Welcome Back!

Hi everyone,

Welcome back after the Easter break, I hope you have had a good Easter break and managed to have some well deserved time off from your studies.

My Easter has been quite eventful, I went home for a few days to catch up with family and friends as I had not been home in quite a while! But, as I am in my third year I have had a lot to do and it has included quite a few late nights in the library! The weather has been so nice as well so it was lovely to be able to spend some time in our garden doing work.

This week is actually the last week of semester two and then we move on to the joys of exams and assignment deadlines, it is such a strange feeling for me as I only have three more deadlines and then I will have completed my degree. I can’t believe that three years have gone so quickly and I only have a few months before I move home and released into the real world!

I would love to know what you all got up to over Easter! and good luck to everyone handing in their dissertations over the next week as well as to everyone with deadlines, summer is fast approaching!

See you soon!

Ellie 🙂

Yoga! 🧘🏽‍♀️🕉

Hello! 

In my last post where I talked about the gym here at Edge Hill University, I mentioned yoga.  The sports centre provide a number of amazing classes and activities but Yoga 🧘🏽‍♀️ is by far my favourite.

They run Yoga on Tuesday at 8.20pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 6.30pm and Sunday at 9.30am. It lasts for an hour and the ones I go to are more of a relaxing, light yoga – it definitely brings some heat to your face and body but it’s nice, controlled stretches rather than painful poses! I can’t recommend it enough.

Yoga is included in the residential membership, which if you apply in the first four weeks you pay £80 for the rest of the year (see more here). It is quite popular so it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. You can do this two ways, either by going into the sports centre and speaking to the reception, or the much easier way is to book it online! You can book any class or activity online and it will show you how many places are left – if there are no places available you will be put on a waiting list and be emailed when/if someone cancels.

This is what my current account looks like. The activity on the 17/3 is at an arrear status as I booked the class but failed to go, and I also forgot to cancel so I was charged the price of the class because of this. You have to scan your membership wristband to get into the gym or the studio so if you don’t turn up, it will register on your account so it’s important to cancel if you can’t make it, as I’m sure you understand. ✌🏽

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment with any questions!

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House Hunting

Hello everyone, today’s blog is going to be about looking for off-campus housing as a student, I know we are past when a lot of students will have been looking and hopefully a good amount of you guys have found somewhere to live by now, but this doesn’t apply for everyone, different circumstances could mean some of you are still looking but don’t fear there’s still time so here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Always view a property before even thinking of signing a contract, while you might think that pictures and videos of the property, or even the opinion of your mates who have seen it already are enough to go on it is vital that you go see for yourself, photo’s and videos can be misleading and even though your potential housemates might like the look of the property, you could share a different opinion so it’s always best to be certain.

Don’t rush the process, I was definitely guilty of this last year, afraid that everything would be gone in the space of a few weeks and we would have nowhere to live but this isn’t the case. I also found that taking the time to enquire about and view multiple options definitely helped me make a more secure decision overall.house

Find out all the costs, different properties all have different terms and rates and taking the rent per week at face value could leave you paying more than expected. Check what the rent includes, is it just rent, all bills inclusive or only select utilities? You would be surprised how many properties I saw where this was the case e.g. the rent might have covered electricity and gas, but not water or internet. It’s also worth noting depending on personal preference you may rather have all bills paid in the price or doing bills yourself and saving a few quid, it’s up to you.

So there you have it house hunting, just remember to take it slow and consider your options. I will also include a link to Edge Hill’s own accommodation finder with properties registered to the university. https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/info/accommodation/search.asp

Jordan

5 Different ways to revise

Hello everyone, I’m back with another blog about revision. I am hoping that this will give me some motivation to get through my revision and exams and hope that it will do the same for you too. It can be difficult to make revision fun so I thought I’d share a few different ways to help you change up your revision. Exams are fast approaching so good luck to everyone.

Cue cards- This is quite a standard one however it is great for quizzing yourself and learning definitions. On my course I have to learn about different parts of the brain and what each bit does so I use cue cards to put the name of the part on one side and then on the other I put the definition or what it does and where it is located. You could always get people to quiz you by getting them to tell you the name and you have to say what it does or the other way round. This can make revision a bit more fun and interactive with your friends.

Mind maps- I personally love mind maps when revising because I can group information that I need to remember and make things as colourful as I like to help me remember. It also helps me when talking about different theorists as I can show different sides on an argument on different sides of the page.

Practice papers- practice papers are key as you get closer to your exams as they will show you what kind of questions will come up in the exam and also how they are worded and so therefore how you need to answer the questions. It good to mark your own papers too because then you can see where you went wrong for next time.

