Lets Do the Maths!

Before I came to uni I struggled to find any real-life accounts or opinions of my course at Edge Hill, I wanted to know what happened at uni as well as what my course entailed. As my course is quite specific I struggled to find anything on the internet so just in case I’m not the last person to eve search for this… I thought I’d tell you a bit about my course.

So becoming a maths teacher isn’t as easy as what everyone assumes, there are no modules solely based on GCSE maths- if only it was that easy! Each year you take on 7 modules, 1 placement module, 3-4 maths based modules and 2-3 education based modules (more info here as to the modules variation and description).

The timetable in year 1 was spread over 3/4 days, and this year we are in lectures 3 days a week. This doesn’t sound a lot but with the amount of work that you have it’s definitely needed! The lecturers are lovely and very approachable, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t understand anything because they are more than happy to help.

In my opinion the first year of uni, is brilliant! The first year of uni is a gateway to your degree, it starts by building on the foundations of the knowledge you’ll need for year 2 and 3! As second year is also great as you’ve settled into uni, you have your friends and you can really get stuck into the work!

This year we are designing a research question that we will research in this years placement which we will build upon for a module next year (this project is my courses dissertation equivalent module). I am really excited to carry out the research and produce some results to interpret.

I hope this helps and gives you a bit more of an idea of what occurs on the course, if you do have any questions please comment!

Thank you!

Study Tips, Exams Made Easier ✓

Hola! So exams are now over and I am back into the full swing of things this semester. This semester I am studying Business Economics, Marketing for Business, Business Start Up and Spanish and so if anyone is interested in getting some insights to any of these modules feel free to message me. These last two weeks have been a case of studying for exams and if you happen to struggle with revision (like I have done in the past) I have provided some of my study tips in which I have learned and hopefully they will come in helpful for you and your next exam.

There are a number of different types of exams in which people sit. This could be multiple choice, essay questions or practical exams and it just so happened mine was three essay questions in two hours on Operations Management concepts and theories. Okay, when reading this it can sound a little daunting, I mean it took me three months to write my essay for the assignment so how am I going to write three in the space of two hours? If you’re reading this while you’re in school or college it can come across even more intimidating but I can assure you it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

To prepare for an exam like this I would suggest reading a wide selection of books and journal articles to ensure you have that background as to what your exam will be about. From this you can then start making notes which can be in more depth from your lectures and seminars. The way in which I do this would be spider diagrams. I find this extremely helpful when you just need to see all the information spread across the one page. Use a number of coloured pencils and pens to stimulate your brain and enable it to jog your memory when it comes to the exam. On a positive it makes your notes look that bit better.

When you begin to feel more comfortable that you have written down enough information, the next task would be to break these notes down smaller and smaller until it’s just a sentence that holds enough information about the subject you are revising. These sentences can then be put onto flash cards and you can practice memorising them. When it comes down to the exam you will have this bank of sentences which contain wider information and the essay will just flow. You will feel confident and prepared for your exam and with the right amount of effort put in you will get that first everyone wants.

I can understand that this revision technique comes across tedious however it does work significantly well for myself to the point where I feel confident in my exams. It all comes down to confidence and if you are confident in your exam you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Hope this information will help you with your revision.

Have a great week.

J. x

Friends vs. Studying

Now you’ve applied to university through UCAS… CONGRATULATIONS! Now you can breathe a sigh of relief and start focusing on what’s going to get you there!

You can also start to think about what the next three years will hold for you! Any student will tell you that student life consists of two main parts, social life and studying. At first it is hard to find that balance between these so neither are neglected but by Christmas I guarantee that you’ll have carved out a routine that’ll be second nature to you!

If you’re struggling to manage your time wisely and find yourself sat in the kitchen more than your desk- get the best of both worlds! Take your work into the kitchen if that’s where everyone is sitting so you’re not missing out and you can still do your work. You only know how you work best, if you’re easily distracted I really would suggest that you visit the library or the LINC building (which is open 24/7) for some peace and quiet.

