In the Know – Science, Technology and Gold!

In the Know – Science, Technology and Gold!

In The Know What's new? Young people

With less than two weeks until the school term starts, most young people will be feeling a little bit more restless! The activities in this week’s newsletter will help to keep them active and pique their curiosity. Take a look at these three interesting opportunities coming up in the next week.

Meet a scientist
The Francis Crick Institute in London is letting two of their scientists escape their labs and let young people know what lab life is really like. They will tell you all about what they do and demonstrate historical and modern day scientific equipment. This free event is open to young people of all ages and will allow them to experience science in a informal and fun setting. To find out more click here.                                                              

Design a monster
As a part of Apple’s Family camp initiative this August, Dejan Mitrovic, founder of Kidesign, is helping young people aged 8-12 to explore the basics of product design. At the Apple store in Regent Street in London, he will introduce them to the Densters, a collection of monsters with secret skills for building dens and forts. Young people put the principles learned during the day into practice and design a Denster of their own using iPad Pro and 3D design tool Tinkercad. Get all the details about this free event here.

Gold Rush
The museum at Bank of England is offering young people of all ages the opportunity to explore the museum and solve an age-old puzzle with the help of a mysterious map. The hunt begins at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Bank of England’s bullion team will give interactive talks about gold before the Gold Rush begins. Get to the bottom of the mystery by navigating your way around the museum and solving the clues as you go to claim your reward! To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars runs 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. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

 

In the Know – Activities to Explore, Experience & Escape!

In the Know – Activities to Explore, Experience & Escape!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Holiday activities for young people don’t have to exclude parents and guardians. This week we have fun activities for the entire family! Here are three fun-filled family activities to prove that teamwork makes the dream work!

Explore Kidzania
KidZania are working with the Year of Engineering campaign to showcase the world and wonder of engineering! There are a series of exciting events taking place throughout August with fantastic partners, lots of new activities and awesome workshops for young people to get involved in around the city! The activities include a hands on exploration into the STEM world and cater to ages ranging from 4 to 16. Find out more here.

Experience the Crystal Maze
Ready for a quirky adventure to test your mental and physical abilities? Lucky for young people, during the month of August, the popular Crystal Maze Live Experience is open to anyone aged 13 and above as long as they are accompanied by an adult. You will be required to solve mysteries and test your skills in four different zones before tackling the Crystal Dome. Ticket prices vary depending on team size and date chosen. To find out more, click here.

Escape using your brain power
Escape rooms London have two rooms for you to test your brain power, street smarts and problem solving skills. Suitable for young people over the age of 12, players locked inside a themed room need to work as a team to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and hints in order to escape within the 60 minute time limit. Check if you have what it takes to escape! Find out more about bookings here.

GT Scholars runs 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. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In The Know – Could Your Child be the next Jamie Oliver?

In The Know – Could Your Child be the next Jamie Oliver?

In The Know Parents What's new? Young people

There’s always time during the holidays to pick up new skills! Our newsletter this week takes a look at some exciting training workshops for young people. Who knows? They might even pick up a new hobby or even contemplate a future career! Here are three workshops to keep young people energized and learning!

Want to be the next Jamie Oliver?
Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School in Shepherd’s Bush is offering a range of courses which will enable you to cook up a storm! If you book a spot on the cooking course, an accompanying child does not have to pay. It is a great way to spend time with your child/ward and learn some great new skills. Courses available include pasta making, bread making, pizza for pros and even becoming a sushi master! Space is limited so book now!

Vlog like a pro
Media Trust together with Google Academy bring you YouTube Vlogging training for 16-25 year olds in London. This free one day workshop will give you the chance to improve your media skills and learn how to shoot, edit and publish your own inspiring vlogs using only your mobile phone. Also, by participating in the workshop, you will have the opportunity to enter your best vlogs into the Vlogstar Challenge! Places are limited so book your spot here.

Interested in computers?
STEMettes in partnership with Rise London are hosting the Stemettes Rise Hack. A hackathon is not what you think it is. Girls will not be learning how to break into stuff but instead learning how to create amazing things using computers and technology. This free event is open to girls aged 5-22 and no previous coding experience is required. If you do have coding experience, there will be experts on hard to teach you how to create more complex apps. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars runs 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. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In The Know – Get Creative this Summer!

In The Know – Get Creative this Summer!

Careers In The Know What's new? Young people

This week our newsletter takes a look at some creative learning opportunities for young people! The summer holidays are a perfect time for young people to explore the vast range of careers which are available to them and set goals for the future. Here are three creative events to introduce you to new careers!

