Exam Tips

Hey guys,

I hope you have all had a fab Easter and indulged yourself with loads of chocolate (much like myself). As most of you know already, it’s getting to that time of year we all dread: deadlines and exam season. So, here’s some few tips for exam preparation. Hope this helps!

  • Study schedule

Make yourself a little timetable surrounding the subjects you’re doing and break this into days of the week. Doing too much on one subject can cause you to stress out a lot more. Split it up so you give yourself 20/30-minute bursts of studying so you keep yourself focused.

  • Old exam papers

This will help you to get to know what sort of exam questions you could expect from the paper you’re about to sit. By practising these types of papers, it should help you to relax when it comes to actually sitting the examination.

  • Study Groups

When I was in college/6th form, I remember organising a few study sessions with a few friends and we would all help each other through our strengths and weaknesses. Also, this helps if you have revision cards and need someone just to read them out to you.

  • Hydrate yourself!

Drinking water throughout the day will help stimulate your brain and provides energy. If you suffer from headaches etc. this also prevents it. P.S. Bring water into the exams with you (as long as it’s a clear bottle with no label). This will give you a break from writing and keep you focused.

  • Whatever happens, happens

Don’t be so hard on yourself when exams come around. Just remember that whatever happens, happens because, you can never know exactly what is going to be on the paper so just try your hardest and that’s honestly the best piece of advice that you will hear 10 times or more from so many different people (including this post).

I hope this helps for all of you doing exams in the coming months. If you want any more tips or just want some advice, please drop a comment down below and I’d be more than happy to help. Good luck!

Ellis x

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My University Highlights

Hi everyone,

As I enter my penultimate week of lectures as I am in my last year I thought it would be nice to look at my highlights of being at Edge Hill over the last three years! I have had a great time and I am definitely going to miss it!

Celebrating 21!

This year all my friends are turning 21, and whilst my birthday isn’t until June, it has been amazing celebrating with my friends! For example, we have been for meals, attended parties and even just had a sleepover and film night!t! 

 

 

 

Ghetto Golf!

This year I went to Ghetto Golf for the first time! This is located in the heart of Liverpool next to the baltic market, for £10 you can play an 18 hole round of crazy golf, the decorations are incredible and its such a fun night out!

 

Liverpool! 

I had been to Liverpool before coming to Edge Hill but I feel that in my time here I have really got to know the city and I love it there its such an exciting and thriving place. In September last year, we went to see the Giants as they returned to the city. They were incredible and it is a day I will never forget.

 

 

Days Out! 

In the summer months, me and my friends make the most of our free time and we try to go on as many days out as we can! We have been to Southport a few times, which is just a short train or bus journey away. It is so nice to just walk around the gardens and along the pier, I really love playing on the 2p machines!

 

 

Occasions!

Finally, getting to celebrate special occasions with my housemates have been some of my favourite memories of university! I made us a Christmas dinner last year and we all loved it, we even had some bucks fizz! Living one of my friends has definitely been my favourite part of university and I will really miss them when I move home!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ellie 🙂

Campus Sport

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I would talk to you all about campus sport here at Edge Hill’s Sports Centre. These are  fun recreational opportunities for students, staff and adults from the local community to get involved in on Campus!

  • The Get Active Programme – 

The Get Active programme provides a wide variety of regular recreational sports for you to choose from. These include Badminton, Netball, Football, Couch to 5K etc. Membership holders get this included but others can pay between £1 and £3 depending on the session. The aim is to have fun whilst exercising so that it doesn’t become a chore and you will continue to enjoy it!

  • Game On – 

The 5 a side football league has a student social league which runs during term time for campus sports users!

  • Volunteer –

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Volunteering at the Sports Centre is a great way to get involved and gain new social skills, but also to enhance your CV.

  • Intro Courses

These introductory courses available with Campus Sport are a great way of improving your fitness levels slowly and steadily, at the right pace for you! These include pop up sessions throughout the week as well as a couch to 5K group!

