Corinne Chand

Corinne Chand
BSc Physical Geography - GRADUATED 2014
Hi! I am a second year Bsc Physical Geography student at Queen Mary. Apart froms studying I do volunteering, part time work and I am also the event manager of Queen Mary fussball Society. Before I came to uni I travelled a lot (been to more then 40 countries!) and the travelling hasn't stopped yet as we have been going all over uk on field trips :)

Reach Out -Mentoring charity

When I first arrived at Queen Mary in my first year I attended a volunteering event organised by QMSU Volunteering Service.  I thought it would be interesting to hear what opportunities there were so I went along and among all these charities and opportunities I found Reach Out. It is a mentoring charity where you can help children with Maths and English, but most often the children in my school need a role model and help to increase their confidence. There is ReachOutAcademy for older children and Reach Out Club, where the children are mainly around 11 years old.

Like so many other mentors I arrived at my primary school on the first day very nervous and thought that I would never be good enough to teach the children anything. After the first session I was a bit calmer, a few sessions more and things were going ok and now in my second year of Reach Out I am a project leader in the same school I started at!

Today we are skipping the academic activities and are making pancakes together; last week we did a maths work sheet and played basketball; and in the future we have plans to visit a farm.

Interestingly, Reach Out not only helps the children.  Next week I get to go on a Teach First training event. On my presentation today my heart wasn’t racing at double speed any more – I have actually grown more confident in addressing big crowds of people!

For more information go to: www.reachoutuk.org/

Overcoming Procrastination: helpful course by Queen Mary’s Advice and Counselling service

Research has shown that as much as 95 % of us may be procrastinators – we tend to do other things then what we think we should be doing.  Even though we like our courses and think they are great, the thought of writing a 3000 word essay or literature review  may motivate us to do other things, such as facebook, talking to friends etc. Luckily help is on the way and as Queen Mary’s Advice and Counselling service have realised we need some guidance how to break that habit.

That’s why I joined a class to help with overcoming procrastination. We are a bunch of around 20 procrastinators all eager to break our bad habits, and by using course material and discussing we get help to understand why we procrastinate and how we can break it.

So far the sessions have been great and the best thing is the realisation that you are not alone!

Reach Out mentoring

When I first arrived at Queen Mary in my first year I was handed a leaflet about a QMUL Volunteering Service event.  I thought it would be interesting to hear what opportunities there were so I went along and among all these charities and opportunities I found Reach Out. It is a mentoring charity where you can help children with Maths and English, but most often the children need a role model and help to increase their confidence. There is a ReachOut Academy for older children and Reach Out Club, where the children are mainly around 11 years old.

Like so many other mentors I arrived at my primary school on the first day very nervous and thought that I would never be good enough to teach the children anything. After the first session I was a bit calmer, a few sessions more and things were going ok and now in my second year of Reach Out I am a project leader in the same school as I started!

Today we are skipping the academic activities and are making pancakes together; last week we did a maths work sheet and played basketball and in the future we have plans to visit a farm.

Interestingly Reach Out not only helps the children. Next week I get to go on a Teach First training event and in my presentation today my heart was no longer racing at double speed  – I have actually grown more confident in addressing big crowds of people!  For more info see:  www.reachoutuk.org/

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