In the Know: Fun Family Activities!

In the Know: Fun Family Activities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

In this week’s newsletter, we’re focusing on the family. Family time offers many benefits, such as building confidence, improving communication skills, and creating a stronger emotional bond. This week’s lineup includes three activities that will provide an opportunity to make memories built on fun, laughter, and family spirit. Read on to find out more!

Discover new ways to bring waste material to life!
Materials Scientist, Dr. Elena Dieckmann and friends will be hosting a free, creative workshop for the whole family! In this workshop, you will learn an inventive way of weaving material from your old clothes and the contents of your recycling bin. You’ll also get to explore surprising ways that new life is brought to waste materials. Join in on the fun on Monday 11th October by booking here!

Sign up for a Family Quiz!
In this free family quiz, you’ll get a sneak-peak into the ways of designers and scientists from Exhibition Road and how they work behind the scenes to help inspire a greener future for the planet! This quiz is filled with games and curious questions that will help your family discover how they can work together to change the future. Join in on Friday 15th October by registering here

Learn to create your own Zine!
Join illustrator Katie Chappell in this free, live online workshop with lots of fun exercises and step-by-step drawing activities for the whole family. During this session, you’ll get the opportunity to create your own zine and fill it with ideas for how to start living a more sustainable life! This workshop takes place on Saturday 23rd October. If you’d like to join in, you can sign up here

In the Know: Celebrating Black History Month

In the Know: Celebrating Black History Month

In The Know Parents What's new?

We’re heading into October, which is also Black History Month! That means it’s a great time for families and young people to learn, celebrate and share the importance of black history and culture. In this week’s newsletter, we’ve included amazing events that will give you and your family the opportunity to learn about Black History and celebrate the achievements of Black leaders that have helped shape the world!

Learn the ABC of Black History
Simon Education is hosting a four-week, online interactive course that gives families the opportunity to explore Black history. It includes a variety of interactive activities where your family can explore 250,000 years of Black history. The first module of this four week course is free for families and their children to attend. It starts on Sunday 3rd October, and you can register here

Explore the hidden Black History in London
In celebration of Black History month, EquiNet is hosting an event that will take you and your family through an insightful and interactive virtual walk through London to explore Black History. This tour gives families the opportunity to explore topics such as World War II, Ancient African civilizations, and science and invention. The session takes place on Thursday 14th October, you can join here

Discuss books and heroes for Black History Month
Lambeth Library is hosting a free, online book club for young people aged 8 and up. The session will focus on Black history, and your child will have the opportunity to talk about a historical figure, inventor, scientist, author, or someone they know personally that has inspired them. The book club takes place on Wednesday 27th October, and you can book here

In the Know: Developing Problem-solving skills!

In the Know: Developing Problem-solving skills!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you ever wondered how you can help foster your child’s problem-solving skills? Perseverance and courage are important character strengths that we believe help children to develop the skills they need to tackle life’s challenges! This week, we’ll be sharing fun, educational activities that will encourage problem-solving and brainstorming, with the aim of helping young people to make sense of clues, and try different solutions on their path to problem-solving fun. Read on to find out what we’ve got lined up!

Learn to design and code apps with Microsoft!

In this free workshop, young people aged 13 and older will learn about apps and how to create them. They’ll get to brainstorm their app ideas and learn to code an app with App Lab! By the end of this workshop, your child will have learned coding fundamentals and understand what apps are and how coding relates to them. The workshop takes place on Friday 8th October, and you can book here

Learn how to make your own cartoon!

Udemy has a free online course for young people of all ages. In this course, your child will create 25 fun cartoon drawings, participate in activities that grow critical thinking skills, develop hand-eye coordination, encourage self-expression and apply the knowledge gained to create their own unique masterpiece. You can register for the course here.

Develop problem-solving skills with Figure This!

Figure This! is a free app for young people aged 11 and up, that uses math problems to help them understand real-world scenarios! These challenges cover topics from algebra and geometry to statistics and probability. This app can help your child to visualise math problems and gives them extra questions and reading suggestions to extend their learning! To sign up, click here

Applications for our online 1:1 Programmes close today!

