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Marie - teaching during the PhD
Name: Marie
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: H.E. lecturer; secondary school teacher
Year of graduation: 2004
Date of Interview: 12/06/2008

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Marie explains how she gained teaching experience during her PhD.

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As a PhD student did you do any tutoring or teaching? 

Yeh I did teaching in my second and third years, yeah I taught first years and second years.

And how did you come by that teaching and did you enjoy it?

Yeah I really enjoyed it; I came by it just by my tutor telling the head of department I should be doing it, especially since I had a PGCE. I found it quite daunting at first because obviously the gap between you and the students is obviously much less than you would have at school and it was a period that I was completely unfamiliar with; I'd never done it before, it was quite daunting, it took an awful lot of preparation but I did really enjoy it. 

And did you do that teaching with a view to developing your career as an academic or did you do it because it was helping you financially or what were your motivations?

I think it was both, it was quite good money but I was also doing it to develop teaching generally, not specifically because I was thinking about academia, but just I've done a bit of teaching, I've done my PGCE, well this is something else to put on the CV. 

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