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Emma Marshall 

PGDE Secondary Education - Physics

 

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

The university has a great reputation. I spoke to a few teachers who studied here and they highly recommended the PGDE course.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I loved being on placement. It was hard work but it was a great opportunity to put what you learn into practise and experiment with lesson ideas.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice from other teachers and university staff. They’ve been in your position and most are more than happy to help you out. Also realise that it’s ok to make mistakes, there’s no such thing as a perfect lesson so focus on what did go well and how to improve for next time.

What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

The people! From the friends you make in lectures to course leaders and teachers on placement. The support you receive is fantastic and I wouldn’t have been as successful in the course without them.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?

I have developed a variety of teaching techniques and methods to communicate, sometimes difficult, scientific concepts in a way that pupils will understand and engage them in the subject.

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

The experience on placement offers a great insight into the teaching profession. I want to have a career in teaching and Strathclyde has provided me with the skills to do exactly that. There are also opportunities to enhance these skills further by completing a Masters in Education or dual qualifying in another science or mathematics.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

Strathclyde has set me up with the skills to make the most of my probation year and I hope to have a rewarding career in teaching. I also hope that I can encourage pupils to get involved in science and motivate them to do their best and become successful individuals.