I am a recent graduate from Magdalen College, Oxford, in which I achieved First Class Honours in Human Sciences. Human Sciences is a truly interdisciplinary course; spanning the subjects of genetics, evolution, sociology, social policy, anthropology, demography and statistics. This has provided me with a unique skill set that enables me to forge connections between subjects and have a critical, yet creative, perspective.
Prior to this I obtained A*s in Biology, Geogrography and Maths at A Level from Pate`s Grammar School, Cheltenham studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. I have a strong passion for my subjects and learning. I take pride in being friendly, reliable and supportive and make sure that I adjust my teaching style and methods to each unique student and this unique needs.
Availability: Skype only until May 15th. After this, widely available during weekdays and weekends.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I have extensive teaching and tutoring experience. This includes within the UK, but extends to the United States, Tokyo and South Korea. This range of experience, to a whole spectrum of abilities and subjects, has made me an adaptable and informed tutor. I have gathered a range of skills and techniques that I can apply to each student I teach; crafting a unique approach and learning plan that is best suited to their individual needs and learning styles.Contact this Tutor
In South Korea and Tokyo I taught English to groups of around 20 adult students, this included preparing, planning and delivering courses of lessons over several weeks. This experience has given me a wide bank of creative activities that can be used to attract the academic and intellectual attention of students, even those with a language barrier. These experiences have provided me with the skills and confidence to take command of a class, and how to communicate my ideas articulately and clearly.
In the United States I have given one-on-one mentoring to High School students; predominately in SAT Maths but this has extended to AP US History and Biology. I have been able to apply my own learning technique and flexible teaching style to decipher where students struggle most and what the best strategy we can use to together overcome these barriers. Through teaching a range of subjects I have been able to convey the importance of an effective learning and revision strategy that can minimise the amount of time to complete work, or revise, but can maximise knowledge retained. I believe that having a strategy that can be applied to a range of subjects is vital for students, especially those balancing a large number of students. Having been under extensive academic pressure myself I also understand the importance of taking breaks and the stress that students can feel under when examinations draw near. This only supports my belief that an ideal tutor is one that is supportive and knows the limits of their students and how far these can be pushed. Part of my tutoring role within the US has extended beyond subject support to providing advice and help with college applications.
In addition, I am also giving one-on-one tutoring to an undergraduate Psychology student at Columbia University in NY. To date, he has surpassed even his own expectations in every modular exam he has taken. This shows how I have the ability to each a range of levels, ages, and subjects even in a curriculum that does not match my own.
Since sixth form I have been involved with tutoring in a range of ways. This has ranged from giving class revision sessions to students younger than myself, to long-term maths tutoring to primary aged children. I have also partaken in several mentoring programmes where I have volunteered my time at drop-in and revision sessions.
Being an Oxford graduate, I have a thorough understanding of the Oxbridge admissions process. This included the required application materials and interviews. I have been involved with giving practise workshops at my old school to prospective students, and I have also looked at admission statements and CVs for a variety of family friends.
For me, one of the greatest and most satisfying pursuits, is being able to share my knowledge. I have a passion for learning and acquiring information, but I see no meaning in this unless it can be communicated and shared with others. I understand the frustration that students can face when they struggle to understand concepts and retain knowledge, yet I am also acutely aware of the great sense of satisfaction that can be felt when this is overcome. This feeling of satisfaction and elation is one that I strive to provide, and I like to hope that my passion and genuine love for learning and teaching comes across in the lessons I teach. I think that this energy and excitement for a subject, that a tutor can bring, is equally as important as the knowledge they have or methods they use. It is this factor that I believe, and others have said, makes me a successful and inspiring tutor.