Do tutors make good role models?

April 18, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

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Role models weren’t something I gave much thought to growing up, I tended to just focus on my own activities without looking up or around.  But since starting my career, moments have cropped up when I can see how influences from family and friends, teachers, colleagues and managers have helped to shape me into the person I am today. 

This occurred in all different ways, sometimes consciously when I was inspired by the way they handled a specific situation, or they gave me direct guidance, and sometimes subconsciously when I realised I had been mirroring their behaviour or approach.   All together they have left a patchwork of imprints on what makes me ‘me’.

Often what makes these individuals remarkable has been the way they have treated me, more specifically the time they have taken to support me, the faith they have had in my actions and the genuine excitement they have shown for me when I have succeeded – they have given me the confidence to try new things and the resilience to persevere, even when times have been challenging. 

Having someone who actively encourages you and has faith in you can make a huge difference to the way you look at yourself and how much you push yourself to achieve.  Reflecting on this support makes me realise what a positive impact our tutors can have on the lives of the young people they work with.  At such a crucial point in their development, both academically and personally, their tutors can help boost and inspire them in a way that they might not otherwise have found.

Meeting adults from completely different walks of life can help broaden our pupils’ horizons or give them a refreshingly new perspective on a situation.  Not only can their tutors help them to tackle the more challenging questions in a test or exam, it can help give them confidence in situations beyond the classroom.  Or maybe the support will come back to them much further into the future – in whatever they then go on to do. 

So as tutors, whatever the discussions you end up having with your pupils, don’t ever doubt that you are having an impact and making a difference.  Your advice could come back to them much further down the line, when they least expect it.       

As Maadyah, one of our pupils in Birmingham, confirms, “I have so much confidence in myself now. I can achieve from a grade E to C/B. Thank you so much for helping me with maths, you were really inspiring and I would love to learn from you again.”


Written by Fleur Nicholson, Marketing and Communications Manager

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