An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

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Please tell me a little bit more about yourself?
My name is Priscilla, I’m 16 years old. I like swimming and I was part of a competitive swimming team for two years. I have a passion for swimming and therefore, I decided to take a rookie life-guard course so that I can apply for a part-time role as a life-guard with an indoor swimming facility. My favorite subjects is English & History and in the future I would like to become a lawyer.

Why did you decide on law?
My parents work in the NHS, so when I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor. I then realised that I wasn’t that good in science, but that I had a keen interest and passion for English. I love debating and I love talking and speaking out, so law was just something that caught my attention. I also love reading & investigating which forms part of the law sector. I’m definitely looking into attending one of the Russell Group Universities. My dream is to go to Harvard, Oxford or Cambridge – any one of the top universities would be great to get into.

Why did you decide to join GT Scholars?
My mum did some research and came across GT Scholars. She told me about it and we went to a workshop, I found it interesting and it met my needs. For me having online tutoring sessions was also easier. The whole programme seemed interesting and it was also cheaper than the tuition that we were paying for at the time.

When you decided to join GT Scholars, did you have any special goals that you wanted to achieve? 
Yes, so when I first started I focused on Maths because my Maths grades were really low. I wanted to pay extra attention to Maths and I wanted to be able to at least get an A grade for Maths at GCSE level. I feel like I managed to achieve my goal in the mock exam earlier this year. I didn’t have a chance to write my GCSE Maths exam because of the GCSE’s that was cancelled, but in the mock exam, I have really improved. I ended up getting a grade 7, which is all because of GT Scholars and my maths tutor.

Your second term with GT Scholars you decided on focusing on English instead of Maths; how did that go?
My tutor Michael really helped me a lot and he made me think about the questions and answering them in a different way, which really ended up helping me during my exam. Because I really enjoy English, it was very nice to talk to someone who is also passionate about English to help develop my reading skills. I started off with a grade 6 and I ended up getting a grade 8 in English.

What positive impact did the programme have on you? 
The programme really helped me with setting up my study time. Before joining the programme I would procrastinate when it came to working. I  found that I didn’t really have an interest in doing work, but because of GT Scholars and getting homework regularly, I had that one hour a week to focus, so it was really good in terms of keeping up with my studies.

What was your favorite part of the programme?
My favorite part of the programme was the enrichment and skill building days that I got to go to. The Dragon’s Den was my favorite workshop. I got to meet new people and learn new skills, so it was definitely my favorite part of the programme.

Did you learn anything new about yourself while being on the GT Scholars programme?
I learned without a push from the tutors always supporting and checking in with me, I wouldn’t really be studying as much as I would’ve before joining the GT Scholars Programme. I feel like when I have someone by my side always encouraging me and checking up on me, it works out better for me.

And now that you are moving on to A levels –  will you be applying things that you have learned during the programme to your future studies? And what will that be?
Yes, less procrastination. I’m definitely going to make a revision timetable. I’ll also revise any work that I’ll do on a daily basis. Coming back home and reviewing the work and making flashcards so that I know that at the end of the term I don’t have to be stressed out, because I have my flashcards already prepared and ready to start my revision studies.

Do you have any advice for a young person that is considering to join the GT Scholars programmes?
My advice to them would be to have an open mind and to have a growth mindset because the programme is online. The environment will be different and it might be easy to get distracted, but if you approach it with an open mind and be willing to build a good relationship with your tutor, it will really help with the learning process. Then also remember that if you ever get stuck contact your tutor because they’re always willing to help.

What was the most helpful thing that your tutor taught you or helped you with?
I had two different relationships with my tutors because the subjects were completely different. Martin was my maths tutor and he was very understanding because he recently did his GCSE’s, and he could easily relate to me and explain things to me in a clear way. The one thing that I learned from Martin, was to not have an “I can’t do it” mindset. He really pushed me, even if I didn’t know how to approach a question he would always push me to be able to answer the question myself because he knew that I could do it. Michael was my English tutor and he had a lot of experience within the schools and education systems. He taught me to be confident with my answers and taught me to always read my answers back to myself, even when I think that I’m finished,  there is always something to add or improve on what I’ve written. He definitely taught me about self-confidence and using my imagination in creative writing.

Your tutors helped you develop a growth mindset and having self-confidence – When approaching a challenge do you approach it with a growth mindset and self-confidence?
Yes, and not only on an academic level but also in my day to day life. When I was swimming, I felt that I wanted to give up and I would remind myself that I can do it. Nowadays there are a lot of things I would do when before I wouldn’t have imagined that I could do it. When approaching something new I feel I can do it if I just put my mind to it. I also combine a growth mindset with self-confidence which my English tutor has taught me.

