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16/12/2014

Online Geography Tutor Carol Carter

Pictured above:Our online Geography Tutor Carol Carter: “Here’s a photo after a 5 k mud run we did recently as a family. About the most fun I’ve ever had!”

 

We thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about our online Geography Tutor, Carol Carter. Here are her answers to the questions we posed.

 

Who are your heroes?

 

Most of my heroes are people from my own life – my mum, my best friend. I think sometimes modern culture encourages us to over-emphasise famous personalities rather than paying attention to the amazing people all around us, and that can actually be quite demotivating as you end up thinking, “I can’t be Einstein/ Mandela/ Malala, I can’t do that, so I won’t try,” when really we all have the capacity to make the world a better place – be your own hero!

 

What’s your favourite fact or piece of trivia about geography?

 

Wow, that’s actually a tricky one, I’m more interested in large-scale processes and issues such as climate change than trivia (shhh, don’t tell anyone but I am rubbish as capital cities!). How about this: the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the longest mountain range in the world (40,000 km) and Iceland is the only part of the chain that is above water.

 

Do you have any personal experience with homeschooling?

 

I have never been homeschooled myself, and my kids are both at a state primary school at the moment. We do have a big family life plan though – in two years we are going to take a year out and travel the world, so I will be their teacher then. So far the plan involves Greece, South-east Asia, Australia and Japan, so if any Wolsey Hall students feel like offering to put us up for a while… !

 

What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen in a museum?

 

I’m a big kid at heart so I love the Science Museum in London – anything where there are buttons to press and things to interact with. The Magna Centre in Rotherham is also cool, it’s in an old steel works, very dark and atmospheric with lots of noise and jets of flame!

 

What’s your favourite TV show/music/film/book/podcast at the moment?

 

My TV and book habits are quite at odds with each other. When I watch TV I want to switch off, so I mainly watch light-hearted comedies. At the moment I’m enjoying The Office and Community.  When I read I want to learn new things and be deeply affected by dramatic stories. I have just read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, all about Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Tudors. I was also affected strongly by Dave Eggers’ What is the What, the harrowing story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. I would recommend it to anyone, but make sure you have a hanky ready.

 

If you could have dinner with any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

 

Linked to my last answer, I think I would choose Thomas Cromwell.  In the fictionalised version of his life, he comes across as a really complex character, and I’m desperate to know how true to life it is. Can I have Hilary Mantel as well, please?  She always comes across as a very thoughtful, interesting and funny person, and it would be great to listen to them talk to each other (I’m not sure I’d have much to add, I’d be too in awe!).

 

Finally, based on your experience as an online Geography Tutor at Wolsey Hall Oxford, what’s the biggest piece of advice

you’d give someone just starting a homeschooling or distance learning course?

 

Pay attention to the feedback you are given. Especially for IGCSE and A Level courses, you are not only learning your subject, you are also learning how to succeed in exams. By thoroughly reading the Mark Schemes you can get inside the examiner’s head and learn exactly what they are looking for.

 

 

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