In the Know – Broaden your minds this Summer!

In the Know – Broaden your minds this Summer!

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It’s important for young people to keep their minds active this Summer. One way they can do is by immersing themselves in fun, new experiences. This week’s activities are perfect for getting the ball rolling on a season filled with learning exciting things and building new skills.

Apollo 11 Family Festival
The Science Museum in South Kensington is running a free family festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, featuring hands-on activities led by space scientists and enthusiasts. The festival will include a chance to experience life as an astronaut, finding out what happened to all the Moon rocks, discovering how your body changes in space and much more! It is taking place from Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st July and is suitable for 11-14 year olds.  Find out more here

Design for the Future
The V&A Museum is running a free drop-in design workshop that will have young people inventing to save the planet and designing new earth-friendly packaging for food. They will get creative and use screen printing and eco-friendly methods to design and create innovative products. This workshop will take place every Sunday in July in the John Madejski Garden and is suitable for 11-12 year olds.  Find out more here

The Big Bang Fair
The Big Bang Fair organised by STEM Learning will be taking place on Friday 12th July 2019. It is open to young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and will include a range of interactive exhibitions from controlling your own robots, finding out about the underground world of mail rail, a CSI challenge, animation creation, and a careers zone where you can meet real-life scientists and engineers. This event is free and will be taking place at Sutton Grammar School. 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 – Take your learning outdoors!

In the Know – Take your learning outdoors!

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With July being National Picnic Month, it is the perfect opportunity for young people to head outdoors! There are also many outdoor events and activities that will have them learning something new or getting involved in something exciting and fun. Here are a few outdoor activities to get them started.

Holland Park Ecology Centre
Holland Park Ecology Centre in Kensington offers an on-going programme of free informative talks and walks on environment and wildlife topics, open days in the wildlife area, and workshops. They also offer conservation volunteering events every third Saturday of the month, with the next volunteering event taking place on Saturday 20th July. These events give your child the opportunity to get closer to nature, learn new skills, and build their CV. Find out more here

Chelsea Physic Garden
Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and houses around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible, and useful plants. They run a range of activities for young people that will have them learning new things from paper-making to forensic biology, while also enjoying the great outdoors. Tickets for young people cost £6.50 and you can find out more here

Better Takes Action Boat Tour
On Sunday 14th of July, KEEN Footwear and Plastic Whale will be running a unique volunteer event where young people aged 11-18 will be involved in cleaning up the Regent’s Canal on kayaks. This fun volunteer opportunity will get your child closer to nature, involved in making a difference, and it will be a credit to their CV. They will also have a chance to meet inspiring environmentalists and learn more about nature conservation. 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 – STEM events this Summer!

In the Know – STEM events this Summer!

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After all the exams and assignments, we’re sure your child is looking forward to having a great summer filled with fun activities. Summer is also a great time to learn something new, so here are a few more fun activities that they can fit in that will have them exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival at Imperial College
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free 3-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration. Institutions on and around Exhibition Road collaborate to bring together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances for the whole family. Festival activities will take place on and around Exhibition Road in South Kensington on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June from 11am to 5pm. Find out more here.

Into Space
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Kevin Fong returns to the Royal Institution, to take us on a journey from planet Earth to low orbit and beyond. He’ll also explore human survival against all the odds by discussing how to survive in space. The event is suitable for 12-18 year olds and will be taking place on Monday 22nd July from 6pm. Find out more here.

Mega Maker Lab
The Institute of Imagination is running a summer exhibition dedicated to invention and innovation, where young people aged 11-12 can tinker, experiment and be inspired by science and technology. There are five creative zones to explore that are designed to inspire creativity, invention, and making. The exhibition begins on Thursday 1st August at The Workshop in Lambeth. Tickets cost £5 with discounts available. 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 – Get your brain into gear!

In the Know – Get your brain into gear!

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

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

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

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

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

In the Know – Create your world with STEM!

In the Know – Create your world with STEM!

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The creative side of science, technology, engineering and maths is a fascinating topic for young people to explore. This week’s activities will allow them to interact with the creative side of STEM while also learning useful skills that they apply to their own creations. Don’t miss out!

Engineer your future
This week the Science Museum wants your child to be inspired to imagine and create their own world with their interactive engineering exhibitions. This event is aimed at developing your child’s problem-solving skills and giving your 11-15-year-olds an insight into what engineers do. This free interactive gallery will also let your child design, build and create! Find out more here.

Making Mang
This weekend’s digital workshop taking place at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre is an ideal treat for young people that love comics and animation. Artistic young people will be able to improve their animation and digital skills and create their own manga comic at this free event. Find out more about this event ideal for 11-14-year-olds and book your child’s place here.

Virtual Playground
The Virtual Playground exhibition will be hosting an exciting day for young coders with their Kids Coding workshop. The workshop will include teaching your child how to make their own video game and learning the fundamentals of video game coding. This free event is ideal for young coders aged between 11-13 years old. It will be taking place at the Anise Gallery on Saturday 13th April – register your interest and 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 – Focusing on science fun!

