Open Day at Edge Hill University!

If you’re like me and you like to know what you’re getting yourself into, then I highly advise registering for an Open Day at the universities you’re applying to. They can be very important when coming to decide what university is right for you and where you see yourself studying.

In today’s blog, I will be talking about how you can find the information you need about Open Days, planning ahead and where I think you should visit when you come to an Edge Hill Open Day!

Hope you enjoy!


Information is Key!

Finding out as much as you can about your university can be essential, especially if you need to plan out your day. You can find useful information about the Open Day on the university website as well as looking on their social media platforms where most universities are quite active.

These platforms will give you the information needed before coming to an Open Day such as when it is, what times and where you should visit. What I liked most about the Edge Hill University Instagram is that it often records places on campus so that you can have an idea of what you’re coming to see. They also keep me updated as to what is happening on campus, such as events during Open Day.

Plan Ahead!

I am the kind of person who likes to know what they are doing and when they are doing it. It makes life a whole lot smoother, trust me. Open Days can be rather overwhelming and exciting because of all the opportunities around you and the buzz in the atmosphere as you explore your new environment, and this is why planning ahead on your Open Day should be a major consideration. For example;

  • Arrive as early as you can – this will allow you to see as much as you can and get the best experience of the day.
  • Make a plan of what you really want to see first to avoid disappointment. However, our helpful guides will make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • If you are travelling as a group, it may be better to split up into a smaller group so you can cover more ground. I found that this was helpful as it meant that if there were two people who wanted to visit a certain spot on the campus and the other two wanted to visit somewhere else, we didn’t waste time walking around somewhere that was not related to the course.
  • Organise a tour guide as soon as you register. This will ensure that you are again, not wandering around aimlessly when you could be attending important information sessions or events. However, it is quite easy to lose track on our scenic campus…
  • Campus map! This is very self-explanatory but collecting one of these at the Open Day saved me from a lot of arguments about who turned the wrong direction. Trust me on this…use a map.

Additionally, if you are like me and have had to fly in to attend an Open Day, make sure that you arrive early enough at the beginning of the Open Day to avail of the events and have enough time to catch your flight if you are leaving the same day. This was what I was most concerned about when attending university Open Days across the water, not being able to have the time to see everything. However, in my experience, if you let the leaders or an organiser know your situation, they will try to ensure that you are able to visit all the places on campus that you want to.

Places to See!

  • Catalyst – I may be biased because I attend Edge Hill University and spend a great deal of time here, but I highly recommend visiting our shiny new catalyst building. Its modern feel makes studying and essay writing a much more relaxed experience with snacks and drinks available at the café, which will be open for Open Day!
  • Sports Centre – this is one of my favourite places on campus. It’s amazing facilities and classes makes exercise fun and inclusive. While you are there, why not take a walk around the track and field?
  • Accommodation blocks – I am really glad that I came to the Open Day, especially to have a closer look at the accommodation. It is not only important to see where you will be studying but to also see and feel where you could potentially be living. Select rooms at the accommodation blocks will be open for visitors to have a look around which is really vital when considering applying for the accommodation on campus.
  • The Hub – the name says it all. The Hub at Edge Hill University is the centre of the campus where you will see a lot of events and buzz about. We have our local convenient shop, eatery, Starbucks and places to meet up with friends. Also, it is a great base place on Open Day if you ever get separated from your family or friends.

My Experience of an Open Day!

When I first arrived at my Open Day at Edge Hill University, I was really surprised as to how many people were there to help you. As soon as I walked on to the campus, there was someone directing me to where I should go. This definitely calmed my nerves and helped me to focus more on what I wanted to see on campus and not about what would happen if I got lost…

I also made sure to attend as many talks as I could during Open Day, particularly if it was about my course that I had applied to do. This allowed me to have a much more in-depth understanding of what my course entailed. Hearing from other students on the course really helped my decision as I was able to listen to their own personal experiences of being on the course. Make sure you ask any questions or queries you have about the course!

