A-Level Results Day and EHU Campus

So… It’s less than a week until A-level results day! Along with A-level results comes the news surrounding university choices and we hope that you’re coming to Edge Hill! I’ve spoken before about Ormskirk’s striking familiarity and how Edge Hill University almost felt like home from the first time I visited–and with the developments that have been made over the last 3 years, this home has been refurbished!

Chancellors Court

Improvements made over my time studying here include the addition of new halls, from Chancellors South being completed just before my arrival, through Palatine Court being built whilst I studied, to Woodland Court being finished just before I begin my final year (in which I will be living soon)! Other improvements have been made in the form of the new Tech Hub, where I have been working during my summer internship, and the Catalyst – which is receiving its finishing touches as we speak – it’s been an exciting time on campus, that’s for sure.

Tech Hub

I remember this week being pretty nerve-wracking but that many people adopted almost a “win or lose, we’re on the booze” mindset. If you get into your first choice: great! If you get your insurance choice: still great (I remember all my top five choices I was pretty equally favouring). Then, if “worst comes to worst” and you don’t receive an offer and you still want to attend university, there’s always clearing! I’ve heard many anecdotal tales of people going through clearing and attending a university they either hadn’t previously considered or brushed off their list early and absolutely loving it. The sister of one of my friend even ended up studying something a little different to what she had originally planned and ended up enjoying it so much that she’s changed her career path.

All this is to say, the direction of your future isn’t set in stone, and unexpected circumstances might lead you to consider options you’ve previously dismissed or never had the opportunity to think about!

Preparing for Results Day

Results day is right around the corner and I’m sure that reminder will be met with a mixture of nerves and relief. Soon you will know for sure whether you have got a place at your chosen university and you’ll be able to make your last preparations before you start in September! However, the anticipation can make you feel a little uneasy, so I’ve compiled a few tips to help you prepare and enjoy results day.

Have a good night’s sleep

I cannot stress this enough! I know it will be difficult, you’ll be nervous and excited, but you must try to get an early night. There’s no point going to sleep at 4am and then missing your alarm to go pick your results up. That kind of stress is the last thing you need. You could try to wake up early the morning before, that way you will be so tired by the evening that you will naturally fall asleep earlier.

Keep occupied the day before

You may spend the day before worrying, it’s completely natural. Try to keep yourself occupied the day before. Maybe spend some time with your friends and family? I went paintballing for a friend’s birthday the day before I got my results. It really helped to distract us all and keep us from being too nervous – trying to avoid people shooting at you with paint has that effect.

Co-ordinate with friends

You know what they say: ‘There’s strength in numbers’ – I’m not sure who They are but it’s definitely true. Perhaps liaise with your friends so you all turn up at the same time. This way you can all support each other and share in the relief that your hard work has paid off!

Celebrate

Perhaps most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. Make sure you find some time to relax during what will be, probably, a very busy day and recharge your batteries before celebrating. Whatever way you celebrate, whether its hardcore partying or a nice quiet meal with your family, give yourself time to have fun, you deserve it!

Good Luck everybody! 🙂

New Blogger Approaching: Ashley Tuffin

New Challenger Blogger Approaching
This is my face.

I’m new here, so I guess I’d better tell you a bit about myself! This will serve as a good way for current and future readers (as well as my fellow bloggers) to get to know me and hopefully give a sense of the kind of perspective I’ll be writing from.

First things first, I’m a non-binary transgender person (meaning I am not a man or woman, use non-gendered terms, and they/them/their pronouns). Luckily, as I came to realise this, I had a loving and supportive group of friends that not only accepted me but respected me too. Having to go and enter a new environment where I wouldn’t know anyone, and wouldn’t know how they’d react to my identity was a daunting and quite terrifying prospect at times, but it has been largely a non-issue, as I have made some good friends through my course and societies (including the LGBT+ society).

The Sugar Hut

Now, my origins. I was born and raised in the south, specifically in Essex. When I tell people this, it’s sometimes followed by some kind of Q&A which usually results with me saying: No – I haven’t watched The Only Way Is Essex; No – I haven’t been to the Sugar Hut; and Yes – I’m aware I don’t sound like I’m from Essex. It’s nothing personal, I’m just not a huge fan of reality TV (although I’ve watched my fair share of I’m A Celeb, in the past). Which I guess means I should brief you on a few things I am a fan of!