This is your last chance to book your call with our team to find out more about our 1:1 Programmes. Our scholars have been able to move up by 2-grade points within a year of being on one of our programmes eg. from a D-grade to a B-grade! The closing date for applications is 24th September 2021. If you’d like to find out more or are interested in signing your child up for this term, book a call with the Scholar Success Team today!

In the Know: Opportunities to boost creativity!

In the Know: Opportunities to boost creativity!

In The Know Parents What's new?

School is back in full swing and the routine is settling in, so we thought we’d share some exciting opportunities to bring back the fun factor! This week, we’ll be sharing events to give your child the chance to get creative, help keep their minds active and encourage new ways of thinking and solving problems. Are you keen to help them get in on the learning fun? Read on to find out more!

Using art and music to showcase talent
Kakou is giving young people between the ages of 8-15 a unique opportunity to express themselves. This free workshop gives your child the chance to showcase their talents through music and the creative arts! And they’ll also get to explore how the environment and social culture are changing around them. This event takes place on Wednesday 22nd September, you can book here

Take up singing and songwriting lessons!
If your child is interested in singing and is between the ages of 11-16, this opportunity is not to be missed! R&B singer and songwriter, Luv`Rell, will be hosting free singing and songwriting lessons, where she will teach young people to create intricate harmonies and practice their vocal skills! These lessons will take place from Thursday 23rd September, and you can get your ticket here

Encourage scientific thinking
Aactivekidszone is hosting a free online workshop where your child will have the opportunity to make their own scientific instrument. During the workshop, your child will experience the concept of scientific thinking and conduct experiments using household articles, waste things, and low-cost materials. The workshop takes place on Sunday 26th September, and you can book your spot here.  

Application Deadline Extended for our online 1:1 Programmes!
We’re excited to let you know that applications have been extended for our 1:1 online Tutoring & Mentoring Programmes. Our scholars have been able to move up by 2-grade points within a year of being on one of our programmes eg. from a D-grade to a B-grade! The closing date for applications is Friday 24th September 2021. If you’d like to find out more or are interested in signing your child up for this term, book a call with the Scholar Success Team!

 

Scholar Spotlight – I feel more optimistic and I know how to overcome a lot of challenges now!

Scholar Spotlight – I feel more optimistic and I know how to overcome a lot of challenges now!

Scholar spotlight What's new?

We had the pleasure of interviewing one of our scholars recently, who joined our mentoring programme last term! Cinaj talks about how the programme has helped him build the confidence to build better relationships with his teachers, parents and friends! He also talks about how he has learnt about the importance of good decision making, how to overcome challenges and difficult situations and developed a positive mindset!

Please give us a short introduction telling us a bit about yourself. You can talk about things like your likes and dislikes, hobbies, what you want to study one day etc.

Hi, my name is Cinaj. I come from Bermuda. I like dancing, music, and coding. When I grow up, I’d like to study and work in I.T.

How did you hear about GT Scholars?

From School – and my mum told me. I decided to get into the programme because I thought it would be a fun experience and help me with life.

What do you feel like you learnt from the programme?

I know it was meant to be an in-person sort of thing. But it was interesting doing it at home and doing it online. I learnt how to be a good leader and how to adapt and deal with difficult situations. I learnt about finances, how to look for a job, and that certain jobs need experience – like cooking to become a chef.

Did you notice a change in yourself during the programme?

Yeah! I noticed that I started to feel a bit more confident. Before, I didn’t think I could do a lot of things, like coding and stuff like that. And then after the program, I started to feel that I had a little bit more confidence in doing it.

Did you enjoy working with your mentor during the programme?

Yes, I did. I enjoyed it a lot. I know it was meant to be in-person, but I did enjoy working with my online mentor.

How has your mentor helped you to reach your personal goals or aspirations?

We talked about a lot of things. She didn’t teach me specifically about music. But we had the same interests and stuff like that. We did talk about it on occasions. She helped me with school work and time management. Certain things I would forget and she would help me to remember and leave notes.

