In the Know – Speaking up to make a difference!

In the Know – Speaking up to make a difference!

In The Know Parents

For young people to make the most out of the academic and career opportunities available to them, they will need to be able to articulate their thoughts and present their ideas well. They will also need to be able to hold their own in a room full of people and engage well with others. Here are a few activities to help your child be confident when speaking and presenting their ideas to other people!

Speak Up: Find Your Voice, Change The World!

This workshop hosted by GT Scholars is open to young people from the ages of 11 to 16. Taking place on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-4pm at Goldsmiths University, your child will get to learn valuable public speaking and presentation skills. They will also find out how to apply their skills to play an active role in their communities and ultimately make a difference in the world! Tickets cost £12.50 and you can book them here. We hope to see you there! Tickets are still available and can be booked via the Eventbrite waiting list.

Practice Makes Perfect!

The best way to improve public speaking skills is to practice and we know just the app that can help young people! VirtualSpeech VR is an app that helps you practice your speaking by creating realistic environments through the use of photos, sounds, and an audience. It even offers interactive courses to help you prepare. Download the free app for Apple or Android here and get your child started today!

Youth Connect!

We Rise is hosting a YouthConnect event on Tuesday 9th July for young people 14 years old and up. This is a great way for your child to not only continue perfecting the art of public speaking, but also other important skills such as communication, brainstorming, and teamwork. Your child will also get to interact with professionals and industry experts. The event is free and will be taking place at 3Space International House. Find out more here. We do

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

 

Volunteers and Friend of GT Scholars – Volunteer this summer!

Volunteers and Friend of GT Scholars – Volunteer this summer!

Volunteers

Top of the morning to you on this awesome Friday! Hope you are looking forward to the official start of summer this weekend! This week’s newsletter includes some great volunteer opportunities you can get involved in this summer. Curious to find out more? Read on for more details!

Invite us to Speak!
As you know, we are all about creating more opportunities for young people, especially those from low-income backgrounds, to succeed in school and beyond. We would love to share more about what we do with people so that we can increase our reach and help even more young people in need! If you know of any forums or speaking engagements you think we could be a part of to make this happen, then please get in touch with me to chat further.

Did you know!
Foster Care Fortnight, the Fostering Network’s annual campaign to bring awareness to the way foster care transforms lives, took place last week. One of the things highlighted is the large number of young people living in care who struggle with educational attainment and reaching their aspirations. One of the ways you can help to spread awareness about young people living in care is to write a blog post for our website. A blog post is a great way for you to share your thoughts with our scholars and parents, not only about young people living in care, but also on education, social mobility, and careers. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, you can get in touch with me or find out more here.

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GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

In The Know What's new?

We hope you had a great half-term break? In the spirit of getting back into the groove of things, this week we’re bringing the fun back into learning! With this week’s activities, your child will discover what they love about the subjects they take. Use these activities to reignite your child’s passion for school and remind them that education has a fun side!

Raspberry Coding Jam
The Pi Jam presents an exciting day of coding workshops, interesting talks and fun activities at their All London Raspberry event. This event is ideal for young people aged 11-16 who want to learn more about technology, programming and coding. This free event will cover Python, machine learning and Microbit as well as Scratch and programming activities. This event filled with coding fun will be on Saturday 8th June at The Microsoft Reactor London. Register your interest here.

The Saturday Club Summer Show!
This free event celebrates pushing the boundaries of creative education! The National Saturday Club Summer Show will be an exhibition of the research work of their 13-16 year old members. Their work will cover a wide range of subjects such as Fashion, Business, Science and Engineering. This is a great way to inspire your child to get excited and develop a passion for their school subjects. The event will take place from Saturday 8th June at Somerset House. Find out more here.

Rise of the Machines!
Be sure to take your child down to the Barbican Center for a day filled with activities to get your child thinking about technology that goes beyond their mobile phone! This event is free for 11-14 year olds and will include engaging, interactive activities such as driving a virtual sports car and creating images with a big screen robot that mimics your gestures. Find out more about this exciting event here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Step into Your Future!

