Top Tips for Applied Health and Social Care Applicants

As I work on the final pieces of coursework to complete my second year at university, I can’t help but notice all of the buzz around interviews and applications. It feels so strange that two years ago I was interviewing at Edge Hill and hoping my application for BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy would be accepted!

When I accepted my offer to study at Edge Hill, my programme leader from the Applied Health and Social Care Department sent out lots of recommended reading and advice to prepare for my course. As a prospective Counselling and Psychotherapy student, one of the recommendations was that we start a journal of thoughts and feelings as this is a big part of our course that forms part of some key assignments. They provided prompts and advice to get us started.

The reading list was admittedly intimidating, but it isn’t intended to be! It’s likely that you have never read academic texts of that nature so please don’t freak out. You will be shown how to read and interpret these in a Study Skills module in semester one. Read the ‘abstract’ of a few papers and make notes, find excerpts and free chapters of your core textbooks online and make notes on those, too. It may differ on other AHSC courses, but I did not buy any books until I got to university in September and clarified which ones would be most useful. They can come at a huge cost so it is best to wait to see what can be borrowed from the Catalyst and which books you will use so frequently that it’s worth buying.

If you are feeling lost or lonely, search ‘Edge Hill Freshers’ on Facebook and put a call out for people starting on your course. We gathered up a few of us and started a group chat that is still used to exchange ideas, deadlines etc two years later. It made a world of difference having some familiar faces to meet up with and walk into the lecture hall with on day one. Some of those people are now my closest friends! For questions on workload, study tips or what kind of assessments to expect I highly recommend searching your course on The Student Room where past and present Applied Health and Social Care students can answer your questions in a casual, neutral space.

Good luck in your application – I might see you around the Health and Social Care building next year!

Sam xo

Seven top tips for assignments

It’s that time of year where students can be found busily working around campus, especially in the library, ahead of assignment deadlines. Here’s a few tips to help you to stay on top of your work throughout the year so that you can avoid any last minute rushes to the library for books!

  1. Find out your deadlines as early into the semester as possible, along with your learning objectives. You can find many countdown apps to help you to remember these deadlines.
  2. Create a plan and leave plenty of time for reading, getting feedback if possible and drafting your work. Reading around the topic can help to increase your knowledge of the subject and often helps to give you the wider context of your module. Setting structured time can help you to stay focused and don’t be afraid to reward yourself afterwards for your good work.
  3. Create a plan for your assignment and work out what you want to include. Mind-maps can help with this as they can be used to help you to find links between your ideas, helping your assignment to flow. Always keep the question in mind!
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If the lecturers or seminar tutors are able to provide feedback make sure you take them up on their offer.
  5. Check over your work thoroughly – little mistakes such as poor spelling and grammar and not using the correct font, font size or line spacing can lose you easy marks. Always check if a header and footer is needed too.
  6. Once you’ve completed your assignment, put it away for a short while then check back over it with fresh eyes. This can be useful for ensuring there are no mistakes and that each sentence says what you intended it to say.
  7. Allow time to submit your assignment early, don’t leave it until a few minutes before it is due in. This can help you avoid any last minute problems, whether these are technical difficulties or personal problems such as ill-health.

What are some of your top tips? Please share them in the comments below 🙂

 

Life as a Mature Student

Are you currently considering studying at Edge Hill University as a mature student? Deciding to go to university as a mature student was a decision willed with excitement and nerves for me. Part of me was worried what it would be like studying after years of being out of formal education, but I was also incredibly excited to start a new chapter of my life. I firmly believe that studying as a mature student is different than studying straight out of school/sixth form/college but it is possible and such an amazing experience!

Juggling your time:

As a mature student it is likely that you will have many responsibilities outside of university. From caring from a family, running your home, taking part in clubs or activities that you currently enjoy to having to work. Your time will inevitably be filled to the max! But this doesn’t have to mean it isn’t possible. I have fund using a diary, both on my phone and a paper version, as well as creating lists of what needs doing and when to be very helpful. It enables you to fit more into your days than you ever thought possible.

