Umar Shaikh previously studied at the University of Warwick, and is currently studying for a postgraduate qualification at the University of Law. Umar tutors English with us at St Angela's Ursuline School on Saturdays.
Umar at our 2015 Tutor Training Day. Image by Maahwish Mirza
“It is not in the nature of man - nor of any living entity - to start out by giving up, by spitting in one's own face and damning existence. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it.”
People often think that they can change the world by becoming lawyers, doctors or politicians. Little do they realise that through Team Up, I am changing the worlds of three young children, whose dreams of attaining further education need a little stardust.
Being a Team Up tutor is not only an enjoyable experience, but also a rewarding one. It is inspirational to see the amount of effort that students are willing to put into their work to make a difference - something that I’m sure many of us can learn from! One of my students has a passion for art, and although I sometimes see artistic doodles here and there, there is an underlying passion that drives these students forward and makes me proud to call myself their tutor. With a great range of detailed resources for both tutors and tutees from the well-known Trinity Academy, Team Up makes sure that we are fully trained to deal with children from all walks of life and for teaching all parts of the curriculum.
Having witnessed first-hand the difference that a good teacher can make, I wanted to be that teacher. That one teacher who cares about what their students want and how they can help. I have finally been given the opportunity to be just that.
Team Up gives me the opportunity to balance my University education with giving back to the community and helping students achieve their aspirations, not only in school, but also in life. Having witnessed first-hand the difference that a good teacher can make, I wanted to be that teacher. That one teacher who cares about what their students want and how they can help. I have finally been given the opportunity to be just that. Certainly, the children that I tutor need a push, but no matter how challenging the work, they are not run down; they do not lose their fire.
They wake up before 10am on a Saturday morning to be taught about conjunctions and connectives. That is what I call motivation.
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