Louise Crompton shares how she helps students to navigate the challenges of an MSc
While embarking on an MSc is an exciting time, it can also be quite daunting, especially for those who have never undertaken a postgraduate certificate. Here at simplyendo we are dedicated to providing a high level of teaching to ensure you get the most out of your Masters degree in Endodontology, which is why we don’t just stop at the endo side of things.
When you begin a simplyendo programme, your first point of contact will often be Louise Crompton, but her role doesn’t end here, as she explains…
‘I’ve had numerous jobs over the years,including running a beauty salon, and being recruitment manager at Jaguar Land Rover. However, I had always wanted to teach and it was this passion that drove me to do my English honours degree as a mature student at Edgehill University. Upon graduation, I decided to join the police and, while I loved it, I still had a desire to teach and decided to follow my calling.’
‘It was while I was team teaching English and other subjects in St Helens that my best friend Anita, and Mike who I’ve known for 38 years, suggested that I meet up to discuss an opportunity with them at simplyendo. Of course, this was very different to what I was currently doing but after some discussion I decided that this was a really exciting opportunity for me and I knew I could bring some real value to the students at simplyendo.‘
‘My role at simplyendo is to teach writing/academic study skills at Masters level, which is a unique skill in itself. Dental professionals, by their very nature, are factual,science-based people. They are used to writing reports and when it comes to essays and dissertations they can, quite rightly, feel very out of their comfort zone. I think it helps that I have seen and overcome the struggles and practicalities of essay writing for myself, so I have plenty of advice to share.’
‘When I began my English degree I was taught to challenge everything I was told, a pearl of wisdom that has always stuck with me, and something that I like to pass on to our students here. Just because a tutor tells you something, it doesn’t mean that it is the only way. At simplyendo we actively encourage the ethos that if you believe there is a better way then research it, challenge it, and open it up for discussion. We love to see our students pushing the boundaries in this way, not only is it wonderful to see the change in them, it helps each and every person here to learn and grow, too, including the tutors!‘
‘Because I liaise with the University of Chester, I also cover lots of the practical aspects of the Masters degree. On Day 1, I go through lots of admin with students, such as where to find their assessment number, how to navigate The University website/databases, how to upload and submit papers, etc. All of this is then followed up with an email so that the information is easy to find when required. This helps to remove a lot of the stress that can accompany a Masters degree. These small things can add hours to a task if they are unknown, so we take the time to cover all of this from the outset and our students find it extremely useful.’