Blog Winner: Sarah Clarke “Teach your mentee that they are important, special and valued”

I have learnt that mentoring is about nurturing and encouraging, not just academic attainment writes Volunteer Mentor, Sarah Clark. The simple logic underpinning mentoring is consistency, which builds a relationship of trust that will inevitably teach your mentee that they … Continue reading

“After my volunteering experience, I feel I am ready to embark into the world of teaching”

It is unbelievable to see how much of an impact you can make as a volunteer, writes DMU classroom assistant Afreen Ahmed. I started volunteering in a primary school working with children in year one. I was assigned to work … Continue reading

“Mentoring is the most rewarding piece of volunteer work I have had the opportunity to be a part of”

Working with children for the first time was one of the many new and exciting challenges I faced when joining the mentoring scheme at New College Leicester writes Volunteer Mentor, Jonathan Boreland. The mentoring scheme aims to benefit students academically … Continue reading

University of Cambridge: Emotion sensing App

  A new app designed to track a person's mood throughout the dayA new app designed to track a person’s mood throughout the day

 A free phone app that tracks a person’s mood could eventually turn your mobile into a pocket therapist. Emotion Sense tracks call and texting patterns and conversations to work out how the user is feeling. Throughout the day the app, made for Android phones, pops up to ask the user to rate their mood and register activity levels. Its designers, from The Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, hope to discover what drives emotional peaks – showing when people are likely to be at their most stressed. Eventually a phone could be used to monitor behaviour and change it for the better to improve well-being. The lab’s Cecilia Mascolo said: “Most people who see a therapist go once fortnight. “Many, however, keep their phones with them most of the time. Mobiles can provide an ongoing link with a person.”

The app is available at www.emotionsense.org .

Martin Rieser Mobileaudience
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University of Cambridge: Emotion sensing App

  A new app designed to track a person's mood throughout the dayA new app designed to track a person’s mood throughout the day

 A free phone app that tracks a person’s mood could eventually turn your mobile into a pocket therapist. Emotion Sense tracks call and texting patterns and conversations to work out how the user is feeling. Throughout the day the app, made for Android phones, pops up to ask the user to rate their mood and register activity levels. Its designers, from The Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, hope to discover what drives emotional peaks – showing when people are likely to be at their most stressed. Eventually a phone could be used to monitor behaviour and change it for the better to improve well-being. The lab’s Cecilia Mascolo said: “Most people who see a therapist go once fortnight. “Many, however, keep their phones with them most of the time. Mobiles can provide an ongoing link with a person.”

The app is available at www.emotionsense.org .

Martin Rieser Mobileaudience
Continue reading