application.

REMINDER: Scholarship applications are until 1st June 2020 for academic year 2020/2021.

Get on Facebook Groups for Edge Hill

This definitely helped me to feel more settled coming to Edge Hill. Here I was able to ask about whether there was a group chat for Media or Film and TV. I got put in it soon after and got talking to people. Also, once you find out your accommodation, you can say what building and number you are. The likely-hood is that you’ll find someone in the same block quite quickly. This also helped and settled my nerves a lot as it already felt I had met people.

Attend an Open Day

I know that at the moment, undergraduate students starting this year are going to attend Open Day events virtually, but when I came it was physical. This is probably one of the best ways to prepare yourself. You can see whether you can envision yourself within the University. Also, you get to go around campus and see the types of accommodation you want to live in, as well as where your course will be held.

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For me specifically, I had a look to see whether there were any production companies nearby that I could contact about getting some experience. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear from many of them that I did contact. And when I did hear back from them, they weren’t taking on anyone at that moment in time. I wish I had stuck at it, but luckily, I managed to get some more experience through my own contacts.

Ellis x

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Student Finance: SFE

For all students, this blog is a little reminder about the SFE fund that you get before coming to University. You need to apply for it before starting your course and preferably, as soon as possible too. This is to ensure that your details go through and get the right amount of money.

If you’re beginning University in the upcoming September, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Create an account – Go onto the GOV website and search up for student finance. This should just direct you straight to the page you need.
  2. Fill in the details – Fill in all the details required. You will need to know some important information such as your parent(s)/guardian email address.
  3. Need to let parent/guardian(s) know – Your parent or guardian will have to of received an email regarding your application. They will have to fill out their own portion of the form in order to complete your application. This is very important so as soon as you’ve finished yours, let them know that they will be getting an email from SFE.
  4. Any other conditions you need to fill out – As an example, if you have some form of disability, the SFE will take this into consideration. You will probably need to supply some more information on the condition. You will find this at the home page screen of your account. Also, I should note that the SFE will ask you if you have a condition they need to be aware of in the questions.

There is a useful step-by-step guide on the GOV’s website, just click on the link below:

Also, there is a slightly different application for people living in Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland or the EU. Follow the link here to find out more information:

Hope this has helped!

Ellis x

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My Lockdown Activities and Hobbies

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Whilst in this strange situation, your mind might be running wild on how to keep yourself occupied. Being back at home can be hard too, as it’s lost part of my independence that I had whilst living at Uni. But, to try and keep busy, I’ve tried to do various activities and hobbies for my mental and physical health.

Here’s a few things you could do if you’re feeling unmotivated or bored at home in lockdown.


Exercising is a good way to de-stress, and it also helps your physical health too. I’ve been trying to follow yoga routines that are on YouTube. Yes it is difficult, but it gets me up in the morning and ready for the day ahead.

Learn an Instrument

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Learning an instrument is a great way to preoccupy your time. Look at YouTube for videos on your instrument of choice for techniques, starting from beginner. At the moment, I’ve tried picking piano back up as I used to do it back in Secondary school.

Bake /Cook

Baking and cooking are two of my favourite things to do at the moment. Due to all of this free time, I’m able to look through my Mum’s recipe books and create different dishes. I’m really into baking cookies and different cakes at the moment, so we have something in the cupboard ‘treat wise’ every week. We also do a thing in my family where each of us cooks at least one night a week.


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I know this may sound like a really horrible task but, its actually a really good way to cleanse. I started organising and giving my room a ‘spring clean’ when I got home from Uni. Throwing out clothes and removing items you don’t need can be a great way to make some money, or you can give some to charity. I’ve done this and made a bit of money and also donated to charity.

I hope this has given some of you ideas to make your time more enjoyable being in this lockdown. And I hope you’re all staying safe and well.

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Ellis x

Open Days

So many of you may have had the idea to come to Edge Hill for an open day in June. Unfortunately this isn’t possible at the moment but, you can attend a virtual event instead. This is taking place between Monday 15th June to Friday 19th June. You can book an open day visiting this link:

Open Day booking for Edge Hill University.

For the upcoming virtual open day for Edge Hill, these are some of the best spots to have a look into.

The Hub

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The Hub will probably be one of the main spots on campus you attend everyday. Its a great spot to hang out with friends. There is a convenient shop, Starbucks and a cafe where you can get hot food.

The Catalyst

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This is an amazing building that you have to take advantage of when you are at Edge Hill. This is a Library which also holds a cafe and the Catalyst help desk. It is a perfect space for studying and writing essay’s.

Your Subject Building

Depending on your subject, you will be based in one building with the majority of your studies. It’s a good idea to take a look at this space so you know how the floor system works.

Sports Centre

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The Sports Centre is an amazing space. You can have fun doing different classes, going to the gym or, taking a swim in the pool. There’s also a track and field, so if you’re the type of person to go for a run, its the perfect space to do it.

Accommodation Blocks

It’s important to see where you’d be living or like to live before you come to University. On campus, there’s loads of options accommodating to your preferences. For me, this was quite an important part into my decision, especially as I’m living four hours away from home.

