I am an engaging and dedicated tutor and I would be delighted to recommence teaching. Studying at Durham University demanded a pause in my tutoring, as I am very involved in student welfare and some of the societies. However, I am now in a position to start teaching again.
A few years ago I tutored a young girl, Olivia, on her year 5 maths. She had moved from America and was a year behind the rest of her classmates. In the course of a few weeks she went from very shy and withdrawn, to a complete handful! As her confidence blossomed I had to develop new tricks to burn through her near limitless energy. Together we were able to not only improve her maths, but also develop a genuine enjoyment in it. One time I showed her a trick for 9x tables. She got so into it that by the next week she had (completely unasked) gone up to over 4,000! The following Easter her Mum got back in contact with me to let me know she had got the certificate for best in class in maths. I was very grateful to her for thinking to let me know, as it was amazing to hear.
For Olivia, a large part of her problem was `knowing` that she was bad at maths. This meant she would get blocked very easily. Once we had shored up the real basics together, we had a go at harder problems. When she saw that she could solve them, her attitude totally changed and she started enjoying cracking them. This unlocking of ability she already had was exciting to see, and far more empowering than me just putting her through wrote learning. I hope that her newfound confidence has stuck with her over the years.
Generally, I try to tap into a genuine childish sense of fun, as I find overt seriousness can lead the child to avoid engaging fully. If the lesson ends and the student and I both want to continue, then we`re doing it right. Being young also seems to help break through the intimidation kids often feel with their teachers. The environment should be such that they feel perfectly comfortable and encouraged to admit mistakes/misunderstandings so that we can address them together. Eventually we`d have instilled the idea that questions are more valuable than answers and mistakes more useful (to learn from) than successes. That means that even after we`ve stopped working together, they will continue to grow independently.
As well as a strong core understanding of my subjects, I really enjoy them. I hope I can share that love of the subjects, as I believe this is the biggest step in making learning easier. Being comfortable with the content also makes it far easier to repackage it to suit the student.
As you can see from my subjects I have studied across the sciences to a high level, Maths and Physics to Undergraduate level and Chem and Bio to A-Level. I am now studying Philosophy at Undergrad Level and achieving good grades, so I`m very well placed to help with Philosophy or similar essay subjects.
Once I graduate, further study aside, I will be going into teaching. I find teaching an immense pleasure, and it suits my skill sets fantastically. More than that though, to me education is one of (if not the) most important parts of our society.
Availability: I will be available to tutor in Devon for the full month of September and in Durham at weekends during term time (potentially week days as well, but this is timetable dependent)
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: I tutored a year 5 maths student for a period of 4 months. She was behind, having missed a year of school. By the end, she actively enjoyed the maths and our lessons (especially the mid-lesson race, to burn through restless energy.) In the months since our last lessons she won the mathematics certificate for best in her class, having been towards the bottom.Contact this Tutor
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