In the Know – Step into Your Future!

In The Know What's new?

There are so many career choices available to young people that at times it can feel overwhelming when trying to decide on one. This week’s fun and informative activities are all aimed at giving your child the support they need to make decisions about their future. Read on to find out how to get your child inspired for the future!

Project Accelerate!
On Wednesday 29th May, Project Accelerate is back! From 10:30am to 4pm at RioTinto, which is a large multinational corporation that works in 35 countries across six continents. On Wednesday, we’ll be hosting free workshops for young people (aged 13-16). This workshop will be aimed at helping your child build some of the skills they’ll need to access future work experience and opportunities available to them. Tickets are available and will be released via the waiting list on eventbrite.

A Fashionable Future?
If you know a budding fashion guru aged between 14 – 18 then make sure they don’t miss out on the Creative Careers & Skills MDX Fashion Show! This event on Friday 31st May is ideal for young people interested in a career in the fashion or textiles industries. They’ll be able to gain insight into professional portfolio design and have access to mentoring advice from Middlesex University tutors and students at this free fashion show! Book your tickets here.

Coding Fundamentals
If your child has been trying to figure out how they can get into coding then Vision Redbridge’s coding event presents the perfect opportunity. On Thursday 13th June they will be hosting an interactive coding session for beginners so that your 13-15 year olds can develop basic coding skills. The session which is £2 will include an introduction to fundamental coding languages such as Micro:bits, HTML and Python. Get your ticket here.

GT Scholars is a Non-profit organisation that provides young people with skills, strategies and support to achieve their aspirations. Visit our blog page for more insightful articles on ways you can support your child’s educational journey or find out more information on our tutoring programme and how to apply.

In the Know – Ideas for Half-term fun!

In the Know – Ideas for Half-term fun!

In The Know What's new?

There will be no need to spend the half-term holiday stuck at home with this week’s exciting events! These activities will get your child inspired and help them understand how they can develop their interests to become whoever they want to be. Read on for more!

Touch the Sky!
On Tuesday 28th May your child can engage in an immersive out-of-this-world experience, literally! They will learn about space and be able to experience the Galaxy up close as the stars and planets are brought right to them through this engaging 360° show. This planetarium show is tailored towards young people taking separate science and astrophysics GCSEs, but there will be a number of shows throughout the day for different age groups. Tickets are £3.99 – find out more and book your ticket here.

Coding Ninja-Style!
On Saturday 25th May, CoderDojo is back with another great event for teen coders. If your child wants to learn the skills necessary to become a software engineer, games developer or data scientist, then be sure not to miss out on this coding workshop! This free session for 14-17 year olds will include fun activities such as building a computer game and creating your own web application! Find out more here.

Life Rewired!
If your teenager is a budding artist then don’t let them miss out on this exciting interactive event. On Sunday 26th May, the Barbican Centre will be hosting an alternative art experience that will truly bring out the creative in your child. The event will include workshops and film screenings that will explore what it means to be human in a world where technology is changing everything! This free event is ideal for 15-18 year olds – find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Enjoy some Arts and Smarts!

In the Know – Enjoy some Arts and Smarts!

In The Know What's new?

Do you want your young ones to explore their creative side and get more involved in the arts? Well, this week’s activities are all about sparking your child’s creativity! Creativity is essential as it stimulates your child’s curiosity and it encourages them to find unique solutions to challenges. Get involved in the activities below to help your child learn how to think outside the box!

Get Creative!
Coming up on Saturday 18th May, ArtFix presents a Day in the Life! This event will be jam-packed with a range of activities that will encourage your young ones to unleash their creative spirit! The day will include lots of interactive activities including photography workshops, exhibitions, colourful installations and performances. This free event is ideal for 11-16 year olds that want to have some creative fun. Find out more here.

