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!

How to Be a Good Mentor – The Ultimate Mentorship Guide

How to Be a Good Mentor – The Ultimate Mentorship Guide

Volunteer mentors What's new?

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

Would you like to become a good mentor and run effective mentoring sessions? Then you’re in the right place! There’s no doubt that volunteering as a mentor for young people means that you’ll be making a difference in their lives. Mentors are there to guide their mentees through life’s challenges so that they can work towards reaching their full potential.

Being a great mentor means showing up for your mentee and giving them all you’ve got during your sessions. It takes planning and dedication, and a whole lot of patience and care. Like with all things, you can become an excellent mentor with some practice and there are always ways that we can improve. 

At GT Scholars, we want to help you to become the best mentor you can possibly be! That’s why we’ve written this guide on the qualities of a great mentor and how you can run successful mentoring programs. We hope that this will be the start of an amazing journey between you and your future mentees! 

The Qualities of a Good Mentor

If you’re wondering what you can do to be a great mentor then you’re already halfway there! While there are many qualities of a good mentor, here are some of the ones that we feel are really important. 

You might find that you have these qualities already! If so, that’s great, and if not, don’t worry. We’re here to help you to become the best mentor you can be! 

They Have a Positive Outlook

A good mentor is aware of their emotions and filters. So they make a conscious effort to look at things in a positive way. You won’t be able to influence your mentee to think positively if you have not learned to develop a positive attitude yourself. Take some time to learn about and improve your outlook on things and make sure you’re thinking positively.

One aspect that can help is to focus on developing your emotional intelligence. People who are emotionally intelligent understand their emotions and know how to use and manage their feelings in positive ways, especially in difficult situations. They are also better at managing their relationships with others. It is for this reason that good mentors are also emotionally intelligent.

Apart from having a positive outlook on things, you also want to be a positive role model! Your mentee will learn a lot from you by simply observing how you handle different situations. 

They’ll pick up on your standards, ethics, values, and attitudes and they’re likely to follow your lead and adapt to your approach because of the nature of your relationship with them. So it’s important to make sure you’re modelling a positive attitude.

They’re Enthusiastic!

Mentors who make the biggest impact are enthusiastic! They are more likely to get their mentee excited about their sessions. Learning is also more memorable when it is related to an emotion, which is why mentees are more likely to enjoy and remember their sessions when their mentor is enthusiastic.

What does enthusiasm look like? You want to be the mentor that gets excited to share knowledge, wisdom, and expertise with your mentee. Being enthusiastic doesn’t mean being inhuman and permanently putting up a front. It means being passionate about what you can do to help your mentee to the best of your ability. 

It means being prepared and going the extra mile to show your mentee that you care about your role as their mentor. If you, as a mentor, always show enthusiasm towards your sessions, this attitude will rub off and your mentee will start looking forward to their sessions with you.

They’re a Good Listener

The best mentors give good advice only because they listened to their mentee’s needs first. You need to be open to listening to your mentee so that you know which direction to guide them in. 

How can you do this? A good mentoring relationship is built on asking questions rather than telling your mentee what to do all the time. This is a lot easier said than done! As a mentor, you will have to make a conscious effort to pay attention to what your mentee is saying instead of thinking about what you’re going to say next. 

Show that you are interested in what they think by asking yourself what they are up to and why? Listening to your mentee will help you to build understanding with them; the type of person they are, their likes and dislikes, and get to know them on a deeper level. Knowing your mentee on this level will help you conduct the best mentoring sessions.

They Give Honest Feedback

A good mentor will know how to give honest feedback to their mentees. You can use the sandwich principle when you are giving honest feedback. That means that you start by telling your mentee something positive first. Then, you give them feedback and suggestions without them feeling attacked. Finally, you end off by saying something positive again.

This will help your mentee to see that you are not trying to hurt their feelings, but that you care enough to be honest.  You can also share your experience with your mentee. This is a great way to send a message without criticizing them directly. For example, tell them about a mistake you made and how you learned from it. Help your mentee to see the wisdom in not making the same mistakes that you did. 

Your approach should be to make them feel less criticism and help them to understand that you have their best interest at heart. As your relationship grows over the term, they’ll trust you more and learn to accept your feedback and work on improving in those areas.

They’re Empathetic

A good mentor is someone who is empathetic. It’s vital to be able to relate to your mentees and understand their perspective and feelings. Empathy will help you understand how your mentee feels and how to best approach a mentoring session with them. It requires effort as you will need to listen more and appreciate that your mentee is different from you and in the way they think and feel. 

You have different strengths, interests, backgrounds and experiences. Be careful not to expect your mentee to respond the same way you do to different challenges. Empathy will allow you to embrace the differences between you and your mentee.

Your mentee will also feel more accepted and comfortable if they can see you are empathetic towards them. This will improve your mentoring relationship with them and, ultimately, your sessions will be a lot more impactful.

