The journey to University is a strange and complex one. You start hearing about it very early on; barely into your GCSEs, people are telling you what Universities will be looking for in applicants, how it’s so different from how it used to be, and how you will spend thousands on books (the latter is a true story; I heard this from a guest speaker at my school!)
I think I speak for the entire 2019 / 2020 Yipiyap tutor cohort when I say that everyone was looking forward to the two Induction Days, mainly to put our worries aside. For most of us, this was our first professional job and so a really informative Induction was essential to help us prepare for the role of a Tutor - Yipiyap did just that!
I had a student ask me this during a small group session with some of their class’ lowest ability students. With their exams only a couple of months away, I was trying desperately to engage these kids in what they were learning - cracking some jokes with them, allowing them the freedom to dictate the direction of their creative response, all in an effort to help them engage with the complex nature of the tasks.