"Because it's such a busy time on placement, you need to organise your time effectively and prioritise. I preserved a short time every night to read a story to my young son and make sure I'd talked with him about his day, which was really special. You've got to decide what's really important in your life and find ways to ensure that you pay attention to those things whilst still working really hard on the course."
"Don't panic - the course provides you with everything you need!"
"Keep things in perspective, know your Nursery rhymes and invest in lots of plastic wallets!"
"School planning takes a lot longer than you think it will, so start early and try and get as much done as you can ahead of the week, to ease your work load in the evenings. It's also important to reserve a little time in the week for yourself so that you keep healthy and can function well in school."
"The tutors tell you everything you need to know at the time you need to know it so that you're not too overloaded, so don't try to rush ahead too much and just trust that they know what they're doing."
"I think it's really important to be professional and organised when you're working with your mentor. They put a lot of time and effort into supporting you and they need you to play your part by having plans ready for them to see and doing everything you said you would do."
"Don't leave photocopying and preparation of resources to the last minute when you're on placement - you need to start each day with absolutelty everything ready."
"When the tutors tell you it's important to be organised, they really mean it! There is lots of information to take in every day so you need to file papers in the right places and keep on top of tasks and assignments. It's not like your degree, it's much more 'full on' than that!"
“You get back what you put in!! This is an exciting and rewarding roller-coaster of a course. My top tip would be consistency. If you put the effort in throughout the course then stress levels will be less – not non existent but less!! Use your initiative, this is a good post-graduate course. You get a lot of support, but you need to stand on your own feet to achieve success. It’s a fantastic course – you will love it.”
"A brilliant course. One of the best experiences of my life. TIPS – be organised – try to enjoy yourself – talk about your feelings and experiences – as a group, try to include EVERYONE – look after each other – be proud of what you are doing.”