“What are the lectures like in Primary Education?”

Hey everyone, as I am well into my second year of Primary Education I thought I would tell you about how the lectures work in this course. My family and friends always ask me this question as they know the primary eduction is a little different to other courses.

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When I first started the Primary Education course last September, I had the idea in my head that all I had was lectures. This idea probably came from watching too many YouTube videos on ‘university day in my life.”

I was really surprised to find out that most of my timetable consists of seminars and classes and only a couple of lectures during the week.

So, here is how lectures in Primary Education work;

APD – Academic Personal Development

This year, we have these lectures on a Monday morning from 9am to 10am which includes the entire course sitting in the one lecture hall. We cover all kinds of topics such as; behaviour, inclusion, academic writing and education theories.

After these lectures, we have a follow on 2 hour seminar in which we all have our own class groups of about 20 or so people. For example, last year I was 1D and this year I am 2D. The APD seminars go into more detail about what was covered in the lecture and this is how it works every week.

Foundation Subject Lectures

The APD lectures are the only lectures we have that are consistently once a week unless it is cancelled. Occasionally, we have foundation subject lectures every couple of weeks. This year, these are on a Friday morning and then followed on with 4 hour foundation classes on one subject. For example, last Friday (11th October) I had religious studies and have already had a class on Physical Education and Languages.

The first foundation lecture that I had was called Policy and the Foundation Subjects which I really enjoyed and found quite interesting. I can also check when my next Foundation subject lecture will be scheduled on the timetable on blackboard!

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And that is how my lectures work for Primary Education! In terms of taking notes during these sessions, I don’t beat myself up too much if I cannot write everything down as I can find the powerpoint on Blackboard after the session or the lectures are recorded and also put on Blackboard.

Thank you for reading!

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”

Benjamin Disraeli

Creating a Routine for University!

Hey everyone! I have just completed my first week back at Edge Hill University from my three month summer holidays and I thought I would do a post on how to get back to routine after a long break.

I know that Christmas and Easter holidays can be long and returning back to the grind of university can be somewhat daunting but I have found that these tips help me get myself back to routine.


Get Up Early!

I’m not saying that you have to get up at the crack of dawn but, setting your alarm slightly earlier than you normally would and getting your day started earlier can really help to begin your day right. I like getting up earlier because it means I don’t have to rush around in the morning but rather I can take my time and make sure that I have everything prepared for the day ahead.

Make Yourself and Timetable!

Alongside the timetable that I had for university lectures and seminars, I also had my own timetable for everything that I needed to do outside of classes such as; the gym, assignment reading, me time and homework that needs to be completed. This allows me to see when I have free time and what deadlines I have coming up so that I can stick to a regular study routine.

Schedule in Your Breaks

Take this piece of advice from a person who did not schedule in breaks and burnt herself out immediately. Believe me, taking breaks when trying to get back into routine is just as important as scheduling in your working time. If you don’t take time to give yourself a break you will lose the motivation to start any work and continue with the same routine.

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Those are my three quick tips to getting back into routine after coming back from a long break! Also, check out the uniskills website through Edge Hill Student page to get some extra help and support to get you back to routine. I have been to one of the ‘one to one’ appointments at the catalyst which I booked through Uniskills and it really helped get my head around a new routine to help me meet my deadlines for assignments. https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/uni-skills/

Hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading!

My routine is there to serve as the building blocks for a successful day. It’s a tool. I try not to get bogged down if I can’t do it all.” 

Carly Stein

Backpack Essentials

When you start at a new place such as University, you may find it a bit tricky to get a sense of what you actually need during lectures and seminars. So here’s what I have as an everyday essential ready for my lectures.

Laptop

If you haven’t one already, I would highly recommend getting one. If you’re in a lecture and your tutor is going to fast, a laptop is the only way to help you. However, if you can’t afford one, the catalyst also provides laptops but on a borrowing and returning basis. All you have to do is bring your ID card and get one out and return it when you’re done. If you’re needing one for a full week, you can get an emergency laptop which allows you to take it off campus as well. Just go onto the library catalogue to see whether there’s any available.

