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Working when you’re at Uni: Does it work?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

This is the second in a two part blog all about money. I look at why I still work and if it’s as simple as it sounds.



Primary Education Geography and the Uni Open Day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

This video looks back at a Geography lecture that I had last week and Saturday’s University Open Day. Questions welcome!



5 Tips to Save Money at Uni

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Well, as much fun as it is to see that 4-digit number appear in your bank balance at the start of each term, it doesn’t last long if you’re not careful. I found myself breaking open my piggy bank earlier this week and I don’t think I’m the only one. I then found myself thinking how I’m going to avoid the same situation come Easter. These are my top tips to save (…or not waste) money at uni…


  1. Work out how much money you have then work out how much you can use! Take into account how much money you need to pay out in one go at the start of the term (e.g. board/rent) then look at the things you need to pay every month (I pay for my phone and its insurance).
  2. Keep an emergency fund: it’s really easy now to open a separate savings account online. Set aside a decent amount of money, maybe £100, so that you don’t run out!
  3. Always pay on your card if you can! This is a personal preference; I think that if you carry cash you’re more likely to spend it. Plus, it means you can see where you’ve spent every penny. Other people say that if you use your card, you can’t visualise how much money you’re actually spending… I’m not sure.
  4. Don’t eat out during the day. Imagine you’re looking to buy a sandwich, the cheapest one is £1.60. “Wow!” you might think, “That’s really cheap!”. Now say you buy one sandwich every day Monday-Friday. That’s £8 for the week, and chances are you won’t buy the cheapest sandwich and you’ll probably buy other things like a drink or some crisps. It’s shockingly easy to spend well over £5 a day on food; £25 a week! The answer? Take packed lunches!
  5. Don’t use your card when you’re out drinking! I would never tell anyone not to take their card out with them because I always think it’s a good idea to have a back-up in case you lose your money; at least then you can get home! However, the eternal temptation is to use your card to buy more drinks when you’ve had too many, or worse, to use one of those ridiculous machines that charge something like £2 to withdraw cash. Avoid it unless it’s an emergency, and remember, you can always ask a taxi driver to go via a cash point if you can’t find one where you are.


So, there you have it! That’s my plan for next term… let’s see how it goes.


Do you have any ideas? Comment below or get in touch on Facebook.


More soon,


The Average Week as a Primary Ed. Student

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

As a first year student, something I get asked quite regularly is “how often are you at Uni?”. Luckily this has quite a simple answer; unlike some other courses, we have a standard timetable which tells us what part of the course we’re doing, when and where. Obviously this isn’t set in stone and it does change every so often but I thought I’d give you a little guide:


The first thing to note is that a year group is split in groups, this year it’s groups A, B, C & D. I’m in group B but I’ll add in information about what the other groups do.


MONDAY: 2 hours of English (seminar), 2 hours of Maths (seminar). I finish at 6pm on Mondays, but it really isn’t too bad!

TUESDAY: 2 hours of Science (seminar), 1 hour of Studies Advice every other week. English, Maths and Science are shuffled around for each group but they still have 2 hours of each across 2 days, Monday and Tuesday. Studies advice in groups only lasts until Christmas then it’s on a 1to1 basis..

WEDNESDAY: 2 hours of another subject (seminar); this could be ICT, Art, Geography, RE or any of the other primary subjects. These tend to be the more practical seminars!

THURSDAY: NO LESSONS!… Well, kind of. This day is kept free for Theory Linked Practise (TLP) days. These are where you spend one day a week in a school, looking for links between the theory you’ve learned in Uni and what you can see happening in the classroom.

FRIDAY: 1 and a half hours of Professional Studies (lecture), then 1 and a half hours of Professional Studies (seminar). This part of the course is about teaching us the skills we need like planning and assignment writing. Obviously, these things are talked about in all of the other seminars, but this is where we get specific input and instruction about important things. Friday is my only 9am start, thank goodness!

As you can see, we don’t have a lot of normal lectures with the entire year group in one place, instead we have seminars in groups of about 20-25. This makes the whole thing feel a bit more personal and you really get to know the staff and have a laugh!

Hopefully this has given you an idea of what to expect if you choose to do Primary Ed. at Sunderland, but if you have any questions at all, feel free to comment below or get in touch with me on Facebook (the link is on the right hand side somewhere!)

More soon,



Primary Education Placements at Sunderland University

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Just before half term, I visited a reception class in a school in Tynemouth to see how what we’d learned at uni would translate onto a working classroom. This is what I thought…



Student Profile:

  • Name: Kyle Brewis
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Newcastle
  • Ambitions: To achieve success as a Primary School teacher and enjoy a long and satisfying career.

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