A little bit about you – your story up to now and where you are in the lockdown!
I grew up in West London, and studied Biological Anthropology BA at Cambridge University. I came to Netherlands in 2017 for my MSc, and I'm now based in between Amsterdam and UK. Going to Cambridge University, I was surrounded by people who had a lot of educational privilege – private education tuition internships through social/family connections, etc.
I felt that there were loads of people from my state school background who were just as brilliant, motivated, creative and hard-working as my Cambridge peers, but who just had less of a helping hand. It was at this point that I started to feel strongly about educational inequality in the UK, and volunteering with the foundation is a small, easy way to try and help redress the balance – one student at a time!
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 a taxing?
Tutoring online suits me really well, as I can tutor students from anywhere. The lack of commuting is also a nice perk – the work starts and stops on the hour so it is easy to slip it into your schedule.
How have you found the technology? What issues have you had and have you managed to find solutions?
The online platform I use with the Tutorfair Foundation, Bramble, is quite nice to teach science with as you can use your mouse/interactive pen to draw on the slides. This is handy for equations and diagrams. Occasionally there are connection issues but there are loads of things that can interrupt in – person lessons too, so I don't see it as a major downside.
Would you recommend a program to other tutors? If so, if not why not?
I would 100% recommend the program to other tutors!! If you are thinking about going for it, but are unsure if you can make that commitment I'd say take the plunge and you will very quickly see how easy and enjoyable it is! The students involved are highly motivated and really enthusiastic to be there, so it is such an enjoyable experience helping them, and feels super easy to make time for once you start (Especially as a break from more socially isolated work). I started out teaching two hours a week and now I'm up to 5 hours!
Are there any other comments you'd like to add?
Tas and Joss are brilliant to work with, and make things very easy to sort out. I'm really excited to see how this program expands to help more and more kids in the future!
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