I am currently a first-year student reading Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Birmingham, which shows my love of learning as my degree allows me to study a wide variety of subjects. I aim to pass on my passion for knowledge to my students through fun and exciting tutoring sessions that will hopefully increase both their understanding and enjoyment of the subjects they study.
During my A-levels, I tutored two GCSE students in a wide range of subjects, including English Literature and Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, History and Art. Initially, I was asked to tutor one in just English and History, and the other in English and Maths, but was soon asked to extend to the other subjects as well due to their enjoyment of the sessions and improvement in their work. I was overjoyed when one of my students, who was predicted to fail her Maths GCSE by her school - and had already been registered for a re-sit - in fact passed comfortably.
As Junior School Prefect in my final year at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, I spent a lot of time in Key Stage One and Two lessons, assisting primarily with Maths and English. As a result I have experience working with a number of students at different levels, and understand how to cater to each ability to ensure no student is either bored or left behind.
During my pre-university gap year, I spent three months working as a Teaching Assistant at a school in Japan, where I taught English as a Foreign Language to students between the ages of 8 and 23. The job taught me a lot of patience and resilience, as well as improving my communication skills immeasurably, and I absolutely loved my time there. I also spent three weeks teaching English at a school in Nicaragua, which was far less formal but just as enjoyable.
As a tutor, I focus on making my sessions as enjoyable for my students as possible; after all, the more you enjoy something, the more easily you’ll understand and remember it. I know that some concepts can be very difficult to grasp, and am patient and willing to try as many different explanations as it takes to ensure my students have a firm and thorough understanding of what they need to know. Having achieved A*s in all of my GCSEs and A-levels, I am confident in my knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subjects, and my ability to teach them. My particular interests lie in the humanities, especially English Literature and History, but I enjoy studying and teaching many disciplines.