The Access Project: Tutor Profile

Our work with The Access Project (TAP) is coming up to the end of the first academic year, it’s been a big success.

The West Midlands has welcomed 58 tutors to the TAP family and together they have clocked up over 700 hours of tutorials, which is truly a remarkable achievement for TAP’s first taste of life outside London.

Rob Laker tutors two students at Forge, here he tells us a bit more about his experience and why he became involved with The Access Project.

What do you tutor?
I hold one-to-one tutorials with two A level maths students. We meet in the local library and work on all aspects of study – better understanding of the key concepts; going through past-papers; study techniques; exam preparation. By working with the same students each week, it is possible to tailor the tutorials to their specific needs.

Why do you tutor with The Access Project?
I volunteer for a number of reasons. I think it is a good thing to try and contribute to the local area. The students on The Access Project have so much enthusiasm and I think they deserve every chance to turn their ambitions into reality. Tutoring also benefits me personally, because I really enjoy it and it gives me a different focus at the end of a working day.

How did you first get involved with The Access Project?
I began volunteering as a STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and I continue to help at school STEM clubs and careers events. During a STEM event last year, I heard about The Access Project and thought it sounded excellent so I dropped them an email. A couple of months later I was signed up as a tutor, it was really easy.

What do you get out of being a volunteer tutor?
I enjoy all aspects of tutoring. I have always loved maths and the students are a pleasure to work with. Working one-to-one makes it easier to see the impact that the tutoring makes and it’s very satisfying when everyone’s effort pays off. Working with young people is something I would recommend to anyone and it is a refreshing contrast to my day job. Plus it’s nice to feel useful!

What are your passions and interests outside of tutoring?
I have a passion for learning that fits well with being a tutor. I’m currently working towards my fourth degree, which takes up a lot of my time. Outside of studying I like playing sport (mainly squash and football), long-distance walking, astronomy, and cooking.

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