If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with the work you have to do, write a to-do list with the date it needs to be done by and do a bit everyday!  Remember if you do need any more support you can reach out to your tutor, course leader or year leader who should give you their contact details within the first few weeks of term. These people want to help you if you have any issues or concerns, so don’t feel like you can’t reach out to them! You can also contact Student Services for support in more general aspects of university life (here) or you can visit the Student Union in the HUB if you need any advice throughout your time at Edge Hill!

Unlike being at school or college when you choose the course/subject you want to study you’ll find it so much more interesting and doing the work will come easily! So make sure you’re choosing your course for the right reasons!

Best of luck with your UCAS replies!

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS…

So, hi guys.

How’s things?

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with trees starting to go up and Christmas markets left, right and center. BUT even though I’m super excited for Christmas and to stop thinking about uni for a few days, it’s the last big push to get all my assignments in in time and things signed off. At the minute it feels like a massive tidal wave of work is coming towards me, but I’m only being over dramatic as usual. IT WILL ALL BE OK, or so I hope. I have three assignments due on the 18th and two presentations that I need to focus on, as well as an exam fast approaching in January… but that’s what third years all about, right? I just have to try and keep calm and think about the end goal.

I’m sure it;s not just me with a work overload at the minute. You’re probably overwhelmed with college work and exams too, so maybe I should stop moaning and take it on the chin. I’ve recently decided that I need to organise my work life (my life in general needs a good tidy up as well, but we’ll focus on one thing at a time ahah) and get a proper work timetable. So I sat down and constructed within 20 minutes a blow by blow of when I need to do uni work throughout the week. Maybe you should make one for college? My biggest mistake was not fitting in ‘down time’… seriously guys, even though the level of working is nonstop and overwhelming you cant burn out on work 24/7. You need to relax , do the things you love and spend time with the people you care about. Burning out before the end is not what you need, I need or your work needs in general.

So make a time table and stop stressing (you and I both)… it’ll all be worth it when you’re here enjoying yourself next September!

Until next time…

QUICK update!

HELLO!

Hope you’re all well, just a quick one!

So what have I done this week. Assignments, assignments, assignments… and my dissertation of course. So the workload is heavy at the minute, but the more I get done now, the less I have to do later, right? Well positive thinking is the only thing keeping me going, so let’s keep it light and fluffy. So Christmas is right around the corner and then around that corner is probably exams, yes? Well here is what I’d do over the Christmas break… You need to be realistic. There is no point saying you’ll do work everyday when we all know that wont happen. You need time to relax, see your friends and family and actually enjoy Christmas. So make a timetable and stick to it. You don’t need to study solidly everyday 12 hours a day! It’s all about balance and when you can’t find motivation to carry on, remember why you’re doing it! Think of EHU and the course that you want! seriously, you need to think of your target and it’ll make you want to keep studying/revising/reading!

Anyway, what’s the best Christmas film? I mean I’ve tried working it out over and over again and I’ve come to a list with my friends:

It’s either:

A) Elf (nah)

B) Love Actually (100% YES)

C) The Grinch (possible but Love Actually is the one i think)

Anyway I’ll leave you with that debate and the thought of Christmas being right around the corner. Happy studying.

Until next time…

Seminars?

So guys,

You’re probably settling into your new environment and making friends, with Freshers’ week drawing to a close. With seminars and lectures about to start, you may be wondering what a seminar actually consists of. Well, a seminar usually lasts around 45 minutes to an hours, in which a tutor leads a small discussion based upon elements from your lectures. Seminars are usually the hour before or after the lecture allowing you to interact with other students to hear their opinions and views. This is your area to ask the tutor any questions on area you either don’t understand or would like further guidance. Often they ask you to pre-read different texts or pieces of research, which they will then reference during the seminar.

WORD OF WARNING- Seminar tutors don’t take kindly to people who turn up unprepared and in extreme cases may ask you to leave. So always remember to take any texts that are needed and the notes you made from the previous lecture (But how did you expect to complete the seminar without your notes, eh? Ahaha).

