Something to think about…

Hey guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Just something for you to think about…

You may be aware that you have to pay for your health costs when you come to University. This means that if you need to get a prescription or go to the dentist it could end up costing you quite a bit of money!

There is a form, called the HC1 form, that you can complete; which assesses you income (student loans and any part time employment) and reviews if you are eligible for any financial support towards these health costs. I have a couple of friends on my course who have been eligible for this and have found it extremely useful when they have needed to get prescriptions or have had to go to the dentist.

Even if you aren’t sure whether you’ll be eligible or not, it is definitely worth applying… the form is pretty simple to complete and can be picked up from most doctors and dentists and can be downloaded from the internet.

It definitely worth filling it in to see if there is any extra support available! If you are eligible it will save you some cash to spend on other things during your time at Uni!

Good Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

 

How to succeed in an interview…

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In my last blog I talked about completing your personal statement for your UCAS application… Today I’m going to talk about what happens next…

So… You have an interview for your course… First of all don’t panic, Universities aren’t trying to catch you out, they just want to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for the course and that you will be able to cope with the demands of your chosen course before making you an offer. Secondly… Prepare, prepare, prepare! If you are prepared for your interview, you will find it will be so much easier…

Preparation

There is lots you can do to make sure that you are fully prepared for the big day – from arranging mock interviews to arming yourself with information about the University and your chosen course.

Top Tips:

  • Make sure you know where you need to be and when you need to be there. Visit the University website for a map and directions. Don’t always rely on Sat-Nav to get you there – make sure you have a map as a back-up. If you need any more information about where on campus you need to be, contact the University
  • Remember that knowledge is power – Make sure you have read the prospectus and that you have looked at the University’s website. Make sure you know about the course you are applying for – it will make you seem keener during your interview. If there are things you would like to know that are not in the prospectus, make a list of questions you would like to ask.
  • Make sure that you are familiar with what you wrote in you application form – the interviewers will base their questions on the content of your application and will probably ask you about some of the things you have mentioned.
  • Be familiar with ‘hot topics’ in your subject area – you may be questioned about them. Interviewers commonly ask for your views on these areas. For teaching, a good place to keep up to date with hot topics is in the Times Educational Supplement, currently you can subscribe to the TES for just ยฃ1 for 6 issues atย http://www.tes.co.uk/publications.aspx?navcode=91
  • Remember that practice makes perfect. A mock interview is the best way to make sure you know exactly what you want to say and how you might answer certain questions. Ask a teacher or a careers adviser to run through a mock interview with you.
  • Try and relax – the night before try and get a good nights sleep, you won’t be at your best without one.

At the Interview

Interviews are always nerve-wracking, but try to remain calm and be yourself. Be enthusiastic and be sure to ‘sell’ yourself and what you have to offer

Interviewers are looking for students who show an interest, who can think independently and consider new ideas.

They are looking for students who will thrive well on their course and enjoy a varied academic life alongside their outside interests.

Top tips:

  • Dress appropriately – make sure you turn up looking smart, remember first impressions really do count!
  • Make sure you arrive on time, allow plenty of time to get there and make sure you have a contact number, just in case the worst happens and you get delayed on the way.
  • Be aware of your body language, make sure you are giving off the right signals, don’t slouch or yawn, sit up straight and look alert and enthusiastic
  • If you don’t understand a question ask for it to be repeated or rephrased… Also allow yourself some thinking time before diving in to answer a question… A good way to do this is by saying something along the lines of “That’s a good question…” then answer.
  • Expect the unexpected –ย while interviewers aren’t trying to trick you, some will want to see how you react under pressure. A surprise test or exercise isn’t unheard of so stay calm and think clearly.
  • Ask questions – Usually at the end of your interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. You will come across as enthusiastic if you ask appropriate questions. Use this opportunity to find out the answers to any questions that weren’t answered in the prospectus or on the website. If you are a have no questions to ask, you could say something like “You have already answered any questions that I had, thank you.”
Now it’s time to sit back and wait, you will either hear back from the University directly or you may hear back through the UCAS track system.

Nobody likes interviews, but with a bit of preparation, ‘selling yourself’ and showing knowledge and enthusiasm in your answers will become second nature, landing you a place on the higher education course that’s right for you.

Good luck with your applications and interviews!

Thanks for reading, don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter at @Jen_EHU

Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

Well needed weekend break!

I write this blog from a hotel in Bournemouth, on a well deserved break from University with my mum.

It’s nice to give myself a couple of days break from my Uni work – I’ve got SO much of it at the minute, I have seven assignments, a portfolio, a standards file and exams to revise for… On top of all this the hunt for jobs has started.

Even though I’m finding very little time for any ‘me’ time at the minute I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s all so exciting and ultimately a count down to becoming a teacher!

I’m officially on the countdown to Christmas now too after seeing the first coca-cola advert last night… Which got me thinking about how on earth I’m going to have time to fit in all the Christmas shopping I have to do! Looks like it’s going to have to be an online shopping job!

Just a short blog tonight just to give you a quick update on what I’m up to… In my next blog I’m going to give you a more in-depth look at one of my modules, environmental physiology and will upload pictures of some of the dissections we have done over the last few weeks.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with what I’m up to on twitter @Jen_EHU

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