Information About Bethan - Aberdare teacher
I am a friendly, enthusiastic, English and Religious Studies graduate with a range of tutoring and training experience. Having just obtained a certificate in intermediate counselling skills I am also aware of the importance of encouragement and maintaining a student's confidence.
I graduated from Bath Spa University in 2003 with a BA in English and Religion, and am beginning an MA in English at Cardiff this year. Whilst at university I was a writer for the student newspaper, contributing articles on politics and issues affecting students, as well as creative pieces. I also carried a term as sub-editor for the newspaper, proofreading articles and assigning stories to other writers, as well as helping with its production. I have won short story competitions and have read poetry regularly at open mic nights, as well as having essays on philsophy and culture published online.
I have worked as a private tutor through the 3A and Bath Tutors agencies, covering English, religion and philosophy. Based in Bath I travelled to pupils’ houses and provided them with tuition on topics from writing A-level English essays to helping younger students with their reading and writing problems. I was responsible for planning the lessons, arranging and marking homework and end of week student progress reports. Some of the people I have worked with have had learning problems or issues, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD and so I worked around those issues, taking into account things like the amount of time they can concentrate for, whether there will be any physical problems or challenging behaviour.
I have also worked as a part time learning support assistant at a Bath primary school. My responsibilities were to work with targeted children (those with learning needs but not necessarily statemented) in lessons, specifically numeracy and literacy, to explain to them what the learning outcome was and how to go about doing the piece of work they were assigned. I worked with the lower ability children including those who had dyslexia, to ensure that they knew how to do the work and to help them work it out for themselves. I also carried out various classroom tasks such as marking work and supervision, and covered many aspects of teaching, albeit those used in primary education. I attended several training courses, and found the one on teaching creatively in schools particularly interesting. I also set and marked work for the children I worked with, and fed back to teachers at the end of the lesson how the child had progressed.
I have run training courses with adults in both the public and voluntary sector and so have a great deal of experience of more 'hands on' teaching, including games and discussions. I have taken part and obtained a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). I feel that this illustrates my ability to perform presentations to large groups of people and engage with people of different backgrounds, with different interests.
I am able to adapt my tutoring style and content to that which the student wishes, and so before working with a student in a one on one environment I ask them, or their parent, what they want from the lesson. When I meet the student I think ask further questions to establish their current level and what they hope to achieve.
While I follow the curriculum run in schools I do try to run lessons on a more informal basis; encouraging a fun learning environment, playing games, offering rewards for good behaviour, encouraging the student to ask questions and exploring ideas around the subject we are discussing. Making learning interesting and fun - playing games, engaging in thought experiments - often means the student is learning without realising it. One of my students enjoyed playing hangman and so each week we began the lesson with a game of hangman based on what we covered the previous week, and ended the lesson with a game based on what we covered that lesson. Other students prefer more traditional methods however, and so I encourage comprehension work taken from enjoyable texts to read.
With the older students who I have taught religion and philosophy to at A Level I have had to based lessons on a strict syllabus, usually the one the student is covering in school, and so I have to look at the syllabus and arrange my lessons around that, as well as the amount of time left until the exam. During the lesson I try to be as informal as I can and use examples the student will understand in order to illustrate a point. I cover work the student has trouble with and set and mark essays.
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- BA Hons (2:1) Creative Studies in English with the Study of Religions
- A Level English: A grade
- Intermediate Counselling Skills