The beginning of a new era
A year ago, I applied to university to study Design and Technology at degree level with QTS (Qualified Teachers Status). This year in September I began my journey as a mature student with the light at the end of the tunnel being a certificate saying that I am competent and qualified to teach Design and Technology at secondary school level.
Having been out of education since just before my son Oliver was born ( yes I was heavily pregnant when I was finishing my Graphic Design HNC!) I didn’t feel super confident about my studying skills. Earlier this year I studied a module with the open university called Design Thinking in the 21st Century which helped massively. But because the OU is distance learning, I found it to be more of a “wing it and hope” way of study which really didn’t suit me. So armed with my kindle and all the free and very cheap kindle books available on study skills and the many many YouTube videos available I set about reading as much as I could and making notes to read through and study. I still have these notes should I want to look over them again.
And so far so good with the note taking!! 90% of the stuff I wrote has come up in lectures and has even given me a bit of an edge where discussions in class have taken place.
5 weeks into the course; have I made the right decision? Yes I most definitely think so. My three lovely kids don’t seem do have suffered with me leaving them to pursue a dream career. Infact, I think they’re benefiting from their time in Nursery and away from the house and me. Ollie, being 4, has to go to school and is doing really well.
The workload so far seems manageable as well. As long as I keep organised with my trusty Filofax, and keep on top of the work I will do just fine. But as a mum of three young children, time management is a whole different ball game! I’ll save that for another day and another post.
Bye for now xxxx