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-

 

How to Give a Good Presentation

Hi everyone, since we are approaching deadline time, some of you may be facing the prospect of having to deliver a presentation, either on your own or as part of a group, but don’t sweat here’s some things that will help make your life easier.


1. Delegate: If it’s a group presentation than deciding who is covering what topics beforehand is vital and when I mean beforehand I mean not five minutes before as that just confuses everyone, instead while your group is creating the presentation is a good time to get it sorted. This saves you from awkward gaps of silence where you would have to inevitably wait ten seconds for whoever’s turn it is to realise they should be talking, nightmare.


2. Visuals: With your presentation, will mostly likely come a Powerpoint now when I was in school I would just put lots of info onto a slide and throw in some random transitions for cool effect. But honestly, you are better off keeping your slides concise, bullet pointed and without any weird transitions, it looks better for the lecturer, it’s easier for you to read if you get lost and it saves the powerpoint logopossibility of the transitions taking ages and stressing you out, or some mega loud sound effect you never heard on the library computer shattering everyone’s eardrums!


3. Practice: This can really help, once you’ve got your whole presentation sorted, just stand up and deliver it as if it’s the real thing, do this in front of people if you want or on your own, doing this at least a couple of times before the actual thing could save you a lot of stuttering and confusion  if it turns out a sentence doesn’t make sense.presentation


4. Bring notes with you: When your standing up doing the presentation it’s easy to get confused, it happens to us all so when it does, having notes means you can quickly check what your supposed to be saying and you might even have left yourself some pointers for that exact moment. Powerpoint has a notes function below the slides, or if your really up for it you can make cue cards or something equally clever.


In any case while presentations can be daunting, they are also, I find one of the less time-consuming forms of assessment which can only be a good thing, right?

Jordan

All things Gym at Edge Hill University 🏋🏽‍♀️💪🏼

Hello!

Has anyone been to an Applicant Visit or Open day yet here at Edge Hill University? Did you get to have a look around the campus, more specifically, the gym? If not, don’t worry, everything you need to know about Edge Hill Sport is right here!

Timings and Memberships🕘💰:

The sports centre, this includes the gym, is open 7am – 10pm on weekdays, closing an hour earlier on Friday (9pm). The weekend timings are 9am – 5pm.
The swimming pool is open on Mondays and Wednesdays 7am – 9pm. Tuesday and Thursday’s timings are a little different. They are open 7am-9am then 11am – 9pm. Again, Friday they close an hour earlier: 7am – 8pm. Weekend timings are 9am – 4pm.

This is a screenshot from the Edge Hill Sports Centre website, just to give you a glimpse of what is available at the sports centre.

This year, they offered a ‘residential’ scheme for first years. You were entitled to four weeks free and after that, you can pay £80 for the year, or just opt out. An absolute bargain.

Residential membership

“Students that live on campus are entitled to try out our Premier membership for a trial period of up to 4-weeks from Welcome Sunday on 16 September until 13 October, with the option to then take out our NEW ‘Resident’ membership, which allows full Premier membership for the remainder of the 40-week accommodation contract. You will need to visit Reception in person to activate the trial period and subsequent membership. For our March / April intake of Nursing students, you are entitled to a similar offer to the above with a trial period until 28 April, with the option to then continue in paid membership until 14 September.”

 

What’s on offer? 🏋🏽‍♀️

The Edge Hill University sports centre provides so many opportunities for students. On the residential scheme, you can use every area the centre provides. They ask you to attend an induction to make sure you’re familiar with where everything is or how to use certain equipment – I found this really helpful. They also offer personal training sessions that you can book either alone, or in a group of 3.

My favourite is all the exercise classes they offer. They do everything, from Body Con, Box Fit, Circuits, HIIT to Kettlefit, Pilates, Spin, Step, Yoga and many more. The best thing I’ve found about these classes is they are accessible to all – they allow and plan for different levels of fitness so don’t ever feel afraid of starting a class. Everyone is really friendly and welcoming and the people who run the classes are really lovely and helpful.

Yoga is definitely my favourite class to take. I’ll do a more in-depth post about that next time but for now, I hope you have enjoyed reading all about the wonderful Sports Centre we have here at Edge Hill. I was taken aback at how amazing it really is. Please feel free to ask any questions you make have, I am happy to help. ☺️

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Three of the biggest lies about University – Things not to believe

Three of the biggest lies about University


University is a magical place. New friends, lots of people. Exciting classes and amazing buildings on campus. But its not always like that. In the first few months you will notice that some of the things you were told about going to University arn’t actually true.