You will make new friends:

People of all ages study a multitude of courses at Edge Hill. You will make friends of all ages and find people who share your interests as well as others who will inspire you to try something new. There is so much to do and so many places to go both around campus and in Ormskirk too.

The environment is inspiring:

Edge Hill campus is a wonderful place. From my very first visit during an Open Day it felt welcoming, inviting and safe. There are many places to study around campus from the library to the Hub as well as specialist rooms such as those in Creative Edge. Then when it is time to relax there are loads of places to eat and spend time with friends, including a Subway! Being in an environment which is supportive and encouranging can be incredibly motivating too.

You’ll have a different perspective in lectures:

Having real life, often hands on, experience will mean you will be able to apply what you have learnt in the lectures to your real life experiences. This can give you a different perspective especially when completing assignments. As an Early Childhood Studies student, one of my first year module assignments was a reflective booklet. I found it very interesting being able to reflect on what I had learnt in my workplace and relate this to the skills I would need for future practice.

Three New Years Resolutions as a Student

With the first semester over and assignments all submitted I found myself thinking about what New Years Resolutions would be good to have over the next year as a student. So here’s 3 resolutions that you could try, all of which would be great for any student and are easy to complete here at Edge Hill.

1. Look after your mental health
Keeping healthy extends further than your physical health. There are so many ways to look after your mental health here at Edge Hill and it is so important to find ways that work for you to keep you as happy, calm and as stress free as possible. Over the next few weeks there are loads of Give it a Go sessions which can help you do just that. From a visit from the Guide dogs to an afternoon of crafts. Check out the full list of activities here. If you feel like you would like some support then the team in Student Services would be more than happy to help too.

2. Be prepared for the semester ahead
Getting organised can save you lots of time throughout the semester. I find it helpful to keep my diary up to date and to have a folder for each of my modules. I use a laptop to type up my notes after each lecture and seminar so that all of my notes are in the same place when it comes to completing assignments. There are many ways to get organised, from checking that you know when your lectures start again and which room they are in to doing some reading to get yourself back into the routine of studying after a long Christmas break. If you would like any advice about becoming more organised why not arrange a meeting with your personal tutor or speak to someone in Student Services. The team are very friendly and approachable and will help with any questions or queries you may have.

3. Try out a new sport/exercise or society
The Sports Centre at Edge Hill has so many amazing opportunities for both students and members of the community. There are membership options to suit all budgets and why not take advantage of the latest offer from the Students’ Union too. If you’d like to try something new why not join a new club or society, many can be found here on the Students’ Union website.

Please do share any resolutions you have in the comments below, would be great to hear your ideas of what you are doing over the next Semester too.

Come for a Sneak Preview!

So what’s more exciting than coming to university?

It’s what you’ve been building up towards since you’ve started college (maybe even earlier!) So whether you’re in year 13 and you’ve been through the UCAS process and ready to start, or you’re in year 12… it’s fast approaching! Choosing which University to go to is a big deal as you’re committing at least three years, but do not worry!

So just like you probably went to an open day before you went to high school or college, universities have open days too! The University opens its doors to you and your family members to come down and take a look at our campus and facilities, as well as having the opportunity to speak to the current students and staff with any questions or concerns.

On these days you can visit the department of your desired course (Faculty of: Health and Social, Education or Arts and Sciences) to gather more information on what you will be doing over the next three years and where you will be doing it! We also have many accommodation blocks open so you can have a look around and see which one takes your fancy. You will receive a prospectus and lots of information leaflets to ensure you can make an informed decision on what course to choose.

These days are so valuable and really can help you make a decision on which University feels right for you depending on the environment that suits you best! Edge Hill have a number of open days coming up, the first one being next Saturday (18th June). To find out more information and to book your place to come and visit please click here.

We really do look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Dissertation deadline is looming, ahhhh!

Hey guys,

How are we?