So, you can become a great mentor and foster a good mentoring relationship by following these tips! If you’d also like to discover 7 useful skills you can develop through volunteer mentoring, then check out our blog.

The Qualities of a Great Session

We all hope to make a difference as teachers, tutors and mentors. Running impactful sessions is one way to do that! You may be wondering, what you can do to deliver impactful sessions? We’ll talk about what you can do to run successful mentoring programmes and how to be the best mentor possible!

They are Well Prepared

To run successful mentoring programs, forethought and preparation are key. Sessions become great when mentors put in a great deal of effort. You may not get it right on the first try, but practice makes perfect. Be open to adjusting your planning approach until you find what works for you and your mentee.

The first step to being well prepared is to know what you wish to accomplish from the session beforehand. Have a discussion with your mentee about what the objectives should be. These objectives should be clear and well defined. An example of a clear objective is to help your mentee gain confidence with interpersonal skills, instead of just helping your mentee to gain confidence. 

Having these clear goals in mind will help you to monitor your mentee’s progress closely as they can now show they are working on specific goals. At the end of the session, you can review what you accomplished with your mentee and then discuss what you wish to achieve in the next session. This way, sessions will be impactful as they now have clear objectives that need to be reached.

They Have Set Times

Successful mentoring sessions last long enough to be impactful. If the session is too short, you run the risk of not accomplishing anything. If the session is too long, your mentee may lose interest in the mentoring sessions. As a guideline, a mentoring session should last between 1 and 2 hours. 

Discuss the timing of the session with your mentee to maximise the time you spend together. Remember to also consider your mentee’s interests and learning styles. Some mentees will respond better to shorter, more frequent meetings, while others will find it easier to have longer, more detailed discussions at different times. 

Finally, be flexible and leave some room for adjustments. Anything can happen so try not to be too rigid with the schedule. 

They Offer New Opportunities 

As you get to know your mentee better you will learn more about what they need and what areas need improving. You will now be able to look out for different opportunities that can be beneficial to your mentee. For example, if you know that your mentee has been struggling to choose career options, you could be on the lookout for online career days or virtual workshops that could help them. 

While events are great, be careful not to use these as a way to pass the time. Make sure that they are relevant to your mentee’s goals and impactful. You can also look for opportunities to help your mentee overcome their personal challenges, like finding ways to help them with low self-confidence.

A great way to tackle self-esteem challenges is to let your mentee feel like they have control over the mentoring process. Give them chances to get involved and let them know that you value their input and ideas.

They Have a Clear Plan

Mentoring sessions can easily turn into a one-hour long brainstorming session, without achieving much. That’s why successful mentoring sessions are well planned so that you and your mentee know how to structure each session. This will increase how productive your sessions are. 

Next, reflect on the progress that your mentee is making. Analysing progress is a good way to see where your mentee has made changes and progress. This could be through celebrating their achievements or a challenge that they have overcome.

When a mentee starts recognising their achievements and progress, they are more likely to engage in their future sessions. They will see the benefits of setting clear objectives and goals and they will feel more confident in the mentoring process.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, becoming a good mentor and running successful mentoring programmes will take time and effort. But it is well worth it! Focus on being empathetic, a good listener, and maintaining positive thoughts about yourself. Not only will these qualities positively impact your mentee, but will have a positive impact on you too!

Remember to always set clear goals and outcomes, stick to a suitable time, and always be on the lookout for opportunities that your mentee can benefit from. Again, this may take some preparation and forethought. The more you put into the session, the more impactful they will be!

If you can focus on working on these approaches and strategies over time, then you’re likely to have impactful sessions that make a huge difference in your mentee’s life!

 

In the Know: Fun Family Summer Activities!

In the Know: Fun Family Summer Activities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The summer holidays are slowly drawing to a close with less than two weeks left until the new academic year kicks off. But there’s still some time to make the last two weeks of the school holiday memorable. In this week’s newsletter, we’re sharing three fun and interactive activities that will create the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family. Read on to find out more.

Explore more about the Sun!

Join Professor Robert Walsh from Lancashire University, as he explores how the sun produces its energy and what it is made of. There will also be an opportunity to comprehend its enormous size and scale, how you can safely observe its bright surface, and explore what it means to live close to a star. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 24th August and is free for the whole family to enjoy. To sign up, click here

Join a Draw Along!

Illustrator Laura Cuppage will be hosting a summer-inspired nature draw along. In this family session, you’ll be drawing summer blooms and fruits, and you’ll learn how to arrange your work into an attractive motif design. All you’ll need is paper, a pencil, a rubber and colouring pencils or pens. The free session takes place on Wednesday 25th August, and you can sign up here.

Get Creative with The Institute of Imagination!

In this free workshop, you and your family will take part in a creative session where you’ll build a microscope using a smartphone and microlenses from the comfort of your own home. You’ll then take a closer look at nature, and explore the amazing shapes, patterns, and colours you can see in the world around you. The workshop takes place on Monday 6th September. You can sign up here