1) Use the free's you have whilst on placement in a school - they are so precious - I rarely took all of my lunchbreak or break times either becasue if you can get most of what you need to get done in school time the demands on your personal time should be less - not loads less, but less. 2) Accept that when it comes to behaviour, there are some classes that you just wont crack - you can never underestimate the power of a regular teacher - ask them what routines are already in place (fingers crossed that there already are some) and stick to what has gone before as much as you can in terms of classroom management. 3) Be as helpful and wonderful as you can - many trainees end up teaching in a school they have already worked in or done a placement in. 4) write detailed lesson evaluations - yes they are a pain but so helpful when it comes to being reflective and understanding where you went wrong/right and how you can be a better teacher. 5) Dont be too disheartened when you feel your feedback isn't as good as you'd like and when you seem to get contradictory comments - you can take as much or little from it as you want; in the end you will realise what works best for you. Take the comments on board as much as you can (you are allowed to disagree or contest the feedback if you feel strongly, but I found it was best to just smile and say thank you!) 6) you have so much time on placements to plan your lessons and I still use a lot of the lessons and resources I created in my training year - you will NEVER get that amount of time to plan again so use it wisely!