Notebook and a pen

You’ll find that during your seminars, your notebook will come in handy. Not only that, but if a register is going round, you’ll need a pen to sign your name. More often than not, that pen will actually go round the whole class because no one else has thought of bringing one.

Diary

As you may be doing multiple modules during the semester, having a diary can keep track of all the deadlines and work that needs to be completed. Having it in your bag everyday also makes you use it and its a definite need in my case.

Water

Stay hydrated! Honestly, have a water bottle constantly that you can fill up throughout the day is a good way to keep healthy. Not only this, but it keeps you more awake and focused during lectures and seminars.

Money

Try to make sure you have a bit on money on you. If you get tempted to have a snack during a break from a lecture then get one! Don’t deprive yourself of it as you may need the energy to carry on. For me, I always make sure I have a little bit of money for a coffee (a latte in particular) as this keeps me awake and gets my energy levels back up again.

These are only a few essentials. You may not need all of these but, all of these items are what i have in my bag everyday.

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Budget Tips

Freshers week has come and gone and you might be looking at your bank account and think ‘oh god’. I know the feeling and my friends do too. So here’s a few tips and tricks to try and keep you afloat, at least until the next semester 😉.

Keep track of your money

Try and figure out your weekly budget and then any money you spend during the week, make a note of it. By the end of the week you should be able to total it up and hopefully, you’ll find that you save a little bit of money every week from this.

Overdrafts will be a saviour

Although I don’t have an overdraft myself, i know from my friends at Uni that their overdraft has basically saved them until the next semester. This almost acts as a safety line that if you go into it, it won’t affect your social life. However, try not to go deep into your overdraft as you will have to pay the money back.

Use cash

This is something myself and one of my friends have discovered. Using cash instead of your card makes you know what money you have in your purse. Also, if you’re like me and like to save a little bit of money, get a money jar and any spare change at the end of the week, you can put it in there.

Communal Meals

When I was in halls of residence, my flatmates and I ate some communal meals. This not only helped us all out with a bit of money but, it gave us a chance to sit down together and enjoy each other’s company. I definitely recommend doing this, even if its with your friends that you’ve made.

These are only a few tips on how to budget, but if you have any questions, drop them down below in the comments.

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Tips for writing your personal statement 📝

I can remember, even now, the stress and panic that had built up inside me when writing my personal statement. Being five years out of school, I didn’t remember any of the advice they gave to me, probably because I wasn’t interested in university then and so didn’t exactly listen. I ended up scanning the internet, as I’m sure you’re doing now, looking for tips and tricks, dos and don’ts and basically how to get through it. Everything I read was complicated and wordy so I want to make this short and sweet, but as helpful as possible.

Structure:

My personal statement is sectioned into five paragraphs.

The first is where I briefly told the reader what I am currently doing and I made sure to link this to the course I am interested in and why I am wanting to apply for this particular course. The first line is always the hardest for me, even with assignments now it’s a big hurdle. Some say to start with a quote, others say don’t start with a quote. Personally, I think quotes are cheesy and it’s a waste of your words. Use your words, not somebody else’s. I began, simply, with ‘I am currently…’

In the second paragraph I went into more detail about the job I am doing, the responsibilities I have, the skills I am obtaining and the experiences I am collating. This is where you sell yourself and this is where the hardest part lies as you need to be confident but remain cautious of a boastful tone.

My third paragraph is similar to the second but here I talked about previous experiences/jobs/events/volunteering, anything that makes you stand out and look good. Remember that everything you say must be important and have reason to be there. For example, I discussed my acting experience and I did this because it allowed me to talk about being confident in speaking to crowds, how it enhanced my creativity and how it taught me a lot about teamwork, initiative and inventiveness.

The fourth paragraph is less work and schooling, but more interests and hobbies, but make them meaningful. ‘I like reading’ isn’t going to cut it. I had written about my love of travelling, where I’ve been and where I plan to go next. I talked about my interest in the Endometriosis charity and the Stroke Association and what I have done regarding this. I talked about my love of golf that I share with my father and a tournament we had coming up in Dubai and lastly I mentioned why I had taken several gap years and how this was the best decision for me. This may not be the case for you, but if it was, ensure you make it a positive reason. Keep the whole statement positive.

