Find your comfort zone
Rebecca, one of our tutors in Rochdale, explains the importance of creating the right environment to learn. Lesson number one: this is nothing like school.
We have a laugh in the classroom. I want my learners to feel they can talk to me about anything. We’re all in this together, you know? If I can open doors for them, then I’ll do what I can. When they join, they always lack confidence. They always feel intimidated. Bad childhood memories of the classroom are hard to forget. So, my first job is to make them feel comfortable and ready to learn.
It’s so satisfying to see them improve. They start by saying: “I’m not going to get this”. But then they suddenly do. They move from taking two weeks to understand a topic to cracking it in two days. You see their confidence grow each time.
The students are very close to one another. They’ll throw small parties and share food from their home communities. They always invite me along and then hand me endless cups of tea. Even though I don’t drink tea!
They always feel intimidated. My first job is to make them feel comfortable and ready to learn.