Why it is Important that Personal Tutoring Programmes Support the Development of Learning and Transferable Skills

It is essential that tutors support the development of learning and transferable skills as tutors see the progress of students across all classes, this allows the tutor to offer guidance with the full perspective of the student’s progress so far. Tutors are in the best position to create an individual learning plan as they have this full perspective and are more likely to be unbiased due to being in the tutoring role; however, it is common that tutors will also fill a lecturing role as well. As the tutoring role sits alongside other classes promoting skills that are transferable between the other classes and into the workplace is a positive to the course as a whole, likely increasing a student’s grades across all units. As students are seeing a direct benefit from tutoring classes this will increase the likelihood they will attend the tutoring sessions where other important information will be provided. Once students graduate there are various skills that will be required that are not included in the awarding body curriculum and are not specific to any particular unit, as a result these skills will often be omitted from the course delivery. Some of these skills may include interview technique, time management, organisational skills, work ethic, etc., all these skills are essential to a successful work life. Other skills such as exam technique, progression options and money management are all skills that will hugely benefit the student if they plan to continue within education.

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James Barron
My first experience of teaching was in 2016, when I was asked to
deliver a talk to a group of 16-year-olds on what it was like to start
your own business. I immediately knew I wanted to become more
involved in teaching but I didn’t know where to start as I had not
previously considered a career in education. A few weeks later I
agreed to teach a class of Chinese students from the Shanghai
Technical Institute of Electronics and Information, who had travelled
to the UK to learn English and Software Engineering, after that I was
hooked. Within the next few years, I taught hundreds of students of
many different nationalities, aged from 16 to 60, and from
levels 2 to 6. I focused my time teaching with Bath University and
Bath College for several more years until I felt a change was in order.
For the last few years, I have taught remotely with several private
training organisations, provided dedicated one to one coaching
sessions, provided consultancy on teaching and assessment practices
and written about my experiences as a teacher. I plan to continue
with my current activities for the foreseeable future but I’m always
open to new teaching experiences.

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