…. and what makes me an Expert Professional Mentor for the Oxford Brookes BSc Applied Accounting
I joined the Oxford Brookes BSc Applied Accounting team as a marker in 2004 and for the last 5 years or so was a senior marker (moderator). During this time I have therefore read and assessed literally thousands and thousands of Research & Analysis Reports and produced in depth feedback to students on their work, so I really know the Research & Analysis Project requirements and the Assessment Criteria inside out.
During my career I have worked in accounting roles in some prestigious companies including what is now Virgin Media and InBev so understand the realities of good reporting and interpreting financial data as well as compliance regulations.
In addition to practical experience in business I have also worked in education where I gained a reputation for helping students achieve pass rates that statistically were far higher than the average pass rates and subsequently was on the Association of Accounting Technicians marking team for a number of years. I have had recent experience of teaching Corporate Governance on Masters courses at Oxford Brookes University as well as mentoring and supervising students’ dissertations on accounting topics on the Oxford Brookes global MBA programme.
Most of my own studying was done through distance learning and therefore I really understand how important it is to have the correct guidance and a mentor who really takes their time to treat you as an individual and I know from firsthand experience the sorts of problems that many students face trying to balance work, social life and family commitments. I too was raising a family while doing exams and recognise the tremendous pressure this can put on everyone. From this I realise that planning is the key to success not just for exams, the RAP and career but also to get the best out of life and making the best use of that scarce commodity – time. Having been there myself and with my skills as a very experienced former senior marker I can help you focus on what is important, sparing you wasted effort and frustration and saving you valuable time so that you address what is vital to be successful with your RAP.
I have been delighted to find that many of my past students actually enjoyed their ‘journey’ with me and exceeded their own expectations achieving far more than they dared to hope for at the beginning. It actually says in the Oxford Brookes Online Mentoring course “mentoring is a two-way experience” (or at least good mentoring should be), and not only have I inspired my students, likewise they have inspired me.
My aim is to bring out the best in every student helping them achieve and perform to their full potential. With the right mindset the BSc Applied Accounting is not just possible but if you are submitting for the first time and mentoring with me, a high grade is very achievable.
“never stop believing”