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Would you like someone to look over your shoulder?

Fig.1 Sheila Wilson – sketching  c 1974

Imagine taking a desk and chair and sitting down in the concourse of Liverpool Station with a large computer screen. You are researching and writing up an assignment. People are going to look over your shoulder – some will give.

What makes this more or less likely to happen?

I used to sit and draw.

This attracted attention. Sometimes I would draw people who sat for me – I was ‘getting my hand in’ for an A Level in art.

If my mother, an art teacher, were around then she would offer some gentle suggestions, sometimes taking out a sheet of paper to show me how.

Would you like someone to look over your shoulder?

With family around this is inevitable, from the indulgent love of a grandparent and the snide teasing (potentially) from a sibling.

  • Where do we recreate such ways to learn online?
  • What more can we do to help this?
  • What is it about the human nature to help each other along?

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