  • Women Focused – 

Sometimes joining a gym can be a little daunting so I think women’s only sessions are a great way of starting! Women’s active is a group where you can find other women looking to get active, and there is also the women’s football side!

  • Free Events – 

Everyone loves a free event! These usually occur during freshers weeks, therefore whilst exercising you can have lots of fun with new friends. For example, in the past there has been pool parties, roller discos and zorbing!

See you next time!

Ellie 🙂

 

 

The Careers Awards!

Hi everyone,

This Tuesday is Edge Hill’s annual careers awards! This event is the 10th anniversary of the awards which are organised by the Careers team here at Edge Hill. This event is to celebrate the achievements of students over the past year, as well as recognising the employers and organisations who have helped students through part time jobs, work experience and volunteering!

The night is a really lovely event, as alumni get to return to Edge Hill, see old tutors and see how the university has changed throughout the university.

There are lots of oppurtunities for students to win awards, The Student Employee of the Year Awards have been split into three categories; those who work for the Students’ Union, students who work on the University campus, and students who work for an external organisation. These awards are brilliant for adding to your cv.

If you were not aware of the awards this year then make sure you keep an eye out for nominations next year as you could nominate your employer for an award! Also, if you work for the university you can nominate the department you work for!

Ellie 🙂

Hill Start- The dance society

Hi everyone, I came to the realisation the other day that the end of my first year is fast approaching, which is crazy and scary, and so I wanted to start reflecting on some of the things that I have done over the year as there may be things that you will be interested in doing next year.

One of the things that was a priority for me when coming to university was to carry on with my dancing. I have danced since the age of 4 and as much as I am not involved as much anymore I still enjoy it and it is also a good bit of exercise. Luckily for me a girl from home was one of the people that ran the society “Hillstart” so she was really helpful and answered any questions that I had. 

Hillstart offer a variety of classes such as, Broadway jazz , commercial, jazz technique, ballet and contemporary. I was lucky enough that one of my flatmates wanted to try some of the classes out as well so we went along together. I first tried out the Heels class, which is something I’ve never done before, but it was good because there was a variety of different capabilities there yet the girl made sure that everyone was happy and feeling confident. And no one is the class judged you and if you needed help I felt like I could’ve asked anyone, because at the end of the day you are all there to enjoy yourself and have a good time.

I also tried out the lyrical class, I had done lyrical before but it is not my strongest style of dance. I was quite apprehensive to attend this class, however it was a nice small class and there were a couple times I couldn’t do a move because I was incapable or had problems with my hips, however the girl taking the class made sure I was happy and gave me something different to do. And I have found that in every class, they just want to make sure you’re enjoying yourself.

And last but not least the tap class, I attended this a few times in semester 1 and really enjoyed it, and it is available to all capabilities. Tap has always been my strongest style of dance and the one that I have enjoyed the most so I definitely wanted to carry it on at uni. I have continued to attend this class and I am now going to be a part of the show piece that we will perform at the start of June. I am very much looking forward to it and can’t wait to try out more and different classes next year.

#feelgoodfestival

On Thursday 7th March, Edge Hill’s student services, campus life and the SU put on a Feel Good Festival in the main building for Uni mental health day. This is just one of the great events that the university runs for it’s students, and I thought I would share my experience of it.

There were a number of different stalls set up in the hub, which is generally what happens at these events, a few examples of these stalls are a free pick ‘n’ mix stand where you could get a cup full of the sweets you wanted, a ping pong table, a mini basketball hoop game, a face paint/glitter station, and this was all for free!!

My friends and I decided to get some fake tattoos, the man running the stall was really smiley and chatty, and everyone your saw or spoke to was really friendly. 

We also had the opportunity to plant our own flowers. They provided the pots and seeds, so we could take it away and grow our own plants. There were also a few competitions you could enter to win prizes. My friends and I also had a picture taken in a photo booth, there was a number of different props that we could choose from and it was nice to have a bit of fun after our lectures.