Music Magic!
This exciting event at the Southbank Centre is a real treat for young people who are into classical music. Join one of the UK’s leading contemporary ensembles at this exciting Open Studio. On Saturday 18th May your 15 – 18 year olds will get to participate in a workshop with internationally recognised composer Michael Price, testing and developing new methods. The evening will be rounded off with an exhilarating performance from the orchestra. Tickets are £5. Find out more here.

Fun at the Film Festival!
As part of the Birkbeck Arts Week, on Monday 20th May your teens can join in on some film fun as they watch short films produced by the students from the Birkbeck University. There will be a variety of activities such as performances, spoken-word and discussions in addition to the films that will be showcased throughout the day. This free event is ideal for 15-18 year olds who are keen to find their feet in the film industry. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

10 Tried and Tested Study Methods

10 Tried and Tested Study Methods

What's new?

For some young people, studying can seem like such a daunting and impossible task. However, the good news is that studying can be easily done if you figure out ways to study that work for you. When it comes to studying, there is no one conventional way to study, and what may work for someone else may not work for you.

Here are some useful study methods that you can explore to help you get the most out of your study sessions.

Know yourself
Before getting into a study routine or practice, it is good to understand and know how you operate with regards to studying and what things work best for you as an individual. You can do a short S.W.O.T (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of yourself and your academic career and from there determine how best to proceed with applying certain study methods to suit you.

Create a productive environment
Where you study is just as important as how you study. Finding a productive place to study really does make a world of difference between a progressive study session and one where you are wasting your time. It is always helpful to filter out things that can distract you like TV, your cellphone, areas where there is too much noise etc. Find a study spot in places like your school library, a quiet room at home, an empty classroom after school, a quiet cafe or a quiet area in your schoolyard. However, don’t limit yourself to one study space. A change of scenery once a while will also keep your mind refreshed and energized.

Create a study schedule
This might seem like added work but this is another useful approach to studying. Having a pre-planned study schedule helps your mind to be better prepared to study and creates a routine that you can adjust to. Consistency is key, and setting aside a specific time to study is very important. The hours that you choose to allocate to studying depend on you as a person and how long your concentration can keep up.

Set goals for your study session
Write down the topics or sections you wish to cover during each study session, and in doing so, you can monitor your progress and learn to manage your time effectively. This becomes very effective when taking your tests or exams, as you are better prepared with allocating time to certain questions and not panicking about whether the time given in your tests or exams is enough. It is also helpful for you to know the subjects and topics you are strong in and those that you need to work on so that you can decide how much time you will spend working either one.

Take short breaks
Do not overwork yourself and allow yourself to take much needed short breaks. When you do feel you are repeating certain information and there is no progression, take a 10-15 minute break and give yourself some time to regroup and rest your brain. Remember, it is about productivity and maximising on the studying. Rushing to complete your studying without retaining any of the information is pointless. Work hard, but also work smart.

Take practice tests
Most schools do make past test and exam papers available. Use these to practice and apply the knowledge you have retained from your study sessions. You can either take a past test/exam paper after every study session or take one at the end of the week to also gauge how well you are able to remember all the work you have covered in the last week. You can also ask your teachers to make mock tests/exams if they are able to and this will give you good practice and a good general idea of what to expect in the final test/exam paper that will be set.

Get into a study group
Study groups are very useful as they provide several benefits that studying alone may not. For one, you and your fellow study peers can each designate set topics and subjects to cover and when you reconvene to discuss, you are able to share and cover more information collectively and have open discussions about subjects and topics you may not understand. Study groups also help with regulating your study sessions and incentivising you to do the work allocated to you because you are accountable to not only yourself but to your peers as well. Another benefit is that these particular group sessions help with teaching you how to work together in a group context.

Make study notes
This may or may not seem obvious but some students think reading the material once or twice over is sufficient enough. However, taking notes and phrasing them in ways that are easier for you to remember is an effective way to not forget what you have read. You can make your own small study flashcards which you write on and can carry with you. When you have a moment and feel you want to refresh your mind and you’re not in your usual study space, you can take them out and go over the content you wrote. Flashcards are convenient because you don’t have to flip through pages to find what you want. You can highlight the topics on the cards and make the cards as fun and easy to read as you want. You can even put some of them up in your room for the subjects and topics that you need to constantly go over.