I want to take a look at three of these lies and talk about why they are not true.


Image result for skintBeing skint all the time is one of the big lies you get told. You’ll probbably have been told that you will end up eating beans and noodles for weeks on end because its all you can afford. If you manage your money wrong, maybe, but unless its by choice this is a lie.


Image result for studyingStudying for days on end just for one topic and spending all your time in the library. Unless you choose to spend all your time doing this it just wont happen. Studying is great but in moderation the information will actually absorb.


Partying every night Image result for edge hill partyis probably the biggest. Every single movie that has anything to do with University shows the parties every night. Between actually living and studying it won’t happen, but you will get out probably go out more than you do now!


Thats all for this weeks blog, but 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!

Uni Top Tips

Hello again!

Freshers week seems like so long ago for an old biddy like me… but there are certainly things that I wish I knew before coming to university! Here are a few:

  1. It is impossible NOT to make friends

Like a lot of people, your main concern right now might be finding those you’ll get on with. And trust me… you will definitely find them. You will meet soooo many students who are likely to also have the same concern! Take your time and enjoy speaking to new people.

  1. You probably don’t need that extra tea towel

I bought SO much stuff that I have barely used. You DON’T need 3 frying pans, 4 tea towels and 15 spices. Okay maybe I exaggerated a little. However once I settled in my accommodation, I realised that I bought too many things with such little uses. If you forget something you actually need, you can always pick it up next time your home.

  1. Cutlery goes missing

No matter how much you buy and no matter where you put it, it gets lost. And I don’t mean there’s a cutlery thief…there is a cutlery ghost. I have no idea how it happens or where my forks end up, but I am now down to one tea spoon and a pair of scissors. Honestly it is a MYSTERY. So ignore point 2 – bring as much cutlery as you possibly can.

  1. Library luck

I never went to the library to do my work for sixth form as I was never really a fan (or thought I wasn’t). HOWEVER, it has now become my second home. Edge Hill’s new Catalyst building offers 4 floors of work spaces of different noise levels, with meeting rooms, printing hubs and even its own café. I would highly recommend visiting, as I wish I had visited more for my first couple of years at uni!

  1. HAVE FUN

Balancing work and play can be easy to preach but harder to do. Edge Hill have so many people who are there to support you such as student guides, tutors and the student help desk where you can find one-to-one support if needed. No one should be working 24/7, and university is the time to go out n about!! So make sure you look after yourself, and treat yo’ self to day trips and nights out with your mates.

Thanks for reading, have a fantastic week!

 

 

[Part Two] Studying in Ireland and thinking of Edge Hill? – UCAS and Results

Irish Leaving Certificate and EHU


As someone who has experienced the Irish Leaving certificate first hand and furthered my education at Edge Hill there are a few things that can trip up the unsuspecting student. This four part guide will hopefully give you an insight into some of the points to consider when coming to Edge Hill from Ireland.

In this part two of the four part guide I want to take a look at the differences between CAO and UCAS, and how to make the most of your results. But bottom line, wither you are happy or sad about what you got there are always pathways open to wherever you want to go.


UCAS

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the UK variant of CAO. The UCAS system is the application gateway to higher level institutes within the UK. Applying from an Irish perspective is easy, but there are a few trappings. First you will need to speak to your guidance councilor. When applying they will be required to prepare a recommendation for you and project your grades for your exam. Unlike CAO offers for UCAS come early and you are then expected to meet the conditions of the offer.


Your results

When all is said and done, your results are in and you open the envelope hopefully your predicted grades have come through and you have what you need to meet the conditions of your offer. If this is the case then you need to scan the certificate and send a copy to admissions@edgehill.ac.uk.

But what if they haven’t gone to plan. First, don’t panic. I know I did. If you hasn’t made exactly the grades you are looking for, unlike CAO, the UCAS system is prepared for that.  The university may still choose to accept you if they wish. But you have other pathways open to you if not.


Other pathways

If your offer hasn’t been accepted it might be worth looking at UCAS clearing. This is a service that allows you to apply for new courses or universities. The clearing service opens after the A level results have been sent out.

Taking a gap year is another opportunity for you to reconsider your choices. Possibly applying for new courses or even taking a booster course that will improve your chances of being accepted to University.

Finally, repeating. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Repeating your exams is a great way to really focus in on what you want and achieve your goals. Some of the smartest people I know have repeated their Leaving Certificate. Doing it again doesn’t mean you failed, it means you are dedicated.