Interested in the digital world?
Vodafone brings you this unique camp which provides a simple introduction to the hottest technologies in a day. The camp is designed for young people aged 14-18 who are interested about pursuing a career in the digital world. Professionals from both technical and creative backgrounds will be on hand to advise young people about career opportunities and inform them about the skills required. Registered participants of the camp can also apply for a 1-week work experience at Vodafone.To book your ticket, click here.

Architecture workshops with RIBA
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) host a variety of workshops to introduce young people to the field of architecture. One of the exciting workshops available this August is a design day where young people aged 11-15 will be challenged to make a small wind powered generator and to design a building that will incorporate it. Booking is essential if you would like to attend. More details can be found here.

Try Graphic Design out
The Create Place at St. Margaret’s House brings you Zines for Teens this August. A zine (pronounced zeen) is a mini- magazine produced by one person. This free workshop will let young people’s creative sides shine when designing a zine concerning topics important to them whilst also learning essential graphic design skills. Young people aged 12-16 can take part in this free three part workshop. To find out more, click here.   

GT Scholars runs 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. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In The Know – Creative Activities for the Holidays!

In The Know – Creative Activities for the Holidays!

In The Know What's new? Young people

The holidays are often a time when parents run out of activities to keep their children stimulated, excited and off the couch! This week, we give you 3 great opportunities for your child to discover something new and may even introduce them to exciting new career options.

Young Creatives at the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse’s Young Creatives drop-in sessions are designed to give young people aged 11-25 a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries. Most sessions last around 2 hours and include sessions on radio, DJing, music production and even magic! Sessions cost anything from £2 – £30. You can find out more about when and where the different sessions will be held on their website.

The Science Museum
The Science Museum in London is offering a variety of exhibitions and interactive galleries to keep young people enthusiastic about science. From the Wonderlab to a descent into space using VR, the Science Museum has an array of immersive and interactive activities. Another exciting opportunity is the Live Science Project in which scientists carry out research in the museum using visitors as volunteers. They conduct fun, interesting experiments in which you can join in on. Find out more about bookings and available activities here.

Young Barbican
A part of the world-class arts and learning centre Barbican; the Young Barbican scheme gives 14–25 year olds discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as exclusive events and creative opportunities. Music, theatre, dance and film tickets are available to Young Barbican members at amazing prices (£5-£15) and their Creative Learning programmes will give your child the chance to expand their talents and passions. It’s free to join and there are no booking fees. Find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that help young people to achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In the Know – STEM activities for this summer!

In the Know – STEM activities for this summer!

What's new? Young people

The summer holidays are fast approaching and we’ve put together some STEM ideas and activities to keep your child busy and not bored over the holidays!

The Maths Marathon – Making Maths fun
This workshop from GT Scholars aims to help more young people develop a love for mathematics. Designed for children aged 11-16, the event makes maths fun, relatable and easier to understand by solving everyday problems. The Maths Marathon is on the 14th of July – find out more about bookings here.

CyberFirst
Tech-savvy teenagers can benefit from the free places available on the popular CyberFirst courses across the UK in July and August 2018. Tech employers believe there is a skills shortage in the areas of cyber security and therefore are focussed on bringing these courses to young people aged 14 – 17. As teenagers are exposed to technology daily and readily have access to it, the courses provide a fun and interesting way to learn about cyber security and possibly pursuing a career in it. Find out more how to register here.

Explore the human brain
The Hub at Wellcome collection is offering an exciting opportunity for families to learn about our brains and how we all differ in the ways we think, learn and explore. You’ll be able to explore the mind through coding, virtual reality, circuits and sound orchestras, pop-up performances, making and tinkering with immersive environments. There are free tickets for this event running from the 25th -27th of July but spaces are limited so register now!

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that help young people to achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

One-to-one Online Tutoring is growing in popularity – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down

One-to-one Online Tutoring is growing in popularity – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down

Growth mindset Private tutors What's new? Young people

In recent years, the demand for private tutoring has grown at a phenomenal rate. The many challenges facing the traditional education system have deemed a proactive approach from stakeholders outside the system. According to an article in The Guardian regarding an increase in the number of children receiving private tuition,  almost a quarter of students in the United Kingdom received some form of private tutoring in 2016. This is a sharp increase from the 2005 statistic of only nine percent. Mathematics and English rank as the most requested subjects for private tutoring followed by the Sciences. These facts prove without a doubt that private tutoring is here to stay and for good reason.  

