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Post 1

18 May 2020, 11:53 Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 19:58

Section 3, Activity 1

OpenThis thread is for section 3, activity 1

This activity invites you to compare your current work with the "Supported open learning" principles. These are:

Flexible – students work where and when they choose, to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments

All-inclusive – students get all the high-quality materials they need to study

Supportive – personal tutors provide academic expertise, guidance and feedback and run group tutorials; and specialist advisers are on hand to help with other aspects of OU study

Social – students get together at tutorials, day schools and informal study groups; and through online conferencing, study networks and module forums

Do you already follow any of the principles?

Are there any aspects which you do not currently adopt? This might be because of the nature of the learners you work with or other reasons.

These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:

"My current work includes offering academic advice and feedback - I feel comfortable with this"

"My college provides most of the study materials or directs students to particular resources. My students often have work and family commitments but we have fixed contact-times where they have to attend"

Use the "Reply" button below to contribute to this discussion


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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 10:46
I am comfortable with giving advice according to my expertise, whether that...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 2

11 Jun 2020, 19:10
I agree it would help a lot to have been a distance learner yourself.
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Anthony McDermott Post 86 (summarised) in reply to 2

13 Feb 2022, 13:20
Totally agree with this Shane. I think having lived experience of distance...
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Duncan Hall Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Jun 2020, 15:25
I do not work in an educational setting but feel pretty comfortable with...
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Tamara Lopez Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 3

8 Jun 2020, 21:10
Hi Duncan, I like the way you highlight the importance of focusing on both...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 3

9 Jun 2020, 15:06
Hi Duncan I agree there are links between the world of study and learning and...
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Adrian Hehir Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 9

11 Jun 2020, 15:04
I like the idea of team fun, a module related team quiz, with a number of...
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Marcus Young Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 11

12 Jun 2020, 20:58
That's a great idea!
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Lucy Gillett Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 20:54
I don't work in an educational setting myself, in my previous career I would...
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Tamara Lopez Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 4

8 Jun 2020, 21:18
Hi Lucy, Yes, these principles really have come to the fore in the current...
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Lucy Gillett Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 7

11 Jun 2020, 17:03
Hi Tamara :) very much so, so much change and parts of it I am sure will be...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 4

11 Jun 2020, 19:13
My experience is the same, it's the flexibility that is less appropriate when...
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Tamara Lopez Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 21:16
Like Duncan, I haven't ever worked as an educator, but I found in my...
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Michael Liedl Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 6

26 Jun 2020, 22:08
I really appreciate your task in assisting students find additional...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 15:01
I work in education and I always try to ensure my students have the necessary...
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Adrian Hehir Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 8

11 Jun 2020, 15:17
I like the idea that the high quality module material has been created...
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Marcus Young Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 12

12 Jun 2020, 21:02
I agree, being able to bring your own material to a tutorial is important....
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Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 12

18 Jul 2020, 11:51
Absolutely agree. Tutors must have the flexibility be able to develop their...
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Theresa Schrem Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 8

9 Oct 2020, 08:59
I also work in Education (secondary school). I agree that feedback, both...
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Robert Stocks Post 75 (summarised) in reply to 47

13 Aug 2021, 20:26
I ve found over the years feedback has developed to be more flexible and the...
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Adrian Hehir Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 14:59
In a recent role outside of education, during this current Covid 19 lock down...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 51 (summarised) in reply to 10

19 Oct 2020, 21:12
Hi Adrian, I think you rised an interesting point. Due to the COVID...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 19:09 Edited by the author on 11 Jun 2020, 19:17
I'm currently teaching sixth formers so some of the principles are the same...
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Kate Blackham Post 71 (summarised) in reply to 14

7 Aug 2021, 21:01
Having done secondary teacher training last year during Covid I would agree -...
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Brian Morton Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 12:55 Edited by the author on 12 Jun 2020, 12:55

Section 3 Activity 6.2

 I enjoyed reading Nigel's take on being an OU tutor at...
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Vincent Pelling Post 91 (summarised) in reply to 17

23 Jun 2022, 18:43
I've always worked to avoid putting students on the spot as it is so easy to...
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Ben Pike Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 13:46
I work in the engineering sector, not in education, but I am fairly...
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Marcus Young Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 20:55
I currently work as a tutor for a distance learning course run by another...
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Michael Liedl Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 19

26 Jun 2020, 22:25
I cannot but sympathise with Marcus in the issue one finds with online...
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Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 19

