What do you meme students have it easy?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When social media gave us memes, we decided to pull together our favourites to brighten the day of our students. So, here are our top 20 memes on student life…

1. When you go back into education

Getting back into education is an excellent idea if you want to change your career, develop new skills, or just meet new people. Although, it’s always good to have an idea of what you want to do before you start…

2. When you look at your curriculum for the first time

What’s that you’re reading? No, it’s not a foreign language. It’s your new curriculum! Because the workplace is always evolving, there’s no surprise that some parts of your course might appear a bit alien at first… Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

3. When procrastination wins

Yep, we’ve all procrastinated. Sometimes, after a long day, the last thing you want to do is sit down and do more wor… Ugh, I’ll finish this part later.

4. When panic ensues

Ah, the panic spiral. Luckily our learning coaches are on hand to help limit this. However, we’re all human and sometimes we stress out. So, it’s important to stay calm, take deep breaths and picture your happy place.

5. When you get told you can finally go back and learn in your training centre

After months of hibernating at home, it’s not surprising that most of us probably looked like we’d been stranded on a desert island when we were told we could return to our training centres.

6. When somebody else makes it look easy

Ugh, the class show off. Sure, you’re giving a supportive smile on the outside, but there’s a grumpy cat inside of all of us pulling this face whenever they get something you’ve been struggling with spot on first time.

7. When you make the grade

After months of hard work, have you ever just had everything you’ve revised come up in an exam? Honestly, it’s the best feeling ever.

8. When you miss the simpler times

Sometimes students have to fit in learning around their busy schedules. It’s not uncommon for people working full-time while taking one of our courses to learn at obscure hours. So, if people ask when you last had a good night’s sleep, show them this.

9. Taking notes in class nowadays

Remember when people used to write things with pens and pencils? We aren’t sure storing pictures of your lecturer’s whiteboard next to photos of your pets and a couple of old selfies really count as note taking… But hey, whatever works for you.

10. Did you really just call your teacher mum?

If you’ve ever experienced the crippling embarrassment of calling your teacher mum, you’re ready to take on anything. Don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us. we’d like to think your peers are mature enough now not to make a big deal out of it like they would in secondary school. But still, it’s quite funny.

11. When it’s your first day back in education

Unfortunately, homework is sometimes a necessary evil. To motivate yourself, just remember your goals and why you started your course. As the saying goes, short-term pain for long-term gain.

12. When you’re used as an excellent example to everyone else

If there was ever a ‘mum I made it’ moment, this would be it.

13. When you’re feeling stressed and turn to your learning coach

Don’t worry, we’ve got you. One of the best things about studying with a learning coach’s constant support is that they give quick feedback, continuous motivation and clear guidance throughout the course.

14. When you hear the student next to you sneeze

Anti-bac at the ready. We all know that bugs spread like wildfire at school. Training centres will have some sensible guidelines for everyone to follow thanks to the pandemic – we’d recommend a mask rather than your t-shirt.

15. When the lecturer asks if you have any questions

Sometimes we just don’t get it, and that’s fine! We’ve all been in situations where we haven’t wanted to ask a question through the fear of sounding silly. But it’s better to ask now and find out the answer, instead of leaving it until assessment time.

16. How students get through their course

Coffee is the lifeblood of all adults, let alone students. It may not give us superpowers, but it certainly perks us up. Plus, it’s pretty difficult to work when our eyes are closed…

17. When you know you’re right, but you just want to be sure

Have you ever got to the end of your work and thought, “Let me just check I’ve done this right? Ah, good… actually, just one more time.”

18. Celebrating achieving your diploma

Hurray, you’ve finished. All the hard work has finally paid off! It’s time to celebrate what you’ve achieved. You are, indeed, a success!

19. Learning coaches when they hear you’ve achieved your diploma

At Pitman Training, all of our learning coaches care about their students’ happiness, wellbeing and life beyond the classroom. So, when you win, we win too!

20. At the end of the year, when you’re reflecting on all the support you received from your coaches

After your course is over and you realize how many questions you asked your learning coach… don’t worry, no problem is too big or small for them.

The history of the meme:

The fancy description for a meme is ‘a unit of cultural information spread by imitation’. But we just see it as something that brings us together even if we can’t be with each other physically. If you didn’t know, the word ‘meme’ was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene and the term actually comes from the Greek phrase, mimema, meaning “imitated”. According to Instagram, over one million posts mentioning memes are shared on their site each day 1 .

If you’re interested in developing yourself personally or professionally in a supportive and flexible learning environment, get in contact with your nearest Pitman Training: https://www.pitman-training.com/

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