M: So actually, the first question the examiner is gonna ask you is something like this, do your work or are you a student? So, Rory, if you were to answer this question, so do you work or are you a student? What would you say?
R: Well, if I was telling the truth, I would say both. But you have to pick one. And I can talk the most about my studies. So I'm going to talk about studies. And I'll say, study, I'm a student.
M: So would you say that... So do you work or are you a student? I'm a student. I'm doing a post-grad in primary teaching at Dundee University. Yeah?
R: Yes. And it's important to point out that the word postgrad is, it's the short form for postgraduate degree, which is something that you do after your first graduate degree. And you always do a degree in or a postgrad in something at whatever university.
M: And you do a degree, or you study for a degree, right?
R: Or you stay patient with the degree. Sorry, I'm making it sound miserable. I do like my degree. I just some parts, I'm, I'm over it. I don't really like.
M: So you are doing a postgraduate degree, which is like a master's degree. Right?
R: Although, really, it's a postgraduate certification. And I suppose that's another expression that you could point out. So a certification is what you have in Scotland, I think. No, that's wrong. I'm sorry. Because there's different education systems in the UK. This is amazing, because everybody thinks the United Kingdom has the same education system, but in fact, there are four or five. So the one for Scotland is actually a diploma on the one for England as a certificate.
M: Oh, my God.
R: Even though it's the same thing, it's the same thing.
M: So you went to university before, right? Okay. So first, you went to school, you did the school thing. Then you went to university, right?
R: Did the school thing... Yes. I was educated.
M: Yeah. And now you are studying for this certificate. So after your main university degree.
R: So it's a postgraduate certificate. a postgraduate degree is, it's another degree.
M: Like a master's degree. Yeah.
R: I don't think it really matters, though. Well, no, even. Yes, that's a really big simplification. But yes, basically, a master's degree is a postgraduate degree.
M: So, dear listener, make sure that you do know what you're studying. So you can say that, okay, I'm doing a master's degree. I'm doing a PhD or I'm doing a course in teaching in engineering, in IT, at bla, bla, University, right?
R: A course might be easier if you can't remember it. Just I'm doing this course.
M: I'm doing a course, you know.
R: I'm doing this course, it's fine.
M: But if a kind of I've just finished school and I entered a university, what do I say? So I'm studying for my bachelor's degree, right? I'm doing my bachelor's degree? So my kind of my first degree.
R: There's a BA, and there's a BSc which is a bachelor of Science. So a BA is a Bachelor of Arts, which is what most people have, but you also Bachelor of Science, which are in scientific subjects, like forensic anthropology.
M: Yeah, if this sounds crazy to you, dear listener, you can always say I'm studying mathematics, at bla, bla, University. Just like that.
R: That's great, we've gone through all this fantastic vocabulary and then we just say, just say you're studying something, would you?
M: No, but seriously, oh, for example, I'm, I'm a two years student, yeah? No, I'm a second-year student at bla, bla University. So, yeah.
R: Yeah, or even I'm a first-year student.
M: I'm a first-year student at Dundee University. Dundee. Where's Dundee, Rory?
R: Dundee is in Scotland. It's the 4th largest city and it's the sunniest city. And you can see that today because I'm inside my office when I shouldn't be outside in the sunshine.
M: Oh, boy. Yeah. And then Rory goes, I need this particular qualification. So this is a qualification. So your degree is qualification, or a course, or a certificate that you're studying for is a qualification. And why is Rory in Scotland studying? Because he wants to become a primary school teacher in Scotland. Hey, hey. Yeah, so this is the... His choice, for some reason. And the question was, if you had a chance, would you change the subject? Yes? So the second conditional, and you go with the second conditional, I'd change some of the content. I would change, I'd change. The content, like the content of the course. Right?
M: And then the Rory says, like, it's my passion in life. What's your passion? I thought this podcast is your passion.
R: Well, I have vary passions in life. Can I not have many passions?
R: What I should have said is it's one of my passions in life.
M: There we go.
R: Is everyone happy now?
M: Yes, yes. We are happy. Hey, yes, everybody's happy.
R: Well, I thought about that. And I feel like if being a primary school teacher doesn't work out, then I could just do this for the rest of my life and it would be fine.
M: Yes. Excellent.
R: You're having a day where you just like you're saying things and your face just doesn't match the expression at all. Excellent. Fantastic. We're going to be doing it until we're dead.
M: So to study efficiently, what does Rory do? He keeps a file where he keeps all his material. And Rory is studying online, right?
R: Oh, wow. You could talk about a hybrid or a blended course. Yes.
M: Half is online. The other half is face to face. Hybrid education or blended. Blended learning, right?
R: Yeah. I think it's great.
M: Why is it great?
R: Because I can have coffee in the morning while I listen to my lectures. If any of my lecturers are listening to this, I'm sorry. But I'm drinking coffee in your lectures, because it's nine o'clock in the morning.
M: In your pajamas.
R: No, no, I get dressed. Although there are people who have said, I'm watching this in my pajamas right now. I'm just like, God, a little bit of professionalism, please.
M: Do you have your video on?