Is there anything you would like to say to your tutors that supported you on the programme?
I would just like to thank them for everything that they did because it is clearly evident that the programme made a positive impact on my Maths and English grades. I managed to go up two grades in both subjects which is what I wanted to achieve, and I would like to thank them for their time and dedication. They were really supportive, really nice, friendly people and from the first session, I felt like I clicked with them. So I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me!

Friends of GT Scholars –  Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Thank you for your help this term!


Ahh….. Friday you wonderful thing! Even though most of us are working from home, the weekend still has that special feeling that it brings! If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, go check out Social Distant.Co set up by Tony, a friend of GT Scholars. They’ve got lots of fun online events that will get you moving and activities to get you meeting new people and spending more time with friends and family! But first, let me share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Thank you for your help this term!
It’s the end of the term and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer tutors and mentors for their help this term! Many of our volunteers this term had to juggle sudden changes in work arrangements alongside volunteering but they still showed up for the young people and the feedback has been great! I’d also like to thank everyone who’s helped in other ways like writing a guest blog, featuring in a volunteer spotlight or getting involved with crowdsourcing group projects! I feel privileged to be part of such a talented network!

Can you volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term?
I’d like to find out if you’d be available to volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term? I know some volunteers already confirmed their availability- thanks guys! If you’re interested in joining us next term as an online tutor, you’ll need about 1-hr a week to schedule weekly sessions with your tutee. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a volunteer mentor, you’ll need to be free for 6 hours during the 12-week term. The new term will start late April/early May so please let me know if you’d like to get involved by sending a quick email.

Could you help with creating NEW mentoring worksheets?
We have an upcoming short term volunteer opportunity that you can get involved with. We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers to help us with creating new mentoring worksheets! It’s the perfect volunteer project for you if you’ve ever coached or mentored young people before or have some ideas on how to support them with some of the challenges they face. If you have about 4-5 hours to spare and can join our crowdsourcing project meeting next week Wednesday or Thursday, please get in touch.



Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! How are you? I hope well and that you’ve had a great week so far? Since we’re all probably planning to spend more time at home for a while,  I was looking for something fun to do. (There’s only so much Netflix one can watch!) So I surfed the internet for some inspiration and I came across EarthCam and WebcamTaxi where you can watch live HD video feeds of different countries, iconic landmarks and even wildlife! Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

We’re creating some new Online courses for young people!
Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be a bunch of busy bees creating online courses for young people. Not only will it allow more young people to join our courses but it will also allow us to reach out to young people living outside of London. The online workshop will cover a range of topics including growth mindset, study skills, applying to university, Oxbridge, choosing a career and time management. If you’d like to get involved in helping us, please get in touch

Online Parent information sessions!
We’re doing our next parent information session a little bit differently this time. We’ll be hosting our next parent information session online.  We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers who would like to join our virtual panel of speakers and share their volunteer experience with parents interested in joining the programme next term. This will be a 10-minute video insert during the session. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel.

Are you available to tutor or mentor next term!
We’re almost at the end of the term with less than 4 weeks left! Thanks to everyone who volunteered this term! You guys are doing a great job! With the new term just around the corner, I’d like to find out if you would be available to volunteer next term. Online volunteer tutors schedule weekly 1-hr sessions and mentors divide their sessions up into monthly 2-hour or bi-weekly 1-hr sessions. If you would like to sign up as an online volunteer tutor or mentor for the next 12-week term starting 20th April, please contact me

Have a lovely weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday!… uh umm… or should I say Brexit day? I’m sure many of us are wondering what will be different now. Anyway focusing on other news, a section of Trump’s ‘’big beautiful border wall’’ between the US and Mexico blew over due to high winds yesterday. At this rate, I wonder if the rest of the ‘’beautiful, unbreakable, wall’’ will be gone with the wind soon? I guess it was all hammer and no nail with this one! Okay, enough chitter-chatter for now, let’s dive into this week’s newsletter!

Volunteer Spotlight
Through the effort and hard work of volunteer tutors and mentors, our scholars are thriving in their academic and personal lives. We want people to know more about our volunteers, the difference they made and what makes them tick. We’re looking for volunteers to feature in our new volunteer spotlight series. The interview can be a telephone interview or video interview. If you’ve volunteered in the last 6 -12 months, then please get in touch with me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know your story! 

 

Volunteer and inspire boys to become leaders!
We still need a few more volunteer mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme. A huge thank you to everyone who confirmed there availability to volunteer with this amazing programme! This new leadership programme will be launched in February 2020 and will work with young boys between the ages of 12 to 14. These boys are at risk of permanent exclusion but have been identified as having great leadership skills, but not reaching their full potential. Mentors will need to commit to 1 hour a month for 6 months and also be available to support at 1 of the 10 enrichment or skill-building days. There will be a training day for all volunteer mentors to prepare them for the mentoring sessions. Please let me know if you’d like to get involved and I’ll get in touch.

