Settling in to the new job was considerably more difficult than I had anticipated and I found the first term from September/October to Christmas rather stressful to say the least. First of all, getting used to the working hours was a bigger challenge than I thought. As it is mainly evening work, I naively thought I would have a large chunk of the day to myself, forgetting that, as a new teacher, class preparation takes at least twice as long, if not more. Then there were the official exams to get my head around. Having a wide range of levels meant that I needed to familiarise myself with the exams very quickly, as well as the usual getting to know the students and how things work in the academy.