Course Insight: Marketing Year One

As per my profile on the website, I study Marketing here at Edge Hill. Marketing has always been part of my life, from high school to college, and now University, so naturally I was always going to write a blog about the course. Right off the bat, a disclaimer that your experiences will differ from mine, timetables, module choices, and assignments change very often.

My degree is spaced over three years, though I plan to take a year out to do a sandwich placement, making it technically four. A sandwich placement is fancy phrasing for a year working in industry. This year I have studied six modules, as per the standard in the Business School in order to achieve your required credits.

These are modules I have studied:

A lot of people will be wondering how the lectures work, I know I wondered the same thing. The modules I’ve had last only one semester occurred in classroom settings with a seminar consolidating the contents of the lecture right after, this often sounds like it’d last a long time, but you often get a coffee or toilet break that sections it up nicely. My Digital Marketing and Business Start-Up lectures lasted an hour in a lecture hall, then seminars took place in a separate room, classroom style. Overall I really enjoyed this method of learning as it broke up information intake really nicely, it suits me a lot more than High School or College style. My timetable was spanned over three days, giving me Tuesdays and Fridays free!

An academic tip would be to sleep in on your days off, and then use them to do reading or pre-lecture prep’, it’s a good method of keeping on top of your studies without things feeling over baring.

My modules have all been a mix of different assignments, two having exams. Exams aren’t as stressful as any prior ones you’ll have sat, the seating arrangement is a lot more relaxed, you can leave when you’re done granted you’re in a specific timing and overall it felt like a much more comfortable process.

Overall, I really enjoy how my course’s first year has been structured. Of course, this layout will not apply for all and every degree offered by Edge Hill, but I consider this a useful resource for applicants worried about how things will be after their Fresher’s Week.

Alice

Some questions, answered!

When will I get my timetable? You usually get your timetable on Welcome Sunday. When I got to campus, I had until 5pm to go and speak with a staff member on my course, talk through any worries, and get my timetable and seminar group. This may differ depending on your course. It’s worth noting that your first week timetable and your normal timetable may be different. I know that some people had maybe 2 lectures in that first week, whereas we had a full 10-5 day for all of that first week.

What if I get lost? The very first night I spent at Edge Hill, I remember wandering around campus trying to find an accommodation block with my flatmates. It was pouring with rain, it was dark, and we just had no clue where it was. The wandering round campus really helped us to become familiar with everything, even if it did look very different in daylight! In all honesty, this isn’t something to worry about. There are various maps and signs spotted around campus and if you’re really worried, you can download the Edge Hill app, which has a map on it too. As for finding classrooms on campus, it really just takes a bit of common sense; E is for Education, H is for Health and Social, CE is for Creative Edge, M is for Main building and so on.

Can my parents send me post? Absolutely! Make sure they include your name, room number and hall block on the envelope, as this makes it just a bit easier for the lovely guy in the Durning Centre who sorts our post.

What if I really need a book and I haven’t got it yet? First things first, check the library. However, this is where Amazon prime comes in handy. Once you get your university login and you can sign into your emails, make sure you get a free student prime trial. It’s free for 6 months, and then £36 a year and it is well worth it. Not only do you not have to pay postage, you can get next day delivery (either to the Durning Centre, or the Amazon locker in McColl’s). Additionally, you also get the Amazon Video, music and other benefits that come with Prime. This is especially good for some downtime, which is important!

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer as best as I can.

 

So, what do you learn as a trainee teacher?

Monday

  • Science (2-4)
  • Computing (4-6)

A lot of the Science we do is incredibly practical. One of the key things in the National Curriculum at the moment is ‘Working Scientifically’ which includes all of the skills that you use when you carry out an investigation. This can be anything from observing to measuring to evaluating, so we make sure that we know how to cover these topics. Within this, we cover both the subject knowledge (the WHAT we teach) and the pedagogy (the HOW we teach).

Computing is a relatively new subject in the curriculum, having been brought in during the changes in 2014. Last year, we covered why the changes were made and what they were, and got to grips with the software and equipment we would be using to teach.

Wednesday

  • The foundation subjects – Art, DT, History, Geography, PE, RE, Languages etc (9-12)

The foundation subjects varied each week, so we spent 3 hours on a different subject. This tiny glimmer into each subject is nowhere near enough knowledge to help us go out and teach it, which is why we are given independent time to do more work and strengthen our subject knowledge, but it gave us a starting point to help us in those weaker subject areas.