Recording yourself and listening back- This is particularly useful if you are doing a language as you can hear the accent and also you will probably be quite critical of yourself so this will help you improve. This can also help to learn facts.

Youtube videos- there are many different youtube videos that you can find on a number of different topics. Often people make videos specifically for topics in A-level or equivalent, these are super helpful and often have great graphics to go along with it.

I wish you all the best of luck with your exams and revision to come. Just think about the result at the end. Thank you for reading.

 

Budgeting at Uni

When coming to University, one of the many things we think about is money. Of course, if you apply for Student Finance, you will get tuition fees and a maintenance loan after going through an application process. However, because the maintenance loan is based off what your parents/guardians earn annually, it can result in the amount not being as high as quite you hoped, meaning you might need a little bit of help every so often. So, here are a few tips to help you out if you have little money.

  • Know Your Dates!

Know when your maintenance loan is coming in. This will help you so much as you know when your money is expected to come in and probably help you figure out how much you can spend a week to get by before getting the next lot of money.

  • Calculate Maximum Budget!

One of the things I did before coming to University was to roughly estimate how much I would have weekly once I knew my maintenance loan amount for the year ahead. Firstly, you need to have applied for Student Finance so they can calculate your loan and then the university can figure out how much you will pay for your accommodation (once they’ve put you in one). You take away that amount from the maintenance loan and then divide that amount by how many weeks until your next loan date. Then that number left is your weekly budget.

  • Food Costs

Luckily in Ormskirk, we have an Aldi which is one of the cheapest supermarkets, normally costing me between £10-£15 per week depending on what I get from there. With food, I would try and buy fresh ingredients as sometimes this can be more cost effective for you. Also, cook in big batches: you’ll have loads left over which will probably do you dinner/lunch maybe 2 more times.

  • Student Discount

Since coming to Uni, I’m always on the lookout to make things cheaper for myself. Whether that means going on voucher codes, downloading Unidays or inviting your mates over for a dominoes and splitting it so it’s only £5 each. This is a definite hack you need to keep in mind🍕.

I hope this has helped for those of you with money worries. If you would like some more advice, please drop comments down below. Also if you need to look into student finance just click on the link down below:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

Ellis x

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Three Ways to Stay Fit Without the Gym!

Hey everyone!

I love the gym at Edge Hill University, it has everything you need to keep fit and stay healthy. Although, if you don’t like the thought of signing up for the gym for any reason, I thought I would share some of my tips to keep fit and healthy without having to join gym.


1. Walking/Running 

I know I have mentioned walking on this blog multiple times but I cannot express enough how lucky we are to have a campus with such scenic and peaceful walking spots. 

Every morning, I go for a walk around the running track and up around the ‘trim-trail’ which is located just behind the new sports centre. It has amazing views of the campus and a little bit of Ormskirk.

I would also take myself into Ruff Woods on Ruff Lane and walk the track around the forest where you can find lots of cool wooden sculptures!

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2. YouTube!

If you don’t even feel like leaving the flat, why 

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not use your phone or laptop, type in some at home workouts and get your sweat on in the comfort of your own flat. Even better, if you still feel like there is not enough room, go to the flat kitchen and ask your flat-mates to join in! No better fresher’s week ice-breaker than a flat workout. 

Personally I love doing some Blogilates, Sarah’s Day, and The Body Coach workouts when I can’t seem to make myself walk the 20 steps it takes me to get to the gym…

3. Invest!

Getting your hands on some kettle-bells, dumb-bells and a yoga mat is so easy and you can do so many of workouts in your room and still keep just as fit and healthy!

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Pop down to the local Argos in Ormskirk and get yourself some weights and don’t worry about having to carry them all the way back to campus because we have a perfectly handy bus that comes to and from the campus to town every 20 minutes 😉

 

 


And there you have it, three ways you can stay fit and healthy without the gym, right here on the Edge Hill Campus! Maybe this will even inspire you to join the gym after trying out some of these tips?

I personally love the gym and use it very often but I also take advantage of the amazing walking facilities we have on campus!

Thank you for reading, see ya next time, Lauren x

“Wow, I really regret that workout.”

-Said No One….ever-

 

Applying for Jobs as a Student

Hi guys, in previous blogs I have talked about working for Edge Hill and the opportunities available, but for this blog I thought since we are coming up to the summer when most students are looking for work, I would talk about applying for part time-work to compliment your studies and a few things to keep in mind.


Get your CV checked: If you are an Edge Hill student then you can get your CV checked by the careers team. This can be very useful as they can give you advice on changes to make that you might not have thought of otherwise, alternatively if you aren’t a uni student yet, then someone you know or a careers advisor, teacher etc. might be useful to ask as you never know how a second opinion could give you a different view.application


Apply everywhere: If you see a job that’s doable and within range then apply, even if you don’t think you will get it, applying for lot’s of roles means you are always going to have a better chance of getting something, there’s no limit to how many applications you can put in, so you might as well!