The final ‘paragraph’ (it’s only four lines) is a summary of what my next steps are and why I chose Edge hill. Try to mention something about the University you are applying for, showing you have researched them – it’s a nice, personal touch.

My biggest tip for you is to read as many personal statements as you can. Read around and you will find structures you like, you will be inspired by what others have included and you will feel more confident when you get around to writing it. It’s tough, but it’s worth it. The best of luck, I’m sure you’ll smash it. Thanks for reading, leave me a comment if you have any questions!

Amy

2nd Year – My Goals

As of now, I am a 2nd year student at Edge Hill. I had an amazing first year at this University and my expectations are higher for this year. I’m looking forward to starting my degree again and getting my brain active after it being unproductive throughout the summer. But also, I’m looking forward to moving into my house with 5 of my friends I made throughout first year. However, I have also set myself some goals for this year too.

Firstly, I’ve decided to join trampolining at team Edge Hill. I did want to do it last year, but I figured that I didn’t really know what University would actually be like, so I decided in the end not to do it. Looking back at it, I wish I did start doing trampolining but sometimes you just need to get used to the surroundings rather than trying to do absolutely everything.

I’ve also been considering starting a language at Edge Hill too. When you’re a student, you can choose to do a language as an extra thing outside of your studies. However, with some degree’s you can opt to do a language which will go towards your overall grade. I feel like doing a language will get you better opportunities as its ‘another strong to your bow’ as some people say.

Lastly, I’ve decided to try and get ahead of work more so this year as 2nd year goes towards my overall grade once I’ve completed the degree. Last year, I tried to keep up with the reading but that didn’t really last very long. I know most people don’t like the readings due to them being academic. However, I know the readings are always useful because if you don’t understand it, you can talk to your lecturer and ask them to simplify it for you. Plus, it’s always good to make a few quotes from the readings as you never know what essays are always going to be about.

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Personal Statements

Another year which means another UCAS application for all of you who have decided to go to University. One of the most important things about this application is the personal statement.

Your personal statement is important as this section allows you to express yourself not only as a student, but as an individual. It gives the University a chance to see why you would want to be there studying that particular degree. However, writing about yourself in a positive way can be quite difficult as you sometimes may not see where your strengths lie. But, as you start to write the first couple of sentences, you’ll begin to find a flow and find it easier to write.

Writing down a structure may help. When I was writing my application, I broke my statement down into different categories: explaining who I am and why I want to study that subject/degree course, writing my strengths and finally, any work experience I have done. The work experience can include anything that will enhance your application, such as a part time job alongside your studies at 6th form/college. Also, this is a good time to write down any skills you have gained from work experience. This can include communication skills, organisation, time management etc.

Once you’ve built some kind of structure, you need to try and make it your own and stand out from the rest of the people you’re up against. One of the ways to do this is to create a good opening to your personal statement. For mine, I wrote a quote from Steven Spielberg who is an inspiration of mine to start of my application. Also, if you have any hobbies that you think could relate to your degree, write it! As an example, I wrote about how I do scriptwriting in my own time and go out and do photography too (I’m doing a tv and film production course). This is best to put this information at the end of your personal statement.

Lastly, you need to remember that even though you may have your heart set on one specific university, you will be required to put in an application for 5 Universities. So, you need to write your personal statement accommodating to all of the Uni’s you’ve selected.

Like all my blogs, if you have any comments, just drop them down below!

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Welcome Week at Edge Hill!

From your Welcome Sunday on the 15th September, there is a whole week ahead of fun things for you to do! These events will get you to socialise with new people and hopefully make new friends too!

15th September

Welcome Sunday AND launch party! This is primarily for new students but anyone can come along! Only £5 to get in – definitely not one to miss!

16th September

  • Make your own plant! – Make your own plant and take it away for free! From 2-4pm in the HUB.
  • Tour of Ormskirk – Guides will take you around Ormskirk to show you how to get into town through the free shuttle bus as well as showing you what is around in the town centre. From 5-6pm on the 16th and is free! Meet by couches in the HUB on the ground floor.
  • Milk – LGBTQ night! – Starting from 9pm, the LGBTQ night is for everyone! Only £5 entry on the door and held at Venue.

