Study Buddies- Case Study
Kay has been receiving support from the same Study Buddies mentor for a year and three months. In this time her progress has been remarkable. When she first met her mentor she could only hold her attention on school work for a maximum of 5 minutes. She would run around the room, and refuse to sit down and work. She had no interest in learning and when asked about her future ambitions she could only see a future where she “claimed benefits like my mum”. She is the eldest of four siblings, and is a registered carer for her mum. Kay takes on a huge role in the family as she is responsible for her siblings as well as the housework.
Kay’s behaviour outside of the homework club room was initially so challenging, her mentor decided that they couldn’t go out for a meal together afterwards. Thankfully, this situation has now changed dramatically. Over the last year, Kay’s mentor has built a great relationship with her and established good boundaries. They now to a café together to do all of her homework and she is able to sit and concentrate for the whole session.
The change in her attitude to learning has been the most marked of all our matches. Her mentor has worked very hard to encourage Kay to do the work she doesn’t need help with by herself. Over the past three months Kay has shown genuine concern if she feels she won’t have time to finish all of her homework, and is keen to do as much as she can before she meets her mentor.
Her teacher has noticed a big change in her in the classroom too; saying that she now sits down with the rest of the children, and engages in what they are doing. She has noticed a big improvement in Kay’s handwriting and level of reading. Her ability in maths has also improved and she is now at the same level as her peers.
Kay comes from a very chaotic home. The mentor has worked very hard with Kay to show her what is and isn’t acceptable when they go out in public. The change in Kay has been immense, she responds well to knowing what is expected of her.
Kay recently won a writing competition for children at her school. She also felt confident to write a ghost story for our children’s newsletter, which she took great interest in.