Revise your work
Getting yourself to study is only part of making yourself more effective and familiar with your subjects and topics. You also need to revise the work continually in order to maintain your momentum as well as progress with retaining the information and improving overall. There are different ways you can do this. You can go over the work you have covered out loud in the comfort of your room or get a family member or friend to listen to you while you go over what you remember. You can also get them to ask you questions and with some of the content, you can record or get an audiobook and listen to it. What is important is making sure that you revise and go over your work often.

Have confidence in yourself
You have probably heard the popular phrase “nothing will work unless you do,” and this is definitely worth remembering. Have the confidence to believe in yourself in order to get the best out of what you are applying your mind to. Some study sessions may seem like a drag or difficult but always remember that you can do anything you apply yourself to, it is just a matter of trying and asking for help when you need it. You got this!

If you do find that you are not sure how to get started with a study schedule or how to approach studying as a whole, GT Scholars offers programmes that will definitely help you gain the confidence to approach studying, as well as tutors to help you make the most out of your study sessions. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Get your brain into gear!

In the Know – Get your brain into gear!

In The Know What's new?

A major benefit of STEM education is its ability to encourage experimentation which allows you to apply your knowledge. With GCSEs coming up, knowledge application is a valuable tool for young people to tackle their exams and succeed. This week’s newsletter will help to develop these skills with fun activities that will get your child’s brain into gear!

The GT Scholars’ Maths Marathon is back!
Our exciting Maths Marathon workshop is back! Coming up on Saturday 18th May 2019, our workshop is designed for children aged 11-16 to help them develop a love for mathematics. The London Mathematical Society reports that maths is important for various fields, from using linear algebra to transmit information through smartphones to using geometry and 3D modelling to showcase cutting-edge special effects in movies. Tickets are £12.50 and will be released via the waiting list. Please note that spaces are limited!

Devoxx4Kids!
Devoxx4Kids presents this exciting STEM-themed event that will get your 11-16 year olds engaged in robotics, electronics and programming concepts. On Saturday 11th May, they will be running an event filled with workshops designed to challenge and support your child and develop their passion for tech. The workshops will include building robots, creating 3D games and programming your own wand! Tickets will be £11.25 and lunch and snacks will be included. Find the event details here.

Take a trip to Space!
From the 13th to 17th May, join UCL and their Department of Space and Climate Physics as they explore space as part of the UCL Space Week. If your teens are curious about Space or interested in a career in Physics, be sure to attend one of the various talks UCL will be holding. All workshops and talks are free and are ideal for 16-18 year olds. This event is a great way for your child to deepen their understanding of the environment and how Space influences various aspects of our daily living. Find out more here

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Tools for Tech Success!

In the Know – Tools for Tech Success!

In The Know What's new?

This week’s activities offer some fun ways for your child to delve into the world of technology. With young people being the most active users of information and communication technology, having the right skills and being able to utilise technology is increasingly important. These activities offer ideal opportunities for your child to gain and improve their tech skills.

Calling all girls into coding!
Girls Into Coding is hosting this exciting event for girls aged 11 – 14 to inspire and encourage girls to get involved in tech. This free event will take place on Sunday 28th April at the Microsoft Reactor in London. It will include 3 interactive workshops that your girls can choose from such as building their own Robot or Micro Pet! Find out more here.

Tech with a twist!
Taking place at Somerset House on Sunday 28th April, this workshop will explore the application of coding to the natural world. This participatory workshop, run by artists Kasia Molga and Scanner, will allow young people to discover how digital technology connects to the soil and learn about natural living technology such as earthworms. This tech event with a twist is free and ideal for young people aged 14-18. Find out more here.