17th September

  • Bracelet making – The first crafter-noon held from 2-4pm in the HUB upstairs.
  • Bubble football – 12-3pm. To be able to book all you have to do is email: campus-sport@edgehill.ac.uk.
  • Mature students meet and greet – Held from 6:30-8:30 in the SUBar! Chilled out atmosphere and everyone can get social!
  • Free film screening – Held in the Arts Centre on Edge Hill’s campus. From 7pm and is Free!
  • Quiz night! – A special welcome week quiz special. Starting at 9pm in the SU bar.
  • Level takeover! – 10pm – 4am. Edge Hill have teamed up with nightclub Level in Liverpool. Available to get wristbands on welcome Sunday which is only £7.

18th September

  • Welcome fair – 10:30 am till 3pm in the HUB. This a where all of the societies and sport clubs come together so you can join and sign up to any one you like!
  • Vintage Sale pop up – 10am -5pm held in the Venue.
  • Board game night – Held upstairs in the hub from 6-8pm.
  • Foam Party – Another great night held in the Venue on Campus. Starting from 9pm and only £4 entry.

19th September

  • The Dye – Another crafter-noon on Edge Hill campus. Held between 2-4pm. Outside SU Bar.
  • Roller Disco – 6-8pm in the Wilson Gym. Book through campus-sport@edgehill.ac.uk.
  • Tropical Party – 9pm in the SU Bar and Venue. Only £5 entry on the door.

20th September

  • Friday night karaoke – held in the SU bar from 9pm and it is free entry! One of the best nights we do and is a laugh.

These are only some of the events Edge Hill are doing throughout the week. You can find out more by clicking this website below:

https://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/welcomeweek19

Ellis x

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Uni Essentials

Seeing as a lot of you guys are now preparing for University, I thought this would be a great time to suggest essentials for University life when you move in. So, these are my essentials!

Firstly the Bedroom: this is what I took with me:

  • Bedding – 2 duvet sets, 2 pillows, mattress protector and a duvet.
  • Storage – A couple f=of baskets and laundry bag (go to Primark!).
  • Pictures and lighting – fairy lights, a lamp and loads of pictures of friends and family.
  • Clothing – There is quite a bit of storage for clothing in the accommodation buildings. You’ll figure out what you like to wear most within the first few weeks at Uni.
  • Decoration – Anything you want to show off your personality or just for comfort. For me I bought a grey blanket, extra pillows, fake plants (or real ones if you prefer), and some other small decorative pieces. There is a fair in the HUB at Edge Hill that sells posters, I highly recommend going here as it will bring colour to your room.
  • Hangers – Both clothing hangers and over the door hangers. This is very much a space saver in your room.

Next, the bathroom:

This is the exact storage box I used for my bathroom at Edge Hill.
  • Bath/shower matt – so you don’t slip in the shower.
  • A set of small draws or box – so you can put any spare shower gel or other essentials in there to keep your bathroom tidy.
  • Towels – I recommend bringing 2 sets with you, so you still have one if the other needs washing. I had 2 big towels, 2 hand towels and 2 hair towels.
  • Holders – toothbrush and hand wash holders to be exact.
  • Cleaning products – toilet bleach, antibacterial wipes.

Lastly, the kitchen:

  • Utensils – Spatula, wooden spoon, tongs, scissors, garlic crusher etc. You can normally get a pack of all of this from Ikea or a homeware store.
  • Crockery – Get a mixture of everything, but keep numbers to a minimum: 2 plates, 2 small plates, 2 bowls, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, knives, forks and spoons, plus anything else you would like.
  • Cleaning products – disinfectant, antibacterial wipes.
  • Storage – a few freezable containers, sandwich bags and tinfoil.
  • Extra’s – I realised when you’re at Uni, a staple is cheese toasties, so I got a toastie maker which also makes waffles and panini’s too. Definitely one of my favourite buys.

Ellis x

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