In the Know – Think about your mindfulness!

In the Know – Think about your mindfulness!

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Mindfulness is an essential aspect of ensuring that young people develop into well-rounded adults that are capable of coping with whatever life throws at them. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 young people in the UK have mental health issues, so it is clear that the emotional wellbeing of young people is equally as important as their physical health.

An Introduction to Mindfulness
Are you curious about what mindfulness involves and whether it is a practice that would work for your child? Join Bromley Mindfulness at their Introduction to Mindfulness workshop on Monday 25th February from 7pm to 8.30pm at Bell House in Dulwich. The workshop is designed to teach young people the practical skills that will support their personal development. Tickets are £10 with free places available. Find out more here.

Calm
Calm is a free app that offers basic mindfulness practices to people of all ages, including a week-long beginners’ series that shows you how to practice cultivating awareness and how to train your mind to bounce back when it switches into autopilot mode. Other free sessions include 7 Days of Sleep and Calming Anxiety. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

The Mental Health Foundation
Most young people who experience a mental health issue have not had the necessary interventions at an early enough age. The Mental Health Foundation is a great resource for finding professional interventions and learning about symptoms and organisations that address mental health issues. This helps parents and young people to understand mental health issues better. You can visit their website 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.

5 Discussion Topics for Volunteer Mentors to Include in Their Mentoring Sessions

5 Discussion Topics for Volunteer Mentors to Include in Their Mentoring Sessions

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As a mentor, you want to help build your mentee’s self-confidence and help them to be more positive and goal-orientated, while also making sure that they are well-adjusted to the world around them. But how will you go about doing this during your mentoring sessions?

The easiest way to achieve this is to make sure you pay attention to your discussion points during each mentoring session. Discussion points help you to get to know your mentee better so that you can advise them and help them to come up with the right strategies to reach their goals. Here are five discussion points that will help get you started.

Ask them about their interests and hobbies
A great way to get to know your mentee would be to discuss their interests and hobbies. Finding out what they like to do in their spare time can help you find a common ground to gain their trust. It is also good to start with this to help your mentee to feel more relaxed and open. Everyone has at least one hobby that they love to do, so this will most certainly get them talking. From this, you will be able to expand the discussion.
For example, if reading is their hobby, you can discuss some of the books they’ve read and why they enjoyed some titles more than others. If it is music, you can discuss some of the artists they prefer listening to and why they may be more drawn to those artists. This can help you to understand more about them as a person.
It would also be useful for you to do some research on their hobbies and interests so that you can relate to them and encourage them to tell you more about themselves.

Find out what their favourite subject at school is
Finding out their favourite subject will help you to further identify with your mentee. It will help you to understand what they are good at since most people tend to like a subject that they excel in. From this, you can develop an understanding of the way they think. If they like maths, then you will know that their mind is more analytical and numerical, or if they like art, then you will know that their mind is more creative, and so on.
You can then find use this understanding to delve into other topics such as career goals.

Ask them about their strengths
Beyond their interests and favourite subjects, you can also directly ask them about their strengths. This can include an aspect of their personality that they may be proud of or a soft skill that they may have. For example, your mentee may feel that their strength is their patience or that they can communicate very well. If your mentee shares these personal attributes, it means that they are becoming more comfortable with sharing a more personal side of themselves with you – this is a big step in the mentoring process.
Sometimes they may not be aware of their personal strengths. This will be the perfect opportunity to tell them about a positive trait that you have noticed in them. It is always good to show your mentee the positive qualities that they possess to build up their self-confidence.

Talk about their career goals
One of the main aims of the mentoring programme is to help young people to reach their career aspirations. So it is always a good idea to discuss what your mentee would like to do after school and which career path they want to take.
Usually, they will have an idea of what they would like to do after school. In this case, you can help by shedding more light on the career they have chosen to follow, including providing a detailed explanation of what is required of them and what the actual job entails. This can include practical tips such as what they need to study in school, which university should they go to, should they do an apprenticeship etc.
Sometimes a young person may not know what career path they would like to pursue. In this case, you can help by looking at their interests and their favourite subjects in school. From this, you should be able to come up with a list of careers paths that your mentee might be inclined to. You can then discuss each career path in detail while encouraging them to decide for themselves.

