Hints and tips for applying
Online applications are open now - make sure you get in early!
Here are some handy hints and tips when completing your application for one of our initial teacher education programmes.
Make it count - what makes you unique?
Completing your student or personal statement does not have to be scary. It is just a chance for us to get to know you, and find out why you want to be a teacher. It is like a mini advertisement.
Take the time to plan, create a draft and write a logical and concise statement. Write clearly using correct grammar and sentence structure, check and double-check! Give to a friend or someone you trust to read.
Remember we want to know about you.
- Give examples of your involvement in sports, art, culture, local community organisations, volunteer roles, coaching, children's groups - what leadership roles you have had
- Achievements and goals
Handy hint: visit a school and talk about your experience and what insight you gained.
Part of the application is your referee's report. Selecting your referee can seem daunting but all you need to do is ask yourself .... "does this person know me well enough to be a referee?"
Good choices can include:
- A teacher who knows you well
- Sports/Drama coach/Youth group leader
- An employer
Make sure it is not a family member or relative!
Handy hint: read the blank Referee Report form before selecting your referees.
Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
First impressions count, this is your chance to project a positive and competent image.
Our interviews are a chance for us to meet you in person and for you to get to know us. They normally are a group interview where we meet with up to 10 potential students. Interviews normally run for between 2-3 hours depending on the programme you are interviewing for. All our interviews are held on campus either in Hamilton or in Tauranga. Just like when you apply for a job make sure you come at least 5 minutes early to the start of your interview.
Dress well: Smile and make eye contact. Positive body language conveys a strong message.
Know yourself: Skills and attributes, use examples from all aspects of your life, sports, leadership roles, cultural activities, volunteer roles etc.
Be organised: Bring notes and supporting documentation.
Be prepared: To answer questions about the programme, yourself and your goals, including:
- Why you want to become a teacher
- Your understanding of the role of a teacher
- Experiences that you have had working with young people
- Experiences that you have had that outline your experiences in working with different cultures
- Whether you have spent time in a school
- Current media releases relating to Education
- The diverse learning needs of 21st century students
End the interview on a positive note, shake hands, thank the interviewer and make eye contact. This is your final chance to make a lasting positive impression.
If you have any questions or need help, please contact one of our Student Advisors
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 5286
Email: [email protected]