The strength of SeniorNet lies with the quality of its tutors. Almost all our tutors are members who have taken up computing in the latter years of life and for some just in the last two or three years. Our tutors are all volunteers and act not just as teachers but as facilitators, helpers, encouragers, motivators and friends. Without their support we could not operate! We fully believe in Seniors helping Seniors !
Tutors operate under the guidelines set out in the Tutor’s Handbook. Meetings are held regularly throughout the year. Sometimes training days are held in conjunction with other SeniorNets.
Students showing promise in courses are recommended by the course tutors. Prospective members with appropriate skills and background have also offered assistance. Besides an understanding of the course material a tutor needs to show empathy with students, to be very patient but at the same time to understand that people learn in different ways and are coping with real issues beyond the Learning Centre door.
Assistant tutors work with Lead Tutors for a while until they have learned the ropes. All courses have two tutors to six students. (a ratio of 1:3) Occasionally if only a couple of students are involved one tutor may take the course. Whatever the ratio, tutors find the task very rewarding especially when students make progress and begin to discover what they can achieve. We are constantly on the lookout for enthusiastic members willing to assist as tutors. Please make contact!
Our present tutors are:
|Francie Bayler||Grace Brougham||Terry Dowdeswell|
|Alan Dean||Mary Dean||Janice Dowdeswell|
|Krina Fitchet||Paul Greenwood||Gill Kilmister|
|Barbara Letica||Ron Novis||Richard Overton|
|Harvey Porteous||Marina Pound||Shirley Rudge|
|Ron Shackleton||Jane Bleakley||Colin Clancy|
|Colleen Sullivan||Christine Tarrant||Marian Takarangi-Gavaghan|
|Beverley Sinclair||Kaye Walford (Guest Tutor)|