Ask them where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years from now
Discussing their future will encourage them to raise their aspirations and work towards their goals. This can also perfectly tie up everything you may have gone through with the first four discussion points.
If you know their future goals, you can also help to set them up on the right path to achieve them. For example, if your mentee wants to study at Oxbridge, you can assist them by explaining the application process or helping them to write the best personal statement.

These discussion points are a great start to your mentoring sessions. However, every mentee is different and they may have different needs or may want to discuss different topics. You should always keep your mentee’s interests as the priority, while still maintaining control of the direction of your mentoring sessions. This will make your mentoring sessions both impactful and insightful.

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 career options!

In the Know – Explore your career options!

In The Know What's new?

There are so many new career options emerging every year. However, young people are often not aware of the many pathways they can pursue after they are done with school. It is essential for them to assess their skills and find a career they are passionate about. This week we have three opportunities for young people to gain an insight into different careers.

GT Scholars Career Insight Programme
As part of the launch to the new GT Scholars Career Insight Programme which will begin in August, we will be offering young people a chance to attend a career workshop on Thursday 21st February at the EY offices in Canary Wharf. During this free workshop, young people aged 14-17 will have the chance to hear from professionals in a range of careers and understand the different paths that they took to achieve their career aspirations. To book your ticket, click here

Want a career in Aviation?
The Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair 2019 will be taking place on Thursday 28th February. This free event will allow young people to meet with over 80 airport-based employers, educational institutions, volunteering organisations and apprenticeship programmes. They will be able to get the latest information about vacancies, placements and training available at the airport. To find out more, click here

Find your Opportunity!
The Festival of Opportunities will be running over the February half term. Suitable for young people aged 12-18, this series of events helps young people explore their potential, develop their skills and find out about great careers. Featured in this year’s festival are visits to Sky Media Studios and University of West London. 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.

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!

In The Know Parents What's new?

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 – Confidence is Key!

In the Know – Confidence is Key!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index report for 2018 revealed that 54% of all young people believe their lack of self-confidence holds them back. Luckily, there are many activities in which young people can build self-confidence and pursue their aspirations. This week we bring you three such activities.

Be an A-lister!
Young A-Listers is the UK’s first part-time self-empowerment drama school. Founded by Samuell Benta, the school works with young people aged 9 to 17 years old and aims to raise young people’s awareness about their personal strengths. They will also learn new skills and build their confidence. There is a free class available on Tuesday 5th February, and you can find out more here.

The Best Youth!
Featured within The Best You Expo, a two-day event exploring life-changing movements and inspirational immersion, The Best Youth is an event that gathers young people passionate about living better lives, creating a better world, and gaining greater mindfulness and confidence. This free event runs on Friday 15th February and Saturday 16th February. To find out more, click here

Develop your skills!
The Photographer’s Gallery runs an ongoing programme of talks, events and workshops for 14-24-year-olds. This programme aims to build young people’s confidence in pursuing a career in photography and design. This Saturday (2nd February) they have a workshop on book and magazine design. The workshop costs £30 and there are free bursary places available. 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 – Create and collaborate!

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Did you know that LinkedIn has identified creativity and collaboration as two of the most sought-after soft skills by companies? Young people can benefit from learning these skills from a young age, so this week we bring you three activities which are centred around creativity, collaboration and careers!

Get Creative!
The Design Museum runs the Young Creatives programme for young people aged 14-19 years old. They have monthly meetings where young people work together as a team on design-based projects. They will get to take part in 2D and 3D design, join in workshops with designers and members of the museum team, and gain career insights. To find out more about how you can join, click here.

