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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

Q. Why do we recruit only 1st Year undergraduate students?

The Student Tutor project is about delivering the reliable and consistent support that is needed to make a difference. It is important to develop sustainable relationships with the teachers, pupils and their parents, relationships that in some cases have lasted three years.

Q. What is the process for applications and training?

The application process, generally, involves three steps: an online application form, training day and CRB check. On the pass of these three, a University student could then be placed in a school or homework club.

Q. When will the training take place and what is it about?

Successful applicants will be invited to a training session two to three weeks after the application closing date.

This one-day training session aims to create awareness of different learning styles, barriers to learning, and communication among others. Students will be involved in group sessions and activities.

Q. Why do I need a CRB check?

Student Tutors are placed in schools and homework clubs where they will be tutoring under aged pupils.

The CRB checks are free of charge and usually take a month to be processed. Student Tutors will only be placed at partner institutions once they received their CRB check.

Q. When will I start tutoring?

Student Tutors recruited now can start tutoring in October 2013. Some students might wish to start in September and we would be happy to place them in schools or homework clubs as early as possible.

Some students might also be available to start their tutoring once the CRB checks are passed.  This might be beginning of May 2013. Students would be able to tutor until June or July depending on their availability. This will be discussed with students after the training session.

Q. Where will I be placed?

Depending on your availability you will be placed either at a homework club or high school.  Therefore, students cannot put down a preference.

Students Tutors who tutored the year before will be re-matched with the partner institutions to provide continuity. Then others will be matched.

Q. Am I guaranteed a tutoring place?

Should your availability for tutoring not match time and days our partners need a tutor, then it will be difficult to place you that term. If your timetable changes the following term we could look at finding you a match then. So far, we have only experienced one case where a matching failed due to very limited free time of the student. So before you apply, make sure you have at least 3 to 4 hours of free time for tutoring.

Q. When do tutoring sessions take place?

Homework clubs have tutoring sessions either on weekends 9.30am to 12.30pm or weekdays 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Tutoring sessions last between 2 to 3 hours.

Tutoring support at schools takes place weekdays anytime from 9.15pm to 3.15pm. Student Tutors usually work 2 to 3 hours, but some are available the whole day and tutor up to 5 hours.