So, I finished uni for first year completely last Wednesday at 10:30am when my exam finished! And yet, I have still been on campus most days! As you can probably guess from that, there have been a few things going on here since classes and exams have finished:
- First Year Transition Meeting
This was a meeting which the Computing Department held straight after our exam to talk to us about what we should expect from second year and need to do over the summer to prepare. I know you might not expect to have “summer homework” from university, but its not really that…its more just things to practice really…like not stopping programming for 4 months!!
Its now less than a week until I go to New York with the university too, which is no doubt going to be an amazing trip! Its still going to be running next year as far as I know, so I’ll post again about it when I get back, but so far I’d definitely say if you get the chance to go, do it!
As you might have seen from my post a while ago, Peter Tatchell came in to give a talk titled “The Unfinished Battle For LGBT Rights”. This went really well, and we had about 100 people who attended!
Some of the LGBT+ Society at the Peter Tatchell Event
This is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which is today. At the moment, I’m sitting in the Hub with others from the LGBT+ society here at Edge Hill, encouraging people to submit “Post Secrets” to us (give it a search if you don’t know what it is) and generally raising awareness 🙂 I’ll probably post some pictures from this once I have some 🙂
Well, that’s it for now. Good luck with exams if you have any this week, and don’t panic too much!
This is my last week in uni for first year, and to be honest, I’m only timetabled to be in for about 2 hours! One for an exam, and one for a transition meeting. As you may have guessed from last post about exams back in January, I tend to panic at the last minute because I don’t feel I know enough, but this semester I’ve followed as much of my own advice as possible. I’ve finally gotten used to revising from a computer screen instead of needing everything on paper, which means that at last I don’t need to print off EVERY powerpoint presentation we’ve been given. For anyone that hates exams and is coming to Edge Hill to do Computing, don’t worry, the exams in first year aren’t as scary as you may think. They are multiple choice for the most part, and as long as you have good attendance, and follow the revision guidance the tutors give you they’ll be fine! I’m feeling fairly confident about my Computer Systems Architecture exam on Wednesday, but we’ll see how I feel after I’ve done it!
Despite only needing to be in for 2 hours all week, in reality I’m probably going to be on campus most days, trying to organise society stuff. I’m running as Vice President for the LGBT+ society for next year, so I’ve been helping to organise events that we have coming up to get ready for running my own campaigns come September, which means that I’ve been sticking up posters to advertise the public lecture we have this week (see my post a couple of weeks ago if you want to know more) and making campaign videos and having meetings with staff at the uni to find out what more we can do next year. Its all exciting times and I’ll no doubt write more about what we are doing later, but for now, I should probably go do some revision!
So its getting near to that time of year again, when exam and assignment results are about to be released. I got an e-mail last week to say my semester 1 results are ready to collect from my module leaders, and I know that its around now, if not in the next few weeks that A Level and equivalent results will be out. Just remember, no matter what you think the results are going to be, don’t panic! Just stay calm, exams never go as bad as you think they have, so its probably going to be fine! Concentrate on the last couple of months of your courses that you have left instead, you can’t do anything about the exams you’ve already sat, or assignments you’ve already submitted – but the results aren’t final until August and you can still change them with anything you have left to do!
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!
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 http://theuniversityblog.co.uk/. 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 🙂