Primary Teaching Application Tips


This time last year I was just like you panicking about the daunting application process and how I would fit all my experience into a tiny personal statement. From my application I was accepted to all PGDE courses in Scotland and in Ireland my Hibernia application was accepted too. Here are some tips to help you with your application!

1. Show them how amazing you are! 

This is the most important thing in your application if they can’t see your passion for teaching they are not going to interview you.  This leads me onto my next tip.

2. Emphasise your experience 

You may think that grades are important and to some extent they are but the most important thing is that you show that you love working with children and have experience working with them. I have spent every summer working in an outdoor activity centre with small children and as part of my degree I was able to spend six months in a local primary school. First of all i described my experience and then I told them what I had learned from my experience – always be positive.

3. Show off your good traits

Tell them what sort of a person you are- hard-working, kind, approachable.

The first three points are vital for your personal statement, they show them what sort of a person you are and how dedicated you are to the teaching profession. 

4. Be organised 

For the actual application you need to be organised.

Before you open your application take note of all the key dates such as when it needs to be in for, when could you be called for interview etc.  Then I would write down all your colleges grades for every module and its name on a sheet of paper, all your leaving cert or A level grades.  Before I open your application I would also have your personal statement saved on a word docment so you can easily transfer it over.

Once you have it all ready I would begin your application.

The application process is not difficult you just need to show what an amazing teacher you will be and prove that you have researched it and have experience working with children. 

Be yourself and Good Luck! 

Next blogpost will be the interview process! 

 

10 Tips for College Exam Week

“This is The Beginning of Anything You Want”

Its coming up to that time of year when your college assignments are almost finished and its time to start studying for exam week. But don’t panic I have 10 tips to help you coming up to your exam weeks to help you get through it.

  1. PLAN

I plan everything I like to have all my task written down. I am a very visual person so I like to make a big chart of the the things I need to learn for each exam and then I break them down into smaller sections that I can tackle each day to the exam.

2.  HAVE YOUR NOTES IN ORDER

This is something you should have been doing from the start but if you haven’t don’t worry there is still time. Organise your notes, write out the powerpoint only including important information. I file my notes by section so that when I come to study I can just take that section out and I can ignore the rest.

3. FIND YOUR STUDY HAPPY PLACE

This might be in the library, just FYI I hate the library. I am so unproductive in there.  For me I like to study in a  corner in my room that is for study only. I like to be able to spread my stuff out and get as many cups of tea as I want!

4. TAKE BREAKS

On that note you need to take breaks, I vary how I take breaks sometimes its after I finish a task or its after 50 minutes.

5.  TAKE NOTES FROM YOUR LECTURERS

If you listen carefully they drop hints all through the semester and let you know what there looking for in an answer.

6.  GET SAMPLE PAPER

Don’t let the first time you see an exam paper be in the exam! Print a few out and just bullet point what you would include in your answer. It really helps you to focus and to help you seek the gaps.

7.  REMEMBER THE END GOAL

We are all doing this for one reason, for it to end and we can move on to our careers. You have to be focused and realise its not forever.

8.  RELAX

Practice some mindfulness whether it is some yoga or my favourite some colouring or reading a book. Take some time out to relax.

9.  SWITCH OFF AT 9PM

I have always had a cut off point of 9pm even the night before exams. There is nothing worse than being tired. Get to bed earlier relax. The night before an exam, I read over some last minute bullet points and subconsciously you will be thinking about them in your sleep. Little bit creepy but its only for a night!  With switching off at 9pm you need to be up early. I aim to get up around 6:30/7 everyday you will be amazed with how much you get down when your up that earlier.

10.  BE POSITIVE

You are going to get the grades if you put in the effort. So don’t stress and it will be over before you know it.

What are you tips for exams? Leave them in the comment section.

L x