Meet the Tutor: Alejandro
Today we're sharing our fantastic tutor, Alejandro. He tutors maths and physics with us, but he also tutors computer science and Spanish! He's been with Green Tutors for over a year, and supported us with the GCSE Success Classes for last year's exams.
What is your current role?
What did you study to get here?
Is this what you always wanted to do?
What kind of student were you at school?
Lazy and mischievous, but got the grades :)*
*Alejandro is not condoning slacking off on your studies here ;)
Did you have a tutor?
Yes, for English
How did you decide what to study?
I wanted to be able to design technology that other people would use with my own hands and I love planes, so it was a very simple choice.
Have you made any mistakes along the way to your current career?
Many. It's important to realise that it's your own fault* when you make a mistake and learn from it so it doesn't happen again. Blaming other factors is the easy answer but won't take you anywhere
*I would be more inclined to say it is your own responsibliity, and to use it as a learning experience. There's no benefit in blame or negativity when mistakes happen.
Did you make any mistakes or have any setbacks in your career path?
Yes, Covid-19 being a big one. It's important to adapt to new adversities and find your way out of them. My graduate scheme was delayed for a year due to Covid-19 and I decided to do a second Masters in the meantime. I was a bit reluctant at first since I've dedicated a lot of time studying and I wanted to start applying my skills, but I realised that further education could give me a set of skills which I could really benefit from when I start my job
What are your top three tips for GCSE students?
1. Work hard.
Yes, it's cliche, but spending an hour or two a week with a tutor won't make you instantly get good grades. Tutoring will give you the tools you need to get those grades, but it is swotting that will give you your desired grade.
2. Ask questions.
Many. Whether it is to your tutor or to your teacher at school. People are afraid of asking "stupid questions", but there is no such thing. If your question sounds stupid, the only reason for that is that you don't really understand the topic and then you definitely need to ask questions! Teachers will never judge you for any questions you ask, they've been at your side of the desk and now that learning new things is hard.
Seriously, it's just an exam. If you do well, congratulations. If you don't, you'll have other opportunities to prove your worth soon. It's important that you work hard for the exams, but panicking or over-worrying will just make you less confident during the exam and make you more prone to make mistakes. It's just another step in your learning path, relax a bit, and don't let it affect your day-to-day life!