Where in the World are iTutor Group Teachers: Lisburn, Northern Ireland

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Episode 4

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Hi! I’m Kathryn!
🎉 We are back with our  Where in the World are iTutorGroup Teachers series! 🎉
And we have our very special guest Kathryn with us today.



Kathryn was saying she started in April 2018 and she is still a baby with iTutor haha

Let’s find out more about her story 


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your hometown!

My name is Kathryn Louise Millar and I come from Lisburn, a small city in Northern Ireland, UK. My city is a small market town that is bustling with great coffee shops and interesting history as a linen producing town. It is located just twenty minutes away from the bustling, vibrant capital city of Belfast, yet is nestled in the rolling green hills of the Irish countryside.

 

Northern Ireland

I lived here until I finished high school where I moved across-the-pond, as we say in Northern Ireland, to attend University in Glasgow, Scotland. I lived there for 5 amazing years and loved every minute! I studied English and History and then stayed on to study a Masters in Museum studies because I love history, art and heritage! I never thought I would pursue teaching as a career because as much as I love to teach, I love to travel too and didn’t want to commit to staying in one place – this is how I found out about iTutor Group! Working for them has been a dream come true because I can combine my two passions and work from home, wherever that may be!

Glasgow University

Lisburn Bow St

 

Share a story with us and iTutorGroup!

I started in April 2018 so I’m still a baby with the company haha!

I was living in Paris at the time, developing a voluntary art project that sought to spread awareness about human trafficking. I was also teaching English to refugees in Paris and loved it! Finding myself in need of some funds, I started looking for online jobs. I applied for a job with iTutorGroup and after being recruited, I haven’t looked back! I can now say that I am one of those people who loves their job and really is living the dream!

 

I love the company so much because there is always an opportunity to grow and develop my skills. There is so much training and support given from HQ and the clients I teach are simply wonderful!

 

An unforgettable experience with iTutorGroup

One particular story I will always remember was with a boy I was teaching who was studying English to go to high school in the UK the following year. He shared with me that he was nervous about going and we talked about our shared love for Harry Potter! By the end of the class, as well as teaching him and encouraging him in his English, I was also able to encourage him with his plans to travel and motivate him by telling him how good he was. He got to improve his pronunciation in the class and he felt so much more at ease because I was from the UK. He told me that he was excited to go to England now because he had experienced talking with a native British person and so his fears were alleviated! This brought me so much joy and is why I think it is such a rewarding job.
I love encouraging students to pursue their dreams!

 


From Pottermore, by Jim Kay

Me and My Pipocas ❤
I LOVE  animals! I love that I get to spend all day working at home so I can be with my dog and favorite work colleague – Pipocas!


She is Portuguese and her names means Popcorn! She is also learning English too and sometimes tries to sneak into my classes. While I teach she likes to lie on the sofa and practice her listening skills! Her favorite food is Popcorn and cheese. I also love horse riding when I am not teaching. This is my horse “Sintra” – he was rescued from a meat farm in Portugal and now he loves rolling in the dirt and eating mints! I love that I can share my passion and love for animals with my students, as we talk about what we like and learn animal vocabulary.
It is another special blessing about my job!

 

My teaching tips!

I have learned a lot in my time here with iTutorGroup so I would love to share with you some of my teaching tips to encourage you on your teaching journey.

 

  1. Teach with JOY:) In everything you do, whether it is a demo or a 45 min adult group class, teach with JOY! Joy is contagious and smiling is honestly so good for our health, but more than that, it is so important to present an enthusiastic, energetic approach to teaching. No-one will ever be motivated to learn if you are not motivated to teach.
  2. Use gestures. When teaching online, our hands, faces, and expressions are gold when it comes to teaching successfully. We need to communicate our joy in a very obvious, visible way – in more than just our words or tone. We need to use our hands, smile lots and raise our eyebrows to reflect what we are saying.
  3. Professionalism. Just because we work from the comfort of our home, does not mean we can be slack with our professionalism! It is so important to communicate a message of honour and respect to all of our clients, and iTutorGroup as well who we represent. Which means follow the guidelines, wear the correct uniform, use the backdrop. This is not only the respectful thing to do, but it will help you get more classes and benefit you as a Consultant too!
  4. Know the material. Being prepared is so important and knowing the material as well as developing your skills is vital to being a successful teacher. I like to attend Consultant Live Training Sessions as often as I can to stay refreshed and motivated – just because you don’t need to do some of the more specialist training, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Stay on top of your game.
  5. Be friendly and approachable. When I was in school and I had a strict teacher who was unapproachable, I performed really badly in that class. We are Consultants who teach and encourage, not teachers who discipline and critique. With everything we do, it should be done with a friendly and approachable attitude.


