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-

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 Edge Hill University?

I had my heart set on Edge Hill immediately. So much so, I didn’t actually apply for anywhere else. I don’t recommend this, you definitely need to have choices, but I like to think of it as a testament to how amazing this university is.

My initial experiences
When I was in sixth form, Edge Hill had just won the 2014-2015 University of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, so my college really pushed this university and I remember thinking it was really nice but I just wasn’t interested in going at this point. Years later, when I realised I wanted to be a teacher, I looked up Edge Hill straight away as I remember the impression it left on me and I requested a prospectus. I was blown away by the course choice, the surroundings and just everything they had to offer. It was perfect and I didn’t look at anywhere else I applied straight away. I lived abroad at this time, so the first time I actually visited the campus was on my interview day and I fell in love with it immediately.

My favourite bits
I love the Catalyst, the library, which luckily opened the year I started. It’s my favourite place on campus to grab a coffee, socialise, study in groups, study alone, take a lovely nature break (on the top floor roof garden). The Hub is also a great place to grab some food, as well as the Red Bar, Roots and the SU. Recently, I’ve dealt with the support and wellbeing team and they are just amazing, there is so much support for everyone and they truly care about you.

So, why Edge Hill?
I didn’t know what to expect when coming to university, but I do know I didn’t think it would be this good. The quality of teaching and learning is up there with the best of the best, the tutors are also an absolute asset and very supportive. The accommodation is great value for money and there’s always so much to do. Being situated in Ormskirk is nice as you are in a lovely, quaint little town but Liverpool is a short train journey away.

I love this university, come and visit and see for yourself.
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/open-days/

Amy

How to get over your sickness fast!

Freshers flu is real. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. I didn’t go out very much during freshers week and I still managed to end up with the flu – it will catch you, so be prepared. If you are looking to enrol on an education course, you will no doubt come into some nasty coughs and colds during your time on placement. It luckily fell over a weekend and I managed to fight it and although I wasn’t feeling 100% on the Monday, I felt well enough to go in and teach.

Taking precautions
Make sure when you pack for university you hit up Home Bargains and stock up on paracetamol, cold and flu tabs, lemsips, cough medicine, lozenges and all that jazz. Do not overpay, supermarkets massively overcharge. The first sign of a tickly cough or a runny nose, I straight away start taking medicine – it acts fast and you will feel worse but only because the medicine is flushing it all away. I also start taking cold and flu tablets, eating fruit and drinking hot drinks straight away, don’t just wait until it becomes a problem, do it straight away.

What’s effective?
I always have cold water, orange juice and lots of cups of tea. Lemsips are also really soothing for the throat but they’re not necessary, and they’re quite pricey. Orange, bananas and any other fruit really are effective at boosting your vitamins. Day and night, cold and flu tablets are the best ones, for me personally, and an Olbas nasal stick is the best thing if you have a cold. It completely unblocks your sinus and relieves that stuffy feeling. Cough medicine works wonders, like I said before it will make you feel worse but you’ll get better faster. The most important thing you can do is rest. Sleep. I spent the Saturday in bed, in and out of sleep and when I woke up on Sunday I felt miles better. Stay hydrated and fed, but sleep as much as you can.

Thanks for reading, keep those bugs away!

Amy

How to stay motivated

We are all prone to procrastination. Finding motivation can be really difficult when you have a lot on your plate, especially if deadlines are looming. I definitely fall into Netflix trap now and again but I have my strategies to get back on track with my work and studies.

Take away the distractions
Personally, my phone is the biggest hindrance to my concentration. If I get a notification, I’ll check it but then end up aimlessly scrolling through social media. At the start of this year, I downloaded an app called ‘Hold’. There are so many different study apps but this one is by far my favourite. When you press the Hold button, you earn points for every 20 minutes you stay off your phone and with the points you get you can claim different rewards, these are usually beauty, lifestyle, music travel offers and many more. Give it a try. The other big distraction I have is my surroundings, I either need a silent environment or a cosy environment. I love working in the library when nobody is there, but when it’s busy I just end up getting irritated – luckily the library at Edge Hill has little pods you can book so you can work in a quiet room on your own in a nice, productive environment.

Motivational playlist/music
I have a playlist on Spotify titled ‘Should be studying’ and it’s a nice mix of motivation and chill. Some songs give your brain a break and others get you focused and dialled in. You need balance when you’re working so taking timely, regular breaks are also very beneficial to your motivation. The other music that really gets me in a study mood is the ‘lofi hip hop radio’ on the ‘ChilledCow‘ Youtube account. It’s not lyrical, so it sets a very chilled, productive ambience.

Break down tasks
The first thing I do when I know I have a lot to do is make a to-do list and from this, make further to-do lists about how to achieve them. This helps to make them easier to tackle and achieve. With assignments, for example, I will start by evaluating the essay question, then get out the books I will need and read wider from those. Breaking it down into these segments helps to keep motivated as you are completing subtasks.

Thanks for reading. You can do it!

Amy