Mentoring Students with Special Circumstances
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Having worked in education for fifteen years now has given me the privilege to meet students from a range of ethnic, racial, or religious backgrounds. I’ve taught and supported people of all ages, from 6-year olds to over 65-year olds. I feel rewarded when working with mature students (age 21+ ) as to me this involves contributing to their learning by presenting them with new interests, equipping them with new incentives, a new focus. I attribute this relationship to the fact that we have both lived through a few decades, acquired experiences which may be similar or radically different, are able to exchange these experiences, and can reach a stage whereby the learning is done on a friendly basis; where the relationship is not one between teacher and student, tutor and learner, superior and inferior, but one between two equals, two learners developing new skills and acquiring different sets of knowledge in a process of feeding each other with new information.