Meet Lily Hedgeman

Part Time Tutor

Hi, my name is Lily Hedgman and I have been a Tutor at Explore Learning in Farnham for four years. I first became aware of Explore when it opened in my local Sainsbury’s and some of my friends were applying to be tutors. I then decided to apply myself, as I was interested in teaching as a possible career option and knew that being a tutor with Explore would give me a taste of what this might be like. Also, I had been informed that Explore would be willing to let me come back to work in the holidays when I eventually went off to university, which is something that has proven to be very beneficial!

Explore has been the first and only paid job that I have had to date. I started working here twice a week when I was at college, and when I decided to take a gap year before university this increased to five or six times a week. During this time I was given more responsibility and also a taste of the business side of Explore. I often accompanied our centre managers on sales days, whether this was in shopping centres or at school fairs. I also went to local libraries and schools to help to run workshops. This gave me the opportunity to develop communication skills as well as confidence. Since going to university, I have come back to tutor in the holidays. This flexibility that working at Explore can offer is, in my opinion, one of the things that makes Explore as a company stand out.

The best thing about working at Explore is that no shift is the same. Each shift involves working with different tutors, different children and involves different challenges. You are also constantly given more responsibility, and plenty of opportunities to develop new skill sets that look great both on university applications and your CV. Most importantly, the atmosphere within the centre is always upbeat and friendly, which makes returning after a few months away at university incredibly easy despite all of the new faces.

My advice to a new employee would be to embrace the challenges that come with being a tutor.  Tutoring can seem a little daunting at first as it can take a little while to get used to how things work, but a new tutor should be reassured that Explore gives you all of the training that you will need to tutor with confidence, and this will continue throughout the duration of your employment. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility eventually if this is something that appeals to you. Within the centre, tutors can be trained to give feedback to parents, as well as run workshops and additional content classes. How much you get out of the role is up to you, so make the most of it!

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