 Slang Guessing

So here are three slangs from Northern Ireland,  do you know what they mean? Take a guess !

1. What’s the craic? (said like crack) 

2.  Go get your head showered

3. Ye buck eejit ye!

 

Comment below and share your guesses 😉
Have fun!
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You could also tell us a slang from where you come from and let us guess.

 


Thank you for reading.
Kathryn M



A special thanks to Kathryn

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Terri Romero
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Terri Romero

Oh WOW! What a lovely presentation! So nice to meet you! My name is Terri and I am from United States in a little town called Montgomery. Well, got to go for now to ride my bike, again nice to meet you! And I love animals too! Take care!”)

Alicia G.
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Alicia G.

I live in Bay Minette and have been to Montgomery many times! Hello! It is a lovely bio!

Laura
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Laura

Hi Kathryn! I was in your demo training and it was great. I love demos now! Lovely to read more about you. 🙂

Dennis
Consultant
Dennis

Ah dinnae ken if those were Scottish lingo 🙂 how about scran and pure barry is geggin’ in for a change? Scotland rules! 🙂

Samuel
Consultant
Samuel

Hi Kathryn,

It’s nice to know that there’s someone else working here from Norn Iron.

Silke Buchner
Consultant
Silke Buchner

Kathryn, you sound like an amazing teacher! And great presentation too. 🙂

Martin
Consultant
Martin

Very interesting and catchy !
Loved to know more about life

Jack Mitchell
Consultant
Jack Mitchell

Thanks for the insight, Kathryn! You seem to have great energy and I can imagine you bringing this to the classroom!
It’s also amazing to find out about the other people you’ve taught English to.

Thanks for this! 🙂

Nicole Edwards
Consultant
Nicole Edwards

Amazing presentation Kathryn. You spent time and effort in preparing. You are truly a professional. Keep up the good work.
Nicole E.

Tryce Maier
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Tryce Maier

I’m so curious about the slang! Is “What’s the crack?” like what’s up? And I have no idea about the others!

Effy
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Effy

I know bout ye is like hello, but no idea about this one ;)

Zafiria Mourelatos
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Zafiria Mourelatos

Beautiful person as well as story!!!! Thank you for sharing xoxo

Michael Keogh
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Michael Keogh

Really nicely put together… and in answer to your last 3 points… Yes there is always great craic with my family here in Roscommon all the way up to my other half’s in Carrick Fergus, and of course I definitely resemble number 3!!!!!!

Hassan
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Hassan

Hey Kathryn. Great post! I’m wondering how do you combine traveling and teaching? For example, do you teach from one location, e.g. Northern Ireland and take time off to travel? Or do you teach while you are traveling and at a new location?

If the latter, do you keep choosing a new teaching schedule when you’re at your new destination? So I guess if we travel and teach together, we can’t really be on an MPT/Fixed schedule, right? Just wanted to know those technical details.

Waiting for your reply. Thanks!

Olivia
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Olivia

Lovely to meet you Kathryn.

Loretta Dunnaway
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Loretta Dunnaway

Kathryn, what a wonderful asset you are to iTutorGroup. Your story is beautiful. I hope to visit your beautiful country one day:)

David Martin
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David Martin

Kathryn, Don’t think me a “buck eejit ye” but I need to know “what’s the craic?” so I can “get my head showered” ! and “the top of the mornin’ to ya!” David

Thato Sihlali
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Thato Sihlali

What’s the craic? means “what’s the joke?”
The last one means “Did you eat?”

Cynthia Escobar
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Cynthia Escobar

Nice to meet you Kathryn!!! Thank you for sharing your story! I always said that one day I would at least go do some type of certification in Glassglow University because I love Scottish and Irish (since it’s close to Ireland) history. I totally understand how you feel, I love my job too! Happy teaching 🙂

Gclub-royal1688
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Gclub-royal1688

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Toni Lynn Price
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Toni Lynn Price

Very nice to meet you Kathryn. Love the video of your dog. I have two dogs and three cats. I changed over from VIPKIDS to iTutorGroup and I am excited about all the different teachings that are in store here. Thank you for the lovely pictures. I am from Pennsylvania in the US. Blessings to you on your endeavors.

Aine
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Aine

Hi Kathryn, lovely to find this. My name is Aine and I’m also from N.I.just been hired by I tutor group and finishing my on boarding process. Excited and nervous in equal measures! know Lisburn well I’m from Kilkeel.