The average teacher-to-pupil ratio in the public schooling sector is roughly 1:16. In the global context this seems reasonable, but when taking into consideration that each child is unique in their learning style, it becomes less desirable. Many parents are coming to the realisation that more is needed to supplement their child’s understanding of the concepts learnt in the classrooms. Possible reasons for this include:

Enrichment
Many parents recognize that their child is capable of achieving goals and understanding concepts far above the expected level of education that forms part of the school curriculum. Every parent wants their child to reach their full potential. Private tutoring is one way to equip young people to reach their full potential. It allows for learning to occur at the pace and preference of the student while taking into consideration the students individual strengths and weaknesses. For students who are particularly gifted, it is better to challenge their appetite for education through private tuition. This can aid the personal growth of a student and place them at an advantage for higher learning opportunities.

Preparation for exams
A recent study concluded that around 38% of students reported having received private tutoring for the GCSE exam, while around 18% of students reported that they have found it necessary to receive private tutoring for the grammar school entrance exams.  Schools are expected to teach content but the responsibility of exam preparation falls primarily on the shoulders of the student. Preparing for exams is a daunting task on its own. Students have to deal with stress, time pressure and expectations from parents and schools alike. It is also a time where a formidable understanding of the examinable content needs to be solidified. The necessity for private tutoring becomes apparent in terms of providing much-needed support to students. It allows students to ask questions, revise content and attempt examination questions with the assistance of a reliable tutor who has a firm grasp of the content and the manner in which it is examined. A private tutor can provide educational support such as exam technique or study tips and much needed reassurance during this usually stressful time.

Remedial
In most cases, students require more time to fully grapple with and understand a concept. A private tutoring session can give a student additional time to engage with the content in a meaningful way. Again, the pace, strengths and weaknesses of the student can be more appropriately catered for by a private tutor. A private tutor can be a useful resource for motivating and challenging a struggling student to accomplish goals in a personalised environment.

Everyone is different
Students are all individuals, especially when it comes to their learning methods. There is a range of learning techniques that are ignored by the traditional schooling system in order to make learning mainstream. This means that the majority of students are missing out on the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. Private tutoring places your child at the centre of the learning process. Your child becomes more than just a statistic for the School Board, but rather the recipient of a valuable education process that can propel them towards a successful future.  Private tutoring has the potential to improve a student’s performance for this particular reason.

Benefit for parents
Private tutoring can also be a great help to busy parents with demanding schedules. The responsibility of assisting your child with homework and preparation for assessments can be managed by the private tutor. This is an advantage for your child as a tutor is better qualified to provide a conducive and productive learning environment. It also relieves some of the demands placed on a parent’s timetable allowing for more family quality time.

Monitoring progress
The traditional schooling system provides limited progress reports that are often not detailed enough to adequately monitor a student’s educational and personal development. Private tutors can provide continuous analysis of the progress of a student. This allows parents to mitigate not just educational problems that might arise, but also behavioural and personal issues that a student may be facing.  This also places parents in the best position to participate in the growth of their child.

Personal growth
Private tutoring can boost young people’s marks which can, in turn, increase a student’s self-confidence. This can also create a lifelong love and appreciation for education, rather than a disdain for it. Personal responsibility is also heavily emphasized during the private tutoring experience. Through the help of a private tutor, a student is able to recognise the value of being dedicated to one’s work. The benefits of which are higher test scores. This can be the springboard for personal motivation and growth.

If you believe, like Benjamin Franklin did, that “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, then private tutoring is a worthwhile investment for any student. Private tuition is increasing in popularity, not because parents see value in tutoring, but rather that they see value in their child. It is in the interest of ensuring that their children extract the fullest potential from their educational journey that has seen a sharp incline in private tutoring nationwide.

GT Scholars is a non-profit organisation that believes that education goes beyond the classroom. If this article has inspired you to join the growing number of parents that are choosing private tutoring, then register your interest the GT Scholars programme. The programme offers tutoring in Mathematics and English and will give young people aged 11-16 the best opportunity for educational success.

