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Train4TradeSkills Students Share Their Top Studying Tips – Part 2

Are you training to be an electrician or plumber with Train4TradeSkills and want some studying tips?

Train4TradeSkills students now share their top studying tips to help you when studying on your course. All of the interviews are from Train4TradeSkills Radio, our student radio service.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all the student interviews from T4TS Radio at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills  and download all the stories on our Scribd page at www.scribd.com/train4tradeskills

Megan Morphew

Plumbing Course

“When I go through the books I like to highlight the things and write them in a separate book, so it’s easy to refer to and it’s in my language, so I can understand it properly and it’s made it easier for me to learn.”

Sam O’Hemeng

Plumbing Course

“Best bit of advice is to take your time with it, don’t try and rush, because there’s quite a lot to read when you get it all through. A lot of people think the quicker I get through the quicker I’m done, but it doesn’t pay to rush through it – just take your time and make sure you understand it.”

Matthew Holly

Plumbing Course

“What I tend to do is write things down. in my Bristolian accent and things I know and it just works out for me a lot easier by doing that. Some people are very lucky and can take things down and suck it all in, but I start reading and end up staring through the pages. At least when you’re writing it down and you see a question, you sort of go back to it – and I found that really does help.

Dan Hardy

Plumbing Course

“What I do to get it lodged in my brain is make posters with little bullet points and put them all around my flat and above the toilet. So when I go to the toilet I can just read the post-it and it lodges in my mind. Just that really – that’s what I’ve been doing and it seems to work.”

Barry Dillaway

Plumbing Course

“Basically you’ve just got to buckle down to read all the books and manuals and take it stage by stage. Spend at least 2 hours a day reading the manuals.”

Craig Rushbrook

Plumbing Course

“I find reading through passages and making bullet points in a separate notebook and picking out the important parts works well for me. And then every 20 minutes just take a short break.”

You can listen to Megan, Sam, Matthew, Dan, Barry and Craig’s Interviews from Train4TradeSkills Radio and read the interviews at www.train4tradeskills.wordpress.com

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Megan talks work experience and her T4TS Plumbing course

Megan Morphew is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Megan  to find out how she was getting on with her training:

You can listen to Megan’s  interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Students Share Their Top Studying Tips – Part 1

Are you training to be an electrician or plumber with Train4TradeSkills and want some help studying?

Train4TradeSkills students now share their top studying tips to help you when studying on your course. All of the interviews are from Train4TradeSkills Radio, our student radio service.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all the student interviews from T4TS Radio at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills  and download all the stories on our Scribd page at www.scribd.com/train4tradeskills

Richard Haines

Electrical Course

Forklift Operative

“Studying wise: just because you’ve read something, it helps to write it down as well. So you read through the manuals but when it comes to something important, either highlight it or in an additional notepad, then write it down. Even if it takes twice as long, sometimes doing that can make it stick in your head. For important things that’s what I’ve done and kept the notebook. That’s definitely been helpful on certain aspects.”

Neil Pritchard

Plumbing Course

Area Sales Manager

“I think the only thing I would say is be disciplined. If your going to say Monday, Wednesday, Friday go to work then do it, because the easy thing is to say the following night you will never do it. So the idea is to look at your own life – if you play football on a Monday night don’t do your studying on a Monday night, if you always go for a beer on a Friday night, don’t do your studying on a Friday night. Pick the nights you’re not doing anything, set aside and hour and a half and do it that way.”

Wayne Hughes

Plumbing Course

Store Manager

“You kind of have to plan your time and make time for study. When I’ve finished work I’ll grab my books and study then, or when I have a day off I’ll spend a couple of hours on my own studying upstairs – I’ll go by the PC and just crack it out really.”

Neil Cousins

Plumbing Course

Power Station Supervisor

“The only thing that works for me is to shut myself completely away. When I get the slightest distraction it’s not good – so I shut myself in a room with no distractions in 1 and a half hour stints at a time, take a break and then go back to it.”

Mitch Coles

Electrician Course

Teacher

“Some people do really well by sitting down every Saturday morning at 8am and working till 10am or however long they are going to do it for. I find I work better when I fit it in to what I’m doing and fitting it around my everyday life. I might do half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, I might do 10 minutes at lunchtime.”

