Decisions, decisions…

I know I haven’t posted for a while, but the last week or so has been a busy one for me!

First of all, I went home last weekend again (I know, so soon after christmas!) to say bye to my dad and family because they moved to Australia on Wednesday! It does seem weird that he’s so far away, but on the plus side I gained a lot of food and kitchen things…and computer things…that they couldn’t take with them, which has definitely saved me some money!

Since I’ve been back, I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my Programming module. I found it really difficult at first, especially last term’s projects using Alice (that’s a drag and drop tool for basic object orientated programming). But this term its starting to make a lot more sense :). For anyone who has never programmed before and is starting this course, I’d definitely recommend Sam’s Teach Yourself Java in 21 days. It explains the language really well, and the exercises definitely helped me to learn it.

So, I guess you’re wondering why I’ve called this post decisions, decisions?

Today one of our module leaders came in to talk to my seminar group about module choices for next year…if you’re on the Web programme and you want to stay with that then module choices are easy! Most, if not all, of the 2nd year modules are compulsary so there’s not much choice involved. But, I’ve decided that I don’t want to stay on web (even though I got my module results back at last and I got 71.5% overall :D…more from the theory than my practical though!). So, I’ve spent quite a while today looking at my options, and with my new found love for programming, I think I’m considering going down the Systems and Software pathway, because it includes Programming and Computer Systems Architecture – the two modules I’m most interested in at the moment. I’ve got until March 26th to decide, so I’ll keep you posted!


The fun of house hunting…

This is rather excited, if (hopefully) short post!

Tonight I signed for a house for next year with 3 of my friends…although I will actually only be living with 2 of them! (I’ll explain that later!). :D.

Its been a long journey to get this point…I started looking in November and it took us until today to sign on somewhere! Now, this is partly to do with us wanting something quite specific having been here for a year already…when you want not to spend more than £90 a week, but want broadband, a land line, double beds and parking it is fairly challenging! But all I can suggest for that is look at as many places as you can….there will be something out there to suit everyone, trust me :).

My major piece of advice for anyone looking for private accomodation for September is that if you are in a group, make sure everyone is commited and not going to drop out! We started with 7 and now have 3, which certainly says something for the commitment of my friends! Especially since one pulled out AFTER signing the tenancy agreement tonight…I’m not sure this will be too relevant to anyone starting first year in September, but its worth mentioning anyway. If you’re new to Ormskirk though, I’d definitely recommend living with people you don’t know in first year, even if you don’t want to be in halls…its definitely helped me meet lots of new people!

So, for now I’ll just say good luck to anyone applying/house hunting for next year now, and good night! I’ve been looking at houses since 9am this morning, so I’m going to bed!!

Exam time!

So here we are, back at uni after christmas and very much thrown straight back in!

I got back to Ormskirk on Saturday night, and pretty much came straight to the LINC (the building which gives us 24 hour computer access) to finish off the Systems Analysis assignment that was due on Monday. We had the assignment set back in October, so it seems like I’ve been working on it forever when I finally got it submitted on Saturday night, just about 48 hours ahead of the deadline. Now, you might ask why I went to all that trouble of getting it done on Saturday night when I still had 48 hours to go, and I don’t honestly know! I just always prefer to get things in a bit early…at least it means when facebook is inundated with people panicking that its not going to go through Turnitin (that’s the software Edge Hill uses to make sure you haven’t plagiarised) because its so busy on the day of the deadline!

With that out of the way, I’m currently sat in the library taking a break from exam revision. I only have one exam this semester, and thats for Web Site Development. The exam is only worth 30% of the module, so even if you hate exams, don’t panic! As always, I’ve cleverly left my revision until pretty much the last minute, which I wouldn’t recommend usually, but it seems to work for me! Even though when I started on Monday I did initally panic that I’d never remember everything in time, after 2 days of concentrating solely on the exam and no other work (lectures don’t start again until Tuesday, so I have the option to do that), and one session in the library last night with other people from the course; it doesn’t seem quite so daunting now!

Revision technique is something that I’m sure everyone is hearing a lot about at the moment, whether its for GCSEs, A Levels or uni exams…or anything else for that matter! Its not really something that can be taught in my opinion, you just have to work it out for yourself. My last post had some tips I found on another blog, but here’s a few of my own if you don’t know where to start:

  • If reading doesn’t work, write it down! – Just reading over notes doesn’t work for everyone, it definitely doesn’t work for me, as much as I wish it did! If you find that just sitting and reading your notes isn’t getting you anywhere fast, then try re-writing (or typing) them with just the key points – this might make them stick more 🙂
  • Use colour! – Revision doesn’t have to be boring! Try having a different colour for each section of content – use post it notes, make posters, highlight in different colours – anything! If all the colours distract you, use codes so that the colours actually mean something.
  • Make your notes visible – Stick post it notes of key facts or definitions in places where you’ll see them all the time. On the mirror, on the back of the bathroom door, on the kitchen cupboard, around your computer monitor; anywhere you can. Yes, it may drive everyone you live with mad for a while, but hey, they might learn something too!

and finally:

  • Don’t panic! Panicking about the exam and thinking you’re going to fail is NOT going to help! Stay relaxed, make time to do other things like chat to friends, play games or watch TV, and make sure you think positive. If you get into the exam and don’t know one question, thats fine – you don’t need to get 100%!!

Good luck to anyone with exams this week! I’m off back to revision….

Should auld acquaintance be forgot…

Happy New Year everyone 🙂 Hope it was a good night for everyone and that you’re all looking forward to 2012…I think its going to be an eventful year for me, which if you keep reading my blogs I’m sure you’ll find out!

New Year

I’m over all the excitement of the holidays now and I’ve been back to work today, revising for my web development exam which I have on the 11th, even though the majority of my revision will be done once I get back to uni on Saturday. I know everyone has their own revision styles…which is an important thing to remember whether is AS, A Level or university exams that you have looming!…and mine has always been to use lots of colour codes (and I mean highlighters, writing pens, post it notes, note pads…the lot!) but I found this blog which has a good post on revision tips, and some free e-books and things with tips about uni life aswell, which has given me some good ideas…its I think this is the best tip on there, because I know blocking everything out and over-focusing on exams is something I’ve been guilty of in the past, but as it says, it is important to remember that you still have a life outside of exams:

Sleep, eat, relax, enjoy yourself…LIVE YOUR LIFE! – It’s easy to forget to do the simple, everyday things while you’re in revision mode. This is a mistake. Do what you usually do otherwise you’ll be less motivated to revise.

That’s all from me for now, enjoy the rest of the holiday, speak to you when I’m back in Ormskirk 🙂