In the Know – Focusing on science fun!

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This week’s events are focusing on interactive STEM activities to inspire all budding scientists. Learning in fun and interactive ways helps young people gain an understanding of what they are passionate about. If your child is interested in a future in science, do not miss out on this week’s events.

Coding fun at the Dojo
Take your coding knowledge to the next level with CoderDojo this weekend. This Saturday CoderDojo invites young people of all coding levels to come and have some coding fun! On Saturday 30th March join their coding club to learn or improve on your existing coding skills. There will also be a show and tell opportunity for more experienced coders to show off their skills. This event will be at 41 Luke Street, EC2A 4DP and is free. Go here to book your tickets and find out more.

Engineering taster day
This week the University of West London will be allowing science and technology enthusiasts access to an interactive workshop at their engineering taster event. The taster day will cover Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Applied Sound Engineering, Architectural Design and Technology, Civil Engineering. This event is ideal for 16-18 year olds that would like to get an idea of what studying engineering in university would entail. Do not miss out on this free event. To book places and find out more go here

Introduction to Robotics
This exciting event will allow your children to learn about the fundamentals of robotics in this free introduction session. In this session, your children will understand how electronics, engineering and programming combine to create working robots. This is a great opportunity for 14-18 year olds interested in science and technology. This event will be at the University of West London, to find out more and book your tickets go 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. 

7 Practical Tips For Online Tutoring

7 Practical Tips For Online Tutoring

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In a world dominated by technology, online tutoring has become a convenient and reliable solution for young people seeking a tutoring programme. 

Although mostly similar to the classic method of in-person tutoring, there are a few differences that both the tutor and the student need to adapt to. This will ensure that they are able to reach their academic goals and get the most out of the tutoring programme.

Here are a few tips that tutors can use to make online tutoring work best:

  1. Set up the perfect learning environment
    Since the tutoring will be done online, most of the ‘human feel’ can be lost. However, this can be overcome by creating a more natural and relaxed environment for your student to feel welcome and not feel like they are alone in a room. Doing simple things such as asking the student to get a cup of tea or a glass of water can make them feel more at ease.
    You should also ensure that you have chosen a quiet and private place to do your tutoring so that you are not disturbed or bothered by loud noises. This helps you to remain focused and make the student feel like they are your first priority. Any distractions can cause your student to be unfocused, so you can also ask your student to put away their mobile phone so they are not tempted to check their messages or play games. Remember, young people will follow your lead so you should remove all distractions from your side as well.
  1. Be well organised
    To make sure that your time is used efficiently, ensure that you have structured the lesson well by making a lesson plan that is well organised. You should focus on reaching specific goals, while also allowing sufficient time for interaction and for the lesson to digress a little as you want it to feel more relaxed and not too rigid. However, if you find that the lesson is digressing too much, gently steer the conversation back to the problem at hand. You should also ensure that you have additional material in case you have a fast learner or if tutoring went by swiftly.
    On the technical side, ensure that your laptop or computer is fully charged and that there is no lag or delay with your internet connection. No one wants to be tutored if they have to keep waiting for the screen to stop buffering. If there is a technical glitch, ensure you have already established a back plan so that you and your student are aware of what to do should you be disconnected.
  1. Be easygoing and open while still maintaining professionalism
    The best way for a student to feel relaxed and at ease is to be open and easygoing, while still maintaining a level of professionalism. Finding the right balance can be hard, but with time, you’ll find it easier. You can use ice-breakers to make things lighter. You can also mix in a bit about your personal life in the conversation, but you don’t need to reveal too much about it. For example, it is fine to share some of your hobbies but it is not appropriate for you to share your dating plans. You should also keep conversations age-appropriate and avoid letting your personal problems from affecting your lesson as young people can sense when you are not in the right space of mind.
  1. Encourage discussion and interaction
    Always ensure that you set aside sufficient time for discussion and feedback. You can even allow for a few minutes of downtime by doing something that can allow them to refocus. It can be difficult to monitor their engagement during online tutoring so ensure that you make use of props, charts, or objects to help keep the student engaged. You can also find something that will allow you to connect with your student, such as music or making reference to movies or to a hobby that they may be interested in.
    You should also set realistic expectations, as each child has unique learning capabilities and will learn at their own pace. Do not rush through each lesson but rather be patient and remain focused. It will also be useful to develop an understanding of the kind of student you are tutoring. Some can be very direct and will give you a lot of feedback, while others can be more reserved and prefer that you do most of the talking.
  1. Set objectives and specific targets
    When planning your lesson, you should also set objectives and targets that you can use to measure your progress. Try to be slightly ahead of your targets so that if you fall behind a little, you will be able to easily catch up on your lessons. You should also ensure that you do not rush through your curriculum and that you adjust your lesson plan depending on the speed at which your student is learning. This means that your lesson plan has to be tailored to suit each student to ensure that you cover all sections of the subject that you are tutoring. You do not want to be rushing the last section if you did not plan correctly.
  1.  Prepare tests and quizzes
    The best way to measure your student’s progress and ensure if they have understood your tutoring is to set tests, quizzes, and assignments. Setting tests can help train the student to utilise their time well for their real exams. It can also help to specifically see where your student is excelling or falling behind. Tests can be scheduled ones so that your student can prepare for your test but it is also beneficial to set a spot test or two to ensure that your student is able to understand the work rather than just memorise it. Assignments help to allow the child to work independently and figure the work out on their own.
    Don’t set too long assignments or tests as this can deter them from doing the work since they already have homework from school. If they do fail the test, do not get upset or angry. Rather be supportive and encouraging as students thrive better in a positive environment. Use words like, “Let’s see where WE went wrong” or “Let’s see how WE can find another way to arrive at the correct answer.” Always be optimistic.
  1. Know your student and make tutoring fun
    Part of making online tutoring a success is to make sure you fully understand your student and what their needs are and how much can they retain before they become disengaged or uninterested. It is also important to keep tutoring fun so that the student is excited to learn and does not feel anxious or stressed for the tutoring session. Everyone retains much more when they are having a good time, so make sure to keep sessions exciting.