I hope that you have found this useful. Remember to book your place!

Ellis x

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Understanding Your Offer

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For many of you, you have now been accepted into Universities that you have chosen. This will include one of three offers: Unconditional, Conditional and Unsuccessful. These offers will mainly be made by post, unless stated otherwise in your application. And keep on the lookout in your track progress on your UCAS portal for any information.

Conditional Offer

A conditional offer states that a place has been confirmed for yourself. You must meet the conditions that the University is offering for you. Most likely, it will be to meet specific grades within your A-Levels or BTEC. This will be implied through grading criteria or through a point system, where you obtain so many UCAS points.

Sometimes these conditional offers can get changed into unconditional offers if you firmly accept the University. For example, if you put that University as your top choice. But this will be clearly states in the letter they post to you.

Unconditional Offer

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These are offers that state that you have already met the criteria and you have a place at the University. It is important to still check the conditions as you may need other checks. For example, if you’re doing a teaching degree, you may need a DBS check.

If you do accept the unconditional offer, remember that you are committing to that University, and can’t make an insurance choice.

Unsuccessful Offer

This means that unfortunately you haven’t received an offer from the University. Sometimes they will give a reason as to why they didn’t accept you. However, you can contact them to see if they will discuss the reason with you.

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I hope that you all are well and staying safe.

Ellis x

How do de-stress

Deadlines are fast approaching for student, and I know it can be quite stressful, especially if you have a large amount to do. Here’s a few ways of dealing with the stress and, they may become part of your normal routine.


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Doing 20 minutes of exercise a day is a great way to reduce stress. Not only does it help you out mentally, but physically too. Maybe try going for a run or even do some yoga. For myself, I’ve been finding ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ on Youtube a massive help. I do about 20 minutes of yoga every morning now.

Split up your work

By this I mean to try and split up your work in an organised fashion. For example, creating a time-tabled based document to track the pieces of work that you need to do. This will keep you on top of everything, and hopefully bit by bit, you will finish the work with ease.


As a student myself, I know that sleeping patterns do vary whilst at Uni, and can vary again when you’re back at home. Try getting into a habit of sleeping between 7-9 hours every night, to help reset your brain.

Good Diet

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Having a varied and decent diet can effect your stress. Try eating healthy foods and juices that contain vitamin C to help reduce stress. Also, cooking from scratch can be very therapeutic, and it will take you away from doing your work too.

I hope this has helped, and if you have any questions, drop them down below.

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Productivity Tips at Home

Since coming home from University, I’ve been struggling a bit to find motivation to do work. I figured that some of you might have the same problem. So here’s a few tips I do myself to stay on top of my work, without being at Edge Hill.

Keep to a Routine

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As you’ve probably all recognised, everyone’s fallen out of their typical routine. I’ve found that trying to have one, helps me keep organised and productive in the day. For example, I try to wake up between 8/9am, have breakfast and do some exercise. This stimulates my brain into being productive for the rest of the day.

Every Step Helps

This tip is actually from a friend. He suggested doing an hour or two everyday. This has really helped as I’ve noticed I’m not as stressed about deadlines because I’m managing to do a little bit each day. Also the fact that I’m not pushing myself to do 5 hours at a time helps a lot.

To-Do List

I try to write a small ‘to-do’ list every day once I’ve woken up. This helps just to keep my mind in check of what needs doing. My list normally consists of Uni work as I have deadlines due in May.

Quiet Space

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Since having all of my family in the house at once, its definitely an adjustment. The house is a lot noisier now, and sometimes I can find it hard to concentrate. Normally I would just drive to Starbucks, but that’s not doable right now. Instead, I either sit in the garden or stay in my room, with my headphones on. It’s not an ideal place to study or work, but at least it’s quieter than the rest of the house.

Ellis x

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Applying for Accommodation

For many of you, you’re starting to wonder about how to apply for finance, scholarships and accommodation at University. If you’ve put Edge Hill down as your first choice, then you can apply now. If you’ve put Edge Hill down as your insurance, you don’t need to do anything. But, if you change your mind, you’ll be invited to apply for accommodation.

Types of Accommodation

At Edge Hill there are various types of accommodation to suit everyone. There are Halls of Residence which are on campus, or you can look at private accommodation in Ormskirk too.

Halls of Residence

Many of the Halls on Campus have en-suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen. However, these can sometimes be on the pricer side. If you’re worried about finances, then you can opt for other halls which have a shared bathroom, such as Back Halls. Main Halls is a good option too as there is a mix between en-suite and shared bathroom.

Private Accommodation

There is also an option of private accommodation. This means you would have to go out and find a suitable accommodation yourself, and sign a contact to be in that house. There is plenty of student accommodation situated within Ormskirk, and the surrounding areas. These can sometimes be a bit cheaper, but from my experience, being in Halls of Residence for my first year was great.

If you want to find more information about Edge Hill’s accommodation, click the link below.

Link to Accommodation at Edge Hill.

Hope you all stay safe and well.

Ellis x

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