Is there any feedback you’d like to share with your mentor?

I really enjoyed working with my mentor. There’s nothing really to improve on. I would say a big thank you!

What do you feel was the most important thing that you learnt during that workshop?

It was the self-confidence workshop. I was not really confident when I went into the workshop. It helped me to be confident in a lot of stuff and have a better mindset.

How will you apply what you have learnt during the programme to your future?

I plan to put it all together and just hope for the best. I’ll just go in with a good mindset and keep my head down, and do the work and just be a good person.

Do you feel like the programme helped you to gain confidence to make decisions about your future?

Yes! Because a part of the programme covered decision making, and it explained that certain decisions I make can affect my lifestyle. So if I went down the wrong path, I would end up with consequences. Or if I went down a good path, it would allow me to do more things and gain a variety of experiences.

Do you think that being on the programme helped you to develop and further improve your personal relationships (with your parents, friends and teachers)?

It improved my relationships because, before, if I didn’t understand something, I wouldn’t really ask. I would just search it on my own. Now, if I don’t understand something, I will ask my teacher, or my mum or my friends or my family. Before I wasn’t really asking anybody, I was more of a quiet person. 

With my friends, certain things I couldn’t really help with. Sometimes my friends would come up to me and ask me questions I didn’t really know how to deal with it. Now I know how to deal with it and help them.

Do you feel more confident to solve problems or overcome challenges? Why? Do you have an example of this that you’d like to share?

Yes! I feel more hopeful about certain situations. I feel more optimistic that it’s all going to turn out well and that everything is going to be fine. I think I know how to overcome a lot of challenges now. 

Has being on the programme helped you to be more self-aware? Meaning do you feel like you understand your emotions better and understand why wellbeing is so important? 

I learnt that certain things trigger me to become upset and make me annoyed and how to avoid it. Before I would just go away and not talk. Now, I’m just talking it out and seeing how I can make it better. 

Is there anything else you would like to say about the programme?

It was a good experience! Everybody was nice and cheerful and everything was really good! I hope that more people join the program because it helps with a lot of things.

In the Know: National Coding Week

In the Know: National Coding Week

In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s National Coding Week next week! With technology becoming integrated into daily life, the demand for technology skills is more important than ever before. Coding is an excellent way for your child to develop their technology skills, boost their communication, creativity, and self-confidence. We thought it would be great to share exciting coding opportunities that you get your child involved in. Read on to find out more!

Make a game with Microsoft!
Microsoft is hosting a free, online workshop for young people aged 13 and up. In this workshop, your child will have the opportunity to design and code a game to play. The workshop will give your child the chance to practice designing and modifying games, learn fundamental and intermediate block-based coding skills and explore how to use the MakeCode Arcade platform. This event takes place on Wednesday 15th September, and you can join here

Learn more about coding!
Join the At_nology team for a free, online coding and information session! During this event, your child will get insight into the fundamentals of software development and get an idea of what working in a tech job is like. There will also be a Q&A session where your child will have the opportunity to ask coding questions that they would like. This event takes place on Tuesday 21st September and is open to young people aged 13 and up! You can register here.

Be part of Coding for Girls!
Girls into Coding is hosting a free, online workshop for girls aged 10-14. This event is aimed at inspiring and encouraging girls to get involved in the tech world and explore online coding activities! This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn how to code using Python, to get some more advanced, hands-on coding experience. This online workshop takes place on Sunday 5th September, and you can book your ticket here.

Applications for our online 1:1 Programmes are open!
We’re excited to let you know that applications are open for our 1:1 online Tutoring & Mentoring Programmes. Our scholars have been able to move up by 2-grade points within a year of being on one of our programmes eg. from a D-grade to a B-grade! The closing date for applications is Friday 17th September 2021. If you’d like to find out more or are interested in signing your child up for this term, book a call with the Scholar Success Team!

In the Know: Fun Activities to kick start the new academic year!

In the Know: Fun Activities to kick start the new academic year!

In The Know Parents What's new?