Seminars are a great way to not only interact with your course, but your fellow students as often they’ll be the same group of people are every seminar. Happy seminaring!

Until next time…

Getting My University Work Done

(The things I’m about to say really only come from my own experiences, we’re all different and all courses are different so please don’t assume that what I’m saying will definitely be applicable to you)

The summer before I started university, I was keen to be as prepared as possible before I started my course. I bought the books on the reading list as soon as I could. Despite this, I was only a couple of weeks ahead (at the most) of my classmates who hadn’t done anything to prepare, so I wouldn’t worry if for whatever reason you can’t start reading in advance. However, once you’re at university the reading really must be done as soon as possible. To be honest, I found first year easier than Sixth Form. I could easily handle the essays and reading that I needed to do. The only thing that took a bit of time to get used to was learning to reference my essays properly, but this became second nature to me eventually. First year went by in a blissful haze full of relatively good marks.

When I started second year I went into a state of shock for about a month. I would say that the workload tripled. I don’t want this to scare any of you like it did me; it’s not as bad as it seems, honest. But at the time I didn’t know how to handle it. But I eventually did, and this is how:  I read three books a week, every week (one for each module) and completed any additional work for seminars that I was asked to do (there was a fair bit – but this all depends on the tutor and the module).  I also squeezed in writing essays whenever I needed to, normally over the holidays and Reading Weeks when I had a bit more time. It wasn’t easy, my grades weren’t as good as first year (although still decent), but eventually I made it through.

Third year was less of a jump in terms of workload. Although it did still increase a bit from second year, I was able to manage it better. I’d perfected my technique in getting my reading done and I learnt how much time to put aside to get my essays written properly, even though now they were required to be longer than ever before. My grades went up, and I managed to have a really decent social life at the same time. Third year was wonderful, I really enjoyed it. It really was all about gathering the skills I’d learnt over the years and pulling them together to succeed. Tomorrow I will be graduating with a 2:1 and I couldn’t be happier!

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 🙂

Staying Motivated at University

With Liverpool down the road, and an endless supplies of bars and clubs seconds away from campus, it can be pretty hard to stay on the ball and focus at university! Believe me, the distractions are endless! The biggest difference between studying at college and university is self motivation. When you come to university you suddenly find yourself away from home, away from parents telling you what to do, and without teachers breathing down your neck about homework deadlines. But in order to succeed and get the grades you want, you’ve got to find the right balance of work hard, play hard – and this is pretty much the key to keeping a good work ethic and a social life. It’s probably taken me until now, the end of second year, to finally figure out the balance but here are a few tips I’ve learnt along the way!

1. Get organised – I had never owned a diary until this year, but planning out my week helps me so much to keep up with everything. I love a good list – yes very sad I know, but I find if I plan my week ahead I achieve so much more!
2.Surround yourself with motivated people – I am so lucky to have a group of girl friends that are all in the same work hard, play hard mind-set as me! Surrounding myself with creative and motivated people keeps me on track and makes me want to work hard!
3.Don’t stress – Stressing never helps! If you stress about not coming up with that creative idea, or finishing that assignment, it won’t happen, or it won’t be good anyway! So take time for a time out, relax go out for a few drinks and re- group!
4.Read something that inspires you! – I’ve recently read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, and it is by far the most motivating book I’ve ever read, it’s sparked my creativity and fuelled my inner girl boss, to do really well in my degree to hopefully get the job of my dreams some day!
5.Remember why you’re here – For me, I came to university to learn how to be a creative, so that one day I can have the creative job of my dreams. It’s not bad to dream big, and it’s good to keep your goals in sight all the time. Sometimes I come home and think ergh I just want to quit and give up on this degree and then I remember why I’m in it and what I want my future to look like and it puts everything into perspective!

I found this article super helpful, with lots of tips on how to stay motivated! http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/7-ways-to-stay-motivated-and-accomplish-anything.html