6 Things i learned from my first placement

Blog // 6 Things I Learned from My First Placement

By Jaydn Field

Hi guys, my name is Jaydn and I am a 2nd year doctorate of physiotherapy student from Macquarie university. Having recently completed my first placement block and starting my second soon, I wanted to share a few tips on what I learnt.

  1. Be organised

Ensure you have looked over your notes and have all necessary forms ready to go. Know how you’re getting there including; transport, parking, where to meet etc. This will allow you to be on time and make a good first impression.


  1. Don’t be scared to fail

I found that the best way to learn is to fail. This is something I wish I did more often, instead of standing back and letting other students take over. Putting into practice what we have learnt is the best way to cement it in our minds. 

  1. Say YES to everything

Leading on from number 2, whenever you’re presented with an opportunity, always say YES. Whether it is a difficult patient or a condition you have never seen before, saying yes helps us grow.

  1. Expect to learn

I found that clinical placement educators often have different techniques or processes in place. Don’t be afraid to utilise these and develop your own opinion and style of therapy.

  1. Ask questions

Remember this is a learning experience and your educator is aware of that. If you are unsure of anything don’t be afraid to double check or voice your opinion. Of course, this should be done in a respectful manner and at the right time.

  1. Reflect on your day

This helped me to improve on a day to day basis. I would write down 1 thing I needed to improve on and 1 thing I did well. Doing so allowed me to manage stress, especially on days where I felt I had performed poorly.

Written by Jaydn Field

2nd Year Student, Macquarie University, Australia

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