I would also recommend that if you are travelling like me, bring an extra bag. You would be surprised how many information booklets you will collect that you didn’t even know you needed. You may even find that you pick up some other freebies along the way.

Extra Information You Will Need!

To book your place for an open day here, at Edge Hill University, follow this link to complete your online booking form and you will be ready to go! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/open-days/

If you want to find out any further information like, where to find Edge Hill, visit our website! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/


I hope that you enjoyed this post and found it helps you for your future Open Day. Make sure to book your place and don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

 -Malcolm x-

Semester 2 review

Hello again,

As I did a review of my first semester doing Educational psychology I thought it would be good to do a follow up about my second semester.

Assessment wise this semester I have had an essay and an exam for my Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology. The essay was just 1500 words and the exam was multiple choice. We are very lucky in the psychology department in the fact that they gave as much support for the essay as they could and prepped us with plenty of information for the exam.

This semester I also did a partnered presentation for my Educational psychology module where I also did a essay based exam. We also did a group presentation for essential skills and an employability booklet which really helps to prepare you for working life. For my investigation psychology module we carried on with Web Based Assessments which I find useful to do with friends as its good to discuss. We also did another Lab Report which was good to be able to use the feedback from last semester.

In terms of extra curricular for me, with a number of other students this semester we were able to start up a psychology society in which we had a few events including Alan Baddeley doing a talk in our new building, which I blogged about earlier in the semester. We also had other events including socials with a number of different themes. This was nice to be able to mix with a variety of different psychology students in different years. I have also continued to go to Hillstart the dance society, and I am even going to be performing in their show at the start of June. Its really nice to join societies outside your subject so that you can meet different people.

After reflecting on this year I have a few goals for next year, one of them being that I want to get out a bit more for example I would like to go and explore Southport more. I would I also like to try and join a sports society if I can as I am part of other societies like the psychology society.

Things You Thought You Wouldn’t Need at University…

Hey everyone, in today’s blog, I thought I would dedicate it to all the things people do not tell you to bring to university but you will really need.

I got these ideas from my friend who is the kind of person who, if you asked her for something that you didn’t  have, she will most likely have it and so, I hope that you find something on this list that makes you think, “I would have never thought to bring that.”


  1. Screwdriver – I know, you may not think that you need this in the flat but there have been occasions that this has come in really handy. For example, trying to open a remote to put new batteries in, which leads me nicely into my next point…
  2. Spare Batteries – there is nothing worse than trying to switch on the television for movie night and finding that the batteries need replaced but, now thanks to this list, you can be the saviour of the flat.
  3. Whisk – before coming to university and living in accommodation, I never picked up a whisk in my life. However, as they say, university is full of first experiences. Additionally, whisks can come in very handy on pancake Tuesday or very impromptu baking which, happens more often than you think especially during The Great British Bake-Off.
  4. Whiteboard – these are a really great thing to have in the flat for keeping score on game nights, planning out meals for the week and to write out a chore list…
  5. Cards – never forget to buy a card for your loved ones again. Buy yourself a box of cards for many occasions and keep them in your room.
  6. Burn cream – I think that this one is self-explanatory…always cook safely guys.
  7. Blow up bed – these came in so handy when we wanted to have a movie night in the flat and wanted to sit altogether. Get one with a pump so that you can put it away and put it back up again when you need to use it.
  8. Sewing Kit – this is one of those things that you really think you won’t need but you just never know.
  9. Blanket – again, taking this out on a movie night in the common room can really make the difference to a night in.
  10. Cough syrup – all I need to say about this is…freshers week.

 


And there it is, the ten things that people think they do not need to bring to university but you really should.

I hope you enjoyed, see ya next time.

Lauren x

“I will prepare and some day, my chance will come.”

-Abraham Lincoln-

 

Tackling Assignments

Hello everyone, since we are in the midst of the time of year when everything is due I thought what better way to take people’s minds off the subject then by talking about it some more… I study Film and TV production which deadline wise finishes pretty early with all my deadlines about to be wrapped up by tomorrow so here’s some things to keep in mind if your still going.

