Here is the useful resources page that you may have noticed on the feedback section of the assessment.
The students who collaborated in the development of this tool all felt that financial management was very important. Having a realistic idea of how much it will cost to survive when you are on placement, and making plans to be ready make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the experience and to your stress levels. There are two resources here that you may find useful. The first is a check list that you can download and use to start planning. The second is a calculator that you could use to work out exactly what your costs will be.
Several of the students who developed this self assessment tool were studying in England as international students, or had English as a second language. They talked about learning to ‘read’ and understand the influence of culture on being successful in a placement. This guide is their advice to anyone who may be going into a placement where they are uncertain of cultural influences.
We know that many students who manage very well within the university with a disability, or difficulty with their studies. This can be much more difficult in a placement situation where your needs may not seem as important to people, or where you may be uncertain about who to inform and what to tell them. These tips Disability and Impairment Tips have been complied by disabled students involve with the project. This guide 'should I tell someone?’ asks you questions that may help you to think about how you are going to manage your placement, who you are going to share any concerns you may have with and to reflect on the strategies you could use.
As part of your placement preparation, or the assessment that you need to do you may need to action plan, you may also be thinking that there are things you could be doing to prepare for placement, to be sure that you get the most out of it. This action plan and PPA game can be used to help you to structure your thoughts.