The Day I Almost Got Hit By A Car

I was almost ran over last week.  This was for once, entirely not my own fault.  I was on my silly little mental health walk last Wednesday with my sausage dog Pepper, walking at a speed I like to call ambling and others call barely moving.

We were having a lovely time, looking at all the Commonwealth Games signs and sculptures.  I could see a woman on her phone, bundling two children into the car while throwing their ipads at them presumably to keep them quiet and entertained in the car.  I decided to cross the road as my dog likes to bark at every single person we pass and wanted to save them and myself from this.  However the woman jumped in the car and pulled off without even looking, coming straight at me.

I had to do a sort of weird jump lunge out of the way and she didn’t even stop, just shouting sorry out of the window.  I was both shocked and angry that she didn’t have the courtesy to stop.  When I thought about it a little more on the remainder of the walk – this only happened because she was multi-tasking.  She may have felt in control, but sorting the children, having the phone conversation and driving was obviously too much for her attention span, and it could have had serious consequences.

You may think you can multi-tasking but scientifically studies have shown that we can’t.  Multi-tasking is a myth and it will destroy your concentration, take much longer to complete tasks and mean that your performance suffers in the exam.

Instead of multi-tasking, try spaced learning.  Focus on one task at one time, then come back to it a couple of days later and learn it again.  This should help you move the information in to long term memory.  I recommend that you work something like this.  On a monday start to look at learning outcomes 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. Focus on one learning outcome at a time in that day.  Once you have gone through your notes, do not look at these again until Wednesday or Thursday and then quiz yourself over these outcomes. You should find this creates an improvement in what you can remember.  

Remember you are not a circus act, so why are you engaging in mental juggling with multitasking? You don’t want to drop the balls!

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July