Watch the Time

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all having another good week, the sun has finally come out today so I’m enjoying the sunshine.

I know this week means Results Day for a lot of you, so again good luck!

Once you’ve got your results and your confirmed university place you’ll be eager to know what’s in-store for you once you start your degree.

One of the major differences between college and university will be the amount of time you spend being taught and the amount of independent study you’re expected to do.

The time you spend in lessons at college or sixth form can entirely depend on which college you attended. When I was at college I was in classes for 18 hours each week, and it was recommended that we did around 9 hours independent study per week.

In my first year of uni I took three modules, and had 4 hours contact time per module (that’s just a fancy way of saying the time you spend being taught.) That time was split up each week into a lecture, a lecture workshop and then a two hour seminar.

Although the contact time can vary between different courses and modules, it’s likely your timetable will consist of an equal balance between lectures and seminars. That means that each week you get given an opening lecture to introduce a  topic and later in the week will have a seminar to discuss ideas and delve a little deeper.

The main reason why a university timetable has so little contact time is to allow you to do the research you need for seminars and assignments. As there is a lot more freedom with university assignments than anything you’ve ever done before the library will probably become your best friend in the lead up to submission dates.

The main piece of advice I can give is to not waste the time you have outside of lectures and seminars.

The best way to do that is to maintain a balance between classes, your part-time job (if you have one), your social life, independent study and your free time.

Make sure to put in the time to get the best results you can, but don’t overwork yourself and make sure you go out and enjoy yourself every once in a while! You’ll have deserved it.

Quote for the day: “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” -Shelby Foote.

Hope you all have a fantastic week and to those awaiting results don’t worry, I am sure you will do amazingly!

-Becki 🙂

My Weekend is All Booked

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying the nice weather, I’m glad that it has decided to stick around. It’s exam season, so if you have any upcoming exams best of luck to you!

This week I’m going to talk about reading lists, and give you some tips that might save you a bit of money.

Reading lists are super important at uni, no matter what your course. That doesn’t mean that you should worry about them though.

If you like to be super prepared then you can do some reading over the summer, but this won’t be expected of you in first year – especially if you don’t receive your reading list until you enrol.

When I got my first reading list I was a bit daunted, there seemed to be so many books and I had no idea how I was going to read them all or how I was going to afford them!

Tip number one: Only buy core reading books for each module. Most course modules will have core reading books, which are the main books you will need for each subject. There may be a list of recommended secondary reading. Usually these books are for specialised topics, so you won’t need to buy them in advance.

Tip number two: Hunt around for the best deals on your books. Although Amazon
sometimes has good deals on books, other sites often have the same books for cheaper prices. A lot of universities have a start-of-year book sale, when students will sell on their used books to first years. This is a good thing to look out for, as it will usually be the cheapest and easiest way to get all your books.

Tip number three: Never underestimate the library! If you’re having trouble finding a particular book, or need a specific book for an assignment then the library is the place to go. It’s almost certain they’ll have the book that you need, and if not then there are hundreds of online journal articles that might be of use.

Last top tip: never ignore a reading list! It’s there to help you with your assignments and exams, so make sure you’re aware of it. It will make life so much easier, and it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you first think.

Quote for the day: “So many books, so little time.” -Frank Zappa

Hope you all have a good day, until next time!

-Becki 🙂

These Are Not the Grades You Are Looking For

Hi everyone!

(Yes the title of this blog is a Star Wars reference.)

Today I wanted to talk a little about the tutors at university, and the kind of support and advice you can expect.

When you come to Edge Hill you are assigned a Personal Tutor. This is usually a member of staff in the department running your degree (they are your real life Obi Wan Kenobi.) If you have any problems with your degree, or have any worries they are a great place to go.

I spend a lot of time meeting my personal tutor when I have a coursework deadline looming. This is really helpful, as it calms me down and my personal tutor gives me advice and guidance on essays, how to cope with stress levels and occasionally we will just have a small chat about life.

Since there are so many members of staff it can be daunting knowing who to talk to, but as a personal tutor could be with you throughout the duration of your studies, you always have a friendly face and an open ear.

Your seminar tutors will also become very familiar during the years of your degree. I guarantee you will be sending them a lot of emails, whether that is about an upcoming essay, how to reference properly or to let them know you’re ill and can’t make it to a class.

As the end of the semester is fast approaching that means there are more deadlines. Thankfully, seminar tutors are super supportive. The last week of semester you can arrange a meeting with specific tutors for advice and guidance on essays.

