Study and Revision Central – Where to find support

Examination and deadline periods can be a very demanding time of the year. You’re putting in a lot of study hours to stay on top of your revision whilst trying to maintain a good work-life balance. We know it can feel intense at times so let us remove some of the pressure by outlining some of the help and support available to you this exam/deadline season. (It may sound cheesy, but remember, we’re here for YOU).

Food for thought

One of the most important things you can do during exam periods is to keep hydrated throughout the day and make sure you eat plenty of healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up.

And so every weekday from 23rd April – 4th May our Student Advisor team will be giving out free fruit and bottled water to help keep you focussed throughout the deadline period.

Come along to the Ask Desk (1st floor, University library) from 11:30am – 3pm to collect your snacks!

If you’re based at the Aintree or Manchester campuses, there will be water and healthy snack available at the main helpdesk.

Finding support

There is a huge range of face to face and virtual support available to you:

  • You can find a wealth of tips and guides your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge . Check out the playlist of revision tips on Lynda.com for help with time management, speed reading, note-taking and much more.
  • UniSkills workshops – It isn’t too late to book on to some of the remaining Uniskills Workshops which include workshops to help you with exam preparation, academic writing, dissertations, searching for resources and proofreading strategies!
  • Drop-in and speak to a member of the Student Engagement Team at the Ask Desk from 11am-2pm. Did you know you can also book an appointment with the team for help finding resources or help with academic writing?
  • Peer to peer support – put your questions to a fellow student! Our Student Advisors are based at the Ask Desk from 11-4pm every weekday. You can also take inspiration from Edge Hill student blogs and find out some top tips from other students!
  • Don’t forget, you can also find useful resources through our library catalogue including books and ebooks about Study Skills and Revision Techniques . If you are studying off-campus, you can access our digital library – all things electronic – from anywhere

Finding a quiet place to work…  

The University library is open 24/7 throughout the exam period. Within the library you will find a range of study zones, networked PCs, laptop loans and free Wi-Fi (eduroam), printing and photocopying facilities, access to over 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources and access to help and support at our library help desk.

To help you find a quiet place to revise, we have a silent study area with easy access to resources or you could book one of the individual study rooms if you want some space to yourself.

There are computers available in LINC building (building number 10 on the campus map24 hours a day, all year round which you can access using your student UniCard. Take advantage of our PC Availability app to locate free PCs in the Library and Linc building.

Further help and support

For further help please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can contact us in a number of ways:

Good luck!

Learning Services

Shut Up & Work

Do you struggle to sit down and get on with your academic work? If so you may want to come to one of our Shut Up and Work sessions. These are based on the Pomodoro Technique which involves working for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break, working for another 25 minutes, etc. We will provide the study space and the refreshments; all you have to do is bring a piece of work that you are working on.

The sessions will take place on the next 3 Tuesdays, 6th, 13th and 20th March between 10am and 12pm. If you can’t make the date, why not take a look at some of the other UniSkills workshops running this Semester? These include important topics such as academic writing, dissertations, searching for information and exam preparation.

Registration for each workshop will open approximately 2 weeks in advance. Places are limited so don’t forget to book your place online through the My Library tab in Learning Edge or via the direct link www.ehu.ac.uk/workshops

 

UniSkills Workshops: Semester 2

After a successful Semester 1, we’re delighted to announce the new UniSkills workshop line-up for Semester 2!

Now you’ve handed in your assignments and had some feedback from your tutor, the next step is to make use of that feedback! Reviewing your feedback helps you to identify where you can make improvements in your assignment, it also clarifies where you are doing well (you put a lot of effort into your assignments so use the positive feedback as motivation, just as much as the constructive criticism)!

Once you have identified which areas you would like to work on, UniSkills workshops can help you to develop specific academic skills in order to address your feedback and improve your grades.

Most of our workshops take place during the lunchtime hours and are open to everyone no matter what your course, or year of study. Workshops are approximately 1 hour long, but if you’re pushed for time, take a look at our express workshops which offer you a short but detailed introduction to a topic, over just half an hour.

New for this semester we have Relaxation workshops running on 6th February and 5th March. This practical session aims to help you relax and unwind, reduce stress and anxiety in the build up to deadlines and teach you new techniques to concentrate, boost energy and improve sleep quality.

This semester we are also introducing a new series of workshops called “Shut Up & Work!”  These sessions provide you with a mixture of structured study time and (free) breakout refreshments with academic support on hand throughout. You will need to bring along your own work and we will bring the rest…!

View the full Semester 2 workshop programme

Registration for each workshop will open approximately 2 weeks in advance. Places are limited so don’t forget to book your place online through the My Library tab in Learning Edge or via the direct link www.ehu.ac.uk/workshops

If a workshop is full or you can’t make the date, simply register your details on the event page (waiting list) and we’ll get in touch should we receive a cancellation for the scheduled session (remember, it’s fastest finger first!)

If you need any help booking your place or have any workshop requests, don’t hesitate to contact us using Ask Us or visit us in person at the Ask Desk (1st floor, University library).

Keep up to date with the latest Learning Services news and events on twitter @EHULearnService

 

Merry Christmas from Learning Services!

As much as we are all looking forward to the festive feasts (and post-feast naps) ahead I am sure many of you are not looking as forward to the approaching deadlines and revision…but fear not as the University Library will be open during the Christmas period so you can access all you need to succeed!

Christmas Opening Hours

So why not visit us between Christmas and New Year to take advantage of all we have to offer…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to over 265,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Bookable individual and group study rooms
  • A range of study zones – group work, quiet work and silent study
  • Access to help and support – staff will be available at the welcome desk
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

Of course if you aren’t quite ready to leave the house just yet you can always visit us virtually…

Merry Christmas from us all at Learning Services 🎄

Keep Calm and Submit


Christmas comes around quick doesn’t it!? One minute you’re moving in to halls or student houses for the start of term, the next you’re back off for a fortnight! It’s hard work being a student but before you pack your Christmas hat, PlayStation 4 and elf onesie don’t forget your end of term submissions!

Our experienced team of Student Advisors will be available right up until 15th December, offering students a flexible support service to answer all your queries about online submission. Come and speak to one of the team at the Ask Desk (1st floor, University Library) from 11am-4pm weekdays or take a look at our Learning Services twitter to read their top tips for making online submission a piece of (Christmas) cake!

We’ve also drawn together some handy tips in this blog post to ensure that your submissions over the next week (or so) go as smoothly as possible. There are always chances of uncertainty, but with a little thought and preparation (like a good Christmas present) you’ll be riding as high as Santa Claus himself as opposed to slipping up on black ice.

1. Final checks…

When it comes to finishing off an assignment, it’s very easy to overlook basic errors in our writing (even when we use autocorrect!). Inaccurate referencing, grammar, punctuation and spelling errors can cost you easy marks so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to re-visit your essay before you finally press submit.

It’s true we all make mistakes, but if you perform these all-important checks yourself, you can often spot a lot of them before your tutor does!

To support you through these tasks, we have put together two interactive online toolkits which you can access through the ‘My Library‘ tab in Learning Edge.

In fact, on the My Library tab you get access to TEN UniSkills toolkits to help you with your academic skills throughout the year – why not take a look! If you would like any support using these resources, drop in to the Ask Desk to see a member of the team 11am-2pm or you can Ask Us online.

2. Read the guidelines first and keep in touch.

Your first port of call for help with submission should always be your tutor. They know where the submission dropbox is in Blackboard and will be able to point you in the right direction. Please ensure you follow any guidelines you have been provided with in your module handbook. Your tutor may cover some of this information in your taught sessions, so make sure you’re up to speed with any information you may have missed

It’s important to keep your tutor informed of any problems you may have, especially in the days leading up to a deadline – it helps them to keep track of your progress and ensures they can help you quickly if need arises. If you can’t get hold of your tutor, give your departmental administrators a visit.

If you need further help submitting your work online, you can also speak to a member of staff at the Ask Desk (9am-7pm weekdays) or you can Ask Us online.

3. Follow us or Ask Us!

Have you ever encountered a Learning Edge or Turnitin issue during submission? If you think this could be system related, we do have preferred Twitter feeds for you to follow that will highlight any known issues:

@VLEStatusEHU provides scheduled Learning Edge maintenance alerts and up to date system notices around different technologies used within the VLE such as Turnitin.

@Turnitinstatus is the official feed for Turnitin system status, you may find that Learning Edge is fine but Turnitin is unavailable.  Checking this feed will help you diagnose an issue with Turnitin submissions.

Let’s say everything is OK technically and you have an issue around the online submission process and Learning Edge? A good starting point would be to head over to the Ask Us service and see if your question can be answered here. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can simply type your question and we will discuss it with you in real time using our 24/7 live chat facility.

4. Running into technical problems?

Why is it you get a technical problem right at a critical moment?  If you have given yourself time, you should be able to try another PC if you run into problems. We know that anything could happen at any moment; internet dropping out, PC crashing, wireless not connecting the list goes on, so give yourself a break and some time to try out another computer – in university, in work or even your mate’s PC.

One quick solution could be to try a different browser.  The common ones on campus are Microsoft EdgeFirefox and Chrome (although you may wish to try Safari on a Mac).

Often, tutors will allow multiple submissions to an online drop-box, so you may be able to use this to your advantage. Check with your tutor and if this is the case, try submitting your work, even if not quite finished yet, to the drop-box a few days before the deadline just so you’re up to speed with the process before your final submission.
Waiting until 1 minute before the deadline isn’t the time to start figuring out how everything works!

5. Don’t panic if you’re re-submitting.

It may come to the time of doing your ‘final’ submission but if in Turnitin you have submitted an earlier version you will find that when you submit again everything looks the same…at least for 24 hours. You will have to wait until the next day to see your new originality report and the preview of your updated document – another good reason to be organised and get your work in handy!Remember at the second stage of submitting to Turnitin you can check what you are about to submit just to be certain you’ve attached the right file.

6. Getting to grips with submitting your work online

The Uniskills online submission page is something definitely worth bookmarking to your browser favorites. Here you can gain access to the online submission guides for both the University’s submission tools – Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool. These guides include videos, screenshots and instructions to guide you through the process.

We know that when that deadline is approaching it’ll be stressful enough without unexpected niggles, so try not to leave your submission till the last minute. This echoes all points above but if done correctly will ensure the final moments before you click ‘Submit’ will be as stress-less as possible.

Once all done, sit back, put your feet up with a nice cuppa and enjoy your Christmas holiday. Remember, if you have any problems Keep Calm and Ask Us!



Introducing the new UniSkills workshop programme…

Introducing the new UniSkills workshop programme for Semester 1!

This series of 1-hour workshops will cover a range of essential topics such as finding the right sources for your assignment, academic writing, Harvard referencing and dissertations. Our dedicated team of skills advisors will help you to learn and develop a suite of academic skills you can draw on throughout your time at University.

The workshop programme is aimed at all students no matter what your year of study and no matter what your course – we believe there’s something in it for everyone!

New for 2017-18 we bring you Technology for Learning to introduce you to software applications that can assist you in your studies and Manage your time. Be a more organised you perfect for balancing the demands of student life and study!

Pick up your copy of the workshop guide from the library or view the full programme here.

Book your place up to 2 weeks in advance using the ‘What’s on?’ panel in the My Library tab in Learning Edge or by visiting www.ehu.ac.uk/workshops

Can’t make the date??

Access a wealth of academic support and library resources from your My Library tab in Learning Edge, including our collection of interactive online toolkits. Each toolkit acts like an online tutorial to guide you through key academic topics using a combination of videos, audio clips, animations, quizzes, practical advice and handy tips!

If you’d prefer to see us in person, you can speak to a member of the team face to face at the Ask Desk on the 1st floor of the University Library (11am-2pm weekdays). You can also contact the team through Ask Us.

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For further information about UniSkills academic support watch our video trailer.

Student to student support – meet the Student Advisor Team!

We’d like to give a warm welcome to our new team of Student Advisors: David, Hannah, Rachel, Declan and Sophie.

The Student Advisors are based at the Ask Desk on the first floor of the University Library, and they are here to support you! The team provide flexible support to new and current students around the Library and wider campus (look out for the purple t-shirts!). From brief queries about printing to more in-depth support around finding resources for your assignment, the team are available at the Ask Desk Monday to Friday, 11am – 4pm.

All third year or postgraduate students, David, Hannah, Rachel, Declan and Sophie have brought with them their subject knowledge from their individual disciplines together with a wealth of experience from studying at Edge Hill themselves, using that to help all students in a variety of ways…

Come and speak to them for advice including:

  • Searching the Library Catalogue and Discover More
  • Using eResources for your subject
  • Locating books
  • Navigating Learning Edge and your My Library Tab
  • Accessing UniSkills academic support
  • Turnitin assistance
  • General IT queries
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying queries

So bring your questions to your Student Advisors at the Ask Desk or stop them on their travels around campus, it’s peer-to-peer support – they’re here to support you.

Getting to know your library…

The team will be offering student-led library tours daily until Wednesday 27th Sept (10am-4pm). (This is by far the best way to get to know the library, hearing from the people that know it best!) If you’re more of a night-owl, why not come to one of the Twilight tours running in the evening on 3rd and 5th October 6-8pm?

In addition this year, the Student Advisor team will be running drop-in sessions as part of Learning Services’ wide-ranging UniSkills workshop programme.

The drop-ins will cover the basics of finding your way round Learning Edge, accessing library resources and using UniSkills academic support to enhance your study skills!

If you can’t make the times, don’t forget you can find the Student Advisor team at the Ask Desk (1st floor, University Library) from 11am-4pm weekdays.

Access thousands of helpful video tutorials for free!

All Edge Hill students have access to Lynda.com, a library full of useful and easy to follow video tutorials!

We have made a revision playlist which includes videos on skills such as note-taking, improving your memory, managing your time and overcoming procrastination! Take a look – www.tinyurl.com/lyndarevision

There are also tutorials on using various software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and SPSS. Explore your creative side with tutorials on photography, animation, video production and game design or boost your skills in delivering a presentation, proofreading or communication.

Lynda is partnered with LinkedIn, so certificates for any tutorials you complete can be published on your LinkedIn account to boost your employability!

Explore what is on offer yourself by going to Lynda.com, choosing to Sign in with your organisation, entering edgehill.ac.uk into the URL box and then entering your usual student username and password. You can also download the Lynda app free from the app store for easy access on your device.

Don’t forget, you can also find plenty of revision tips and guides on your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge. As well as free water and healthy snacks at the Ask Desk 11-3 weekdays between 24th April and 12th May! For more information see our revision and study central blog.


Heather Johnston,
Staff Digital Capability Development Coordinator

 

Creative Expression: Art at Edge Hill 1900-2016

Art in all forms has always been a part of Edge Hill – whether in the curriculum, for personal pursuit or to reflect identity…

Therefore we’re delighted to reveal our brand new library exhibition, showing off the colourful artistic contributions of Edge Hill students and staff alongside a variety of professional art spanning the 20th and 21st centuries!

You can find the exhibition on the ground floor of the University Library, next to the group study area.

The full display includes:

  • Student artwork illustrating the 1930s curriculum
  • Informal art from friendship books of the First World War period
  • Personal paintings of the campus by a former Principal
  • Commissioned work reflecting the developing campus
  • Current art from primary trainees including examples from the book bench project

The exhibition begins in February and runs right through to the end of March – come and take a look!!

Box of Broadcasts : Valentines Playlist – You had me at Hello…!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Shops are full of roses and pink and red gifts, Krispy Kreme have released their heart shaped doughnuts and the TV is full of adverts for romantic compilation albums. This means it is the perfect time to get in the romantic spirit with our Valentines Playlist on BoB!

Laugh along with the trials and tribulations of Bridget Jones as she tries to find someone who can cope with her oversized knickers, dreadful cooking skills and interfering mother. The laughs continue with romantic comedies including He’s Just Not That Into You, Bride Wars and 10 Things I Hate About You.

You will need a box of tissues for The Notebook as you follow the love story of rich girl Allie and mill worker Noah. Keep the tissue box close at hand for tearjerkers Titanic, PS I Love You and The Time Travellers Wife. There are plenty of classics in the playlist too – from Pretty Woman to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

It isn’t all films either! In the mix you will find popular TV show First Dates, where singles experience a blind date in front of cameras in a fancy London restaurant, along with a documentary about the stories behind romantic comedies, and a radio show with the poetry of Roger McGough.

To view the playlist, simply follow this link to Box of Broadcasts. When prompted to sign in, select Edge Hill University as your home institution and log in using your Edge Hill username and password.

Keep an eye out for our Awards playlist featuring films from a range of academy and award winning movies – coming soon!

There is plenty more you can do with BoB as well…

Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education and can even be cited in your assignments. The academically-focused system enables students and staff to record from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more! You can also search an extensive archive of over 2 million broadcasts from last night all the way back to the 1990’s!!

Available across all desktop, android and iOS devices you can watch live, request or record programmes. What’s more you can even create clips and themed playlists of your own! It has an easy to search format that provides detailed citation data to help you with academic referencing.

BoB is intuitive and simple to use so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at our online guide or watch a video tutorial

 


Heather Johnston,
Staff Digital Capability Development Coordinator