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
-music
-diagrams
-PowerPoints
-note cards
-videos

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! 🙂

BIG news…

Hi guys,

How are you? I’m super good, like really good, ahhhhhhh.

Right, well for months I have been trying to decide what to do after uni (and I mean it’s right around the corner so I really needed to get going on plans) and I’ve finally found it. I’M GOING TO CAPE TOWN, AHHHHHHHHHHHH! How amazing. Basically I’m volunteering in a hospital for just under three months and doing that really student-y thing of trying to ‘find myself’ (ha, cringe). But yeah, it’s all booked and I’m uber excited to get going. BUT until then, I have to first get the grades I wan and graduate, so no biggie ahaha.

University is the best place in the world to work out who you are and what you love (again, cringe) but that’s the truth. EHU has especially helped me in finding out what I think about things and what I don’t. My course, sociology, especially makes me question everything, from tv soaps all the way to world politics. I usually walk into seminars or lectures having a solid opinion on something, and then two hours later I walk back out with a completely different stance on the world. You meet people at uni from all over the country and world, with different backgrounds, opinions and beliefs. To be honest sometimes this can cause clashes, however, I find that debating nights have brought some of the best nights, followed of course by ‘agree to disagree’ drinks. You find independence on a whole new level, from cooking what you what, when you want, to opening bank accounts, putting deposits down on a house and staying out to all hours (and then finding the dedication to go that 9 am lecture ahah),

EHU helps shape who you become (overload on cringe today, I am really sorry!). The University provides a range of supportive systems to encourage students to meet their potential. Supportive staff, from tutors, course leaders and the student support team and in place to help any student at any time. Then you’ve got peer help, such as student mentors and class reps who are always willing to listen to students needs. When you’re having a bad day, always remember that everyone at EHU are working to help you. Their job is literally in place to make sure you get the best experience, so don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

Hope your studies are going well and you’re starting to get excited for September!

Until next time…

So Valentine’s day is right around the corner. U redE?

So Valentine’s day is fast approaching and this post is dedicated to all the singles spending it alone. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to focus on all the positives of being single and that’s a great thing.

So, love aside, how are you? I’m good. This week I’ve given blood, studied so hard I fell asleep reading a book and had a great week social-wise. So overall great things. What am I looking forward to hmmm… Well after uni I plan on volunteering in southern Africa for a while until I work out my life plan. Coming to uni is hard when you don’t know where you’ll end up after. Some courses are more geared for the future, such as primary education or education ingeneral, but with a sociology degree the world is my oyster cause it opens up so many doors. It’s picking the right door to walk through which is the hard part… and that’s not a bad thing. Don’t arrive hear and listen to anyone who tells you you need to know what you’re doing after uni, cause you don’t. Having a degree will set you up for life and take you places you never would have believed.

So, don’t worry about the future, just concentrate on getting here and EHU will take care of you… I mean, they have taken care of me.

Until next time…

 

Last semester, let’s do this!

OMG GUYS IT’S MY FINAL SEMESTER… let’s not panic.

I can’t actually believe I’ve made it here, like seriously. University is such a rollercoaster of emotions and I’d be lying if I didn’t say there has been days when I just wanted to walk away… BUT, I’m so so so so so SO happy I stayed. EHU has definitely been one of (if not the) best decision of my life. Obviously, you’ll think I’m biased towards this uni because I go here, but seriously I don’t know any other uni that provides as much support and care for it’s students as EHU. EHU has reassured me that I can do it, every time I wanted to give up and I’m so glad they did.

EHU has a range of supportive areas. Everything from personal tutors who are willing to drop their massive work load at the drop of a hat, to financial and special learning requirements support. Staff are willing to help in any way they can, whether the problem is big or small… so never feel you can’t go to them for help. Staff are friendly and very approachable and I’m sure you’ll love them just as much as me.

When you arrive in September you’ll know exactly what I mean…

Until next time…

HELP! I need somebody…

So student support?

Well.. when it comes to student services EHU provides a range of different support systems in order for their students to get the best out of their university experience. Which of course is FAB. Areas such as essay help or academic support can be located in the library and meetings can be arranged at the help desks for further information. The black building located next to the hub is the home for all areas relating to student support. In here, you’ll be able to find a financial team ready to answer all your queries, and other help such as guidance for looking for a part time job.

This year EHU also has a FANTASTIC team of student mentors, who have been fully trained to aid students in settling into uni life. Some students may take a little longer to find their feet at university, but fear not, you’re not alone! The mentors will be around through out your years at the university, so whether you need directions to your next lecture or a quick chat, you’ve always got someone, yay!

Support network? Well, you’ve got your family (can’t forget them), your friends.. then there’s your personal tutor?, lecturers?, seminar tutors?, society friends?, student mentors?… the list is endless (well obviously it ends, but you get my point.. right?).

So basically, to sum up… you’re never alone at EHU and we don’t want you to feel like you ever are. Make sure you use your links to your support network when things get a little rocky, cause suffering in silence really wont help… trust me!

Until next time…

 

Decisions…

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes worry about getting old and grey. I used to worry that I’d skate through life and before I knew it, I’d be sat replaying my yesterdays wishing I had done things differently.