Khan Academy!
Khan Academy is an interactive online tool that teaches coding fundamentals using JavaScript and ProcessingJS. Your child can learn how to create animation, games, and drawings through programming. They’ll also learn how to make web pages using HTML and CSS. This website with its simple to use interface is ideal for 14 – 18 year olds. Go here to get started on your coding journey.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

7 Ways Undergraduates Can Boost Their CV By Becoming Volunteer Tutor

7 Ways Undergraduates Can Boost Their CV By Becoming Volunteer Tutor

What's new?

When it comes to volunteer tutoring, it is often thought that only those on the receiving end of the volunteering service are being benefited. However, there are many short-term and long-term benefits that volunteer tutors receive when they choose to take on this role. One of these benefits is how this volunteer tutor role can boost your CV, especially for undergraduates.

When a potential employer is going through your CV, they will always assess what extracurricular work you have done during the course of your studies. When they see that you have previously taken on the role of a volunteer tutor, it reveals a few things about your character and the kind of person they would be bringing on board to work for them.

It shows initiative
Taking on the initiative to be a volunteer tutor is a great way to get your foot in the door to the working world. Potential employers will see that you are not primarily driven by money and that you are willing to put in work when it is needed without being prompted to do so. It shows that the betterment of others is something you take into consideration and that you are also able to think beyond yourself. It also shows that you are proactive and willing to go the extra mile.

More exposure for you
By becoming a volunteer tutor you create more opportunities for yourself to be seen. It makes your CV more captivating to potential employers and gives them an insight into how you spend your time outside of university and an overlook of your skills and capabilities. The opportunity to be a volunteer tutor also puts you in an environment you may not usually be exposed to, and in doing so, it allows you to meet other undergraduates and professionals who may be able to pass your CV to other people. This creates a platform for you to network with different peers your age who may also be volunteer tutors, as well as potential organisations you may want to work with in the future. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor can also expose you to different potential career paths that you can look into.

Improved skills and experience
In as much as you are helping someone else improve their skills through your volunteer tutoring, you are also improving your skills and experience in the process. You have to find ways to be able to relate to the scholars you teach and find ways to relay the information you know to them. This improves with every tutoring session you have and helps to sharpen your communication, leadership, interpersonal, and performance skills. Being a volunteer tutor also helps with improving your thinking skills and personal development. In doing this, it gives you the right skills and experience for the workplace and under different conditions and environments.

Time management
Becoming a volunteer tutor requires you to have good time management in order to balance your academic career and personal time as well as being a tutor. It shows potential employers your organisational skills and how well you are able to manage the demands of studying and tutoring while working under pressure in some instances. Employers like to see that their potential employees have good time management skills and are able to allocate their time accordingly and prioritise different tasks effectively. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor is also a good way to utilise spare time and learning how to manage that.

Preparation for the future
Being a volunteer tutor helps to prepare you for working environments and other future roles you may look into pursuing. Even though you have the free will to undertake your tutoring sessions in times that work well for both you and your scholar, you still work under a specific structure and you must still meet the required hours as well as produce certain results with regards to your scholar. You also have to maintain a standard of integrity and abide by the rules that govern the volunteers within that organisation. This shows potential employers that you have the ability to follow instructions and how well you are able to fulfil designated tasks and work independently.

It shows that you are reliable
Becoming a volunteer tutor is one thing, but doing the job that is required of you is another. When taking on the role, you have to ensure that you will be able to fully apply yourself to the role. This is an aspect that potential employers look at – how reliable you are and how well do you perform in your role? The more reliable you prove to be, the higher your chances of growing professionally are and the more people trust you to do things that require greater responsibility.

An opportunity for personal enrichment
Lastly, being a volunteer tutor creates room for your own personal enrichment. It helps you discover strengths or interests you may not have known that you had, and it provides you with a different perspective on how you can approach your career and personal life. There are always lessons to be learnt and growth to be experienced when you open your mind to new possibilities. You also learn some of the things that work and don’t work for you and also leave having acquired some self-enhancement through the whole experience.

If you would like to boost your CV and become a volunteer tutor, then feel free to get in touch with us. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about GT Scholars and how you can make a significant difference in the lives of young people.