The weekend of the 20th of April saw Chesterville hosting its annual tutor training session at the Steve Biko campus at DUT. This tutor training session had been planned from the SPW weekend and to see it come alive in the way that it did made it an eventful day for all involved.

With a high number of new tutors this year, this experience was going to contribute to them being more knowledgeable about tutoring and IY’s oh so prevalent and distinct 1:5 ratio.

 The session began with an icebreaker that at the end of it, all tutors were lightened up and ready to begin the session. Nelisa Luhabe (Branch Coordinator) welcomed everyone with open arms and set the tone for the day. The team began with revising and asking questions regarding information on the tutor training guide, Cheryl Nzama (Branch Assistant) and Nelisa then guided the team with answers and outlined the essentials of tutoring and how to deal with learner dynamics as a tutor. The tutor training guide also emphasizes all aspects that one needs to know in order to be a diligent tutor for the branch.

Fast forward to the activity “how to park a car”, if you are familiar with this activity then you would know how important it is that it be included in our tutor training session. In short the activity aims to help the tutor and everyone involved to know how to analyse a situation, share opinions in a group, to actively listen and most importantly to give each learner in that group equal attention. This activity saw tutors having what some would call “aha moments”, they better understood that no two learners are the same, that each learner understands/develops at a different pace and that for a tutor, it’s ok to say “I don’t know however I will call in another tutor to come in and assist” and that is how one of our values “peer to peer support” starts showing up.

Working in an environment with learners and tutors means that everyone needs to be armed with knowledge on how to deal with conflicts and the likes. So the activity ‘Metaphor of fire” tackled that in every sense.

The day ended with everyone carrying the responsibility of ensuring that Chesterville still maintain its 100% matric pass rate and to also focus more on making sure that all learners produce quality marks in all the grades. Tough ask! however with commitment and diligence from everyone involved, what’s impossible again? Nothing!!