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Thinking of becoming a college/6th form physics/maths lecturer

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by callum_ingham, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. callum_ingham

    callum_ingham New commenter

    Hi I've just graduated from Newcastle University with a masters in physics and I enjoy helping people learn physics/maths so I was thinking about becoming a college maths/physics lecturer. I don't think I'd be able to cope with the students in aged 11-16 but I've read that sometimes the college classes are actually harder to deal with in terms of attitude, I was just wondering if anyone can shed some light on that so I know what I'm getting into?
  2. martycorner

    martycorner New commenter

    Hi there,

    My experience of FE is that students want to do the subjects that they sign up for, the horror stories perhaps comes from teachers that deliver GCSE Maths alongside study programmes for students that didn’t quite get the grade 4 that they need. Don’t get me wrong, teaching in a college or a sixth form will always have challenges, but it’s how you adapt and respond to those challenges which will determine how hard your job is. If you have a passion for helping people and sharing the knowledge you have my advice is to give it a go! There will be colleges in the north east looking for specialist, if not now then sorry close to September as numbers are confirmed. You may need to cut your teeth in GCSE Maths for a while to build up experience, but it will definitely tell you whether this is where and what you want to do.

    I hope this helps you out a bit ✌
  3. callum_ingham

    callum_ingham New commenter

    Thanks for the reply! This has alleviated some of my fears, so hopefully I can find something good to get my foot in the door and give it a try to see how it goes.

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