Thursday

  • Maths (9-11)
  • Academic Professional Development (APD) Lecture (12-1)
  • English (2-4)
  • APD (4-6)
  • Optional session: Technology Enhanced Learning (Tel) (6-8)

Our tutor for Maths last year worked in a Year 6 class one day a week, much like many of the tutors here at Edge Hill, so the experience she brought to our sessions was fresh and relevant. We worked with lots of different materials, learning how best to break down some of the most basic Mathematics principles for early years children, and how these would help for children still struggling later on in their schooling.

In English, a lot of our work was discussion-led, talking about different ways we would introduce work to children. Sometimes we would read a story and then put this into our reading journal. We used a lot of stimuli and story prompts, which then helped us to create our own class story, about a mermaid.

APD touches upon the important topics we wouldn’t necessarily cover otherwise, such as behaviour management, learning theories and children with SEND and/or English as an additional language (EAL).

Friday

  • Minor Specialism: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (3-5)

For your minor, you get to pick from the foundation subjects, EAL, SEND and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In SEND, we covered different learning styles and how to adapt to these in more depth, and were offered the opportunity to attend an Autism Drama workshop carried out by some 3rd year dissertation students, who were on the spectrum. This was incredibly useful.

So there you have it! A lot of people might tell you that we spend our time playing, or colouring in as Amber mentioned in an earlier post, but all of what we do is to help us prepare for teaching. It is proven that most children learn better kinaesthetically, which is why we get to do so much fun stuff!

A day in the life of a creative writing and English lit student – sort of

Different university courses have different timetables, unlike school the subject you choose can drastically change the amount of contact hours you have. With creative writing and English literature, I tend to have two to three contact hours per module (six modules in total) which is not a lot in comparison to perhaps a nursing student. However, I have a lot of coursework that is required to be completed in my own time. It’s important to know what is expected of you on your chosen course and to make sure you are prepared to put in the necessary hours. To give you a bit of insight I’ve decided to give you a bit of a ‘day in the life’ post to give you an idea of how I spend my time.

Waking up

Like any self-respecting student, I hate leaving the warm cocoon that is my bed, on Mondays and Tuesdays especially (my dreaded 9am days), I have to set a number of alarms to coax myself out. I’m one of those high-maintenance people who need at least two hours to get ready in the morning, half an hour of which is spent waking up. When I do eventually emerge I zoom through breakfast, shower, general hair and facial improvement and leave the house half an hour before my class starts (at least in an ideal world I do).

Classes

After getting to uni – at a leisurely pace, usually accompanied by a podcast or some music – of course I have to go to class. My timetable is as follows:

  • Monday – 9 – 11
  • Tuesday – 9 – 1
  • Wednesday – 11 – 1
  • Thursday – free day (yas!)
  • Friday – 2 – 4

It may seem far less packed in comparison than someone at school or on a course that required more contact time but it’s still hard work! After class I tended to meet up with my friends, have lunch and just generally unwind for a couple of hours in The Hub.

Homework & errands

Once I get home it’s time for me to begin to mark stuff off my to-do list. I tend to spend a few hours every day doing the uni work that needs to be done, but on some days I also do house work or nip out to the shops or do other general adulty things like that.

Extra-curricular and social activities

I always make sure I have time to do something socially stimulating – or else I’d go insane! On a Wednesday night I go to dance classes, I find that’s a great way for me to relax and forget about work for an hour or so. I also enjoy meeting up with friends in town or just dropping by each other’s houses for a cuppa. It’s important to spend some time being social because if you get so absorbed in work that you don’t leave the house you will soon burn out and that’s not good!

Bedtime and chill

The last thing I do in a day is have a bit of chill time before I go to bed. I try to make a habit of winding down with a film or a book or else I tend to struggle getting to sleep.

Until next time! 🙂

A Day in the Life

Now as much as I would like it to, I can’t lie and say that my day often begins with me springing out of bed, watching the sunrise and skipping off to a lecture. As a primary education student my timetable is pretty varied and some days my lectures begin at 9am and other days they begin at 2pm. But a typical day for me goes a little something like this:

8:00am – Is generally the time I set my alarm for if I am in for 9am, living on campus means I only have a 10 minute walk to get to the faculty of education so this leaves me plenty of time to get up and get ready for the day

9:00am – Most commonly when I am in at 9am it is for an APD lecture. APD is a core aspect of Primary Education and it stands for Academic and Professional Development. This area of the course focuses on areas such as learning theory and behaviour management. Lectures often have a bad reputation for being boring but ours are energetic and interactive especially this one

12:00pm – When in university for most of the day I often get lunch from McColls and sit with friends in the Hub. For me this is easier than remembering to make lunch and is also a fairly cheap option. As well as McColls there’s also hot food available from Sages and occasionally there are vendors in the Hub selling everything from cakes and crepes and smoothies and sweets.

