Remote Volunteering Stephanie's Story

December 08, 2020 by Tas F
Image The pandemic has disrupted life for all of us. Every day is anything but the norm. At the same time, it has opened up new opportunities and newer approaches to bridging the attainment gap. Stephanie O, one of our maths tutors, talk to us about her first time tutoring remotely and how she has enjoyed supporting students across the UK.

A little bit about you – your story up to now and where you are after the lockdown.

My name is Stephanie and I am a first-year Physical Natural Sciences student at the University of Cambridge. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, lockdown has been a great opportunity for me to explore my love for teaching through this programme.  I also started a cosmetics business with my friend and learned how to code.  Since starting university, I have taken part in many sports societies and I hope to learn a language alongside my course.

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

I have found online tutoring to be an unfamiliar yet intriguing experience. Although it was sometimes difficult to gauge the students' attitude towards my teaching method during the sessions, the platform was very interactive and it was amusing learning how to use the tools alongside the students. As I didn't have to worry about commuting, I could tutor many students at a time and make the most out of the sessions.

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

The online platform was initially confusing, but I think the students and I adapted to it pretty quickly. There would be cases where we've had to refresh the page because the screen wasn't syncing and I couldn't see what the students had written – however, this did not cause too much of a problem.

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

I would definitely recommend the programme to other tutors. The students on the programme are absolutely lovely, and there is a lot of support available if and when I need it. This programme was my first official tutoring experience and I was worried that the students would ask questions I didn't know the answers to, but this was really the case. Even when there were concepts I wasn't too sure about, the students were very understanding. I believe I learned just as much from the program as the students did, and for that I am grateful!

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