Peer Mentoring

During my time at Sixth-Form I have taken part in multiple schemes to help myself and others within the school, one of these being peer-mentoring. I am currently taking part in a 10 week course on communication within this I will not only be able to improve my communication for when I mentor one of the younger students but also be able to improve my communication for everyday life.

This 10 week course is helping us become more aware of how we communicate in everyday life as well as helping us understand how we should talk to the students when we are mentors. We have also gone through possible situations that could occur with the student and discussed ways that we would deal with them in the most effective way. One example being if the student add you on social media sites or another being if they come in and tell you about their weekend where they got drunk or did other things which are not age appropriate. We also talked about how we can tell if the student is telling you this purely because they believe that it will impress you or if it actually happened. This is important as we do not want them to be making things up to gain our approval as we are not there to be their friend, we are there to assist them with issues that they feel friends, teachers and parents can’t help with.

I have currently not yet finished the course, this will finish at the end of the current term. This is when we will be assigned a student to help. I have found the 10 week course very helpful in everyday life so far as well as I have been more aware of how I communicate with people, it has helped me find alternative ways to communicate my point across using a variety of types of communication, verbal and physical.

 

 

Buddying

I volunteered to help  with the new year 12’s on their first few days. I thought that this would be a good experience to help improve my confidence as I would have to talk to new students who I did not know. I also thought it would be good to help as I have been through the process of everything already so know what it is like to be in their position.

For my buddying duty I was allocated a form group. I met the students in the hall and lead them up to the classroom which they would be spending their tutor time in. As it was also my enrolment day I then had to leave the tutor group and enrol in my courses. After I had finished that I was able to join the tutor group again. Each student was given a passport which had a tick list of all things which had to be completed by the time lessons begin in a few days. The tutor for this group was also new to the school so wasn’t too familiar with using the google drive and things so I helped by showing everyone how to access their school google account. I also showed them how to access the document which had been shared with everyone, they had to begin to fill this out on their own device. I answered any questions about what sixth-form life is like and gave them some advice on getting involved in events and how to use their time effectively.

There is a team building event on Friday of this week so I also gave them advice on how to make a costume. As you can get points for team spirit I suggested going as a team costume, either all going as the same thing or picking a theme in which all members of the tutor could dress up as. As you can get team spirit points I also suggested that they come up with a group chant or song which they can sing when taking part in activities. As they decided to go as Teletubbies I suggested that they use the theme tune as a song which they could all learn and sing. Another thing which I mentioned that they could do is have a group picnic rather than bring individual lunches, they liked this idea and worked well together to find food they wanted to bring in and who would bring what.

This has been a good experience as I was able to give something back to the school and help them in a way of thanks for the help which year 13’s gave us last year. I also feel that it was a good way to make them all feel welcome into the school which is important.

University Trip

For project week, the last week of year 12, I have just gone on a trip to the South Coast of England. On this trip I looked at 5 University’s. We looked at Portsmouth, Winchester, Chicester, Brighton and Sussex. I found this trip very worth while, I was able to improve my communication skills, improve on my independence and I feel like I also got a better understanding of what university is like.

Prior to this trip I was unsure of whether or not I wanted to attend a University after my time at Sixth Form. This trip is going to allow me to make a more informed decision and the information gained has been very helpful. When looking at the University’s we had talks from current students as well as lecturers. I was also able to get a better understanding of what the main differences of campus and city university’s are. I have decided that I would rather a campus based university experience. This is because I will be able to become more independent whilst feeling safer and get more comfortable with living away from home as accommodation and lectures are all in the same area.

I have not only been able to see what university’s are like but also get a lot more information about the courses that I would be interested in which has allowed me to see just how helpful a degree in media production would be for me.

When on the trip we had tours of all campus’ of university’s visited as well as the talks and staying in halls of residence in Winchester, Chicester and Brighton. This was really good as I was able to get a real feel of what it is like to be at university, although there wasn’t students on campus due to the time of year.

 

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