Tutor Doctor Success Story: Rebuilding Confidence After an Accident

Tutor Doctor Success Story: Rebuilding Confidence After an Accident

“The student’s memory had greatly improved over the course of the year, and as a result of the time we spent together he did very well in his coursework. I was actually quite confident by the time we got to the final exams that he was in a good position to pass. And he did.” – John Peak, Tutor, UK

During the last academic year, I tutored a boy from across the city who had suffered a very serious head injury caused by an accident while he was on holiday. He had missed several months of school and fallen well behind in most subjects. In my subject, Science, he had scored low Ds in his Year 10 exams when he was expected to get Bs. Before the accident he had entertained thoughts of doing Science A levels.

Our initial sessions were not promising. It was hard to get the student to concentrate, and it was obvious that the accident had seriously affected his memory and confidence. However, we got on well on a personal level and persevered, and before long my experience as a teacher began to pay off.

I broke down much of the work we did into small chunks, so he could finish one thing and then have a short break. He did well in his November mocks, and by February of the following year we had pretty much finished the syllabus. We then started focusing on past papers and going through the minor parts of the course where he still needed some reinforcement.

The student’s memory had greatly improved over the course of the year, and as a result of the time we spent together he did very well in his coursework. I was actually quite confident by the time we got to the final exams that he was in a good position to pass.

And he did. The student secured B grades at GCSE, and he is achieving his dream of doing Physics and Chemistry at A level this year.

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