Tips for passing your driving theory first time

Having been a week since I passed my actual driving test, this is being written a bit late! Nevertheless, for those currently learning, I thought I would give you some tips for passing your driving theory first time. Hope it’s useful!

The Frugal Frenchie

Tips for passing your driving theory first time

1) Get some experience

I know that in some countries, you’re not allowed to start driving lessons until you pass your theory, however, I found it ever so helpful to have some lessons first. Not only does it help you familiarise with road signs naturally rather than from a book, but it allows you to develop a sense of awareness to help you with your hazard test.

2) Download an app- and practice

There are many apps out there that can help you with your theory. I was personally recommended a more official DVLA one that costs £5, however being the cheapskate I am, I opted for a free one. You can get apps that are specialised in some topics over others, such as just signs/ general questions/ Highway code etc.

This is the one I used. Personally I downloaded several at first to find my favourites, but by all means, have a look around yourself. I found this one helpful as it had several easy tests and then you could go to a higher level if you wanted.

3) Observe and ask

I am now 20, turning 21 this year, however, most of my friends passed their driving test around 17-18. I had no idea that it’d be so long until I started to learn, so in preparation, I would always ask questions about “how do you know…” “what does this mean…” etc.

I think it actually helped my theory, especially as, were it not for driving with my boyfriend in the New Forest, I wouldn’t have remembered the country signs so well!

4) Watch some youtube videos

Personally, I am a visual learner. I remember things by how they looked on the page or by symbols or videos etc.

It’s impossible to practice for a hazard perception test or to know what to expect, however, the DVLA posted an example online, and there are a few driving instructors who post tips and tricks too.

5) Keep calm and use your common sense

If you’ve prepared, then you know what to expect and what to look out for. For the hazard perception test, keep your wits about you, use your common sense for the signs (sometimes we overthink in tests!) and just keep calm.

It’ll be over soon! Good luck!

My new job opportunity

A few months ago, not even a year ago, I started my job as a customer service representative at Primark. Now, I am writing this post, because a new job opportunity has arisen, which I have decided to grab with both hands, despite being happy where I was.

Today, the 29th April, was my first shift as the new official HR assistant of my local Primark branch! I’ve had two shifts of training so far, however, today was the first day I was alone and running the HR office, scary times!

My new job opportunity

In my local store, there is only one person in HR: me. It’s a big change from busy, sociable customer services, where I would talk to my colleagues and serve sometimes 100 people on a busy shift. Now, I’m alone and in an office, sorting through paperwork, checking costing, counsellings and filing, to name a few.

The job offer was very unexpected. In fact, there wasn’t even an official vacancy when I was proposed the job. It came as a result of a supervisor interview a few weeks before. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that position, but they did seem to get the impression that I had qualities needed in HR so they thought it’d be worth asking.

My new job opportunity

I was unsure whether to take it at first. My contract is now 14 hours instead of 8 (but baring in mind I’m a full-time university student that did seem daunting), I’m alone in an office most of the time, I have a lot more responsibilities, I still have to wear a uniform and I don’t get paid more. Considering I couldn’t be happier with customer services, I was sure I was going to refuse.

Asking around though, everybody seemed super enthusiastic about it, which actually quite surprised me. I didn’t think it was anything exciting, in fact, I considered it a worse deal than customer services knowing how much we had to work, however people were telling me that to be working in HR at the age of 20, sounds really good.

My new job opportunity

I did decide to go in the end, because I’m hoping that it’ll teach me new skills and open up the door to bigger opportunities in the future. At first, I didn’t see how it’d benefit me, but it’s a bit like revision when you’re young. You don’t do it for the short-term benefits, but you do it because you’ll need good grades to go into higher education and get a better job etc.

So, here’s to an exciting new time and hopefully the key to unlocking a better future! Have you ever been in a similar situation, unsure of what to do? How did you make your decision? Let me know in the comments!

The Frugal Frenchie

Advice with Annelies: catfish

This series will answer people’s questions or worries, either that have been asked to me or I wanted to give my opinion on. Of course, these are just suggestion, and if the problem is severe, you should seek professional help or advice. This addition’s topic of Advice with Annelies: catfish.

I’ve experienced two catfishes now. I am slowly losing faith in the male kind. I just can’t take it anymore, far too many f**kboys, mind games and catfishers for me”

Sounds like you’ve received the bad end of the stick in regards to men, which, admittedly sucks.

Advice with Annelies: catfish Having personally binged the series “Catfish” many times, I realise how bad it can leave the victim feeling so I hope that after having discovered those two bastards, you can grow and successfully move on with your life. They’re not worth your time or thoughts! I hope that the following advice is useful for you.

“I am slowly losing faith in the male kind.”

Don’t let this be the case! This is a very very small proportion of the available single men out there, so don’t let this leave a sour taste in your mouth. There are many things you can do from here, one being maybe avoid dating apps for a while, just allow you to “detox” a little and go back to it after with a fresh mindset.

If it does start affecting you mentally or your self-esteem, don’t hesitate to talk to someone about it or rant to people close to you to get it out of your system. Remember that the people who have to pretend to be someone else, probably aren’t too confident or fond of themselves either, so don’t let this impact your perspective or opinion of men in general. They’re not all bad, and you will find somebody out there for you!

Advice with Annelies: catfish

“Far too many f**kboys, mind games and catfishers for me”

Another thing you could do is try and find a new way to meet guys. Perhaps joining an association or club somewhere where you could meet somebody with similar interests? Or maybe taking a risk and trusting your friend’s judgement to set up a blind date for you?

In terms of the catfishers, a good way of finding out whether somebody is catfishing you is to ask to do a video chat. If they continually make up excuses then you’re right to have suspicions. Having spoken with you, something you did very cleverly, which I would recommend to others, is to do a reverse image search, which is where you take an image that the person supposedly took of themselves, and see if it comes up with any matches elsewhere on google.

I really hope that your future experiences online are more positive and that you don’t ever get catfished again, you deserve better. Do keep in touch!

The Frugal Frenchie