Learn from your mistakes: First year for most is kind of an introductory year in some ways, for most degrees, first year assignments don’t actually count towards your final third year grade although I know this can be different depending on what you study. Whether you enjoy this idea or not for me personally when it came to essay writing making more mistakes in first year meant that as I was working through essays this year, I knew certain things not to do.  I even compiled a word document with all the don’ts I had learned of essay writing, which I look at before starting a new essay because I keep forgetting, some examples include:

• Explain things in detail

•  Don’t go off on tangents

• Don’t ask questions, answer them

Pick something that isn’t too hard to research. Some assignments require finding external literature on your own chosen subject, while this can make it tempting to pick something niche that is interesting to you, it is also important that you pick a topic with readings already on it or you could find yourself spending a lot longer researching than if you picked something easier in my opinion.  Basically, just make life easy for yourself!

I find breaking up work into sections makes it easier to complete, so for example on one day doing work I would focus on deciding what I’m going to write about then plan it into sections with bullet points, another day gathering readings/ researching what I’m going to write and then subsequent days doing maybe a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the essay. I’m not a big fan of doing a whole essay in one day as my brain tends to turn to mush after a few hours looking at my screen.

Hope these help at least a little bit and if your here  reading this rather than doing an essay then hats off to you buddy.

Jordan

 

 

 

 

Dealing with the Flu at University – Taking care of yourself at Edge Hill University

Dealing with the Flu


When thinking about what I wanted to talk about in this weeks blog, it hit me almost with comedic timing. I got the flu. I thought about the first time I got the flu at University. October 2017. Waking up with a sore throat and a headache I knew it was going to be a bad day, and the next wouldn’t be much better. I was right, it got worse before it got better. It got me thinking about how I make myself feel better, and I thought i’d share my top three tips with you all, because you will most likely end up with the flu at some point too.


Paracetamol

Alright this one is basic, but get some Paracetamol and keep them in your room for when you do need them. You never want to walk out when your ill to get some, and its worth having them for when you need it. They are a essential tool in helping yourself feel better throughout the day.


Water and diluting juice

Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, drink water and its probbably even worth having some juice too for taste. This is a big one, and you probbably know it already but its easy to forget. Keep yourself nice and refreshed throughout the day.


Good food

Having food is not only going to keep your energized but it can even distract you from that headache thats been killing you all day. Soup is a good start, but fruit like Oranges and Pineapple are amazing at pepping you up. Its worth getting something your going to enjoy when you are sick, the better you feel the faster you will get over it.


Thats all for this blog, thanks for taking the time to read it.

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!

What to Expect – Uni Life

Hey everyone,

The majority of you now will be in exam season, prepping hard wanting to get into the University of your choice. Within this time, it may be difficult wondering what to expect at University and how to cope. From my personal experience completing first year, this will be what is in store for you when you move to a University.

Firstly, depending on whether you’ve chosen halls of residence for accommodation, you’ll move in straight away in September. This will be blocked out and staggered so you could be the first or last person to move into your flat. My advice is when you move in, to keep your door open so it will be more inviting not only for you but also your new flat mates.

When going to a new place its always good to try and figure out your bearings. This means trying to find the buildings you’ll be going to for lectures and seminars and also any hang out spots that you think would be perfect for you and your friends. Also, try to go into town and get used to transport. Luckily, at Edge Hill we have the Edge Link Bus to help us get into town which takes 5 minutes.

You’ll also be introduced to new things you haven’t necessarily experienced before. As an example, you can go and explore a variety of societies. There’s bound to be a few that catch your eye as there are over 60 societies available to students. This can range anything from Go Karting to Dance. Also there are so many trips to go on throughout the year so try to sign up to as many as possible. This will get you outside and give you a break from lectures and possibly make more friends too. You can find a list of the societies here:

Clubs and Societies

This is only a short list of what to expect when you move to University, but there are more things too. If you would like to know more, just drop me a comment down below and I would be more than happy to answer your questions.

I hope this has helped!