That’s everything, but if you want to learn more about offers from Edge Hill and UCAS you can check out my other blog post here:

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

And 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!

Accommodation – My View

Hey everyone!

I know there have been a few posts on accommodation on this platform but I believe that the more opinions you have on something, the easier it is to make your decision!


Chancellor’s Court 

My first pick to live on campus was in Chancellor’s Court and I am so grateful that I got a place here. There were so many options that I could chose from and after a long decision making process, I finally settled.

The size of the room is perfect for me! Originally, I was worried that the room would be too small as I did move over with A LOT of things, however, once I had unpacked and put all my things away, I realised how much space there actually is.

The wardrobe is the best place for storage because of how big it is and the extra room above makes for some handy storage!

Plus, there is a mini-fridge in the wardrobe, really useful if you want to hide some of chocolate from friends….


Making sure that I had the opportunity to personalise my space and make it seem more like home was so important to me. This meant that I needed somewhere that I could hand up pictures, shelf my books and store my folders for school.

That is one of my top tips about moving into accommodation; make it your own! There is no better way to make yourself feel right at home than hanging up some pictures, cards and posters. I am sure you have already seen this tip before but it really does help.

The university used to provide computers for these rooms but after the opening of the amazing catalyst building there was no need for them. The monitor is still in the room however, it does require a TV license if you wish to use it.

There are so many little nooks in the desk area where you can store all kinds of things. Great for shopping bags and laundry baskets!

So, as you can see, my accommodation is so nice and comfortable to live in but my favourite part about it has to be the en suite/wet room.

It may be a strange thing to get excited about if you’re like me and grew up having to share a bathroom with five other people, you will understand my feelings.

The wet room is a good size, with a shower curtain to stop the walls and towels getting wet, a toilet (obviously), a mirror and a shower wrack to keep your showers gels and shampoos on. I recommend buying some extra shower room storage as you will need more place to keep additional bathroom essentials but other than that, Edge Hill provide you with the basics to get you started!


I settled in really well to my new room knowing that I was safe and secure due to the 24-hour security and locked doors that require your own key to enter.

There is no better feeling than coming back from long day of lectures, coming into your room and relaxing in your own personal space. However, do remember to come out and socialise with the rest of your flat so that you can experience university life to the fullest!

My room is nice and simple but like I said, you can personalise it any way you like!

I hope that you enjoyed my view of the accommodation at Chancellor’s Court here in Edge Hill University! I love my space on campus and I am very grateful to the university for providing me with such a comfortable living space.

For more opinions and information about accommodation, please make sure to have a look at the other blog posts here at Inside Edge!

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/?s=accommodation

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/02/edge-hill-university-room-tour-chancellors-south/

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/01/accomodation-at-edge-hill-things-to-do-in-your-first-week/

“There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.”

– Rosalynn Carter –

Choosing the Right Halls for You

Hi guys when looking at universities, accommodation can be an important factor to consider, price, location and overall quality come into play and in my own experience it can be tough to choose when you haven’t seen everything to offer in detail so here’s a quick guide to what Edge Hill can offer you during your time here.

Chancellors Court/South, Founders East/West, Palatine Court, Graduates Court: I have grouped all this accommodation together because of their similar pricing/interior style.  From next year all rooms in these accommodations will range from £120-to 130 a week depending on the block. The different buildings do have some differences (mainly in location) but as far as I know they aren’t major. Overall as someone who has previously lived in Chancellors Court I was really impressed with the accommodation, rooms are a nice size, kitchen is also great, big enough for multiple people at once. Then there’s other things like the mini-fridge and my personal favourite feature, the wired internet connection. There is wi-fi as well, but if you do want to use wired internet it is really fast and very reliable, something you don’t always see with any kind of accommodation. 

Main Halls, Back Halls,: These blocks are a bit more budget friendly but do offer up some major differences, mainly in that there are no en-suites something you might not be bothered about at all so happy days. Most importantly the Main Halls are self-catered so part of your hall fees will go towards credit for food on campus. Self-catered accommodation here is £76 as of next year and catered £112 per week. So if you’re looking to save money these buildings could be the choice for you.

Forest Court: I put this one on its own as it’s kind of the middle ground between the two types above, Forest Court features both shared bathrooms and en-suite rooms and is priced at around £90-102 a week for next year so is a nice middle ground if neither of the others is exactly what you are looking for.