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mitch talks about training as an electrician

Mitch Coles is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Mitch to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Mitch’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Stuart talks about his plumbing course and work experience

Stuart Bagnall is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Stuart to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Stuart’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Steve talks about his plumbing business

Steve Hills is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Steve to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Steve’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Make sure you visit Steve’s plumbing website at www.stevesplumbingsolutions.co.uk

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Phillip talks about his plumbing course

Phillip Magrath is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Phillip to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Phillip’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Joe talks about his plumbing training

Joe Barker-Platt is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Joe to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Joe’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Tom talks about his plumbing training

Tom Henderson is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Tom to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Tom’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Cliff’s Diary of his Train4TradeSkills Practical Training – Part 4

Monday:

 

I am back in Featherstone for week 4 of my practical training there are not so many students this week and I am in a group of three. Our main task for the week is an airing cupboard fitting a hot water storage cylinder, feed and expansion tank also running a single hot feed to a hand basin.

 

This is part of the requirement for city & guilds 6129 course and is assessed but there is no photo and summary required. You can have two attempts to complete this task but if you are happy with your first install it is not necessary and you can move on to other things.

 

We don’t need a materials list for this task so it’s straight to work on the install. We can install this system any way we see fit and the only information given is that we must use as many machine bends as possible so as not to slow the flow of water.

 

This is quite a task as a great deal of the pipe work is in 22mm which is difficult to bend by hand, but after last week’s LCS I am feeling pretty pumped up and find it less difficult than my first attempts with 22mm pipe.

 

By lunchtime I am well into the install and have the feed and expansion tank completed and the feed to the cylinder also. After a catch up with the other students over lunch were back to work fitting the primary vent pipe which is the most complex of all the bends as it has a bridge, offset and two 90 ̊ bends all in one piece of 22mm tube. This takes the best part of an hour to work out and pull accurately but once complete the rest is plain sailing and by the end of the afternoon I have the system filled with water and soundness tested

 

Tuesday:

 

Having soundness tested the install the previous day and left the system filled overnight, Robert our tutor assessed the install and passed it with some nice comments on neatness and the quality of the bends and said that it was not necessary for me to do a second install and that I could decommission and move on.

 

The decommission takes a long time as there is a large quantity of water in the system so the morning soon passes. During lunch I spent some time with a group of students on their first week of training and am able to give some advice on what to expect during the week and hopefully helped them to avoid some of the mistakes people were making when I was there for week 1.

 

This was good because it allowed me to realise just how beneficial the first weeks were to me and how much I had retained to memory. In the afternoon Robert did air testing drainage systems with me and I got acquainted with a manometer, I also did two test papers ready for the exams the following day which I failed miserably much to my disgust, so out came the books and I spend the rest of the day doing some serious revision in the canteen.

 

Wednesday:

 

Feeling pretty tired today. I did another 2 hours revision when I got home last night and am just hoping I haven’t done too much and bamboozled myself with facts and figures.

 

I am given another task by Robert a Soil and Waste fit in one of the bays. It’s not a long task but there are two photo’s, a written summary and a materials list needed for this task. It really helps me clear my head and distracts me from worrying about the exams as I excel in the practical parts of the course.

 

And I am feeling much more relaxed by lunch. During lunch talking with fellow students I realise it’s not only me who has been dreading exam everyone failed the mocks and spent a long night of revision but are now all feeling pragmatic about them pass or fail, my own attitude is failure is NOT an option.

 

1pm: Exam time today we have Sanitation systems and Central Heating Systems both are about 30 questions multiple choice and computer based with about 60mins allocated for each which again is more time than is necessary and even spending lots of time over the papers I’m out within the hour relieved that there over with.

 

The rest of the day is to be a Rain Water System install again not a very long task but photo’s, materials list and a written summary is required for my portfolio, the install only take 30mins and the remainder of the day is spent doing materials lists and summaries for the last two tasks. We get our results from our exams quite late in the afternoon and I’m very pleased to say I passed both – CHUFFED!!!

 

Thursday:

 

Today is about getting my portfolio up to date and making sure everything is signed and dated correctly. Absolutely everything has to be signed and counter signed by the tutors, so Robert spends a whole morning going through our files with us, he also dose some talks on Solvents, Scaffolding Erection and The Safe Use Of Power Tools so that they can also be signed as completed.

 

He has also given us a talk on what to expect on our final two weeks and it sound like it’s going to be very intense with lots of summaries to do. I am all up to date with everything completed so there is no need for me to attend for the Friday. Friday’s seem to be for resit’s of exams and also any work that needs to be completed, so far I haven’t needed to attend on Fridays hope I can continue in that manner.

 

Hope you have enjoyed the read I have 4 more TMA’s to complete the level 2 then 2 more weeks practical so am hoping to be back with parts 5 & 6 of the diary soon.

 

 

To see photos from Week 4 of his practical training and read his other diaries, visit Cliff’s blog at www.plumbing-student.blogspot.com