Lectures and seminars can give you a great overview and introduction to a topic, but most essays will require a lot of independent research. Since there is so much independence though, it is always nice to check that you’re heading in the right direction.

A seminar tutor can prevent that last minute essay meltdown, and give you that little extra push so you have confidence in your essay. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone, and have someone to help you.

The thing I love most about Edge Hill is the fact that there is so much support on offer. The tutors are always ready to help, no matter what the issue is. Never be afraid to ask for help!

Quote for the day: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” -William Arthur Ward

Hope you all have a great week.

Until next time 🙂

To Be or Not to Be

Hi everyone!

Hope you have all had an absolutely amazing Easter. Thankfully most of us still have a few more days before we’re back to work.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the last few days, even more so than usual. Reading week is usually the time I use to do research or finish off the reading list, but with an exam on the horizon my life is all about Hamlet right now.

I’ve decided to take a bit of a break now (it is Easter Sunday after all) and am watching a production of the play instead. Still slightly productive, but slightly less work than researching the use of iambic pentameter in Shakespeare plays. . .

Which brings me to my advice for the week, and I hope it helps a few of you out. This week’s topic: revision!

Some of you might be sick of hearing the word already, and if so I apologise. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are more creative ways to revising than just copying chunks of text or re-reading your own notes.

Since everyone works differently, and enjoys different learning styles what works for someone else might not work for you. Don’t let that deter you though! If you haven’t found a way that works for you then you can try out a few of these techniques:

-mind maps
-note cards

Personally I love putting on a specially selected work playlist, and making a mind map or two. It increases my productivity, and gives me an incentive to keep working.

The trick is to find something that will help you work, and not something that will distract you. If you find yourself doodling when you’re in class turn that doodle into a revision aid! Pictures might help you learn and/or remember things more quickly than just reading it.

Give things a go, until you find a way that works for you! That way you’ll stop putting off revision until the last minute, and when you do revise it will be a lot more productive.

Quote for the day: To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Hamlet –William Shakespeare.

I have an extra treat for you today, considering this post is all about revision I will share one of the songs on my work playlist with you. And as I’ve been reading Shakespeare, this one has been on repeat for the past couple of days.

I hope you all have a great week, and I shall see you again next time! 🙂

Holidays and Egg-xaminations

Hi everyone!

It’s the first day of spring today, so I hope that means the weather will start to pick up soon.

As term has just finished for a few weeks I’m back at home, but I can’t wait to be back on campus in a few weeks. I’m sure that it will look beautiful when spring is in full force. And there may be a better chance of seeing a rabbit around campus, just in time for Easter!

Many of you will have a few weeks off now too, and I am sure you’re all looking forward to the break.

I hope you have a great time, and recharge all your energy for the next term. I feel like we will definitely all need that energy sooner rather than later.

The Easter holidays mean a few things. One of them is the influx of chocolate in your life, another is that the examination period is not far away.

Most of you will have already started thinking about exams and/or deadlines that you have. Some of you won’t have exams at all (you lucky people.) And there will be some of you who haven’t yet realised how close the exam period is.

Let’s face it, the holidays always fly by. But it’s a good time to just make sure you’re prepared for the next few weeks.

I have an exam at the start of May (which seems further away than it is in reality) so I’m using the Easter holidays to do a little extra work. That way I won’t be drowning when I get back to uni in April and realise how much I need to revise.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a break and enjoy your holidays. Make sure that you do! Just don’t spend two weeks ignoring all the work you should be doing, for the sake of your own sanity!

Plus, if you’re lacking motivation to work you can always reward a few hours studying with an Easter egg. It will definitely help slay that procrastination!

Quote for the day: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln

Hope you all have an amazing week! Until next time 🙂

The Assignment That Stole Christmas

A Cautionary Tale.

Once Upon a Time there was a student who had so many essays and exams after the Christmas period that they were worried how they were going to complete all their work in time.

Instead of planning ahead, or talking to lecturers the student decided to ignore the assignment. The dreaded assignment lay in the corner, waiting for the right moment.

Days before the deadline the student remembered the assignment, but by that time it had grown so daunting it stole all the Christmas joy.

Many of you won’t have exams in January any longer, but some of you may still have coursework and UCAS deadlines.

When you move to university your assignment dates will vary depending on your course/module(s) and exams usually take place in January and June time.

The poor student in the tale above decided to ignore their deadlines. It’s true, sometimes you will be daunted by an essay or a little nervous about an exam, but it’s important to remember you are not alone.

