Sobia is in Year 6 at Walnut Tree Walk Primary School, London, and has maths tutoring each week with Cara. Sobia wants to be a doctor or a scientist when she grows up, and she says working with Cara has given her a ‘boost’ and makes her feel more confident . For Cara, watching her pupils make progress has been incredibly rewarding.
“I work for a bank, working on international compliance, so that keeps me really busy. I come [to tutoring] before work. Fortunately I work in central London so this is nice and convenient. It’s on the way in.
“Maths is a really great subject, but how you get pupils excited about it – I was a little apprehensive about that. Maths is so important to get right and if I can instill in them at this age an enthusiasm and really encourage them through this, then this is a really great start before secondary school. This is the time when they can really learn and catch up.
“I was quite nervous but the children were so lovely and enthusiastic. I learned early on that if I play a little game with them then they are quite competitive with each other in a good way. It helps to break up the session. [I can see] the joy in their faces, they enjoy it.
“I get a lot of support from Action Tutoring. The workbook helps me plan my sessions and I receive regular emails. The Programme Co-Ordinator, Rebecca, is always on hand to answer any questions I might have.
“As they first came in, they were reserved but now they are much more confident and fly through the questions.
I would encourage anyone who was thinking about getting involved to just do it, it is really rewarding.
“My favourite part of tutoring is working the questions out together. Cara is very kind and she always helps me out. Whenever we get stuck on a question she will always be able to help us out.”
“I think I want to become a doctor or a scientist but I still can’t decide. I would be a medical scientist, because I want to help out people in the world. Imagine if there’s like a new disease then I would be able to figure it out.”
Action Tutoring really gives you a boost at school. You feel more confident.