I went into school over the Easter for two days to help at Easter School for the year 11 and A Level pupils.
I spent one day with year 11 and one day with a level pupils and it was a lot of fun. The best part was that on the year 11 day, some year 9 and 10s had also come to get extra help and they made massive amounts of progress! This was so amazing to see, as everyone that was in was motivated and extra absorbent!
I ended up working quite a lot with the A Level pupils to just go over things they weren’t sure about. They had a few misconceptions that I worked them through.
One of the most common error was when they were asked to solve trig equations and to find solutions between 0-360d. they didn’t know how many values they were looking for, or how to do it. The CAST method confused them and they couldn’t work with it correctly. I ended up teaching them how to read values off the sine/cosine graphs and they worked with this really well. It made sense to them straight away and linked together concepts that were quite disjoined in their minds.
It was nice to work with those who wanted to learn as opposed to behaviour management – which is what a lot of my lessons have been about so far. I was able to teach something substantial and take pupils from low levels to much higher but just clarifying things for them.
It was really nice as by the end of the two days, the deputy head found me and had written me a letter to thank me for my help. Unnecessary but appreciated all the same.