Here are a few tips that I followed for the assignments I have due at the start of the New Year. And they’re great to remember for every assignment that you have!

Be Prepared- Know when each of your assignments are due, and save this in your calendar so you don’t forget.

Some people prefer not to plan, but I would really recommend it when you get to University. A plan is a great way to bounce around your ideas, and it’s a quick easy way for your tutors to check you are going in the right direction.

Your tutors are only an email away. So ask if you are unsure about anything.

Use this to get your ideas down on paper in a rough essay form.

Redraft- Check your spelling, punctuation, grammar.

Once you’re happy with your work, submit it!

Relax– You deserve it! 🙂

There is no trick to calmly handling assignments, the key is to just manage your time effectively and efficiently. Never be scared by a deadline, there are so many people around to support you.

And once you’ve done all the work, you can go out and have some fun to celebrate.

Quote for the day: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” Sigmund Freud

Have a Happy New Year! Until next time. 🙂

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016…

Hey guys,

Hope you’re doing well. Just a quick one…

So, it’s that time of the year again. Saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Well, let’s summarise the goods of 2015 and make goals for 2016, shall we.


  • Made it through the year smiling, a few stumbles along the way, but well done Jen you got there.
  • Completed all uni work- even managed to get some amazing grades (again well done Jen, if I do ay so myself).
  • Went on my first ever group holiday with the uni lot… Amsterdam, I miss you dearly.
  • Ready for 2016, I think.

Goals for 2016:

  • Graduate with an amazing grade. (PLEASE)
  • Have some sort of plan for after uni… It doesn’t have to be a life plan, but a plan would be helpful.
  • Have an amazing 2016, of course.

So, what’s your goals? To get amazing grades and come to EHU, yep that’s what I thought. so here’s the game plan. WORK HARD! I know exams are fast approaching and you’re probably swamped in assignments and essays, but believe me, it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Hope you had an amazing Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

I’ll speak to you next year… 😉

Until next time…

Countdown to Christmas

Hey guys!

So Christmas is right around the corner and we’re all on the big wind down now… or are we? I don’t know about you but I’m swamped in uni work and I’m doing nights in my retail work. So Christmas break should be fun fun fun for me,

Things I need to achieve this Christmas break:

-Dissertation work. I need to make waves on my work and write a fair amount to be honest.

-Assignments. These need doing for the 4th, so the clock is ticking… DON’T PANIC JEN.

-Placements? I need to start working out hat I’m doing after Uni, so looking for a career oppourtunity is high on my list.

-Exam prep. Yep, let’s not get into this.

CHRISTMAS ITSELF… As much as I have loads of things to do, I need to enjoy my spare time with friends and family. It’s often a good idea to make time for the things you love, or you’ll run yourself down and that is the opposite to what we want.

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and get everything you want. Please remember that it’s not all about what’s under the tree and to spare a thought for the people who are less fortunate than ourselves. MERRY CHRISTMAS and have a well deserved rest just before exam season starts, yay.

Until next time…

It’s Oh So Quiet. . .

Hello again guys! The final countdown to Christmas is here, I hope you are all in a festive mood.

In my last post I mentioned that I spent a lot of time in the library, so I thought this week I would focus on the facilities the Edge Hill University library provides for students.

The library is situated at the heart of campus, right next to the Hub and the Students Union. That means it’s super easy to get too, whether you are going there to study after class or from your accommodation on campus.

The library is the place that every student will have to visit when an essay is due in, so I suggest during freshers week you take advantage of any library tours on offer. Finding out where all the books for your course are is a must!

The great thing about Edge Hill is each subject has a specific librarian, so if you have any queries about your reading lists or can’t find a specific book they are the people to see.

The thing I love most about the library though is that no matter how you study best you will find something to suit your needs.

Currently the library is open 24 hours, which has been great since I have so many assignments due over the next few weeks. Even the normal library opening times allow for flexibility though. On weekdays the library is open from 8 am until midnight, so whether you like working in the morning or at night you have a nice, quiet place to go to study.

If you like studying in groups then the library is great! They have group study rooms (that you can book in advance) on the ground floor, which is a really relaxed way to study with other people on your course.

The first and second floor are home to all the books and journals the library have to offer, as well as quiet study areas. If you prefer to work in complete quiet there is a silent study room on the top floor too.

Not to mention the library offers access to computers and printing facilities, it really does have everything you could ever need.

Find out more about the University library here.
Quote for the day: “Libraries are our friends.” Neil Gaiman.

Hope you have a good week, until next time! 🙂