 

Partnerships and corporate sponsorships
We’re always interested in forming new meaningful connections and partnerships with organisations that would like to help improve social mobility for young people. If you think that your company or network would be interested in finding out more about partnering with GT Scholars, then please get in touch with me and I’ll fill you in on the details on how your company or network can get involved in our programmes and events.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’re back! I hope you’ve had a great festive season and you’re looking forward to the New Year as much as I am? There’s a lot of new things on the horizon which I hope you’ll be interested in getting involved with, like extra support for volunteers and our new Inspiring Future Leaders Programme starting next month! So grab a cup of coffee, take a quick break and enjoy the first official newsletter of 2020! 

Can you tutor English?
Wow, we have such a demand for English tuition this term and that’s really awesome! We’ve been able to offer a couple of young people a place on the programme. Thanks to everyone who’s confirmed their availability so far. We still have 7 more scholars who need support in English and need your help. So if you’ll be able to volunteer as an English tutor for 1 hour a week from January to April please get in touch! This can make a great difference in a young person’s life!


We’re looking for mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme!
This new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London & National Lottery Fund will kick-off in February and run until July 2020. The focus will be on helping young boys in London at risk of exclusion, between the ages of 12-14. Young boys joining the programme have been identified as having high aspirations but also struggling with some challenging issues in their personal lives. We’re looking for volunteer mentors to deliver monthly face-to-face mentoring sessions in London. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information on mentoring and supporting this group.

Work experience opportunities!
During the last term, I’ve received quite a few enquiries from parents about work experience for young people.  Work experience can help young people build their CV and develop skills and have a life-changing effect on them that can set them on course to a great start and future! We’re hoping to connect our GT Scholars alumni with work experience opportunities. Please let me know if you know of any work experience opportunities within your company or network and I’ll give you a call for a quick chat!


Have a great weekend!

In the Know – Get hands-on this October!

In the Know – Get hands-on this October!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Building hands-on, practical skills such as design, photography and drawing, opens a wide world of opportunities for young people. These skills build creativity and critical thinking, allowing young people to become more adept at coming up with creative solutions to any problem they face. Here are a few activities coming up this month that are perfect for developing these practical skills.

Create! Sustainable Design
The V&A Museum is running a sustainable design workshop for young people between the ages of 13 to 15. Led by professionals from award-winning industrial design agency, Morrama, young people will work according to a design brief where they will design sustainable solutions for an object that is interacted with on a daily basis, such as a smartphone. They will also learn more about mood boards, sketching and making models. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 26th October from 11am. Find out more here

Photojournalism Classes
The Photojournalism Hub is running a series of free photojournalism classes for young people between the ages of 14 to 18. Some of the topics covered will include learning how to take a good exposed photograph, planning and structuring a photo story, and street photography. If your child has a passion for telling a story with images, for photography, and for advocating for social change, these classes will be perfect for them. The first class will be taking place on Thursday 10th October from 4pm at The Invention Rooms. Find out more here

Art and Art History Workshop
Drawing Room is running a free workshop exploring how artists and architects throughout history have expressed important concepts such as identity and time. Led by professional artists and educators, this workshop will allow young people to experiment with materials to create a 2D or 3D mixed-media artwork inspired by various artists. Suitable for young people aged 15 to 18, this workshop will be taking place on Saturday 12th October from 10am. 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 – Your future begins now!

In the Know – Your future begins now!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Early preparation is key if your child is thinking about going to university! So, with this week’s fun and informative activities, your child will get to immerse themselves in university life while also receiving all the support and advice they need to reach their university aspirations.

UCL It’s All Academic Festival 2019
UCL is one of the leading universities in the world. They are running a free interactive festival packed full of talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, workshops, interactive stands, exhibitions and tours. This will give young people the chance to go behind the scenes at UCL, quiz leading academics and get hands-on with some of their most exciting researchers. The festival will be taking place on Saturday 5th October from 10am to 4pm at UCL. Find out more here

US-UK Fulbright Commission – Study in the USA Seminar
The US-UK Fulbright Commission together with EducationUSA is running an informative seminar about studying in the USA. This free event will help young people and their parents to learn more about the undergraduate admissions process, admissions exams, how to choose the right institution, and scholarship opportunities. The seminar will be taking place on Tuesday 8th October from 5pm to 7pm at the University of Notre Dame. Find out more here

Royal Holloway Personal Statement Workshop
Royal Holloway, University of London is running a free personal statement workshop for young people in Year 12 and 13. A professional from their Student Recruitment and Admissions team will guide attendees through writing a perfect personal statement, revealing exactly what admissions tutors are looking for when reading an application. The day will also include a Campus Tour led by their student ambassador team. This workshop will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd October from 11am to 3pm at Royal Holloway. 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 – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

In the Know – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Filmmaking is a fantastic way for young people to develop their creative skills and express themselves. It also offers the chance to explore many fascinating careers in a wide range of industries, from film and cinema to marketing and advertising to tech design. Here are a few opportunities for young people to learn more about filmmaking and develop new skills.  

