After working in London at Process Systems Enterprise as an engineering consultant, I felt the need to do something different, to give back to my community. I found out about the Access Project through my company, and after researching its mission and hearing my colleagues’ positive experiences with it, I realised it was exactly what I was looking for.
2018 was my first-year volunteering as a tutor for the Access Project and given my background in chemical engineering I decided to sign up as a chemistry tutor. Supporting my student every week in a tutorial was incredibly rewarding and I saw her develop her knowledge in each tutorial.
Throughout the year I saw my student improve on different subjects and I was particularly impressed by how much she improved on her knowledge of redox reactions, as this was a very hard topic for her. I also helped her with general learning and study habits which she could apply to all of her subjects.
The first year was very rewarding and I really enjoyed the face-to-face tutoring. However, life often has surprises. This summer I moved to Aberdeen as my wife got offered a lecturer position at the university. Even though I am far away from London, I wanted to continue tutoring, as I firmly believe in education and the purpose of the Access Project. This time it has to be online, of course, but life is always full of new challenges and I am grateful to continue tutoring!