Things I am a fan of watching: Sense8, Planet Earth II, Fresh Meat, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Things I am fan of reading: Young adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romance (preferably in some combination). Things I am a fan of doing: Badminton, Swimming, Historical Reenactment, Volleyball.

Now, back to the past. I studied at the sixth form of my secondary school, so I know how daunting it can seem to go and live and learn in a completely new environment after seven years of your life. This is something I embraced by moving up to Ormskirk, around five hours away, but you may not be as dramatic (or maybe you’ll be more-so)! I studied A-level Biology, Chemistry, and Religious Studies aka Philosophy & Ethics. I chose Edge Hill as my firm choice, and here I am!

Facilities
The Biosciences building

Currently, I’m a second year studying Genetics, but I first enrolled as a general Biologist, an even briefly changed to study Ecology and Conservation. In the end though, the BSc Genetics degree held the most modules that I was interested in. I’m involved mainly in two societies: Historia Normannis (historical reenactment), and the LGBT+ society, where I am the Freshers Rep. At the time of writing, I am also in the middle of applying for a summer work placement under the ERASMUS+ programme and also a year abroad placement for the coming uni year.

Now that that’s over, I can promise that my following blog posts will be less egotistic, and will be considerably more related to university life at Edge Hill. However, I hope you found some enjoyment in getting to know the blogger! See you next time!

 

REVISION TIME!

So we’re finally in the last stretch! For me it’s the last stretch of second year so lots of assignments to be getting on with and for you I’m assuming lots of coursework or exams revision! I remember being so stressed this time two years ago, I remember finding it really tough to study and juggle coursework and exams in 3 different subjects! I think the pressure of knowing you need to make good grades for uni really makes the whole ordeal a whole lot more stressful! I thought I’d share a few tips today of what helped me stay calm around exams time and helped me make it to uni!

1. I love to re-write things out! – That sounds a bit obvious and simple but it really helps it stay in my head. Im also really visual so I liked to make revision cards and posters with coloured pens!
2.Past Papers – I failed my A level English exam first time round. So in prep for the next one, I did past paper after past paper and made my teacher mark them until I got better grades. I got an A in the end so it must have helped!
3. Collaboration – I used to get together with other class mates and revise together and test each other. Sometimes we’d go for a walk along the beach and just chat broadly around the subject, I was really surprised by how much this helped, and the information you can retain from an informal chat is amazing!
4. Don’t turn into a workaholic revision robot! – Make time to chill out and exercise. I used to still go to all my dance classes when I was studying my A levels, and I think this helped take my mind off revision, so I could then go back to it with a fresh pair of eyes and motivated mind set!

I really hope some of these tips help! I know some of them are slightly less conventional, but they really helped me! And finally…GOOD LUCK! You’ll do amazing 🙂

Exam Time

The month of May will soon be upon us and that can only mean one thing…exam time! I have two exams coming up in may, a 2 hour cognitive psychology one and 1 1/2 hour social psychology exam. So I thought I’d provide you all with a few tips for a successful exam period 🙂

1. Revise

This may seem the most obvious one, and one you’ve heard a thousand times before, but as the american president Benjamin Franklin once said “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. It is no good going into an exam thinking you can blag it from what material you do actually remember (if any at all). Doing well on exam requires you to have fully revised all material for the exam you’re sitting.

2. Read the question carefully 

This is a trap I fell into in my AS level History exams, I did read the questions but ended up going off at a tangent and as such failed the exams (I had two, one on Henry VIII and another on Russia during the early-mid 20th century) because I talked about irrelvant information. So the moral of the story is take a couple of minutes at the beginning of the exam to read each question carefully and consider in detail what it’s asking you to discuss.

3. Check your answers at the end of the exam

This is another one you’ll have hear a million or so times, if you happen to finish an exam before it is due to end go back and check what you’ve written matches up with the question and if a it’s multiple choice question you’re happy with the one you’ve ticked/circled.

4. Forget about the exam afterwards

We’ve all been there (myself included), we’ve come out of an exam room and the post exam discussions begin where people ask each other what they put for a particular question which only ends up with some people mentally scolding themselves for not putting something similar. My advice: go home and forget about the exam (at least until the result is released).

With that said good luck with your a-level exams and remember exams aren’t the be all and end all of academia (they are important though) 🙂