We hope that you’ll enjoy the last bit of the summer holidays! With the new academic year kicking off on Monday, we’re sharing some great opportunities to help your child get a headstart on the new academic year by inspiring their innovative minds. These opportunities can help you and your child build some new skills whilst having fun doing it. Read on to find out more!

Draw all things autumn with Emer O’Leary Studios!
With autumn almost here, let your child unlock their inner Picasso by joining a free online art class. In this class, your child will learn to draw everything in autumn, from falling leaves to a cup of hot cocoa. All they need are some markers, plain paper, and a willingness to learn. The class takes place on Tuesday 7th September and is open to young people of all ages. You can sign up here

Take a Virtual Tour!
Join the Thames festival on a journey along the early Georgian river from Westminster to the Tower of London. During this free virtual tour, your family will encounter wharves, warehouses, water closets, and even a lost palace or two. It’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy and takes place on Wednesday 15th September and you can book your ticket here

Get Creative with VRAcedmi!
If your child is between the ages of 13 – 18 and enjoys creating movies, then this free online course will be great for them. In this course, your child will learn to integrate art and technology to make movies, develop fundamentals of art and visual storytelling and build their knowledge of editing videos. The course takes place on Wednesday 8th September, and you can get your ticket here

 

Top 12 Highest Paying Degrees in the UK 2021

Top 12 Highest Paying Degrees in the UK 2021

Careers What's new? Young people

It’s always a great idea to research what the highest paying degrees are when you’re choosing a career path. Not only do these choices make the time and money you spend on completing your degree worth it, but these degrees are also in demand in many countries around the world!

And since you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’re carefully considering the study options that are right for you. We know it’s not always an easy decision. That’s why we’re writing this article; to help you on your journey towards choosing the right degree. One that pays well, offers job security and suits your skillset and interests!

We’ll discuss what to look for when you’re deciding what to study and we’ll talk about the 12 highest paying degrees in England, including the average salary for people working in those professions, the type of skill sets most suited to each and finally, the academic requirements to study each degree.

What Should You Think About When Choosing a Degree?

Knowing which questions to ask might be challenging, so let’s start by discussing the most important factors to consider when it comes to picking the right career path.

What Makes The Degree Worth Your While?

A good degree is one that allows you to earn well, is versatile and is a needed skill. It is also really important that it’s something you’re passionate about.

Looking at the highest paying degrees when you’re choosing what to study isn’t just about wanting to earn well, it’s also about making sure you’re studying something that has high job stability.

It’s also exciting to know that the top 12 highest paying degrees that we’ll talk about are in many different fields and cater for different personalities and skillsets. This brings us to the next point; thinking about your personality when you’re choosing a degree. 

Think About Your Personality

Thinking about your personality traits is important when it comes to choosing a degree that’s right for you. This means taking note of your preferences and what it is that you really enjoy. 

You can consider the subjects you enjoy doing most at school and which ones you’re good at. That way, you can choose to study for a degree that matches your skillset and interests, and it’s something that you’re passionate about. 

By following these steps, you’re likely to be more motivated to complete your degree and you’ll feel like you’re working towards something meaningful.

Think About the Lifestyle You Want to Live

It is just as important is to think about the life you want to live. Some jobs are more suitable for family-oriented individuals while others require long hours, frequent travel, or are for career-driven individuals. 

When choosing a degree, think about your aspirations. Do you see yourself working in an office? Would you like to have a job that allows you to travel? These questions will help you decide your career path and narrow down your study choices to degrees that help you to plan for the future you envision. 

The Top 12 Highest Paying Degrees in the UK

Here is a list of the top 12 highest paying degrees in the UK for young people today! These are not in any specific order and we’ll give you all the information you need to know for each degree.

1. Dentistry

Dentistry is an exciting field because it’s a skill that’s needed around the world! It also places towards the top of the list of highest paying degrees in the UK and in many other countries.

If you have great communication, organisation and leadership skills then this may be the career for you. Dentists also need to be patient, detail-oriented and good at problem-solving.

