What TAFE NSW teachers wish you knew

"Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock."

You've enrolled in a course that will nab you the career you've been dreaming of. You've thought about what it will feel like to graduate and where you want to work.

These visualisations will help keep you focused on your end goal. But the reality is that learning a new skill isn't always easy. You may want to quit when the going gets tough. But it's worth hanging in there because your teachers see your potential. Here are a few things they want you to know.

  • We hate to think that you're struggling in silence. Come and talk to us. We can explain things in a way that may help you understand the concept better. Or give you some extra learning material that will provide more background. Or give you the tools you need to manage your workload.
  • We get that classroom learning environments can be difficult. Especially if you're not the type of person who likes asking questions in class. We want to accommodate your particular learning style and we have methods that will suit your individual needs.
  • We want you to get a great job once you've graduated. We'll push you to live and breathe your course work so that you'll have an amazing portfolio of work to share with potential employers. We really want you to treat your study like a job so that you'll be able to enter a RL workplace with confidence.
  • Learning a completely new skillset is hard, it takes dedication! Assignments and projects are created to help you work smarter, faster and produce superior work that will get you hired. Now is the time to ask for help and improve your skills; we don't create assessments to make you feel judged.
  • What we're teaching you matters. Understanding the key concepts you're being taught might not seem relevant now. But you'll have your lightbulb moment and realise everything we're teaching you has a purpose.
  • Don't give up! Feeling overwhelmed? We can help you pinpoint the underlying issues that may be causing you to freak out and teach you skills to help you cope.
  • Trust yourself. We all start out as a blank canvas. No one knows it all; even we teachers have to stay up-to-date with changing techniques and concepts. Keep an open mind, trust your instincts and do your best to gain more experience and knowledge outside of the classroom. We want to create a two way learning environment that challenges you.