A new year…

Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe how quickly the Christmas holidays have gone – probably because the only days I actually had a “holiday” were Christmas day, boxing day and new years eve, other than that I pretty much had my head in my books….

I should apologise for not writing my blog last week – I just got swept up in all of my revision, so I am sorry about that, but I will be writing two this week to make up for it!

I have two exams tomorrow… Environmental physiology and Ecological genetics, I know I have done more than enough revision over Christmas but I can’t help but feel nervous, so here I am it’s 23:18 and I have taken a break from my “last minute cramming session” to write my blog. As I cram I realise that I can actually already remember most of the stuff I’m reading – which is a comforting thought! So many key words buzzing around in my head “allopatric speciation”; “zeitgebers”; “euryhaline”; “stenotherm” and “ecotypic differentiation” just to name a few… tomorrow brings the end of my biology modules, they’ve been fun and I’ve learnt a lot!

I have two more exams on Thursday… Physics: concepts and models and Physics in action. Again I’ve done plenty of revision over Christmas but that doesn’t mean to say that tomorrow evening and all day Wednesday won’t be spent trying to cram those little extra bits of information into my brain! Thursday will be the last exam I will sit at Edge Hill University – I’m not going to lie, it can’t come quick enough! I’m not a fan of exams, I’d rather have a 5,000 word essay any day!

On Monday I start on my final placement as part of my course… I’m very excited and even bought myself a new “teacher” bag today in preparation! I can’t wait to get into school and get some more experience of lesson planning and being in a classroom in charge of a group of pupils…

I’m hoping to write my blog more often while I’m on placement, although I use Twitter to give a day to day update of life as a trainee teacher, sometimes 140 characters isn’t enough and I’d like to provide you with plenty of information about placement so you know what to expect when you (hopefully!) embark upon your teacher training at Edge Hill – so keep an eye out for that.

I would love to know what you would like to read about and would really appreciate any comments or Tweets to request specific blog topics!

That’s all for now – don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@Jen_EHU)

Thanks for reading!

Jen 🙂

Not long until Christmas…

Hello again,

It’s almost Christmas and most students at Edge Hill have gone home for the holidays. I arrived back in Stoke on Trent on Saturday and have spent the last couple of days recovering from a knee operation I had last Wednesday. I attempted to do some Christmas shopping in town, but it’s not one of the easiest things to do when town is really busy and you’re on crutches. Luckily I did most of my shopping before I had my op…

Now even though it is the “Christmas Holidays” I don’t feel like I’m going to get much of a break… I have 2 assignments to do and 4 exams to revise for, but I know that all of the hard work will be worth it when it comes to the exams and the assignment hand in.

After Christmas I’ve got a 55 day placement in a school back at home in Stoke on Trent – I’ll be teaching on a 70% timetable and will have another 2 assignments to write… then a few sessions back in University before the end of my time at University and graduation.

Now, whatever you are doing over Christmas, make sure you stay safe and enjoy yourself… If you have work to do, make sure you take a break and have a little time for yourself!

Just a short one for this week,

Until next time

Jen 🙂

Well needed weekend break!

I write this blog from a hotel in Bournemouth, on a well deserved break from University with my mum.

It’s nice to give myself a couple of days break from my Uni work – I’ve got SO much of it at the minute, I have seven assignments, a portfolio, a standards file and exams to revise for… On top of all this the hunt for jobs has started.

Even though I’m finding very little time for any ‘me’ time at the minute I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s all so exciting and ultimately a count down to becoming a teacher!

I’m officially on the countdown to Christmas now too after seeing the first coca-cola advert last night… Which got me thinking about how on earth I’m going to have time to fit in all the Christmas shopping I have to do! Looks like it’s going to have to be an online shopping job!

Just a short blog tonight just to give you a quick update on what I’m up to… In my next blog I’m going to give you a more in-depth look at one of my modules, environmental physiology and will upload pictures of some of the dissections we have done over the last few weeks.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with what I’m up to on twitter @Jen_EHU

Thanks for reading 🙂