The average dentist salary in the United Kingdom is around £64,684 per year. If this is something you’d like to study, then you’ll need to work towards achieving seven GCSEs at grades A or A* including English Language and Mathematics. And at least two science subjects at a B grade or above. 

For A-levels, you’ll usually need 3 A-levels at grades AAA to ABB, including Chemistry and Biology.

2. Medicine

Medicine is a broad field and it gives you an opportunity to work with different age groups and in different specialities. It’s also a great choice for anyone who is passionate about helping people!

If you’re thinking about going into the medical field then it’s great to have communication skills, to be detail-oriented and flexible. It’s also important to be empathetic in nature and emotionally intelligent. That’s because working in the medical field requires long hours and you’ll be working with many different people. 

The average salary for persons working in this field is between £45,124 to £77,519 per year. If you’d like to study medicine, you’ll need seven GCSEs, including sciences like physics and biology, with 5 subjects at grades A or A* and English and mathematics at a grade B or above.

For A-levels, you’ll need AAA grades in subjects like biology and chemistry with physics or mathematics.

3. Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is the perfect field for those who want to help animals. It is also broad and you can choose which types of animals you want to work with such as common animals like cats and dogs, exotic animals or a more specialised group – like working with horses or zoo animals, for example. 

This is also a great career choice if you’re compassionate and have strong interpersonal, management, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. 

The average salary in the UK for this field is around £47,094. If veterinary medicine is a career you’re interested in, you’ll need five GCSEs at grades A-C including science, English, and mathematics. 

For A-levels, you’ll need to aim for grades BBC to A*AA including biology and two other subjects.

4. Accounting and Finance

Accounting and finance places near the top of the list of highest paying degrees in the UK. That’s because every industry needs professionals from this field and there are so many ways to offer your services, as well as opportunities to earn multiple incomes.

This is the perfect career choice if you’re driven, resilient, persistent, fair, ethical, and loyal. Working in the financial field also means you need to be good at communicating because you’ll be working with different people.

The average salary for working in finance in the UK is around £52,500 per year. If you’re interested in studying towards a career in finance, you’ll need to achieve A grades in the majority of your subjects. You’ll also need to do well in subjects such as mathematics and accounting.

For A-levels, you’ll need to work towards achieving an AAB grade, including accountancy, business or mathematics.

5. Engineering

Engineering is a very rewarding field because not only do you earn a degree that allows you to work in different fields but it also gives you the skills you need to be an entrepreneur!

If you’re curious and creative and have critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, and communication skills then this may be the right path for you! This is also a great career choice if you enjoy working with your hands.

The average salary for careers in engineering in the UK is around £20,938 to £88,085. This also depends on the field you want to specialise in such as civil, electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering. To study engineering in the UK, you’ll need to aim for five GCSEs at grades A to C. 

For A-levels, you’ll usually need three A levels at A/B grades to apply for the most popular courses.

6. Actuary

A degree in Actuary offers a work-life balance! And apart from being one of the highest paying degrees in the UK, Actuaries start off with a high salary too, as much as £32,000 per year!

This is a great degree choice if you’re investigative, detail-oriented, organized, and a logical thinker with problem-solving skills. It’s also beneficial if you’ve got strong Maths skills and are passionate about Mathematics.

The average salary for Actuary in the UK is around £59,650 per year. If this is a career you’re interested in studying in then you’ll need to work towards achieving five GCSEs at grades A or B with a minimum of grade C in English and A in Mathematics.

For A-levels, you’ll need a grade B or above in A-level mathematics and a grade C in another A-level subject.

7. Physics 

If the idea of testing theories and hypotheses excites you, and you enjoy discovering new things, you’ll really want to consider studying for a degree in physics!

This is also a great choice if you’re analytical, curious, critical, communicative, and have interpersonal skills. This degree is also very mathematical, so enjoying this subject is essential.

The average salary for a career in physics in the UK is around £41,714 per year. If you’re interested in studying towards this career path then you’ll need to work to achieve five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and science.

You’ll also want to aim for three A levels, including physics and mathematics.