Make a Film in a Weekend
Bell House is running a 2-day filmmaking weekend for young people, aged 15-18. From story generation and acting for screen to lighting design and film editing, attendees will get to experience the process of creating a short movie while working collaboratively alongside a professional director. Bursary places are available on request. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September. Find out more here

Emerging Filmmakers Day
As part of the Raindance Film Festival, budding creators aged 16 to 18 are welcome to take part in a free full-day filmmaking workshop. Tailored to give you some practical insight into how to make it in the industry and to further broaden your horizons, the day will include a film screening, Q&A, and skills workshops hosted by top industry professionals. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September from 9.30am at Vue Cinema London – Piccadilly. Find out more here

Directing Commercials Masterclass
SAE Institute London welcomes filmmaker, Tatenda Jamera, who will be hosting a masterclass on directing commercials and the art of storytelling in 30 seconds. Tatenda, who has worked on set with the likes of Mary J Blige, Olly Murs, and Robin Thicke, will talk about his background as a filmmaker, show examples of his work, explain how to do a treatment, and give attendees advice about how to make their own films. This free workshop for young people aged 16 to 18 will be taking place on Tuesday 24th September from 5.30pm. 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 – Activities for National Coding Week!

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

Coding & Technology In The Know Parents What's new?

National Coding Week is taking place from Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September. It is the perfect opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of coding and computer science! In this week’s newsletter, we have a few coding-related activities and resources that will have them building new skills, exploring new careers, and having loads of fun while learning.

Game Design Workshops
SAE Creative Media Institute is running two free game design workshops for young people between the ages of 16 and 18. The first workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 17th September and will teach attendees how to make a mobile game with Unity. The second workshop, taking place on Thursday 19th September, will teach attendees how to make a 2D game in 10 easy steps. Both workshops will be taking place from 6.30pm at their SAE London campus. Find out more here

Python Coding Workshop
The Software Academy is running a free Python coding workshop for young people between the ages of 11 and 16. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of coding using Python, one of the world’s most famous coding languages that’s gaining more popularity every day. It will be delivered in a fully-equipped computer lab, geared by industry level hardware and software, on Sunday 22nd September from 1pm. Find out more here.

Grasshopper App
Grasshopper makes learning coding easy with this easy-to-use app! Created by a team of passionate coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, this app was created to make it possible for everyone to learn coding. The app offers fun, quick lessons that teach young people how to write real JavaScript. As you develop your abilities, you move through progressively challenging levels, and by the final level, you graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder. This free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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 – Explore your creative side!

In the Know – Explore your creative side!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Creative skills are important for any career field. They teach your child to think out of the box so that they come up with creative and innovative solutions to any task at hand. Here are a few activities that will give your child the opportunity to explore their creative side and develop useful skills.

CreateInsights: Design Thinking
The V&A Museum’s youth collective, CreateVoice, is running a workshop for 16 to 18 year olds to learn more about the design world and gain valuable industry insights. This free event will be hosted in collaboration with award-winning design and innovation agency, Seymourpowell, who has worked with big brands such as Virgin Galactic, Ford, Google, Pepsi and Cadbury. This workshop is taking place on Friday 20th September from 6.30pm. Find out more here

Lone Design Club
As part of London Fashion Week, Lone Design Club is running a free exhibition that will uncover the best in up & coming independent designers. Young people will get to immerse themselves in the world of the designer by meeting the designers behind the brands and accessing insightful presentations and talks on topics such as sustainable fashion and fashion in the gaming sector. The exhibition will be taking place from Monday 9th September to Sunday 22nd September in Covent Garden. Find out more here

Image-ine Photography Workshops
The Free Space Project, a charity supporting arts and community initiatives, is running a free three-week photography workshop programme for young people between the ages of 16 to 18. The workshops will be run by artist, Antonia Attwood, who will encourage participants to explore their creative side through experimental photographic processes. The workshops will take place on Wednesday 11th, 18th and 25th September from 6.30pm at the Kentish Town Health Centre. 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.