S02 Episode #7: A day in the life of A Maths & Finance Educator with Helen Westwood

S02E06 – A day in the life of A Maths & Finance Educator with Helen Westwood

Release date: Sun 15th Aug 2021

Welcome to Season 2 of the UK Educators Community Podcast, where you’ll get a sneak peek into Educator’s diaries, as Syd asks her guests to run through one of their typical days.  On this episode, you’ll meet Helen Westwood.

After completing her degree, Helen worked in corporate as a Tax Consultant.  After a couple of years, (and a meeting with one of her old teachers), Helen was offered a job on the graduate teacher programme at the school she once studied at. She’s now spent several years leading finance courses for post-16 year olds.

As well as her work with the school, Helen runs her own private tutoring in Maths and Finance.  She’s VERY BUSY and booked up until 2025!!

Key take aways

Some consider online booking tools, such as Calendly to be a little impersonal. When used well, and at the end of the process they are excellent. You have already built rapport with the client and simply send them a link, where they can book a formal appointment.
Time management is essential when you have other commitments. Helen works in large "chunks" of time, so she's always fully present when with family, or students (even if it IS on a Friday night at 8pm!)
Once you've been tutoring for a long while, preparing for each session isn't always needed. Often students will speak about their concerns and struggles, and the sessions will go in different directions anyway. It's all about being flexible with your plans.
Helen's soon to be offering very early tutoring sessions. Some families will take their children to swimming lessons, horse riding lessons, etc before school, so early morning pre-school run lessons are soon to be trialled.

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