Student Spotlight: Eren Mirza

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Spotlight On…

At Spark, our goal is not just to help our students with their immediate academic goals. Our aim is to help them develop and plan for their futures. We like to keep in touch with our Alumni so we can hear about all of their successes. We thought you might also be interested in hearing a little about what they have to say.

So, that’s why we thought we’d ask a few of our Alumni to be in our Spotlight. They’ve taken the time to answer a few questions about their time at Spark. This week we’ve been catching up with Eren Mirza…

Which subjects did you study and in what years?

 

I started Spark Academy midway through my GCSE’s to aid me in Science, and continued with tuition for Chemistry for my A-levels.

Why did you choose to study with Spark?

 

I chose to study with Spark mainly because the classes had a warm feel to them; light-hearted and fun, making it much easier to ask questions when I was confused about the more complex topics.

What was your favourite part of studying with us?

 

My favourite part about studying with Spark would have to be… Mital! That’s because having a teacher who is easily approachable and comfortable to talk to was essential for me. Needing a tutor in the first place was a sign that I found it difficult to get help in school when I needed it. A friendly tutor really made the classes more enjoyable.

What are you doing now?

 

I’m currently studying Chemistry at the University of York and have just finished my first year there.

Do you feel like Spark helped you to achieve what you wanted to achieve?

 

Definitely! I’ve always wanted to pursue a degree in science but Spark Academy certainly gave me a push for Chemistry, it was especially helpful to have feedback on my personal statement during application times.

What advice would you give students currently at Spark?

 

My advice to current students would be to make your notes interesting! Whether it be in school or when you’re being tutored, ultimately the work will be as entertaining as you want it to be. Whether it be sketches, posters or songs try and vary it up a little and you’ll find even Half Cell Redox Equations have a fun side to them.

 

Check out Eren’s cool video on macromolecules which is suitable for A-level chemistry here:

To find out how Spark could help you, visit the rest of our site and book in for your free trial today!

What is Class Dojo?

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This week we’ve turned to our Primary and E-learning specialist Vikz to learn more about Class Dojo. We’re finding Class Dojo is fantastic during our lessons – hopefully you’ll all be just as impressed!class dojo - Spark Academy

What is Class Dojo?

 

Class Dojo is a fun interactive way for you to earn points while enjoying your lessons at Spark. Class Dojo is an innovative way for teachers, pupils and parents to connect with each other over behaviour management while you go about your normal day to day learning.

 

How does it work?

 

At Spark you can earn many points many ways. The points that you collect and earn go into your class points and these can earn you Spark Goodies. Soon there will also be an elusive spot available as Student of the Month for those whose hard work can be seen from the points they’ve earned!

Every time you do something great at Spark you will be rewarded with either team points or individual points.

All the points at the end of the academic year will help to calculate awards and prizes for each year group and subject. When our amazing awards evening comes back around in July, students and parents will be able to reap the rewards of the fantastic contributions and hard work put in all year round.

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Some of our classes have already made a fantastic start on their Dojo points!

How can I earn points?

 

There are lots of ways you can earn Dojo points in all of your subjects.

Some points apply across all subjects, such as being on task or working as a team. There are also subject specific points: in English you can earn 2 Dojo points for getting all your spellings correct every week, in Maths 2 Dojo points can be earned for explaining an answer during lesson time; and being safe in a science practical can also earn you 2 points. The more classes you take with us, the more points you can earn.class dojo 5 - Spark Academy

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A surefire to earn Dojo points is to always bring your homework in and try your best every week. Furthermore,one of the wonderful things about Class Dojo is that it allows teachers to reward everyone for their own individual contributions and hard work.

 

What can I earn with all my points?

 

Dojo points will be tallied up at the end of the year and you will unlock rewards. We will be announcing the rewards in the near future, so make sure you stay tuned to Spark Ideas to find out!

 

What is an Avatar?

 

An Avatar is a little creature that represents you in the world of Class Dojo. This creature can be any creature that available at the time. You will soon have over 70 characters to choose from and there are more being added all of the time!

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Happy ‘Dojo-ing’!

Build a New Spark

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What’s happening at the Belgrave build?

 

Many of you might be wondering what’s happening at our Belgrave branch at the moment. When you left at the end of the summer term, our supremely capable construction team had already started knocking down the old to make way for the new. They’re literally helping to build a new future for Spark.

How is the building changing?

 

This expansion is helping Spark to go up in the world – quite literally as for the first time we’ll have a second storey extension! The upstairs will house one of our impressive state of the art classrooms and represents all the values that Spark encompasses. Furthermore, the new building will showcase our desire for a modern approach to tuition and our belief in providing a positive environment to work and study in. Belgrave is about to become a community hub of learning. It will provide our students and parents with a space to learn, laugh and really make the most of their time with us. In addition, the benefits of the centre will extend to the staff as well as students. For example, there will be fabulous new office spaces for Mital and Nidhi, and a zen garden to keep us grounded and relaxed.

What are we looking forward to?