Learn about Careers!
Kidzania’s career fair will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd January and Thursday 24th January. Young people aged between 10 and 14 can participate in a series of workshops which encourage them to work as a team and develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They get to do all this whilst learning about different careers! Find out more here.

Vlog like a pro!
Young people have the chance to participate in MediaTrust’s Vlogging training on Monday 28th January. This free workshop, taking place at Google Academy London, is suitable for young people aged 16 and above. Lessons for the day include video editing, presentation skills and confidence building. Book your tickets 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 – New Year, New Hobbies!

In the Know – New Year, New Hobbies!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Happy New Year! A new year is a great time to start taking up new hobbies or exploring new interests. You never know where they may lead, it just might be the first step to something bigger! This week we bring you three activities for young people to enjoy.

Be an Entrepreneur!
Ultra education provides weekly entrepreneur clubs at The Granville for young people aged 7-18 years old. This free event teaches young people entrepreneurship whilst building their confidence, communication skills and financial literacy. It’s an excellent step for young people to learn about how to do what they love and get paid for it. To find out more, click here.

For the Science Fans
The EasyCodingClub has a fun Lego Robotics Coding and STEM workshop every week at various locations around London. This free workshop is suitable for young people aged 6-12 years old and is designed to nurture young minds to develop an interest in coding and building robots. They will be able to learn key science and engineering practices and apply maths in a fun engaging way. To find out more, click here.

Be Creative with Manga
The V&A is hosting a Create! Manga workshop for 13-15-year olds on Saturday 26th January. Young people will be able to gather inspiration from the V&A’s Japan gallery and get to create their very own Manga characters. Tickets to this workshop cost £20 and you will need to book in advance to secure a place. 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 – Explore the creative world!

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In The Know What's new?

The creative world offers many opportunities to young people from rewarding career paths to useful outlets for expression. This week we have lined up three diverse activities that will allow them to explore their creative side and gain valuable skills and new experiences.

British Museum – Make a Manga Comic
This one hour workshop will give your child the opportunity to design their own comic inspired by the British Museum’s collection of Japanese manga. They will get to develop digital art skills to create characters and invent stories at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre. This free workshop is for 11 to 16-year-olds and you can find out more here.

The Ideas Foundation
The Ideas Foundation is a creative community for 11 to 18-year-olds where anyone with ideas is welcome. They run one-day programmes, online media camps, and creative camps to give your child a taste of life in the world of design, advertising, and tech. They also have a student resources page to download free tools, templates and tips from some of the biggest brands in the creative industry. Find out more here.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Discovering Architecture
The V&A Museum presents their free activity backpacks for young people to explore the V&A through creative and fun activities. Their Discovering Architecture backpack for 11 to 12-year-olds will give your child the opportunity to learn about architectural drawings, colour, ‘connecting spaces’, light and materials, then construct a model and draw their own building. 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 – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In the Know – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In The Know What's new? Young people

November brings a chill in the air and the realisation that the year is almost over. For young people, it’s the calm before the rush that the next term will bring. The three options we have for you this week might just be the head start to next year that young people may need!

Apply Now for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme
Applications are now open for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme for young people aged 11-13. The programme will be helping young people get top grades at school and to help them to develop the skills needed to get into a top university or get into a competitive career. To find out more, register your interest here.

Royal Drawing School Taster Workshop
Bookings are now open for this free taster workshop for young people aged 16 and over who are interested in studying art and design. Young people are allowed to develop their skills in life drawing and are also encouraged to participate in the group crit afterwards to learn what makes a good portfolio. To find out more, click here.

National Youth Theatre Start-Up Saturdays
Applications are now open for the National Youth Theatre’s only weekly Saturday course for 11-14 year olds! Start-Up Saturdays encourage young people to put their passion for performance and ideas into action. Across a ten-weeks, participants explore storytelling, devising theatre, movement, music and character. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that 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.