 

Apprenticeships should be promoted as a strong alternative to university

Apprenticeships should be promoted as a strong alternative to university

Mentoring What's new? Work experience Young people

One of the main questions asked by recruiters around the world is whether a job applicant has the relevant experience for the role applied for.  Experience can be one of the crucial deciding factors within any job placement. Although there are many companies who still require that employees undergo internal training, they would still like to know whether the candidate has had some previous experience in the field and whether they are familiar with job requirements and responsibilities associated with the position they are applying for.  An Apprenticeship is a great way to give young career enthusiasts the opportunity to gain knowledge in the field even before their career has started. This allows them to apply for jobs with confidence, knowing they have some sort of relevant experience that will count in their favour.

Apprenticeships allow young people to gain practical experience and put their theoretical experience to the test. In the United Kingdom, apprenticeships are entitled to the minimum wage rate for their age, which allows working-class students to set aside their financial worries whilst gaining a degree on the side. Internships are there to give students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of something they are learning in their academic world. A company will provide them with an opening in a department where they are able to start learning more about a certain career. Experience for post-school careers is then gained, which makes applying for jobs in the future a lot easier.

Young people considering an apprenticeship can benefit in many ways:

Getting to know your abilities & skills
It is one thing to identify your strengths and discussing them with your tutor or mentor.  Putting these strengths into practice and developing them is something completely different. During an internship, you will work closely with experienced people who have already been in the industry for some time. Use this time to observe and learn from them.  You need to use your time to grow, professionally as well as personally. An apprenticeship serves as a window into the working world where one will have to make decisions, take responsibility for them, and facing the consequences that result from them. You will get to know yourself and how you operate under pressure. You will begin to understand how the things you have learnt in the classroom are put to the test in real life. On the job training will provide you with real-life situations to test your abilities and skills.

Gaining Confidence
Being given an opportunity to work in a professional environment with professional people is a great recipe for self –confidence. Your assigned supervisors will contribute a great deal to your internship experience. They know that you are there to learn and gain knowledge, without the pressure and responsibilities of an employee in a new job, where you need to prove yourself, you will be allowed to be yourself without too much pressure.

Each company works differently, but most have performance-based feedback sessions for apprentices or internship employees, as this is a way that most companies evaluate their employees and make them feel important and appreciated within the workplace. You will have constant feedback session on a weekly/monthly basis to see how you are performing and coping in your department. This, in turn, helps you to mould your professional confidence.

Networking Skills
Networking and acquiring new connections within the business world is vital for your future growth within any industry you would like to excel in. Meeting new people and gaining industry-specific insight is a valuable way of building up your knowledge.  At the end of the day it boils down to that old saying, ’’ knowledge is power’’. Apprenticeships allow you the opportunity to gain knowledge in your professional field. One of the other important advantages is that you will also receive a reference letter once your apprenticeship is completed. The reference letter will be an added advantage for your curriculum vitae. During an apprenticeship, you will most likely move between departments so that you can get a better understanding of the company as a whole. Each department works together to deliver the final product or service. Therefore, it is vital for employers to move you around during your time at the company.it also allows you to meet all kinds of different people in different ranks and chains of command.

Future Job Potential
Starting your career at a young age can potentially give you a head start,  especially when you consider that your career would actually be on hold if you were only attending university and not working at the same time. Apprenticeships allow you to have a head-start in the future job market especially when you come from a lower income household.

Gaining Industry Specific Knowledge
There is only so much the textbooks can teach you. Practical experience is crucial.  On the job training will give you insight into things you would never learn in a classroom. You will be able to work with experienced staff members, who you are able to learn from. You can then practise these skills within a professional environment and put yourself to the test. If you are studying for a university degree on the side you can still obtain your degree whilst gaining experience at the same time.

Over the last decade, apprenticeships have fast become a popular new way of climbing up the corporate ladder. It is also a lot quicker than the traditional route of first studying and then applying for jobs afterwards.  A mentor can guide you step by step on how to apply for these positions and help you decide which positions are the best and worth applying for.

The GT Scholars Programme is a not-for-profit social enterprise  that offers various programmes and workshops to provide young people between the ages of 11 to 16 with the necessary skills to set them on a successful career path, improve grades and enrich their mentoring experiences. Our GT Scholars Awards Programme offers one-to-one mentoring sessions and free access to our enrichment or skill-building events. Our mentors provide young people with ongoing coaching so that they are equipped with the strategies and tools they need to achieve their personal goals. This helps our scholars discover their strengths, it develops their resilience and it helps build confidence in their own abilities. Sign up here and look out for our enrichment days and skill-building workshops.

