Essential Uni Kit

Hi guys, for today’s blog I wanted to talk about stuff, more particularly what stuff I find is essential for university living, this list won’t include things like clothes or pans because I shouldn’t need to tell you why they are important.

  1. Head/earphones: An easy thing to forget but if you listen to music at all or a lot like me then these are an absolute must. Useful for studying, exercising or just relaxing, I don’t know where I’d be without them personally. If you’re looking for the best listening experience I suggest a pair of decent bluetooth headphones, you don’t have to break the bank but I would suggest spending at least £40. Alternatively £10 earphones are great as well!

  2. Laptop/tablet with keyboard: The university does have loads of computing spaces throughout campus so I wouldn’t class it as an essential, but a good computer is useful for doing work without having to leave your room, or cracking on Netflix in the evening, you could also use a HDMI cable to connect it to your rooms  TV (if you have one), perfect for late night bingeing.

  3. A USB/SD Card: Obvious, but again easily forgettable, saving your work on a computer is alright but to be extra safe you want to make sure you back-up all uni work on a USB. depending on what course you study might affect what size you need, For just basic essays and coursework a 4 or 8gb size is more than enough but if you study something that requires using advanced software or videos/pictures etc then a 16 or 32gb might be more suitable. Specifically for media related courses people like myself, when you rent camera equipment out they don’t give you an SD card so getting your own one is definitely important for these types of courses.

So there’s just a few things I would definitely recommend having if you haven’t thought of them already. Till next time!

Jordan

Those Important Things!

Well this is it, summer is almost over (a few weeks yet thankfully for you guys!) and it time to start getting ready to start your course at Edge Hill University!

Most of you will have already have a good idea of what you need for your new student digs… bedding, pots and pans (look at previous blogs if you want a comprehensive list!). There is a few things I recommend that you should have to make everything a lot easier! Ensuring you have the essentials will allow everything to flow smoothly so you can just deal with your uni work and nktbjng else!

One of the main items that helped me throughout my three years at Edge Hill is my countless trustee notepads. Now I know this might sounds a bit obvious, but you won’t believe how much of a help it is having notes jotted down, especially when it comes to revision! Similarly to College, uni works in the same way! You provide your own equipment and take ownership of your learning, if you’re not going to revise then nobody is forcing you (but do revise!!).

Another thing I found very useful is the Library on campus, there are a limitless supply of books that I have found very helpful throughout my entire course. The amount of books that I have taken out at anyone time has frequently maxed the amount you can borrow! Make sure you have your uni card when visiting the library as it makes it easier when taking out books and accessing the building in the later hours!

Another item that made my University life easier was my laptop. Sometimes you don’t fancy working in the library and there’s nothing better than getting snuggled in bed watching a film and doing your work! The University Wifi is accessible throughout the campus, so there’s no need to worry about being overcharged for your phones data!

Just remember you want to make sure that you have everything ready. There is nothing worse than being unprepared. If your prepared for the day then you’re off to a good start- so get going! Good luck!

Technology at Uni

Okay, so at uni there is the Library and the Linc Building which have plenty of computers for you to access throughout the day/night. However in halls, do not underestimate how much you will benefit from technology i.e. a laptop, as I’m sure some nights getting out of bed to access a computer is a no go! So if you have a birthday coming up or you’re working I would highly recommend that you save up for a good laptop (if you don’t have one or it’s on its last legs!) as it’ll be the best thing you ever do!

Most assignments will require you to use a computer, therefore it is essential that you have a good laptop that you can rely on throughout uni! I also can’t emphasize enough how important it is to back up your work, either online or a memory pen (be careful as a USB is NOT indestructible!) I know my friends have had instances where their laptop has broken and they have lost their work, and believe me using this excuse to ask for an extension for work does not go down well!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

Also with technology on the rise in all aspects of life, courses will keep you up to date with the newest advances where appropriate. So as I am doing teaching, my course sometimes covers the use of apps/websites that are currently available to enhance learning in the classroom. Having this knowledge gives us future teachers an advantage in the classroom and lets us keep up-to-date with the best ways to teach and interact with the pupils.

So all I can say for now is make sure you’re technology ready for September- you won’t regret it… and who can’t say they love a new gadget!