Making the change from school to university

Many students have just had their first half term at university and it can often be very different to what they have been used to at school.

University is quite often about independent learning, and you must be motivated to work on your own, meet deadlines, revise and research. You will not be pushed as much as at school to attend, so if you do not put the effort in the chances are you will not be successful. Without drive and determination, you’ll likely to struggle with the university workload and timetable.

Going to university is a must for some students who have a career in mind which requires them to have a degree. Other students still may not know exactly what they want to do but attend university to study a subject they enjoy, which they hope will help them in future when it comes to finding work.

Lecturers are there to help you, but they may only help if you show a high level of commitment. You can get kicked off a course if you do not attend or fall way behind. If you are struggling with work rather than letting it get out of hand, speak to your lecturer and ask if you can help some extra help or time to complete your work.

Do you dream of a career in teaching?

Teachers don’t always get it easy. It is quite a challenging job to do at times and you will be expected to work on your “days off” to fit in all your marking and planning not to mention parents evenings and school trips.

Due to the pressures and time constraints, many teachers who have recently qualified actually end up leaving the industry in the first year. This means there is a constant need for new teachers coming through the system. Some schools are having to rely heavily on teaching assistants to spend a significant period of time teaching the class on their own rather than actually assisting the teacher, which is not ideal. Also many schools are turning to supply teachers to fill gaps whilst they are looking for replacement teachers to employ.

If you fancy a change in career and are up for a challenge, then why not train to be a teacher. Often the main issue is people not being aware of how much work is involved in being a teacher. You may think it’s a cushy job working 9 -3 and weekends off but this simply isn’t realistic and you will be expected to work a lot more hours than this.

Should you get your child in to fashion?

Fashion is often one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people live by fashion trends where as other purposely dress the opposite to fashion trends that are currently on the high street. When it comes to children, parents may like their child to have on trend clothing and foot wear or they may think that they are too young to be worrying about fashion and would rather they just wear whatever is comfortable.

Some fashions for adults may not be appropriate for children and each parent has to decide for themselves what they allow their child to wear.

If you find that your child is becoming a little bit too concerned with fashions and with named brand labels then you may want to start to teach them about the value of money. Some parents offer their child one pair of trainers for example, but say if the child wants a more expensive pair then they need to save up their own money to put towards it. This will make the child really think if they want the item or not and if they want to spend their money that they may have been saving for a while on a pair of trainers. Really the important thing is that your child feels comfortable and happy in what they wear regardless of what everyone else is wearing.

Doing your weekly food shop online?

Not many people enjoy the weekly food shop. It often consists of spending a fortune of food and drink which you then have to find a space for when you get home. It can take up a good hour or so of your day and you may end up spending a lot more than you had hoped.

Online food shopping has been around for some time now, but recently more supermarkets are offering delivery to a wider location.

There are a number of advantages to doing your online shop. Firstly you can do it from the comfort of your home and take your time. You can add items to your basket throughout the week, and then just select your delivery time and check out when you are ready to place your order.

The other advantage of shopping online is that it can help reduce what you spend. You will know exactly what it is going to cost you before you checkout so there will be no horrible surprises. You can also shop the deals in an instant and see cheaper alternatives that you may have missed in the store. You can choose a convenient time for it to be delivered and so can stay at home and get other household chores done whilst you wait or relax with a cuppa.

Buying electrical goods abroad

When you go on holiday you may decide to treat yourself to a new gadget.  Often you may find that prices are cheaper abroad then they are in the UK especially for electrical goods.  It is important to remember that not every country has as strict safety checks on electrical goods as we do here in England.

You may find a lot of counterfeit goods abroad which may be sold to you as genuine.  This is not only very often illegal but may mean that you end up with something that does not work properly or worse still is dangerous.

When buying electrical goods abroad be sure to check for all the safety standards marks.  If the item is supposed to be genuine but is a lot cheaper than you would expect to pay the chances are something is amiss.

If you do wish to buy electrical goods abroad then be sure to buy it from a reputable retailer ideally one that has branches in the UK also.  Check to see if you have any warranty with the manufacture as you may struggle to return the item if it becomes faulty or damaged.