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    Hi everyone,
    This sounds silly I know.
    Because our sixth form want everyone to have a good personal statement, our form, the first in our sixth forms history is being made to help lower school for two hours once a week. I looked forward to it, helping others and giving me something to put on my PS.
    However, I have been made to help bottom set year 11 twice a week. To say the least, I am nervous. I am also anxious a lot and feel this will really make me feel self conscious, even though I know i'm here to help them.
    Does anyone have any advice on icebreakers with year 11's so I can just help them without it being awkward or am I screwed ?

    Again, it sounds silly, but its been playing on my mind all weekend. With groups of people I don't know I start sweating a lot and literally freeze, hope this does not happen tomorrow !
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    Also, if anyone else has had to help out with lower schools gcse's, what did you do when you was there ?
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    Well, thanks for the overwhelming responses

    They are just people just like you , you know. Show interest in what they are doing, ask them about their interests. Don't ask impertinent personal questions. If you go in with the attitude that they are some how inferior you'll ( justifiably) get a hostile reception. There is a very fine line between being successful and not being successful. Be pleasant, humble, patient and encouraging. No criticisms at all, just praise. You'll learn a lot - a lot more than they will learn from you, no doubt.

    People who are in low sets are often there because they have had horrific experiences in their lives - illness, family problems, bereavements, abusive parents etc etc. Lots of things that have interfered with their ability to learn. They no doubt know more about life than you will ever know, hopefully. They are not aliens just people who have not had your advantages.

    If you can put their interests before your own, you'll be on the right track. At the moment it's all 'me, me . me'. How am I going to manage, cope. You should be thinking how can I prepare for this English / Maths class? How will I be able to explain ... concept. What will be the best way to help people to read? ( not by correcting them at every turn -btw. You need to think how you can prevent them from failing.)

    Be respectful. Think - there but for the Grace of God , go I.
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