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!

In The Know – Homeschooling tools for parents and young people!

In The Know – Homeschooling tools for parents and young people!

Homeschooling In The Know Parents What's new?

Homeschooling is now a reality for most families and parents and young people need to work together to make sure they stay up to date with study schedules and milestones. With a lot of learning resources out there and still having to make sure you’re in sync with the curriculum, things can get a bit challenging at times. Thank goodness there are apps out there to help you streamline things. Have a look at these awesome tools to help you with all things homeschooling.

Manage and track your study time!
Clockify is a free easy to use app that allows parents to get an overview of how to best plan and spend their time. This app also allows you to track how much your child spends on schoolwork and free time and you can even log the tracked time for different tasks and subjects. Even more, Clockify also suggests how to automate or speed up some processes and track your progression over a certain time period. For more information click here.

Gamify your learning with Habitica!
Habitica is a fun interactive app young people can use to stay on top of their assignments and tasks. The apps turns everyday tasks into interactive challenges where young people get to build and upgrade their avatar with each completed task. You can also compete with each other making this a fun family activity. Habitica can be downloaded on your phone making it an easy, on-the-go way of keeping track of tasks and learning assignments. To find out more click here.

Simplify homeschooling with Homeschool Panda
Homeschool Panda is an all-in-one tool that offers parents support to make homeschooling easier. It offers quick and easy lesson plans that allow parents to track and report their kids learning activities. The app also includes a safe and secure portal for students to easily track their lessons and assignments. What’s also great is that it provides a network for parents who homeschool where they can chat with other parents that are online and share ideas or activities. Sign up here!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars Online volunteering Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Online volunteering opportunities and support!


Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a good day? We’ve been busy getting started with the new term. Right now, innovation and thinking out the box is a must and no one knows when life will return to normal! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time brainstorming ideas on how we can pivot and still support young people at this crucial time in their lives. Made you curious? Keep an eye out for more information in the next couple of weeks. But for now, here’s this week’s newsletter.


Join our online meetups for volunteers!
We’re not sure when next we’ll all get to meet in person but thank goodness for Zoom! We’re planning to run monthly online meetups for all volunteers! Whether you are a new volunteer or you’ve volunteered with us for a few months or years, you’re more than welcome to join! During the meet-ups, we’ll run a short Q&A for new volunteers, we’ll also have some time for volunteers and members of our team to give advice and share their experiences. The first session is planned for mid-June and I’ll keep you posted with the details. If you’d like to co-host a session or be on our panel of speakers please get in touch!

Can you help us improve our mentoring worksheets!
We’re updating our mentoring worksheets, adding impactful coaching and mentoring questions to the sheets and providing mentees and volunteer mentors with more information, checklists and exercises to help with mentoring sessions. Thank you to everyone who confirmed their availability. We’ve scheduled an online meeting for Wednesday 20th May from 4pm-5pm. If you’d like to join us for the meeting or have mentored with us before and have an idea of topics that you think will make a great addition to our current worksheets, please let me know.

Check out the *NEW* Online Learning Directory!
If you’ve signed up to tutor with us this term or thinking about volunteering as an online tutor then you definitely need to visit the new GT Scholars learning director! This directory hosts more than 250 free learning websites for young people aged 4-18. You can easily narrow down your online resource search by filtering content by age and subject. There are lots of lesson types to choose from, including interactive stories, lessons, games, activities and revision videos. You can visit The Learning Directory by following this link.

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know Parents What's new? Young people

How are you? I hope you’re looking forward to the weekend? This week we’ve lined up a couple of fun digital workshops that will definitely get your creative juices flowing! Being creative is very important and it allows us to express ourselves in a unique way!

Check out #iOiLoves for some fun DIY activities!
Known for their exciting, fun and creative workshops #iOiLoves will be sharing some of their favourite free DIY activities you can do at home. There are some great activities which allow the whole family to be all hands on deck! There’s definitely something for everyone from step by step stop-motion animation, designing your own game, making science ice cream and more! To see the full list of DIY activities click here.