 

Nic is most looking forward to creating a green space on Melton Road for relaxation. She is excited to introduce an eco-friendly vibe to the centre too. Nidhi is not just excited about the bigger kitchen, but also the brighter reception space. Our brighter entrance will definitely match her role as Chief Happiness Operator!

Chris can’t wait to hold his Year 12 and 13 classes in our specially designed upper-level A-level space. Mital is anticipating her personalised new office. Soon she’ll have somewhere to hold the meetings, make the phone calls and continue her tireless effects to develop Spark.

I could go on to describe how we’re reducing Spark’s carbon footprints with LED lights and recycling areas. It would be easy to talk about building a space full of natural light with more windows. I could also mention the set of French doors out to our zen garden. Or I might talk for hours about our vision for the new décor inside. I think you understand our excitement!

So… when are you moving in?

 

We haven’t got an official move in date yet. Although the build has taken slightly longer than we thought, it won’t be long before Spark is back on Melton Road where it belongs. As the saying goes ‘good things come to those who wait…

Get in touch today!

Welcome Back to Spark

Now we’re a few weeks into our Autumn term, I think it’s time for an official welcome…

Welcome back to Spark Academy and to the exciting launch of our brand-new blog! Run by me, Rebecca, Spark Ideas is your weekly look into our inner workings. Moreover, it’s a chance for you to pick up useful tips, learn more about what’s happening at Spark every week and get to know our whole team. Everyone will have chance to take their turn behind the wheel.

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What can you expect from Spark this year?

 

Well, things are starting to look a little different here, with our new website and blog and the fantastic renovations underway at our Belgrave branch. Underneath the shiny new surface we’re still working just as hard to provide you with the best tuition service possible.

Since we came back from summer, our team has been bunkered down at Manor High School each day. It’s fantastic to build more on our relationship with Manor. In fact, you can even find us this week at Manor’s open evening on Thursday 21st.

Has the team changed at all?

 

Yes – our team has been getting bigger! We’ve been enjoying getting to know our new members of staff and introducing them to all things Spark. Gemma, Charlotte, Katherine and Vikz have all brought their own unique styles, skills and personality to Spark. They’re also working to further enrich our lessons, captivate our classes and develop our students to their full potential. By now all of our new teachers are settling in well and are enjoying teaching classes at Spark!

Have a look at our staff page to learn more about our fantastic team: https://spark-academy.co.uk/our-team/

Our growing team will also mean we can work on more exciting projects and build on the already strong relationships we have developed with schools in Leicester. This year is all about growing: growing Spark, growing the team and growing you! We’re diving straight in to what we enjoy most – providing interactive, individualised lessons for our classes, in both existing and new subjects.

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In English Charlotte and I are making strides to plan new and interactive lessons for both our primary and secondary Sparkies. We want to share our passion and to show the impact of literacy in the ‘real world’. Nic is welcoming the addition of A-level Physics and new Creative Science Investigations for Year 7 and 8. CSI promises a fun and practical approach to ‘outside of the box’ science in real life. The Maths Department is growing rapidly to welcome more staff and more classes; Chris is thrilled to be providing tuition in Mechanics and Statistics alongside his Core A-Level Maths lessons.

The best part is – this is only the beginning! This year Spark is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Importantly for you, at Spark Ideas I’ll make sure that you’re with us every step of the way.

Apprenticeship or A-levels? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself!

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Apprenticeship or A-levels? What subjects do you pick? How will it shape your future? It’s a tough job being a student! They are all incredibly important decisions you have to make in order to get on the right track in life.

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
– Confucius

 

By the time you have completed your GCSE’s you would have developed a good sense of ‘yourself’. It is important by this stage you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are. A good way of finding out is by doing a ‘self-evaluation’. Try to answer the following questions/statements:

 

10 Questions To Ask Yourself:

1. What am I good at?

2. What am I not so good at?

3. I like..

4. I don’t like…

5. I am interested in…

6. I am bored by…

7. I am proud of…

8. I wish I was better at…

9. People think my best points/aspects are…

10. People think my worse points are…

 

These questions will really push you to start thinking about where you fit in this big world! Everyone has a place and everyone has key strengths that will allow one to flourish in the environment they are in. 

Always go with what you are good at – these are often things that you naturally excel in and answer positively to questions 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 above. For the remaining questions, you must use it to reflect and build upon your character and see it as a way of self-development. 

 

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“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is”
– Isaac Asimov

Reflecting upon your character and your strengths mean that you can succeed in what you truly believe in to be right. If you have a strong desire to peruse quantum physics (!) because you have a natural curiosity – then attain it. If becoming a photographer or owning your own business is something that you have often found dreaming of – then make it happen! Always try  and you will find that with persistence and determination, you can go far.

 

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try one more time”
– Thomas A. Edison

 

You may not even decide to continue with education after 16 – in which case there are numerous options for you to take advantage of. Apprenticeships offer a whole new world of practicality  and a wonderful environment in which to keep on learning.

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We are blessed to live in a country where education is free for all. The foundations of what we become are in fact rooted in these early years – so make the most of it. Immerse yourself in the knowledge that is bestowed upon you and relish in your self-discovery! Have faith in your strengths and give it your all. Try to be the best you can be and keep learning…the world is your oyster.