Finally a friend and I also took advantage of the free massages that were also on offer. We waited for only about 30 minutes but it was definitely worth it. The ladies that did our massages made us feel really comfortable and made a conversation where they could. I even almost fell asleep due to how good the massage was, it was about 10 minutes long and beforehand the lady asked me if I had any problems with my back and if there was anything in particular I wanted.

Overall this is just one of the many events that is put on in the hub, and the number of things that you can do at them. For this particular function, it was a happy and chilled environment with a nice message and meaning behind it. Lots of people struggle with mental health and this event just shows how much support the uni offers and how friendly everyone is around campus.

Making friends

Hello again, hope you are all doing well. I thought for todays blog I would talk about one of the things that I was most nervous about when coming to university. It is not something that people generally talk about, or they don’t like to admit. For me coming to this uni I was really worried about making friends, due to being from a small island when I knew no one from home was coming with me to this university, it was quite daunting.

However you must remember that everyone is in exactly the same boat. Everyone is trying to make friends, they may not admit that they are nervous about, but I’m pretty sure most people are. So I thought I would put together a small list of things that you should remember.

Be confident- You may find it difficult talking to new people, however you will probably be spending the next 3 years with the group of people you meet in the first couple of days. So be the one to try and make conversation, if you are able to start a conversation then that is great because you can find things you have in common. A great conversation starter is to ask where people come from, for me this was really easy because not many people know where Guernsey is and so I would have to try and describe it and how different it is from the U.K. 

Smile- It sounds cringe I know, but smiling at someone as you pass them or in the first class can really help you become friendly with them. Smiling at someone can really put them at ease if they are feeling nervous, and it is highly likely that they will smile back and so that will put you at ease. A simple smile can go a long way. Image result for smile

Try and go out and socialise- Even if you aren’t the biggest going out person, just coming out of your room and socialising with your flat in the kitchen can really help you become friends with them. I was not the biggest going out person at the start but I always tried and got out in the kitchen to make friends with my flat in welcome week.

Join a society- the many number of societies that is on offer at Edge Hill can really help you make friends and find people with similar interests. Joining a society gives you the opportunity to meet people outside of your flat and also outside of your course. 

Hope this is helpful, don’t worry everyone will be trying to make friends when coming to university.

Students helping students – How you are represented at Edge Hill University

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Its worth talking about, every now and again, how your issues will be treated at Edge Hill University. While the university does a great job of making sure every decision is in the best interest of every student sometimes there may be something that you would like to see change. In this blog I will take a look at the SSCF and Student Representitives on each course and how they help you achieve the best posibile learning expereince.


What is a student representive?

A student representive is someone that is in your year elected to represent your interests to the board of your course and the wider Students Union. They are given the position and expected to take any issues that your year has forward to the relevent meetings, called SSCF or Student Staff Consultancy Forums. These are followed by a Programme Board meeting between all staff involved in your programme and the student representives with some special guests such as learning services. In a sense, if you have a problem you can take it to them and they will bring it to the correct person to deal with it and get a responce back for you.


How many represnetives are there?

In each year there is usually between three and four representives. They will give a short election speach to the entire year before elections are opened within your year. Plenty of notice is given by your faculty administration and the Students Union via email and in person before this takes place. Once the representives are in place they are requested to attend a training session with the Students Union who walk them through the different processes and methadologies.


How can I become a representive?

To become a representive you need to register your interest with your faculty administration. You can usually find these in your learning edge blackboard area once you have access to it. After you have registered your interest these memebers of staff will speak to you regarding the next steps. Its allways good practice to have a piece ready and rehersed if you are called to introcude yourself to the year. Your faculty administration will give you plenty of notice for this.