Woodland Court: These building is specifically for 3rd year students which is why I have situated it in its own group. With prices from £122-127 as of next year it’s in a similar price range as the other new buildings talked about earlier. the main difference being as far as I know it is the only accommodation that has a washing machine in the kitchen so there’s a bonus, if your going into 3rd year and looking for somewhere to live this could be a good bet for you.

Whichever halls you do end up choosing all accommodations run on a 40 week contract and include 24/7 security as standard for piece of mind. Here’s a link to the website for more information and for pictures etc. Anyway hope this helps and thanks for reading.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/accommodation/compare-halls-of-residence/

Jordan

Prepare Yourself for University – What no one tells you!

Hello everyone! I thought I would do a post all about how to prepare yourself for a university life and becoming more independent as it is rather different to living at home. I really wish I had prepared myself more for starting university as I got the shock of my life when I arrived and my parents left me all alone.

Really hope you enjoy this post and find it useful!


Start to cook for yourself!

You might be thinking, “it’s fine, I’m pretty sure I know how to turn the oven on and throw in some frozen chips etc.” This may work for the first few weeks of cooking for yourself but there comes a time when you crave a good, healthy, wholesome meal that didn’t come out of the freezer. 

Picture courtesy of @aliceliveing on instagram!

Being able to make your own meals from scratch that are healthy and make your flat mates jealous is such an essential skill for university. Luckily I cooked a lot for myself before I moved out but since living on my own, I have explored many dishes that are super easy to make and are so good for me! Start now and discover your love for cooking!

Do the washing!

Not going to lie, I did not do a lot of my own washing before I came to university. The only time I did do any washing was when I had to get it out of the washer and hang it up on the line. Let me tell you now, washing all your own clothes is not fun so I would highly suggest to start early and get used to it.

However, saying that, it does feel strangely rewarding to come back from the laundry room and have lovely clean clothes. Always a silver lining!

Push yourself!

This is something I was wish I had done before coming to university. I was never very good at conversational skills and kept to myself a lot. When I came to university, socialising and talking to new people was a whole other concept to me. I came to campus as a really shy, introverted  Irish girl who couldn’t hold a decent conversation for more than 3 minutes.

I wish that I pushed myself more to open up to people and learn how to talk to new people before coming to university as I know for a fact this would help me make friends quicker and not feel so nervous about the situation. You could do this by joining a club in your hometown so that you can familiarise yourself with talking and socialising with people you have never met before.

Be more independent!

The above pointers all kind of link to this one but I want to speak about this one more generally. What I mean about being more independent is not relying on the people at home to do things for you like cook, clean, washing the clothes, do the food shopping etc.

Before I moved out of my home, I made the conscious decision to do more things for myself. I generally was already quite independent but I wanted to make sure that I could handle the things that my mum or dad would normally help out with. For example, the summer before university started, I started to do the food shop by myself instead of my mum and I going together. It was hard shopping for five people but it definitely prepared me for when I started to do my own shopping. Another independent task I started to do for myself was the dreaded…booking your own doctors appointment. I know, I know, it seems scary but, that is what independence feels like sometimes!

 


All jokes aside, becoming more independent before coming to university 100% helped with the transition. It may seem awful to start with but it has to happen sometime, so why not start now?

I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful! See ya next time – Lauren x

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

– Coco Chanel-

Dealing with Illness at Uni

I’ve currently got a bad cold  and am feeling pretty lousy at the moment, so I thought this would be a great time to give some ideas on how best to look after yourself if you do find you’re not feeling your best, especially if your not used to not having your parents around.


Don’t push yourself: If you’ve got a lot going on it may seem tempting to just ignore your illness and push on. I personally like to go to the gym a few times a week and have in the past gone while I’m still recovering from illness, but trust me your much better suited to just waiting till your better rather than getting too tired halfway through a workout.


Stock up on medicinal items: Before you have the chance to catch any illness like the famous ‘freshers flu’, make sure you have a few different things that will help make your life easier if you do get sick, things like a box of paracetamol, lozenges, honey etc.


Going to class: Sometimes at uni you simply can’t afford to not go in for a seminar or for group work, so occasionally you might have to venture outside even when under the weather which is completely fine. But just make sure you really need to first, it is important you attend your classes since you are  probably paying a lot for them. But if your too sick the only thing you’ll be doing by going to class is spreading any illness you may have. If you are worried about your attendance just email the lecturer relevant to the module and tell them that you won’t be able to make it, that’s all you have to do.


So there’s a few things I find are useful to know especially if your new to university, anyways thanks for reading and till next time.

Jordan