18 Jul 2020, 11:48
That's a great insight into current delivery practice and issues that exist...
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Quentin McPhee Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 10:49
I'm currently delivering commercial training course, typically 3 days in...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 22

16 Jun 2020, 12:36
Hi Quentin, Welcome to the course and the forum, and good to see you've...
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Quentin McPhee Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 23

16 Jun 2020, 14:55
Sure thing Jenny - I've popped a quick intro into Section 1.
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Colin Jenkins Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2020, 16:56
I don't work in an education environment but I have had opportunity to...
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Rod Gliven Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 25

12 Jul 2020, 22:44
People having different learning styles and approaches: some prefer the...
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Gaby Lama Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2020, 02:58
During my undergraduate studies with the OU, I have enjoyed the flexibility...
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Kate Sim Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 26

23 Jun 2020, 06:47
Hi Gaby, good to see another OU student in here. Can I ask you to introduce...
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Rod Gliven Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 26

12 Jul 2020, 22:39
Flexibility is certainly a requirement, as one never know when someone will...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 12:17
My organisation offer distance learning and blended learning, my students...
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Michael Liedl Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 22:02
As an OU, graduate and undergraduate, student over the last 25 years, I have...
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Rachael Luck Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 15:17

Activity 1 supported open learning

 At present not a tutor or any modules....
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Graham Smith Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jul 2020, 23:14
Hello all, (sorry it's a bit wordy) I have not worked in education, however...
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Toni Walton Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 11:23
I am a secondary school teacher for GCSE and A level students so already...
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Manoj Nanda Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jul 2020, 17:28

S3 Activity 1

 My current work is presently underpinned by supported open...
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Rod Gliven Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jul 2020, 22:36
I believe the key element is approachability... If a student gains sufficient...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 50 (summarised) in reply to 36

19 Oct 2020, 21:06
Hi Rod, I agree with you: approachability is a fundamental element for tutors...
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Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jul 2020, 12:17
When lecturing in FE, I always maintained an "open Door" approach - if I...
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John Jamieson Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 41

22 Jul 2020, 14:53
No issues here, Its all about identifying the students needs and taking the...
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Robert Stocks Post 76 (summarised) in reply to 41

13 Aug 2021, 20:27
I agree and have used a lot of these strategies discussed and offering open...
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Martin Hillson Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Aug 2020, 15:44 Edited by the author on 6 Aug 2020, 15:44
I'm not surrently in a teaching environment as such, although I do mentor...
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Raj Seepersad Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 22:10

Supporting Open Learning

 Part 3 Activity 1: Principles applied to current...
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Coffee on Tyne

Bill Tarpy Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Aug 2020, 16:57
Not working in education I at first struggled to think where at work I've...
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Petra Wolf Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Sep 2020, 18:03
I do not work in the education sector but manage a large team of software...
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Theresa Schrem Post 48 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Oct 2020, 09:11
I have taken part in distance learning myself to complete CPD courses offered...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 49 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Oct 2020, 19:53
In the teaching activities I have delivered so far I met the principles of...
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Kussar Khan Post 52 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Oct 2020, 19:30
I have worked in the private sector as a trainer and computer science...
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Dhouha Kbaier Post 53 (summarised) in reply to 52

25 Nov 2020, 12:58
From my face-to-face experience, I focus on inclusive teaching and learning...
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This is one of my latest pictures.

Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 63 (summarised) in reply to 52

5 Jul 2021, 18:16
Totally agree: not one principle is more important than the other. All four...
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Tessa Flood Post 72 (summarised) in reply to 52

12 Aug 2021, 12:43
I totally agree, a combination of these principles are necessary to provide...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 73 (summarised) in reply to 72

13 Aug 2021, 12:52
Hi Tessa Welcome to the forum and hope you are finding the course useful. It...
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Kevin Frost Post 54 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Dec 2020, 19:09 Edited by the author on 26 Dec 2020, 19:09
As a school treachers teaching years 1 to 13 I find some of the approaches...
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Amanda Williams Post 57 (summarised) in reply to 54

11 Jun 2021, 12:37
I completely agree with you. I think much of this we do as part of our job...
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Sian Armstrong-Hollins Post 55 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 May 2021, 20:53
Throughout my experience of teaching I have enjoyed the different aspects of...
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Fiona Baxter Post 59 (summarised) in reply to 55

22 Jun 2021, 11:54
I agree, it is paramount to support all learning needs and having a dedicated...
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Amanda Williams Post 56 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 12:35
I have always had a flexible approach as not everyone has the same home...
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Fiona Baxter Post 58 (summarised) in reply to 56

22 Jun 2021, 11:51
You are so right, it is an essential part of the process to learn from peers...
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Fiona Baxter Post 60 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2021, 12:11
I currently tutor and assess on a freelance basis, so flexibility for venues...
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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 61 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2021, 13:05
Flexible – students work where and when they choose, to fit in with jobs,...
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This is one of my latest pictures.

Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 62 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 18:13
The students that come to do their final year projects in our laboratory are...
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Charlotte Jukes Post 64 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jul 2021, 13:01
I do already very much support these principles - I think some of them become...
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John Dunning Post 65 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jul 2021, 14:17

Section 3.8

 Supported Open Learning. Courses I ran previously had been to IT...
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Vincent Pelling Post 92 (summarised) in reply to 65

23 Jun 2022, 18:46
I think it's good to have plan, but to be so well on top of the topic, this...
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Vincent Pelling Post 93 (summarised) in reply to 65

23 Jun 2022, 18:48
I'm using this thread to deliver my own take on encountering issues with...
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Suzie Miller Post 66 (summarised) in reply to 1

3 Aug 2021, 13:33
I don't have formal education to deliver training. However I have run...
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Kate Sim Post 67 (summarised) in reply to 66

3 Aug 2021, 14:58
If you are appointed as a tutor, the OU can provide support to get a...
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Callum Whittaker Post 68 (summarised) in reply to 67

4 Aug 2021, 10:57
"Supported open learning" principles examples: All-inclusive – In previous...
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Sandra Clarke Post 69 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Aug 2021, 10:38

Principles of supported learning

 I agree with all the principles outlined and...
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Ann Holmes Post 70 (summarised) in reply to 69

6 Aug 2021, 10:21
After working for the OU for over 10 years, I'm very clear on the principles...
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Felicite Ruddock Post 79 (summarised) in reply to 70

11 Sep 2021, 11:29
I agree with this. There are times when students benefit from encouragement...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 80 (summarised) in reply to 79

12 Sep 2021, 14:39
Hi Felicite, Welcome to the forum, and would be great if you could post on...
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Robert Stocks Post 74 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Aug 2021, 19:11
Within the current institution I work in we employ the above principles and...
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Richard Collins Post 77 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Aug 2021, 12:19
Flexible – For me the flexibility of learning is very important. I've been...
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Bob Moore Post 78 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Sep 2021, 13:35
I'm am hoping to become a tutor, but am not there yet, so clearly I don't do...
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David Flowers Post 81 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Sep 2021, 17:04
Superb principles especially in-light of the covid impacting events. I have...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 82 (summarised) in reply to 81

19 Sep 2021, 20:25
Hi David Welcome to the forum. Please post on here if you have any questions...
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Andrea Davanzo Post 83 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Oct 2021, 16:59
I do not work in educational, but at work I deal every day with people living...
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Michael Eno Post 84 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Dec 2021, 15:48

Critical Thinkers

 A remote tutor has different challenges than a face-to-face...
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Skye Marshall Post 85 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Feb 2022, 15:48
I appreciate the supportive and social aspect of learning, especially in the...
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Anthony McDermott Post 87 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Feb 2022, 13:25
Within my current role as a Social Enterprise Business Advisor, I indeed live...
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Sarah Collett Post 88 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Mar 2022, 11:57 Edited by the author on 12 Mar 2022, 11:58

Materials

 In my current job I have to create all the learning materials...
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Kate Sim Post 89 (summarised) in reply to 88

13 Mar 2022, 08:00
Hi Sarah, Although the main teaching materials are produced by the university...
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Ravi Rajani Post 90 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 May 2022, 20:22
I don't currently work as an educator, but I have worked as an AL before,...
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Colin Scott Post 94 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jul 2022, 12:07
My current role is remote based, managing a diverse team of software...
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Richard Ormesher Post 95 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Aug 2022, 14:07
My students work in a flexible way managing their time, work and family...
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David Harvey Post 96 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Oct 2022, 11:46
My experience is working with children so it differs slightly as the parents...
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Neil Hodge Post 97 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Oct 2022, 12:52
I don't have any experience teaching/tutoring. However, I have just completed...
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Raluca-Florenta Bogdan Post 98 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Nov 2022, 19:08
In my work as a teacher I use to focus very much on the student background...
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