Seven character traits of a successful student

Seven character traits of a successful student

Growth mindset Improving attainment Mentoring Post 16 Private tutors What's new? Young people

No one student is alike, some students get good grades and others don’t. Perhaps some students operate with more integrity than others or perhaps some are greater leaders than others. It could be that some children are more passionate and proud and want to make a difference in the world. We are all individuals with different strengths.

Caretakers and teachers are often seen as role models by young people. With no support structure in place to help young people achieve their instinctive goals, their dreams are lost and become embers of a distant fire. But, what if we gave them enough support and stimulated them in the right direction? What if we gave them the skills and the know-how to be able to achieve their ambitions? Amongst most young people are leaders, influencers and change-makers. Successful young people are usually hardworking and ambitious and most of all they want to excel further in life.

Certain qualities can make it easier for young people to learn and grow within their own potential. Investing time and effort in young people can help them realise their qualities and build their confidence, an important factor in determining their future career path.

We have listed seven influential characteristics of a successful student which could help them benefit from the many advantages of private tutoring.

Determination
A mentor or tutor can help you prepare for exams, consider potential future choices and how to deal with the unexpected. They help you develop life skills like determination, self confidence and mindfulness. They will also help you to have the strength to be able to swim upstream and dig your heels into whatever it is that is laid in front of you and help you identify potential procrastination habits and how to avoid them.

Self – Leadership
Looking within yourself is probably one of the most difficult things any human being can do. Before being able to become a leader in the real world you must be able to lead yourself. You need to have enough confidence to pull yourself into gear and get going on the tasks set before you.  You are the one that will decide on how you will handle and behave in certain situations and your attitude towards it. How you will deal with your successes and losses. Seeing the bigger picture of where you are headed in life and working towards your goals on a daily basis can help you lead your way through life. To stand with both two feet on the ground, knowing who you are at all times is vital in a world with so much competition.

Active participant
Be curious and ask questions if you do not understand a concept. It could result in approaching the topic from a different angle or answering a question everyone was wondering about but not prepared to ask. Your teacher and peers might be appreciative of that! Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question and there is no such thing as asking too many questions in class! A distant alarm bell goes off in our minds as we somehow remember these statements. The main point of being an active participant is to really listen and pay attention.

Self -Motivation
Being and staying motivated is one of the most difficult traits to maintain. As a student gets older, there will no longer be instruction and guidance from a teacher or tutor watching over them giving them homework deadlines. Students will need to set their own time-specific goals. Putting focus into moving forward towards goals on a daily basis shows internal motivation. This goes hand in hand with being a successful student, not only during student life but also in the future. Making a conscious decision to switch off from all distractions and focus on the main subject during lectures and tutoring times is vital. If you do not have good listening skills you will not be able to participate and communicate effectively with peers during tutoring and socializing.

Resilience
‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, you are never gonna keep me down.’ Remember this song? Sure you do. With so much going on in an ever-changing and influential world of young people, it is common that one’s self-confidence can take a knock at times. Many youngsters also experience personal challenges on the home front and this more often than not has an effect on their schooling and social development.

Self – Belief
So many characteristics begin with Self. It is important that young people are stimulated and guided towards finding their inner self and believing that they are capable of anything they put their mind to. If you want it, you can get it. As long as you stay focused and determined and maintain a growth mindset, you will always reach certain goals that you have yet to achieve.

Time Management
Whilst growing up and progressing through your school career, you will start managing your own time and setting deadlines to complete goals. This allows you to start taking responsibility for your own progress in life as you realise once again that only you can make a difference in this world and in your own world. Managing your own time is an important management skill you will need to learn for the career place. Being timeous with your school activities and tasks teaches you a sense of responsibility, a great trait you will need to possess in your future career.

Meeting with a mentor or tutor on a regular basis can help to build confidence and determination to reach your goals and aspirations. Tutors and Mentors who have real-life experiences can guide young children in the right direction when they are faced with difficult choices or situations. Character building is the basic foundation and building blocks of life.

The GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise that tackles educational inequality and improves social mobility. We run an after-school tutoring programme that aims to help young people between the ages of 11-16.  Our programme also includes mentoring and enrichment activities with the aim to help young people prepare for their exams, improve their grades and gain access to the most selective universities and competitive careers. To stay up to date and find out more about our courses and workshops, subscribe to our newsletter.

 

7 Ways to Use Technology for Good

7 Ways to Use Technology for Good

Growth mindset Post 16 What's new? Young people

Parenting can be challenging at times as it is, but parenting in the 21st century certainly brings on board a whole lot of different concerns. Especially when it comes to monitoring children’s exposure to technology. What is the daily limit of allowing your child to watch TV or play computer games?  What precautions can parents take to ensure children’s safety online? At what age are they allowed a smartphone?