8. Computer Science

This is an exciting degree because it gives you the opportunity to work in different settings! You can also choose to specialise in different areas, and one of the biggest advantages is that you can work remotely if you’d like!

This is the perfect field if you’re an analytical thinker and are skilled in problem-solving and critical thinking – and you enjoy working with computers, of course!

The average pay for careers in computer science in the UK is around £42,544 per year. If this is a career you’re interested in then you’ll need to aim for five GCSEs at grades A-C, including science, English, and mathematics. 

You’ll also need to take mathematics or further mathematics at A-levels and another one or two A-level subjects.

9. Business and Administration

This is the perfect career choice if you’re passionate about business. This degree also gives you the opportunity to work in different types of businesses, including starting your own!

It’s also a great option if you are decisive, self-aware, enthusiastic and fair. You’re also more likely to enjoy studying towards a degree in Business and Administration if you enjoy being in a leadership position.

You could expect to earn an average salary of around £42,500 per year when you get your degree in Business and Administration. If you are interested in studying for a degree in this field, then you’ll need to aim for five GCSEs at grades C or above, including mathematics and English.

For A-levels, you’ll usually need three A levels at A/B grades to apply for the most popular courses.

10. Architecture

This is a field that gives you the ability to get creative and solve problems at the same time! It can also be a fast-paced career and gives you lots of opportunities for growth.

If you are passionate, easy-going, confident, creative, and adaptable this could be the right choice for you! It’s also a great option if you enjoy learning about different architecture and you’re good at drawing.

The average salary for an architect in the UK is around £43,115 per year. If you’d like to consider studying architecture, it’ll be good to aim for five GCSEs at grades A*- C including English, maths, and science.

To study architecture, you’ll usually need three A levels at A grades to apply for the most popular courses.

11. Law

Does the thought of justice being served excite you? If your answer is yes, and you like the sound of earning a good, secure living, then this may be the right degree for you! 

Law is also a great choice if you have strong research and analytical skills, communication skills, people skills, and good judgment. It is also a field that constantly requires critical and logical thinking. 

The average salary in law is around £49,326 per year. If you can see yourself studying law then you’ll need to aim for five GCSEs at grades A-C, including English.

For A-levels, you’ll usually need three A levels at A grades to apply for the most popular courses.

12. Education

The great thing about education is that you can go anywhere in the world and there are lots of extra earning opportunities! A degree in Education also allows you to choose the ages you enjoy working with.

If you have leadership skills, organizational skills, you’re compassionate, patient and you love working with and guiding people, then this is the job for you! 

Educators in the UK earn between £19,894 to £64,788 per year. To study education, you should aim for at least five GCSEs at grades A-C, including English and mathematics.

Most courses also require you to have a minimum of two A-levels. These could be related to the subjects you would like to teach.

Taking Your Future Into Your Own Hands

There you have it, the 12 highest paying degrees to study in the UK! At GT Scholars, we believe that anyone can achieve their goals and dreams with the right support, and anyone can achieve A grades when they learn how! So, if you’d like to find out more about our high impact programmes and how you can work towards studying for the career of your choice, you can click here to register your interest and we’ll get in touch with you!

In the Know: Back to School Activities

In the Know: Back to School Activities

In The Know Parents What's new?

We hope you had a great summer and are ready to take on the new academic year? This week we’re sharing three fun activities that’ll help your child gear up for the new school year. These activities will help boost their concentration, memory, and imagination and allow them to have fun while learning. Read on to find out more!

Explore Coding for Girls!
Girls into Coding is hosting a free online workshop for girls aged 10-14. There will be talks to inspire & encourage girls to get involved in tech and explore online coding activities. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to code with Python and to get some hands-on coding time from the comfort of your home. The workshop takes place on Sunday 5th September, and you can get your ticket here.

Be Creative!
Join Reading Friends as they host their free online arts and crafts workshop. You and your family have the opportunity to create any art or craft with the theme “Dreams” and bring it to the session to share how you made your art. If your family enjoys painting, card making, or origami, join this workshop on Tuesday 7th September. You can book here.

