Hi all! I am not a qualified teacher and I started tutoring straight out of uni. It’s not often, but I do sometimes get asked to predict whether a student will pass a certain exam or my opinion on taking a higher/lower paper. I could of course give my opinion/guess but I don’t feel very comfortable doing this. Does anyone have any thoughts/experience with responding to these kinds of questions well if you don’t feel qualified to answer? Thanks!
I tend to say something like ‘If they do what we’ve practised/the revision I’m recommending… then they could get…’ or ‘he/she has shown me this level of work but he/she would need to show that in the exam’. I have found that some parents want a lot of this kind of information as a replacement for lack of contact from the school and it is worth remembering that you are only with the student for a certain amount of time and the school is able to predict grades based on years of data and outcomes.
I think it’s important to be honest and open with the parents. It is fine to say that you are not a qualified teacher, so you don’t specialise in exam qualifications but in skill building, so you can confirm if the student is doing well with a skill but you can’t give grade predictions, for example.
Thank you - yes that could be a helpful way to phrase things!
Thanks Heather, that’s definitely something I agree with and the phrasing makes a lot of sense too. Really helpful!
I fully agree with all the points raised above.
Additionally, I conduct at least two standard tests ( like mock exams)for the student to determine his/her level and compare with previous grades to determine the future outcome in the pending exams. Though this is subjective!
Agree with LJ12. We can still be helpful in this respect, while not being qualified teachers. Happier doing this for a student I’ve worked with on lots of problems. Less so for one I’ve just started with.
I guess it does depend on the subject. I am an English teacher with experience as a marker and the marking is very subjective and varied (especially when you’re teaching different exam boards), so I think someone who wasn’t a qualified teacher would struggle to mark them accurately. For subjects that are less subjective I guess it would be OK.