Living in the information age where knowledge is freely available at the click of a button, means that children are learning at a much faster pace than before. Years of information and research are now contained within pages of compressed knowledge which has been simplified. There are also images and videos available to easily illustrate complexed concepts allowing children to take in information and knowledge without a long-term commitment.

A study conducted by Info Central in 2016 concluded that the average age for children to own an electronic device with access to the internet is 10, with over 64% of children favouring the tablet as a form of entertainment during car rides or while at home.

Children are very much aware of the World Wide Web and they want in. Trying to deny children access to the internet and technology may not be the best approach and you may end up doing the opposite of what you’ve hoped to achieve.  Parents need to strive towards guiding their children so that they are confident in using the internet and most importantly, be able to identify potential online danger.

The advance in technology is neither a good or bad thing. It is innovative and it simplifies a lot of once complex processes. It is neither helpful nor detrimental in itself, the latter is dependent on how you use it. Technology has revolutionised every sector and industry ranging from the corporate workplace, beauty, art as well as education.

Parents can utilise educational technology to empower their children and contribute to their growth and knowledge. Children should be taught how to use the internet and guiding them through this is the first step to empowering them with the right knowledge.

Here are seven ways to use technology for good:

E-Classrooms
The internet is home to various platforms where children can get the extra help that they need.  From online exercises and courses to online tutoring. E-classrooms often provide a supportive environment for learners and reward systems that encourage a learner’s strengths. Some courses are designed for particular grades and levels of knowledge and may be accompanied by virtual assistants who guide children through exercises and others encourage parent participation which can be a great way to spend quality time together.

Free Podcasts and Videos
Free podcasts and videos are more accessible as most platforms do not require the creation of an account before the information becomes available to the end user. The information obtained from free podcasts and videos may be a little less reliable than official e-classrooms that use curriculum materials pertaining to the country. Be that as it may, platforms like Youtube and scholarly articles shared online still remains a good source of information for young people to learn and improve their knowledge. Since the content of free podcasts and videos have not been certified and approved by scholarly boards, further research on topics might be needed to avoid being misinformed.

Mentoring Websites
One of the biggest advantages of the internet is that it connects people. Mentoring websites connects experienced people who are willing to shed light on industries with parents and their children looking for first-hand information. This can be extremely helpful when children start to consider different career options.  A mentoring website can provide children with answers pertaining to their prospective careers and what they will need to increase their chances of success.

Self Care Websites
The downside of free-flowing information is that it is not censored. Children can sometimes come across content that can negatively affect their confidence and perception of self.  It’s important that children think of the internet as a resource to build good self-confidence and a healthy self-image. There are several websites that offer health tips as well as emotional and psychological care guidelines. Positive affirmation is particularly strong and when coupled with love, support and guidance children receive from home,  these websites can help them distinguish between positive and empowering information and also help them identify and prepare them to deal with negative content.

Technology as an outlet for creativity
Another great way technology can enrich children’s lives is by providing an outlet for the creative and talented. There are great apps available, from online videos to singing apps likes Musical.ly.  Another great app is Soundcloud which allows the user to share audio files, and let’s not forget to mention Apple’s GarageBand! These are all healthy ways for children to stay focused on school and be expressive at the same time.

Calendars
It is beneficial for children to learn how to manage their time appropriately and how to organise their day. Over time they will be able to balance school and their social lives independently. Calendars are now integrated into electronic devices like phones and tablets. Google Calendar allows users to synchronise calendars between family members, friends and even schools. This is a great way for parents to keep a watchful eye on their children’s schedule without seeming too overwhelming and allow children to learn how to manage and organise their time.

Educational Chat Rooms
Apps like Whatsapp are a favourite among preteens and adolescents. Instead of just being used for passing time, they can also be used to network and discuss ideas and help clarify questions for group assignments. This free app is a useful tool because it can be used by children from all financial backgrounds. Parents can create these chat groups for their children within the app and children can exchange images, audio and links to information over the app.

GT Scholars is a non-profit organisation that focuses on social mobility and growth mindset. They also run an afterschool tutoring programme that includes online tutoring, mentoring as well as skill building and enrichment activities for young people aged 11-16. For more information on how to join the GT Scholars programme please feel free send an email to contactus@gtscholars.org