Well what’s new? With my dissertation deadline right around the corner it’s time to start worrying. I worry about a lot of things, especially when it comes to university work, I just want it to be good! Over these three years I’ve had my fair share of panic tears and miniature break downs, but that’s all part of it. Along the way I’ve discovered a few things which help me calm down, so go on then I’ll share my tips with you…

  1. Down time- you must make time for yourself. When I can’t think of anything to write, it’s time to stop and take a break. Go watch your favourite to show, spend time with friends, RELAX… You’ll find that when you go back to work you have fresh ideas waiting for you!
  2. Support system- when those panic tears and mini break downs occur, you need your people! Go and ring your mum, brother, friend, friend of a friend, literally anyone you want as long as you can vent to them and stop thinking about work. I always find that a few words of encouragement from my mum puts things into perspective and I always feel better. Mums are the best aren’t they.
  3. Food- treat yourself to nice things as a reward for doing work. Set out what you want to achieve and set treats as targets for words. Fatties like me love that.
  4. Plan- believe me they help!

Find out what things help you and do them, it’ll really help.

Goodluck with all your essays and exams coming up, I’m sure you’ll do great!!!

Until next time!??

Dissertation times

Hi guys,

How are you?

I’m a little stressed. It’s that time of the year when things are due in and I’m trying (and failing) to juggle a million balls at once. My dissertation is due in soon and although I’ve had months to complete it, I feel like I’ve left everything until the last minute! After spending the majority of the day in the library I decided to reward myself with a night out in Liverpool… but that is now not happening. I’m currently sat on my bed, pretty much ready, and I can’t bring myself to go. Self- guilt is the worst… I mean it’s bad enough when you feel guilty on behalf of someone, but self-guilt kills. It’s future you, hating present you! I feel so guilty that it’s not finished that I’ve physically stopped myself from leaving my room. WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Although I’m not going, I know when it’s finished I will have thank my past self for helping, but right now that past self (now present self) I can’t stand. When you come to uni you’ll experience fomo (fear of missing out) all the time. To be honest, normally I don’t mind missing a night out and I’m usually pretty sure before the night is here what I’m going to do. But tonight, after the Easter break, all I want to do is spend time with my friends and I can’t. So, here’s the part where I tell you that sometimes missing things isn’t the worst thing in the world… even if it feels like it at the time.

You’re probably coming up to exams and essay hand-ins, but all you want to do is spend time with your friends or family. Right, here’s the thing. You could do what you want. Spend time with friends, herm Netflix, play football… but come July/August when it’s results day you’ll wish you had spent a few more hours revising, a few more days in the library, a few more hours on that essay. Giving up can be hard at the time, but rewarding in the future. So, eventhough you really want to spend time with friends, chill with your family… go on a night out to Liverpool, you and I both know that what the right thing to do is, eventhough we don’t want to. So choose wisely.

A little chill time is fine! Don’t burn out with work, but just remember there is a difference between a few hours here and there and days wasted! It’ll be worth it in the end when you’re enrolling at EHU!

Good luck, I think we’ll both need it!

Until next time…

So, Sociology… we meet again?

Hey guys, hope you’re all well.

So what’s an average week like for a third year Sociology BA (Hons) student? Well…

This is my last semester (cry) which consists on 3 modules: Critical terrorism, childhood and sexuality and finally my dissertation. I’m in Tuesdays and Thursdays (x2, 2 hour lectures & x2, 1 hour seminars) which is very kind indeed. This leaves me a lot of time to work on my assignments, dissertation and catch up on my wider reading. Last semester was probably my favourite period (subject wise) during university, as I got to pick the modules I wanted to do. Hopefully this semester will be the same.

Sociology library days? Yes, I have to admit these are required more and more as you pass through your years at EHU. I’m going to be honest (like really honest, so please don’t tell my tutors…please), in first year I could probably count on my hands the amount of times I actually used the library… which is pretty bad. Second year I stepped up my game, realising uni isn’t all about partying and my social life… and my grades shot up dramatically. Third year the library is practically my home. My advice? USE THE LIBRARY, IT HELPS.