Interview Prep: If you are lucky enough to get an interview then it’s time to prepare, do your research on the business you have applied for. But even more importantly think of answers to some typical interview questions you may be asked. Common examples could include ‘a time you dealt with a pressurised situation’ or ‘a time you worked successfully as part of a team’. The more interviews you do the more used to these types of questions you will become and answers will come to you more naturally.


Be patient: Chances are depending on how lucky you are or how much experience you have, finding a job could take a while, so it’s important to keep motivated. Students are sometimes less sought out, as employers could see them as being less available because of study commitments and if your like me and live between countries for home and uni then finding a suitable job can be even more of a challenge but the important thing is to keep your options open and keep applying.

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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3 Reasons to Love On-Campus Accomodation – Living in Edge Hill University

Three Reasons to Love Living on Campus


Edge Hill has by far some of the best accomodation in all of the UK when it comes to students, and it has the trophys to prove it. Voted best accomodation by Student Crowd, WhatUni and the National Student Housing Awards you would be hard pressed to find anywhere that comes close to both the experience and the quality of the on campus accomodation on offer.

To celebrate this I want to give you three reasons why you as a new first year will love living on campus that you might not find on the blurb for these awards.


You’ve got a place to sleep when you come falling out of the SU bar at two in the morning with your flatmates. No need to worry about finding a taxi, or rushing for the last train. You’ve got a bed waiting and even some left over pasta in the kitchen. Life is good. Your not so lucky mates can head to the 24/7 Catalyst to study in the library till morning.


Wake up, walk out, class is around the corner and after your late night this is handy, saves you rolling in late to a full lecture hall. Safe in the knowledge that the automaticly locking door closed behind you, everything in your room is safe. Even better, if its a Friday the cleaners will be there at 10 to make sure your kitchen is sparkling clean.


Turn your heating on because its cold and because you are paying bills included in your accomodation you wont have to worry about it. Go out and stick on the TV in the kitchen, because guess what? The T.V. License is taken care of. Have a shower, that hot water might aswell be free because you’ve already paid for it. Dont waste it though, think of captian planet.


Thats three, but here’s the big one.

You’ll love living on campus, and thats great. But you’ll love it even more when you move out into your own house. Living on campus is great, and an excellent way to get your ready to move out by yourself. Enjoy it while it lasts, but try and pick up on the little things, like budgeting your money for your own bills so when you are trying to pay for household bills like electrictiy if and when you move out it’s not a struggle.


Thats all for this blog. If you want to find out more about on campus accomodation you can read my other blog here:

Accomodation at Edge Hill – Things to do in your first week

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!

Using Your Holidays Wisely!

Hey everyone and HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you are all stuffing your faces with chocolate eggs and having a nice chill day. However, don’t forget to keep up with all the work you have to do before going back to University.


As I am on my Easter holidays at home in ‘wee’ Ireland, I thought I would share my tips on how to use the uni holidays wisely and still be able to enjoy your time at home.

Utilise your time!

You have so much free time now that you don’t have classes and lectures, why not use this time to get ahead of the game before returning back?

Set yourself a goal everyday in terms of work

For example, I would set myself a word count goal on how many words I want to get written in my assignment. This way I know how much I want to write and then if I get over that word count, I can have more time to spend with my family and friends (and dog).

Use your time alone to catch up on reading and studying

Being away from the distractions of university and halls can be great thing if you want to catch up for time lost. 

Do the most work you can do early in the day so that you can relax with your family in the evening.

I have mentioned in a few blogs that I love waking up early and getting my day started. When I am at home, waking up early, taking my dog for a walk and then getting started on my assignments is the best way I could start my day because I find that I am way more productive in the morning. Try it!

Start to write out a study plan or an assignment writing plan for when you go back to Uni so that you are super organised smash the term.

Returning back to university after a long break can be quite daunting especially when you know you have studying to be doing or assignments to write. I like using my time off to start planning study sessions or plan out an upcoming assignment so that I have a head start. Image result for you can do it


I know that going home for holidays can be very distracting as you have family to catch up with and friends to see, but remember that Uni can be just as distracting especially if you are living in halls.

I love coming back home for holidays, and to be honest, for the first few days I do take time to spend with my family however, I always make sure to stay on top of my work and assignments so that I have less stress to deal with upon returning.

Hopefully this advice is helpful. I really do try to utilise my time off at home to really get into my work and assignment writing. It feels really good knowing that I am ahead of the game!

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

-Bruce Lee-