30 students from Cardiff Sixth Form College have set up a free online tutoring service – SixthFormTutorsUK – for pupils in Years 7 to 12 who are struggling with aspects of learning at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Covering a range of subjects including English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Psychology and Maths the students, who are themselves in Years 12 and 13 at the UK’s top school in Cardiff, felt they could bring an up-to-date perspective on the curriculum and help younger pupils who are struggling and feel isolated with one to one tutorials, useful hints and tips, online resources and video.
The students created an Instagram and a Facebook page – @SixthFormTutorsUK – and promoted their services by reaching out to other tuition and revision services such as BoostRevision who has over 1.5k Instagram followers and AheadTuition which has 10.6k.
However, as soon as it was launched, it was mostly pupils themselves who contacted SixthFormTutorsUK and accessed their service via post sharing by friends and family with the result that over 300 pupils from all over the UK are now receiving tuition during COVID19 for free.
Said SixthFormTutorsUK co-ordinator, Ngum Agnes Mofor: “During this crisis we have the time and resources to help other students who may not have parental support or the notes required to help them complete the assignments and school work they have been set. Others simply want to continue their education during lockdown. We have received lots of positive feedback from our students and this initiative means so much to us as we feel we have made a difference to these peoples’ lives during this difficult time. It is really rewarding and we feel very passionate about it.”
Added Cardiff Sixth Form Head, Tom Arrand: “I have heard so many stories of parents and children struggling with online learning. Parents who feel they are underqualified to teach and who are, themselves, working from home and children who are struggling with what they have to do. These students are exemplary. They have seen the need themselves and have given up their time and expertise to help others during the COVID19 crisis. I am utterly proud of them and all they are doing and give it my full support.”