We asked Horticulture tutor Steven Whitaker some questions about himself. See his answers below!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
We bought a derelict cottage a few years back so we’ve been gradually renovating it. The priority was the interior as it needed a new roof and chimney, not to mention virtually everything replacing on the inside too. The garden has had to be put on hold so that is my priority for the coming season, it’s basically a field with a few fruit trees at the moment, so I’ll be landscaping it from scratch. Our neighbours thought it would be a good idea to cut down all of the trees surrounding the...
Dr Lee Raye, the writing tutor here at ADL, has been studying on our RHS Level 2 certificate course this year. We had a chat with them about how they are doing with the modules, whether the course is easy to understand and (gulp) how the exams work.
How easy is the material to understand and read?
Generally, the lessons are really well written so it’s easy enough to understand them. However, for some of the lessons, there is so much knowledge to take in that at the end of each lesson it all tends to be swimming around in my head a bit. I find the activities really useful to counter that, and I’m glad the tutor support is in...
Many of you will know me as your tutor for many courses with ADL and some of you will be wondering where I have got to recently. I took a sabbatical from my tutoring because I have travelled to Ecuador – not on a holiday but to volunteer as a teacher in the University in Quito. I am also hoping to see more of this amazing country and the plants here – it is truly a botanic dream.
So far, I have been based in Quito, the capital. Quito is noisy, very polluted, very high (the 2nd highest capital city in the world) and never seems to sleep. They do have a quiet period – from about 1am until 1.15am when it starts up again. Sounds of Quito...
Just back from the RHS Exam: FAQ
This week I sat the RHS level 2 exam in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. I did okay in the mock exams and had been revising so I expected to manage the finals without too many problems, but of course, the exams on the day are always a different matter!
Since I’ve got back, I’ve put together a few questions and answers for those of us sitting the exams for the first time.
Why are there so many exams?
The RHS exams got more complicated a few years ago. The examiners decided that instead of having random, representative questions, they would ask students...
I have been studying for my Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 certificate online with the Academy for Distance Learning for a few months now, and I’ve learnt so much! I can identify most of the flowers I see on my daily travels, I finally understand how photosynthesis works and I have a new favourite house plant, Maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes).
One of the things I was not sure about at first was the Royal Horticultural Society student membership which comes free with the course. I am a hands-off wildlife-friendly kind of gardener, not a prissy, don’t-look-at-that-flower-so-hard-Margaret kind of gardener. This...
Imagine this: You need to write a research paper, but at the last minute you realise that you’ve missed your bus to the library and it has just started raining. What do you do?
If your answer was: “I go for a walk in the rain.” I applaud your misguided dedication. Your friends and I have something to talk about though, so you go ahead. We’ll catch up, I totally promise.
If your answer was: “I fail the assignment.” Well now, we have something to talk about
Come closer, I’m going to tell you a secret. If you are a 21st century internet-savvy student, the easiest way to research for an assignment is to use...