Before I came to EHU I was clueless about what to do after my Sociology degree. If I’m being honest, I’m still not 100% sure of my life plan, but I’m getting there. EHU has opened doors that I never even knew could be opened. I used to think I had limited options with my degree, but after talking to my lecturers and staff members I’m literally blown away with the range of choices I have. From working in the social sector such as in the police institute, social work or teaching, all the way to graduate jobs in retail, administration and charity organisations. I’ve been advised to take my time making decisions and not to jump head first into a job I’m not going to love.

Thankfully decisions don’t have to be made over night, so I have all summer to work things out… But I’m glad I have EHU to fall back on when I need help understanding my options and making decisions.

Until next time…:)

Student Support at Edge Hill University

Sometimes being at university and far away from home and your parents, there are a few questions that need to be asked but you can be a little unsure as to where to turn. This is where Student Services comes in, it’s a whole team of really lovely people dedicated to the students to help and guide you in so many different ways! The team is situated in the Student Information Centre (S.I.C) which you can find just to the right of the library in the centre of the campus. The team are there to help and advise in a number of different ways from career advice to financial support and counselling, they are a lovely team and are always happy to help however they can!
ssHomeHere I have put together a little summary to show you the kinds of things Student Services help students with all over campus, to show you there’s really no need to sweat the small stuff! The titles are links to the website if you want more info!

Accommodation Support and Advice
This is for both students that live on campus and off campus! Say for example you’re having problems with your landlord, or perhaps the people you’re living with in halls, there is a team of people dedicated to making sure you’re totally happy in your living situation and will help you any way they can to do so!

Careers and part-time Jobs
There is a careers centre based in the S.I.C that will be able to help you with part-time work in addition to graduate employment. Just by signing up they send out weekly emails with current part-time vacancies, and if you make an appointment with a member of the team they are more than happy to help you with job applications and CV writing! It’s also great to note they can help you up to 3 years after you graduate!! I went in looking for advice on internships and placements and they were really helpful.

Finance 
Whether you’re in a tiff with student finance or struggling with the cost of living, student services are here to help, whether that’s helping you secure part-time work or helping you out with a stress free budget plan!

Counselling and Wellbeing
I think this is a really important one, especially when you’re embarking on a new adventure like moving to university, it can all be very overwhelming! The counsellors are there to help you with any concerns or worries you may have and will help you find solutions to problems or ways of coping, or even just someone to talk through your problems with! They also offer a range of sessions such as relaxation sessions to help tackle stress!

Making It Through Your Degree

In case you didn’t know already, completing your degree isn’t easy. Despite what the media and some older generations might tell you, being a student is tough. Luckily at Edge Hill there’s a lot of places you can go for support. I can’t speak for people on other courses, but I feel like the tutors in my department really are wonderful if I ever have any problems.

Although I absolutely love my course most of the time, it’s not always fun and games. From time to time it can all get a bit much and I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump or about to have some sort of breakdown over an essay more than once.  Sometimes an email to, or a conversation with, a tutor is all you need to spark up your enthusiasm again, and I’ve always found my tutors happy to talk about any issues I might be having and they will always work with me to come up with a solution.

Then there’s those times where although my tutor has probably gone over it a million times, I still do not understand what that lecture was about. Feeling oblivious, it’s hard to pluck up the courage to talk to a tutor, but it’s always worth it. I’ve never been made to feel like I was stupid for asking for help, and tutors will gladly spend as much time with you as you need, and even recommend books that they think will help.

When you start university, you are assigned a personal tutor who is really there if you need any help or guidance at any point. Even if your problem isn’t exactly related to academic work, tutors will do whatever they can to help you come up with a solution or to point you in the direction of someone who can offer you even better support. I’ve always found that no matter what, there’s always someone at Edge Hill for me to turn to and that’s a really comforting feeling.

Asking for help when needed

No-one can do absolutely everything themselves, after all we all need help with something from time to time. This is particularly true when you’re at university. At Edge Hill there are a number of different services who can offer you help whenever you might need it. They include

  1. The Careers Service – They offer advice on CV writing, applying for part-time jobs, volunteering and other employment opportunities. They also advertise vacancies through their Facebook page
  2. The Accommodation Team – Pretty self explanatory. They are in charge of matters related to living on campus and advertise off campus accommodation too.
  3. Student Union – They are can point you in the right direction if you’re not sure where to go for help and can offer advice on legal matters should they ever arise dying your time at university. They will also help you set up a society if there’s one your itching to create and run.
  4. Counselling Service – This is a service I’ve started accessing recently. They will help you with more personal matters and run workshops to help you improve your mental well being.
  5. Facilities Management – They are in charge of running the campus and based at the During Centre behind the Wilson building. If you ever need to put up a poster about something, ask them first.
  6. Departmental Tutors- As mentioned in my other blog on student support (here) when you first come to university you will be assigned a personal tutor from within your department who you can speak to on a one to one basis. You can also make appointments with tutors for specific modules if you need to talk someone about a particular piece of coursework whether it’s getting them to check an essay plan or discuss feedback with you. It is worth making use of this service.