Student politics is an important role within University life and working at the ground level with your faculty is a great way to get involved and make sure that your year is represented correctly. I am now a second year representitive with the Computing deparment and can honestly say that had I not gone forward I would have been dissapointed not to have the chance to bring my years voice to the table.

Thats it for this blog, if you want to find out more about the students union you can check out their website here.

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!

Homesickness and how to tackle it!

Hey everyone!

As I come from Northern Ireland, the feeling of homesickness is very familiar and I especially felt it more when I returned to university after the holidays.

After feeling sorry for myself for a few days and texting my mum every 5 minutes throughout the day, I decided that I would try and do something about it. Read on to find out how I deal with homesickness!


What I Remind Myself…

I think that the first hurdle to overcome when you are feeling sad about being away from home is to remind yourself constantly that it is COMPLETELY normal. I sat in my room thinking that I was the only person that could be feeling like this at the moment but it wasn’t until I talked to a friend of mine that I realised, everyone goes through this. 

And so, after reminding myself of this everyday, the feeling started to ease as I knew that the feeling would come and go and when it does, it is okay to feel that way.

 

Talk to someone

As well as talking to your friends about what you are feeling, there are so many other people in the University that would be more than happy to talk to you and offer any advice.

When I was feeling the way I was about being away from home, I reached out to CampusLife with an email and they responded within minutes with so much advice on what I could do to help me overcome how I was feeling. They told me about ‘That Thursday Thing’ which is where a group of people meet up and just chat or take part in activities. They were so helpful and they will even offer to send out their student connectors to your halls to check up on you and to have a chat about how you are feeling.

 

Stay connected to family and friends from home

When I first felt homesick back in September, the last thing that I wanted to do was phone my mum, dad or anyone from home because I thought it would only make me feel worse. I even declined any pictures that my mum tried to send to me of my dog which, if anyone knows me, I would have NEVER done.

I quickly found that talking to my family and friends from home on a regular basis, whether that be through text or FaceTime, really helped me through the tougher times and made me appreciate them more. Till this day, I still ring, text and FaceTime home just for a catch up but, mostly for pictures of my dog…

Rosie really takes the whole ‘even my dog is prettier than I am’ statement to a whole new level…


I really hope that this post will remind people that feeling homesick is so normal and there are so many things that can be done to tackle it but these are the three main tips that I follow when I start to feel a million miles away from home.

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

-The Goldfinch-

Starting a society and planning an event!

Recently a group of us from psychology were encouraged to create a psychology society, to not only bring psychology students together but also other people that are interested in psychology. It was a rather lengthy yet simple process to become a new society, and I thought it would be good to share my experience with you, along with the event that has just taken place.

Firstly, starting up the society was pretty fun, we had to be creative and come up with a name and a logo but we also had to think about what we wanted to stand for and what the society would do. As a group we completed a short application form, where we had to decide who would be in what roles and what we wanted to do, we also set up a number of different social media accounts so that when the society was approved we could share it and get people involved. Once we had completed that it was then just a waiting game as to when the SU confirmed we could be a society and we could get started.

However in the mean time we wanted to get an event sorted as a big opening and start to the society. We were lucky enough to have lots of tutors willing to support us in any way that they could, which made it a little less stressful. We were lucky enough to be able to organise Alan Baddeley to come and give us a talk on “Working memory: Ambling and Stumbling towards the multicomponent model”, which was very interesting I must say.

It wasn’t always easy when planning the event and starting the society, due to not being an official society for a while it was difficult for us to market the society and the talk. However this was resolved due to having the support from tutors as they were able to mention it in their lectures but we were also lucky enough to have lots of support from the SU who were able to help us put posters around and on the screens around campus. Everything was quite well planned until the day came along and unfortunately it had snowed and so trains were cancelled, and so we did face some delays and worries that Professor Alan wasn’t going to be able to make it. However he made it just in time and we were able to start. So although some things didn’t go to plan along the way, it was sorted and the event went well. 5