2:00pm – Once I have finished for the day I usually call into the library on my way home, I find this is easier than making another trip later in the day and as most people are still in lectures or seminars it’s often a quieter time. During busier periods the library is open 24 hours which is convenient when you’re working late at night and suddenly realise there’s a book you urgently need.

3:00pm – When I get back to my flat I pretty much always have a nap. Halls are much quieter in the afternoons and I find this is the perfect slot for a little me time.

5:00pm – Following on from this I like to try and get some work done everyday even if it is only a small amount. I find that on my course organisation is key and filing notes and completing reading may seem small but really helps me to stay on top of the bigger tasks and prevents work from piling up.

7:00pm – As a flat we always have dinner together. This has taken many weeks of trial and error as it is not easy to co-ordinate 8 meals in 2 ovens at any one time, but we have almost perfected the art. Sitting together in an evening is a really important part of the day for me as it allows everyone to catch up and talk about their day.

9:00pm – Evenings at university aren’t that different to what most people experience at home. Following on from dinner we usually spend an hour doing work and then all get showered and watch a film or television together. As the night draws on we almost always spend an hour saying that we must go to bed soon followed by another hour of chatter. I think when living with other people that you enjoy being around it is hard to just go to bed as you don’t want to miss out on what is going on around you resulting in many, many late nights.

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…

Ice Bucket Challenge, Enrollment, and My New Timetable

Just as I dreaded I was nominated for the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’. If you haven’t seen any challenges search for them on Youtube- there’s some pretty funny ones and even celebrities like Lady Gaga and Matt Damon have taken part. My personal favourite is Foo Fighters’- I urge everyone to go and watch it!

I decided not to take part in the challenge and instead donated to a charity that feeds, neuters and re-homes feral cats. I’m a massive animal lover and self confessed crazy cat lady so this was a charity that suited me.

icebucketchallenge

A couple of days ago I also re-enrolled to uni. Re-enrollment for second and third years is a simple online process and only takes a second. First years are required to attend in person, as well as enrolling online. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since I was wandering around the university, map held in front of my face, on my way to enroll for the first time.

Now that I’ve re-enrolled I’m suddenly aware of how much I have to do. I’ve been working a lot and I still need to get stuff ready to move into the new house. All my other housemates have moved in now, which is very exciting, but I’m a little jealous that I’ll be last to move in. When I move in I’ll be getting a hamster which I’m also very excited about!

Now that I’ve enrolled I’ve been online to see my timetable. Unlike in college when I was given my own personal timetable at university it is the job of the student to look up modules individually to see when and where the lectures and seminars will take place. I find it easiest to type up all the times that I need to be in into my own timetable.

My timetable
   My timetable 

Now I just need to get organised. I move house in just over a week and I just know that time is going to fly by!

Semester 2…bring it on!

So with the Christmas Holidays over and my statistics exam over and done with it’s time to return to lectures/seminars/usual routine of work on Monday and I have to say I’m looking forward to it. This semester sees my timetable change slightly with an added lecture on a Monday morning (10am-11am) for the Research Methods and Data Analysis module, followed by ‘Social Psychology’ and ‘Cognitive Psychology’ which take the places of last semester’s ‘Developmental’ and ‘Biological Psychology’ modules. Whilst on a Wednesday the lecture for ‘Applying Psychology’ becomes three hours long. This is to facilitate the second of two assignments for this module, a portfolio proposal as well as more in depth lectures on a range of topics given by guest lecturers and those who work in the Edge Hill Psychology Department.
This particular module is about how theories and research within my subject are applied in the real world. Whilst so far Forensic Psychology’ and ‘Health Psychology’ have been the most interesting topics for me that were covered last semester.

Although I have never done a portfolio proposal it will certainly increase my experience of designing research for my dissertation next year (which I will talk about when I reach that stage in my degree) and my future career plans of being a researcher. 🙂 Also If there’s anything you want to know about an area of psychology or studying psychology at Edge Hill University feel free to leave me a comment