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Learning Online with NCC

24th May 2017

Learning Online with NCC

Since I had X, every chance I’ve had I’ve managed to sneak in a bit of learning online. A few weeks back, the lovely people over at NCC Home Learning got in touch and asked if I’d like to enrol on one of their distance learning courses, so obviously I jumped at the chance!

 

So I’ve joined their Creative Writing Diploma course https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/creative-writing-diploma.html

This a 12 month/200 hour course for which you are awarded a certificate upon completion by awarding body NCFE

 

Since I joined our local Am Dram group, I’ve been inspired to write something other than this blog, but often find myself struggling – I have the urge to write but not always the knowledge or skill to back it up.

 

The NCC Creative Writing Course has 14 modules covering all aspects of creative writing, including short stories, writing for radio, and the module I’m most looking forward to – Scriptwriting.

 

Learning Online with NCC

I really enjoyed the very first module, which examines the different reasons why people write and attempts to identify the reason why YOU want to write. So far it’s really helping me to focus my otherwise broad idea of writing into something narrow enough to concentrate on. I’m most of the way through the second module now, which covers the different genres and types of text, and critical analysis.

The modules themselves are easy to read and understand, and there’s a helpful element of testing your knowledge as you’re going along. With internet and distance learning I love the way you can dip in and out as you have the time – as a parent it’s tricky to find the time to dedicate to something like this, but it’s easy enough to pick up and put down without losing your way.

 

I’m enjoying it so far, and I’m looking forward to improving my creative writing skills as the course goes on.

 

Disclaimer: NCC have kindly allowed me to enrol on their Creative Writing course in return for my honest review here at The Mum From Brum. The course cost is normally £408.00 to study online, but is currently at the amazing price of £250.00!

 

Keep an eye out for my thoughts as the course progresses.

 

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Why I Study Online

18th April 2017

Why I Study Online

When X was little and used to have a sizeable nap in the middle of the day (oh those were the days) I found myself at a loss as to what to do. There were only so many times I could tiptoe around the house and quietly do the washing up before I started to go mad.

I think the first time I came across a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was an advert for Future Learn on Facebook. They have hundreds of courses over loads of different subjects, all of which are free (if you don’t need a Certificate at the end of it) and can be studied over a few hours a week. I’ve just started their Persuasive Communication course this week.

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Will I Ever Really Feel Like “A Mum”?

10th April 2017

I remember being younger and looking up at adults thinking, “Wow, it must be so cool to be a grown up, and to know how things work…”. And then I got to my 20s and looked up at the 30 somethings and thought, “I can’t wait until I’m grown up enough to have a decent grasp on life… I’ll have a career and a house and I’ll have life SORTED.”

Now I’m 30. 31 in June if I’m being honest. I still don’t have a clue. I don’t feel like a grown up. I still feel the same as I did when I was 17 – just 3 dress sizes larger with a better phone.

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#bottlefeedingstories with Candyfloss & Dreams

6th April 2017

This week’s #bottlefeedingstories comes from Kat over at Candyfloss & Dreams. She had a really lovely Health Visitor who gave her loads of advice, but struggled to find enough support to feed confidently.

I’m Kat, I blog at Candyfloss & Dreams (candyflossdreams.net) and I want my blog to inspire others to make the best choices for themselves. I love sharing my experience on topics that are sometimes a little hard for others because I believe that tough topics should be normalised and everyone needs a little support.

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10 Ways To Conquer Stage Fright

20th March 2017

10 Ways To Conquer Stage Fright

So my impending theatrical debut (unless you count my turn as Hermia in an A Level performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream…) has highlighted my absolute fear of… well, doing almost anything in front of an audience.

Social Anxiety aside I genuinely used to love pratting about on a stage and entertaining people, otherwise why would I have studied Drama and Theatre Studies!? But the run up? It makes me feel physically sick. Much like I do before a job interview. Or a presentation. Or that time I had to do the pre-recorded message for my work’s phone line.

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