Express yourself with the sound of music!
Soundgym is a free online music production school where young people can learn how to record and produce their own electronic music as well as the ins and outs of audio engineering! This is a perfect opportunity for young people interested in music to learn from educators and sound experts and also have access to full online support! You can also monitor your learning process and track your improvement over time. For more information click here.

Have you signed up to this free webinar for parents?
We’re excited to host our first online webinar for parents! The webinar, How To Facilitate Impactful & Meaningful Learning At Home, will focus on the best ways to design your own effective and impactful homeschooling journey. You’ll also learn how to be creative in using literature, games and movies to build connections and how to cultivate a thriving home learning environment.  It would be great if you could join us on Tuesday 19th May from 7pm-8pm. Sign up here!

In The Know – Online support for parents and young people!

In The Know – Online support for parents and young people!

Growth mindset Parents What's new? Young people

I hope you’ve had a good week so far? In this week’s newsletter, we’d like to share some more opportunities with you where you can find online learning and teaching support for young people and parents.

Sign up to this free upcoming webinar for parents!
If you’re trying to juggle work, parenthood and homeschooling then be sure to sign up for this free online webinar! We’re inviting a homeschooling expert who will be discussing some of the best ways that you can make homeschooling effective, impactful and meaningful.  During the webinar, you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to manage your time effectively, how to make the most of your homeschooling journey and how best to support your child. The webinar will be in Mid May and replays will be available.  If you’d like to join this webinar, please send us a quick email!

Daily lessons on Oak National Academy!
Did you know that you can get free daily lessons and support with Oak National Academy? The academy is home to a bank of video lessons and resources in line with the current curriculum to support teachers, parents and pupils in remote teaching. They cover most subjects including Maths, English art and languages. Lessons are free to use for every teacher and pupil from reception through to year 10. To browse the resources and lessons please click here.

Don’t forget to visit The Learning Directory!!
Have you visited the new GT Scholars learning directory yet? This directory hosts more than 250 free learning websites for young people aged 4-18. You can easily narrow down your online resource search by filtering content by age and subject. There are lots of lesson types to choose from, including interactive stories, lessons, games, activities and revision videos. You can visit The Learning Directory by following this link.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here

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

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 – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! It’s raining again today and we’ve already really had our fair share of storms this year! Over the past few weeks we’ve had Storm Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and now on its way this weekend it’s Storm Jorge! Thankfully the day after tomorrow is officially the start of Spring and we’ve got a few exciting events lined up for you to get involved with!

Would you like to help out with our study skills workshop?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our ‘Annual Ready, Set, Go!’ workshop, which is a study skills workshop to help young people ace their exams. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our scholars and interact with young people from a range of backgrounds, helping them with some skill-building activities. The workshop will take place on Saturday 14th March at Goldsmiths University and will run from 10am – 4pm. If you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch!

Upcoming Inspiring Future Leaders workshops
By now you might already be familiar with our new leadership programme, Inspiring Future Leaders. The programme focuses on helping young boys, between the ages of 12-14 overcome challenges, develop leadership skills and reach their aspirations. The programme includes 10 skill-building and enrichment sessions that take place during its 6-month run. If you’d like to help out at any of these workshops, please get in touch. For a full schedule on workshop and dates please click here.

Would you like to be a speaker at Careers Day 2020?
Would you like to be part of the panel of speakers at this year’s Careers Day? I’m busy planning the panel of speakers for the day and I’m looking for a few more volunteers from different backgrounds ie the financial sector, technology sector, legal sector and the medical sector. As a speaker, you’ll need to prepare a 2-3min talk sharing your career success story and informing young people and their parents about opportunities available to young people, you’ll also need to be available to be on the panel and answer questions from the young people. Thanks to everyone who’s already responded to state their interest! Please let me know if you’d like to get involved!

Have a fantastic weekend!

In the Know -Captivating Career Workshops!

Careers Growth mindset In The Know What's new?

Welcome to 2020, the start of a new year and a new term! We have uncovered some funfilled and informative events and programmes to help you set the tone for your children’s goals and aspirations for the year ahead. It is greatly beneficial to be prepared and these events will help them discover a world of opportunity.

