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5 Ways to Make your Qualification a Breeze

At any stage of life, undertaking a qualification is a really rewarding and fulfilling experience. You’re taking control of your goals and ambitions and putting in place practical steps to work towards them. However, it can also be a little intimidating and there will be challenges a long the way. One of the best ways to overcome these challenges is to anticipate them and develop strategies before you need them.

Here are 5 top tips for you to make your qualification a breeze.

Plan, plan, plan!

Qualifications take hard work, dedication and commitment. They don’t happen by magic. Here at The TA College we understand that you don’t always have a set amount of time in the week to work on your assignments, and we don’t have lots of deadlines. We do, however, provide you with the support to plan your course out – to recognise when you’ll be busy and perhaps not able to work as much, and to set targets for yourself. When a qualification lasts 6, 12 or 18 months you’ve got to get ahead of the curve rather than leaving it all until the last minute.

Avoid ticking boxes

It can be easy to fall into the trap of seeing assignments as tick box exercises, as a means to an end. Whilst yes, they do need to be completed, viewing them as a to do list will mean you don’t get the full benefit of the learning. Your assessment tasks are part of your learning, and they should benefit you in your setting, as well as helping you to complete your qualification. If you do an assessment, submit it and then promptly forget everything that’s in it, there’s no real point in doing it in the first place.

Talk to your tutor

Your tutor is here to support you every step of the way. Whether it’s how to tackle a particular criterion, a difficulty you’ve faced in the setting, needing support with time management – we are here to help. However, we can only help if you talk to us. As fabulous as our tutors are, they aren’t mind readers, and cannot answer your questions or concerns if they don’t know what they are. Remember everything you tell your tutor is completely confidential, and for them no question is too small or too silly.

Engage your setting

Having the support of your setting really does make all the difference. For some of our qualifications, you may need your mentor to conduct observations, but even if you don’t it’s a good idea to talk to them about the course and what’s expected of you. They can help you to find opportunities to cover criteria, discuss policy and procedure with you and answer setting specific questions that your tutor may not be able to.

Focus on the WHY

There is likely to be a point in your course when you lose motivation. When it gets tough. This is completely normal! When this happens, it’s important that you focus on the why. Why are you doing this course? Why did you sign up? What’s your end goal? What next? Whether it’s a change in career, a promotion, or for your development, focusing on your why will make the tough moments a lot easier.

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