Join a Drama Class!
Drama Teacher Eve Baker will be hosting free online drama workshops for young people of all ages. Your child will have the opportunity to learn scriptwriting, improv, comedy, and more. These workshops will help build confidence, develop creativity, and help boost concentration, memory and imagination. The workshop will take place every Sunday from 19th September, and you can join here

Find out more about the online 1-to-1 Programmes!
We’re about to head into Term 1, and we’re excited to let you know that applications are now open for our 1-to-1 programmes. If you’d like to know more about the high-impact online tutoring and mentoring opportunities available for young people between the ages of 11 and 16 with GT Scholars, click here. 

Volunteer Spotlight – I think that tutoring emphasises the value of the individual

Volunteer Spotlight – I think that tutoring emphasises the value of the individual

Volunteer spotlight Volunteers What's new?

Josh Hood has been a volunteer tutor with us for about a year now, and it was great to hear more about his experience with us as a tutor, and how he has helped his tutee reach her goals and overcome her challenges. It’s inspiring stories like Josh’s that help us celebrate our volunteers and the difference they’ve made in the lives of our scholars. You can read the full interview below.

Tell me a little bit about you and what got you to where you are today
I’m something of a nomad, both physically and spiritually I suppose. As a result, I’ve taken up lots of opportunities to experience different cultures, jobs and philosophies. Even when it might have seemed daunting to do so, I think that we grow when we push our boundaries and open our minds up to new possibilities – never stop learning. 

What made you decide to become a volunteer tutor?
I’ve been a teacher in the past and got a great deal of satisfaction seeing students progress. Also, my own schooling experience I think could have benefited from receiving some one-on-one help, so I can clearly see the value in what GT Scholars tries to achieve every academic year. 

How did you get started as a volunteer tutor with GT Scholars?
During the first dreaded lockdown of 2020, I discovered the company through LinkedIn and was immediately sold by Temi’s vision and drive. Thereafter, I was paired with a scholar whom I tutored throughout the year.

What did you enjoy most about tutoring your scholar?
My particular scholar showed real enthusiasm and commitment to the course – her reading improved ten-fold, and her predicted grades at school also increased. To witness this progress both academically and in her confidence was a great feeling, and I found this part of this tutoring process most fulfilling.

What goals have you helped your scholar to achieve?
My scholar was keen to improve on her reading in particular, alongside developing an ability to assess prose and poetry in greater detail, with a wider range of vocabulary. She was able to improve on all fronts – a great credit to her aptitude and application. 

What challenges did you face while tutoring your scholar?
My scholar had a busy extracurricular schedule! Oftentimes, we would need to reschedule for a time that didn’t clash with other activities, but it was a hurdle we overcame every week! 

What part of the volunteering process have you found the most fulfilling?
Building a relationship with both the scholar and her parent was really fulfilling. There was mutual respect and appreciation that we developed for what was trying to be achieved – something that I’ll miss massively!

Why do you think tutoring is valuable to young people?
I think that tutoring emphasises the value of the individual – that scholars who may not have received a great deal of attention are, in fact, deserving of the time and consideration required to help them, whether that be in an academic sense or otherwise. 

What do you think is the most important skill to have as a volunteer tutor?
In my experience patience is the biggest virtue when tutoring. To offer structure in your methodology and present material patiently are essential to help scholars in the best way possible

How important has support been in getting you to where you are today?
One of the main reasons I joined GT Scholars was due to a lack of support that I received growing up, and the realisation that I could have realised my potential sooner, should those networks have been in place. I think that structured guidance is integral to helping individuals mature.

What would you say to anyone thinking of becoming a tutor or mentor with GT Scholars?
Through volunteering with GT Scholars, I’ve gained a reinforced desire to help others with the limited skills that I have. I’d recommend becoming a volunteer with GT Scholars to everyone that values fairness, caring and understanding. If you have just one spare hour per week and enjoy the idea of helping young scholars to realise their potential, boosting their confidence and improving their self-esteem, then do it!