My course outside of the classroom? Sociology is everywhere you look. You only have to turn on the news to be able to pick a starting point or even over hear a conversation in a café. Studying sociology has changed my opinion on a range of different issues and I’m so glad I picked it.

So that’s a brief insight into my week, but what about you?

Let me know if you have any questions regarding a sociology BA (hons) or anything to do with the social science department or EHU in general.

Until next time…

 

Make 2016 a Year You Want to Travel Back to! :D

So we’re in the second week of 2016 now and I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. Something which I find fascinating is how the world, in unison join together to set their year goals. This could be to lose weight, eat healthier or just try something new and out of the blue. It’s an interesting time of year for everyone around the world. What goals have you set?

With the theme of the new year I have decided to come up with some things that you could try this year to ensure you have the best year imaginable.

My first suggestion, being for those who want to reminisce the whole year once its finished. Why not use an old jar and every day, fill it with a memory. When December 31st comes back around you will be able to pick out old memories from the year.

memory-jar-2

If you’re too ahead of times and prefer your technology over good old-fashioned pen and paper you could always create a second snap chat account. Using your main account send snaps to your new one. At the end of the year you will have a years worth of stories to watch.

One day, maybe in our lifetimes, time travel might be  possible. Make 2016 a year you want to travel back to.

Something that I have always wanted to do is be a representative for Camp America. This is basically travelling to America for the summer and working with different people running activities with other ‘Camp Councillors’. This, following on from last weeks blog is a perfect way of making your CV stand out from the pile and better yet you’ll be making life long memories. Whether you’re a student studying at Edge Hill now or a potential student arriving in September this could be a perfect way to make that extra bit of money over the summer and have an amazing time do so.

Camp-America

So far this year I have finally seen the inside of a gym (it wasn’t as bad as I thought) and I guess now that I have started I am going to have to continue with it. The great thing about this university is the newly developed gym on campus, plenty of high-tech equipment and an excellent staff to help with any queries or questions. Whats stopping you from doing any of these things this year?

Why not try:

  • Writing a book
  • Joining a sports team
  • Sky diving
  • Rock climbing
  • Learning an instrument
  • Taking that 3 day holiday to Amsterdam?
  • Spending three days watching pretty little liars…

The possibilities are endless.

So this week we lost an icon that is David Bowie. His music has inspired generation after generation, his films are recognised throughout the industry. He’s an influence to a number of musicians today and probably for many years to come so I thought I would include my favourite song of his.

I hope you all have an amazing day.

J x

Last Minute Guide… Choosing the Right Course!

Oh how depressing that Christmas is over and there’s only a few days until the new year! This means it’s nearly the year of intense revision, exams and results- but boy is it worth it! Hopefully you’ve submitted your UCAS application, but if not and you’re unsure of what course to choose I’ve decided to help you out a bit…

I first found my course looking through the Edge Hill prospectus when I wasn’t 100% sure what degree I wanted to pursue. This page of the prospectus broke down the course into the main things I needed to know, such as what content was covered and what grades I needed amongst loads of other useful information. The prospectus is definitely worth a look as it has information on every course at Edge Hill, if you’d like a copy you can order one online, to do so please look here.

However if you can’t wait and want more information on the vast array of courses available look here on our website!

You should ensure that you’re happy with every aspect of your course, such as what you will be learning and also how it is assessed! The worst thing would be to choose a course that is mainly exams when you love coursework or the opposite way round!

My specific course involves exams, some in January and April, and also coursework, essays, portfolios, placements and presentations! Phew! It sounds a lot and honestly it can be overwhelming at times but when you manage your time effectively and organise yourself it isn’t bad!

If I could advise anything it would be to create a check list ranked on the most important aspects of a course for you. Therefore you can make an informed decision, and if you’re missing anything that you need to know you can reach out to us so we can help you!

Feel free to comment if you have anything you’d like to ask!

Now, best of luck and have a fantastic New Year!