Free STEM Immersion Day
This event will take you on an immersive journey of discovery.  Students aged 16 -18 will be presented with a scenario that relies on their skills and knowledge of science.  There will be a variety of activities for the students to do that aim to inform them of how mathematics works in the real world.  The event takes place on Saturday 18 January 2020 at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham,  London and starts at 8.30am. For more information, please follow the link.

Free Philosophy Now Festival
Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality and the world that we exist in. Explore this family-friendly event brimming with games, workshops and interesting age-appropriate debates. There are more than 30 events planned, featuring topics like the Wonderful World of Numbers, a debate about the origin of mathematics and numbers.  The event takes place on Saturday 18 January at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. There are two sessions at 11am and 2pm. More information is available at this link.

Creative Careers Day.
This free event is for young people aged 14 -18 years and will give them insight into the different careers they never knew existed within the visual arts industry. The afternoon will be filled with discussions, workshops, career advice and various topics such as making an exhibition, handling art and publishing. The event is on Saturday the 18 January 2020 at 12pm at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Lambeth. For more information follow the link.

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 – Interactive activities for the whole family!

In the Know – Interactive activities for the whole family!

In The Know What's new? Workshops Young people

This week, we’ve found some spectacular events and exhibitions that will get the whole family involved. With fun workshops and events that delves into London’s rich History and Science to kick your weekend into gear, you’ll not only have a good time but also have an educational experience.

London’s Streets – Free workshop on the history of London
This workshop gives the whole family the chance to view this unique digital look into the history of the City of London and how it has changed over the years. Participants will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of popular characters in a Charles Dickens’s novel and design their own future London. The workshop takes place on 7 December at 10am – 12pm at The Salters’ Company, London Wall Place. Entry is free but booking is essential. Follow this link for more details. 

Natural History Museum – Free entry into Science events
The Natural History Museum in Cromwell Road London is currently running several events for the whole family such as “Gaze up at the moon” which has a 6 metre model of the moon featuring lunar images from NASA and an evolving soundscape that allows you to hear what it would be like if you were on the moon. This workshop along with a few others will run until the 5th of January 2020. Booking is not required and entry is free. You can visit their website Natural History Museum to find out more information on upcoming events.

Royal Airforce Museum
Young people who are interested in a career in aviation will enjoy the Air League’s 110th Anniversary exhibition. The Air League actively encourages young men and women to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace and is the largest provider of flying scholarships and bursaries. You can visit the RAF Museum’s website to find out how to explore the many hangars at this museum, located in Graham Parkway, London.

In the know – Curiosity Creates Keen Minds!

In the know – Curiosity Creates Keen Minds!

Growth mindset In The Know What's new? Workshops

We have found some great interactive opportunities to excite and educate those curious young minds. Read on to find out more information about the Annual Dragons Den Challenge and informative sessions on gaming and the laws of physics in cartoons.

Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019
Young people aged between 11 – 16 who are eager to build and improve their entrepreneurial skills will definitely enjoy the Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge taking place at Goldsmiths University tomorrow, 23rd November from 10am and 4pm.  This workshop is based on the popular TV show and young people will get the chance to develop and pitch their unique business ideas to a panel of judges. If tickets have been released to you via the waiting list then please book by 2pm today. Please follow this link for more information.

Free Kids Game Design Taster sessions
Join this fun, educational and interactive course for 9-17 year olds, who enjoy the gaming world. These young people will have the opportunity to find out what goes into the making of an exhilarating game and each student will be awarded an accredited certificate of completion which is endorsed by NCFE. The event takes place on 30th November at the Software Academy on Cricklewood Broadway in London. The first session starts at 2:30pm and the second session at 4pm. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on these sessions.

Cartoon Science
Explore the laws of physics in the real world versus the laws of physics cartoons during this exciting one-hour demonstration for the whole family. The free event is co-hosted by the Institute of Physics and Science Made Simple on the 30th November at the Institute of Physics on Caledonian Road London. The first of three sessions starts at 11:00am. Spaces are limited so register for this event at Eventbrite