Ellis x

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Graduation Ball 2019

Good evening everybody!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. As I finish university next week, my friends and I enjoyed our Saturday night at Edge Hill’s graduation ball and we were NOT disappointed! The past 3 years have gone by too fast. However, a night like this while being surrounded by close friends made it the perfect way to finish university.

Before heading to Aintree Racecourse, we all enjoyed some champagne and took some group photographs. We had one rule for the night – don’t talk about leaving university because we do NOT want to leave!

The venue at Aintree consisted of 2 rooms – both with DJs and entertainment. Our table was right next to the dance floor and it had a fantastic view of the racecourse below. Each table seated 10 people, however it was easy to walk around to speak to others nearby.

Even though there were a few days of typical British weather, we were lucky that the sun came out just in time! The dinner itself was deeeeelicious. I chose the vegetarian option – roasted carrot hummus, Moroccan chick pea stew and a chocolate tart for dessert! We danced the night away on the dance floor in between courses and after dessert, until it was time to head towards Edge Hill’s student union bar. The SU was decorated like a marquee and there was a sale on drinks for everyone who attended the ball.

Edge Hill’s 2019 graduation ball was a night to remember, thanks to everybody at the university who was involved in its organisation! Until next time…

One Down, Two To Go!

Hey everyone! As you may all know, I am studying BA (HONS) Primary education with QTS here, at Edge Hill University and  I am fast approaching my final 2 weeks of the course, I thought that it would be nice to go through what I thought about certain aspects of the course.

You can read my previous blog that I did in in February, telling you all about the course – https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/02/10/what-is-the-primary-education-course-all-about/. However, as I said, this blog will be more about what I personally think about my course, to give a deeper insight.

Hope you enjoy!


Assignments…

Okay, lets get this one out of the way first. Throughout the whole of my first year, I had 8 written assignments, ranging from abut 750 words to 2,500 words. This may seem like a lot but in the Primary Education course, there are currently no examinations at the end of the year which, I think is a blessing in disguise.

Personally, I prefer to work on things in my own time and so, working on assignments periodically works better for me as I can have the time to properly plan them out and not stress about time limits. However, what I will say is that assignments can be stressful because of the deadlines and often the word counts are hard to abide by. I have luckily never had an issue with deadlines and this is because I start my assignments at least 3 weeks before they are due which is my BIGGEST advice. This means, I start reading around the subject and plan out what kind of structure I want my essay to follow.

 

Lectures

Not to sound like a geek but, I really do enjoy my lectures. I feel that in this course, because the content can be quite hard to follow, the lecturers try their best to make the lectures more engaging and easy to listen to. For example, we had a lecture on Maths Mastery and, I am not going to lie to you, Maths is not my favourite thing in the world however, I really really enjoyed the lecture because it was fun, it was engaging and it didn’t involve reading reams and reams of notes and calculating numbers! 

You could say this made history as it was the first maths lesson, in my life, that I smiled in.Image result for maths

Seminars

How are they different from lectures? Well, it does not include the entire course sitting in the one lecture hall. You are split into groups of at least 25-30 and have the same timetable. For example, my class have Computing, Science, Maths, English, Foundation and APD together and so this means we all have the same teacher and have our own small group chat online where we can ask each other questions and ask for advice. Image result for university lecture

In a way, I prefer seminars to lectures because they are a smaller group of people and you can connect and communicate better with teachers and with each other rather than feeling nervous about asking a question in front of 300+ people in a lecture hall.

However, that being said, I do enjoy the APD lectures we have on a Friday morning because, they are like a small introduction to what we will be learning about in the follow up APD seminar that afternoon.

My goals going into 2nd year…

I have had such a good experience with my first year on the Primary Education course with QTS and I hope that I can bring this into my following two years. I have been thinking about what goals I want to set myself for my second year so that I can get the best out of my course;

  • be more confident and answer questions in class – this will really help with speaking in front of people and communicating.
  • identify the areas I need to work on in professional practice
  • keep on top of my assignments and continue to meet deadlines in good time
  • enjoy my time!

