One of our pupils recently spent their work experience week at our centre. Our parents were happy for her to shadow us during teaching. She had to write up a report for an oral presentation at school and is happy for me to share it with you.
Hello, my name is Gina and I was recently given the opportunity of a placement at Kip McGrath Ashford. Many of you may recognise me because I have helped you or because I am also a pupil at Kip. My first impressions were of excitement over what was coming yet there was also a feeling of dread: I have heard recounts of many unfortunate souls who had to make tea all week or just sort out enormous stacks of files.
On the first day I arrived at 11am and Simon started giving me an introduction to the “business side” of kip which I never knew existed. When the pupils arrived in the afternoon I worked with a pupil per session – and I made sure that the pupils were 3 years younger than me and left the older ones to Simon! Most pupils did Maths and I thought teaching them would be no problem until I met with the question “what was the quotient of 40 and 5?” and then my fictional dream was shattered. I sat there dumbly thinking what the word ‘quotient’ meant whilst Emily (my first ever pupil who was in Yr4) sat there staring at me with hopeful eyes. I would like to add that she was 6 years younger than me therefore the situation was humiliating for me. I gave up and asked Simon. I was bewildered that such a complicated word had such simple origins. On the other hand I managed to accomplish my target which was to take part in tutoring children. Simon praised me for my good work.
So each day I learnt something new about business and how important coffee is for function, especially if you have a long day ahead of you – and in a room full of pupils caffeine is really handy.
My time with Kip McGrath made me realise the responsibility of being an adult. I saw through the eyes not as a pupil but rather as a tutor. It dawned on me the vast trust between parents and tutors in Kip. The parents have complete confidence in the their ability. I hope that during my time in Kip they had faith in me as well.
There are a few things I would improve if this was my business.:
- 1. Become friends on Facebook with all pupils or parents who currently use this social media. Everyone is on Facebook now.
- 2. There should be videos on the main website. If you can’t use videos then add them in Youtube from a link on the Kip McGrath website
- 3. Most people who come to Kip have been recommended by a friend so to increase those recommendations I’d be blogging all the time.
- 4. I didn’t know that Kumon tutors weren’t real teachers. I would make sure that everyone in Ashford also knew this. That would increase pupils coming to Kip.
I have really enjoyed my week at Kip. I would like to thank Sally and Simon for allowing me a placement with them.