The lecturer introducing the final year of the primary teaching course says

12th October 2007 at 01:00
The lecturer introducing the final year of the primary teaching course says: "I can guarantee you're going to be up until the early hours studying most nights." Is there any way of avoiding this? Gemma, Kent

A) To avoid late nights, you must be highly organised and accept any help or advice offered, especially during your final teaching practice. Lesson planning can take up many hours so make maximum use of the many excellent websites available to achieve an acceptable work-life balance. John, Cumbria

A) The final year is hectic, and there will be late nights. Being organised will help. Plan your work (essays, projects and dissertations) as soon as you can in order to meet your deadlines. Eat healthily and drink lots of water so that you will, at least, feel energised and fight off infections if late nights are unavoidable. Cindy, Lancashire

A) The one thing you don't want to be doing is staying up for too many late nights, particularly during school placements. Whoever said this sounds thoughtless and somewhat maverick. If you try hard to prioritize and plan ahead, there should be no need for late-night studying. It does suit some but not many. Be organised and have a social life, too Tim, Northampton

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