So, that was just a small run-down of what I personally think of some of the main aspects of my course. Of course, a huge aspect of the course is the professional practice but I know that will require a more in depth post at some point. In the mean time, take a look at my post about my first professional practice! https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/17/my-experience-of-my-first-professional-practice/

I really hope that you enjoyed this post and found it useful, thank you for reading, Lauren x

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

– Phil Collins 

 

Motivational Wednesday

Hi guys,

I thought today as most of you are fast approaching your (sorry I have to say it) exams, or maybe you’ve already started them, I’d give you some motivation to keep going. You may be starting to get a bit sick and tired of the revision you’re doing, maybe you feel like you are ready to get your exams done and you will get through them in time, I currently have just over a week till my exams are over so I am starting to feel like I just want to get them done which can make it difficult to keep working through to the end. I thought today I would share some ways to stay motivated.

  1. Change up your revision up a bit- linking back to my last blog post there is a number of ways that you can revise to ensure that it doesn’t get boring, from doing past papers to watching youtube videos it all helps. So if you are always revising in the same ways then try something different to keep yourself engaged.
  2. Think about the end result- if you keep working hard then you will reach your goals easier. If thats going to university, which you need grades for, you want to ensure you get them so just keep powering through. My mum would always tell me to keep thinking about the reward at the end, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the great experience of coming to university. 
  3. Lastly the long summer- now people tell you this but you never think about it at the time but make the most of the long summer, and think about that as you are getting through your last bits of revision and exams. In my opinion it will probably be one of the longest summers you get and such a good summer cause you will have nothing to think about, and you will have the excitement and anticipation of going to university alongside. If that doesn’t get you through your revision I don’t know what will.

Thank you for reading, and good luck, sending you all motivation to get through. 

The Sports Centre – My Experience

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter.

In my previous blog post, I spoke about all the ways that you could benefit from a bit of exercise without going to the gym, (https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/04/25/three-ways-to-stay-fit-without-the-gym/)

In this blog, I wanted to talk about some reasons as to why I love the gym at Edge Hill University, I hope you enjoy.


The Equipment

On the first day that I arrived at Edge Hill University, I immediately went to The Sports Centre to check out what it was like. I have been really serious about the gym for over a year and so I was excited to see what their gym and fitness areas were like. Let’s just say that to say I was blown away  would be considered an understatement.

Bare in mind that I come from a very small place in Northern Ireland with an even smaller gym that could maybe fit 10 people into it at a time and had decent equipment. However, I was so happy with the gym at The Sports Centre as they had machines that I did not know existed and made my fitness journey even more exciting.

If you would like to have a look at the gym and other facilities please follow the link, (https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/student-experience/sports-centre-gallery/)

Fitness suite in the Sports Centre.

The Classes

Do you ever get those days when, you know you should go to the gym but you also know that you do not have the motivation to complete a really good workout? Well, worry no further because Edge Hill Sport Centre has a range of fitness classes that will keep you motivated and help you to enjoy fitness.

My personal favourite class is Yoga on a Tuesday night. It is so relaxing and soothing to do but it also challenges and stretches my body in ways that I did not know it could. However, if yoga is not your thing, you can always try other classes and see what you love! Have look at the timetable – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/edgehillsport/fitness-suite/?tab=fitness-class-timetable 

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The Cafe

What do you do when you have smashed a workout or gym session and are in need of fuelling your body? Go and get yourself a drink and snack from the Starbucks in The Sport Centre, located just as you walk through the entrance.

Not only do they serve tea and coffee, the staff at the cafe also make protein shakes in a variety of flavours. They even have vegan options which is so difficult to come across in shops and cafe’s! Also, you can buy the protein powder in a bag and take it home with you so you can constantly fuel your body!

(PS, the cafe is also a great place to have a tea, coffee or snack when you’re waiting on someone to finish exercising. They have a great seating area with a lovely view of the swimming pool)

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I really hope that you enjoyed this post. I am so thankful for the facilities at this gym and I of course need to give a mention to the amazing staff at The Sports Centre, making sure that every member feels comfortable, motivating them during their workouts and adapt the machines/facilities to meet their members needs.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger-