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Skills relate to everything and anything a student may need to set them up for success during their first year and beyond at Bournemouth.

We know that transitioning from school/college life to a University life can be difficult and ensuring students are best equipped with the academic skills that can help them pass exams, ace assignments, develop a good work life balance and finish their time here at BU with a fulfilled and colourful C.V is our aim.  ResLifeBU, in conjunction with ALS (Additional Learning Support), runs study skills sessions in halls before key exam times which includes exam preparation, referencing practise, revision time management and the list goes on. Similarly, we work closely with the Careers and Employability team at BU to signpost students to help them find their dream job or placement, study abroad, develop their C.V’s and give students top tips on how to shine in an interview.

Skills come under a whole host of other non-academic capabilities as well, including how to cook a decent meal, keeping your flat clean through to managing your budget. ResLifeBU also helps out with these skills by offering ‘Master Chef Classes’ with professional chefs who come into halls for students to learn how to cook up a storm in the kitchen, help organising a cleaning rota to useful advice on setting and keeping to a budget!

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Study Skills

ALS (Additional Learning Support) & Library & Learning Support aim to ensure students are self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners. ALS offers support for those with specific learning differences; physical/sensory impairments; medical conditions; mental health issues; temporary injuries and much more. Here at ResLifeBU HQ we aim to promote this service so that students that may need this additional support have the opportunity to do so.

This being said, it’s not always those that need that extra support that could use a few helpful tips along the way, every student at BU deserves that extra push over the line. The library and Learning Support team & ResLifeBU have teamed up to provide in-hall revision sessions in your study/social spaces on topics such as referencing, exam techniques, time management and much more. Not only that but ResLifeBU provides food and drinks at these sessions if the FREE classes weren’t enough to get you down.

We bring the learning and support to YOU!

Cooking Skills

ReslifeBU Roast Chicken
ReslifeBU Shepards Pie
ReslifeBU 10 Spice Chicken Curry
ReslifeBU Fully Loaded Nachos

Ready, Steady, Cook!? Master Chef Classes? Come Dine with me between halls? Christmas Meal Competition?

Learning the skill of cooking is a MUST when moving away for the first time to University. Here at ResLifeBU HQ not only do we provide recipes on our social media pages, but we also bring in Chefs to teach you a thing or two about whipping up some tasty grub with your flatmates. Our ‘Come Dine with Me' sessions run through the year in which flats sign up to go to other flats and take turns cooking a meal for each other. Much like the popular T.V show, we film the sessions to play back for the students simply for some good old fashion banter! Mate Chef Classes involves us bring the professionals to you, getting local chefs to come in and show students how to cook together. As we close in towards the Christmas period, those (mainly international) students staying behind for Christmas are provided the chance to get together and compete in the Christmas Meal Competition! Learning to cook a traditional English roast dinner!

Who from BU will be the next Jamie Oliver?

Life Skills

Transitioning from college/sixth form to University life and living away from home can be a real shock!  Inevitably, some students will run into disputes such as cleaning, noise, and the ‘classic’ taking the bins out, which certainly causes some conflict. ResLifeBU HQ receives a number of issues raised and time after time we highlight that this is for YOU to work out between your flatmates. We can mediate and give you general advice, but moving into adult life encompasses dealing with difficult situations by talking to each other face-to-face. From time to time our Resident Assistants may join for flat meetings to help mediate a resolution, but be prepared for no-one can solve these issues for you other than YOU!  The tip given here is that this is for you to develop these skills yourself…

“Now you know why Peter Pan didn’t want to grow up!”

Budgeting Skills

Leading up to your first day University can be daunting, and everyone knows that money doesn’t grow on trees, especially whilst studying at University! This being said, if managed well, you can flourish throughout your time at BU and not run into money trouble… Here at ResLifeBU HQ we run focus groups and collated information from current students that have given their top tips for you to bear in mind before coming to BU to save the pennies:

Create a finances spreadsheet and keep to it!

Jessica Burton

“Get onto excel and make a spreadsheet of your forecasted budget so you know what you expect to spend over the coming term. I’m not talking kitchen utensils and on off costs such as your bedding, your parents can sort that out for you if you’re lucky ;) Write down your weekly/monthly expenses such going out/socialising, transport, food, gym membership, sports membership, clothes, course materials and all that jazz. But be honest with yourself! 

Jessica Burton | Business Studies

Take the hard cash out of the machine week-by-week!

Leon Thuranira

“Spending money with your trusty contactless card can be all too easy, OOHHHH SOOO EASY! Don’t be fooled, take the cash that you want to spend each week out of the machine and don’t spend over this, by the end of the week you will feel much better about yourself. This I found extremely helpful as it allowed me to realise exactly what I was spending each day, and not get that extra coffee when I didn’t really need it”  

Leonne Thuranira |

Food, food and more food!

Ellie Papworth

”Food is important people, yet so many of my friends, including me, crack open the beans on toast each week as we spent too much money on things we didn’t really need. My top tips; firstly, head for the reduced shelf at the right time, just before the shops close, you can get some tasty deals!  Secondly, when doing your weekly shop, make sure you are not hungry! I used to shop after the gym, bad move, my bill was always, always more expensive. Lastly, cook in bulk with your flatmates, not only is this way cheaper but its good fun and means you get into the kitchen and socialise!”  

Ellie Papworth | IT Management

Get a student job and become an RA!

Sho Kubota

“As an RA my-self having a job at Uni brings you in a healthy income and takes lots of the stress away. The simple correlation between those that work part-time and have money and those that do not work at all and have none is undeniable. Get a job people! As an RA it is the highest paid student job and you can earn lots and lots, it’s a no brainer to apply!”

Sho Kubota | Accounting & Finance