Remote Volunteering Muhammad's story

February 23, 2021 by Tas F
Image Remote tutoring has provided us with opportunities to help communities and support students with their learning.  Through our Schools Programme, students are able to access a volunteer tutor and catch up with their learning while schools remain closed.  Muhammad C, one of our Chemistry tutors, talks to us about remote tutoring and his volunteering experience.

A little bit but you – your story up to now and where you are in the lockdown!

I have been tutoring since 1993 and I am a full-time tutor.  I work with students in the UK and those based internationally as well.  The tutoring landscape has changed a lot since I began tutoring – this is largely due to technological advancements. The pandemic has also caused a drastic change in attitude towards online tutoring.

With myriad technological advancements,  tutoring can be delivered any time, anywhere.  This is my bread-and-butter and I've had to learn new applications and familiarise myself with the new technology that is used to teach remotely.  Being able to tutor from the comfort of my home has been a blessing because it has allowed me to give back to the community.

How have you found tutoring online? Does it fit okay with the way you like to tutor? Do you enjoy it or are you finding it taxing?

Like many, I was concerned about children missing out on vital education due to the complex situation. Thankfully, getting involved with the foundation was easy and I've enjoyed delivering online chemistry lessons to A-level students.

My online experience has been great and students engage well with the sessions.  Some parents are not convinced by the effectiveness of online tutoring, but the lockdown has shown us that the online lessons are as equally effective as face-to-face learning.

How have you found the technology?  What issues have you had and have you managed to find solutions?

The younger generation is well honed with technology and it is very useful as they can interact and make use of the platform tools to engage with the sessions.

Internet speed in different areas can occasionally be a problem. That can disrupt lessons for a few minutes - but usually it can be solved easily. I am very happy with the online lessons and find it to be as equally engaging as face-to-face sessions.

Would you recommend the program to other tutors? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would highly recommend the program to other tutors. In giving an hour of tuition we can help a younger child achieve a better future. If you have an hour to spare then get involved - it is fun, motivating and being able to help a child feels great.

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