With these tips, you should be able to make your online tutoring sessions productive, impactful and useful so that your student can reach their academic goals.

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 – Ace your exams!

In the Know – Ace your exams!

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It’s that time of year when young people start worrying about their upcoming exams. However, studying for exams does not have to strike fear into their minds! This week we bring you three great ways that will help to get their brains into gear for exams!

Ready, Set, Go: Acing Your Exams!
GT Scholars will be hosting our popular Ready, Set, Go: Acing Your Exams! workshop that aims to help young people conquer their exams. This free workshop is suitable for young people aged 12-16 and helps them by improving study skills, time management, and mindset techniques. It also helps young people navigate the stress and demands of exams. To book your ticket, click here.

Gojimo
Have you heard of Gojimo? It’s a free app that helps young people aged 13-18 with their homework and exam revision. Not only do young people gain access to quizzes, practice questions and study tips, but they can also learn about future careers, universities, apprenticeships and so much more! To find out more about Gojimo and the subjects covered, click here.

Seneca Learning
Seneca Learning is an online platform which encourages young people to study by using humour in the form of GIFs and memes. The site’s algorithm works to identify questions that young people struggle with and uses alternative formats that help them to better understand and answer correctly. Young people can join a class or revise on their own. To find out more, click 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 – Exciting STEM opportunities!

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer fascinating learning experiences and rewarding career opportunities. In fact, STEM jobs are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 jobs between now and 2023, according to a report published by the Social Market Foundation and EDF. Here are three exciting opportunities for young people interested in learning more about STEM.

Routes into STEM
These innovative 3-day non-residential courses are focused on helping young people in Years 9 and 10 know more about the rewarding and challenging careers Maths and Science subjects can lead to. You will also get to engage with a college, a university and a company to compare routes into STEM careers and visualise your dream career and how to make it happen. Applications are currently open and there are bursaries available. Find out more here.

She Does Biomaths Competition
To celebrate the Year of Mathematical Biology, the University of Cambridge Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College are inviting female GCSE students and to explore some of the intriguing connections between mathematics and the biological sciences. The competition is open to girls studying at a standard age UK state school who are starting Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018, and there are two projects that they can choose from. Applications are open now and you can find out more here.

Inspire Courses
The Engineering Development Trust offers courses for young people in Year 11 who have a passion for STEM to be inspired at a leading UK university. During the course, you will be introduced to engineering or science through project work and workshops to give you a flavour of what to expect at university, and you will get to meet engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals. There are non-residential and residential options available, with bursaries also available. Applications are still open and you can find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Upcoming scholarship opportunities!

In the Know – Upcoming scholarship opportunities!

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University can be quite expensive, but there are many different ways young people can access funding for tuition, accommodation or books. One such way is through a scholarship programme. Here are three scholarship opportunities that are currently open for young people looking to join an undergraduate engineering programme at a university.

The Kingsbury Scholarship
The Kingsbury Scholarship is a highly prestigious engineering scholarship aimed at bright and dynamic students who intend to study at Imperial College London. With a total value of £20,000 per year for up to 4 years, eligible candidates must also agree to take part in one or more internships or work placements in a UK engineering industry, either before their start at Imperial, as part of their course, or in two or more summer breaks. Online applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday, 1st June 2018. Find out more here.

Chris Seymour Bursary
The Chris Seymour Bursary aims to support one UK female student in financial need who wants to study electronic or electrical engineering at University College London. The award will be £10,416 per year, based on a three-year programme and is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants must hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time undergraduate degree within the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. The deadline for the application is Friday, 6th July 2018 at 5pm. Find out more here.

IGEM Undergraduate Scholarship
The Institute of Gas Engineers & Managers Undergraduate Scholarship is open to students who currently hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate Engineering Council accredited course at any university in the UK. Successful students will receive up to £9,000 for full-time study. Renewal of the funding after the first year is conditional on satisfactory progress being made. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, 30th June 2018. Find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.