I am a Geography and Physical Education (P.E.) teacher who has over twelve years teaching experience. Academically, I have a first class BSc. Honours Degree, a Masters (MA.) and a Secondary PGCE (MA.). I am passionate about Geography and P.E. and this shows in my approach to teaching. I have a proven track record of 100% pass rate at A-Level and G.C.S.E. for both P.E. and Geography - this also applies to the most recent A-Level and G.C.S.E. Summer results. I am positive, highly motivated by facilitating development of self and individual success.I thrive on challenges that involve helping others.
I have previously been Head of Department (HoD) for both A-Level PE and Geography and one year as an ESL teacher at Princess Nora University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I have also taught English Language and Literature, Geopolitics and P.E. at a private boarding school in France. Previously, I was employed as an A-Level Geography and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) teacher at a Sixth Form College in Hull and more recently at an award-winning Sixth Form School in Hertfordshire.
Mentoring, I feel, plays a large part in one-to-one tuition, as you are not only a teacher, but an experienced and trusted advisor. I was a mentor whilst still being a student myself, when studying as an undergraduate at a high school in Cardiff. Mentoring sessions were held for those students at risk of disengagement and who were borderline failing their GCSEs. Upon completion of the mentoring programme, the students grades were significantly higher than expected; following weekly mentor meetings with me and upon completion of Individual Action Plans (IAPs) with SMART goals in place. I ensure that my lessons are fun, engaging and stimulating and will keep you thinking long after the lesson has finished.
Currently, I am also employed on an 'ad hoc' basis as a Continued Professional Development (CPD) presenter for a National U.K. exam board. I advise on the implementation of both the new A level and GCSE PE specification in terms of its content, its delivery, examinations and non examined assessment (NEA). I am required to travel around the U. K. to various schools advising teachers and management of the new exam structure, as it is still largely unknown to teachers how to approach it; therefore it is my responsibility to advise on how to tackle it with success.
Subject knowledge is very important and plays a large part in passing exams. I can help you to obtain this by providing you with relevant content, my exam expertise, additional reading material that is not necessarily in your textbook. All of this will give you "the edge" when answering your extended answers (especially at AS and A-Level)... However, what if I told you that knowledge is only one part?
The key factor is having the tools to utilise that knowledge to the best advantage and answer the question as accurately as possible. This is where my exam tricks and tips come in...
Understanding command words like "Evaluate", "Discuss" and "To what extent..." are crucial in obtaining the best results (especially in extended essay answers). Exam techniques and revision planning are also crucial factors to guarantee success. I aim to show students how to work 'smarter' and not necessarily 'harder'. I combine both a teaching and mentoring approach so that clear goals are realistic, achievable and are individual to each student's needs. We agree on an Action plan together using SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and within a designated Time scale). Thus ensuring that the student will never feel overwhelmed or feel that the goals are unrealistic.
Just to provide an idea of some previous tuition success stories:
An A-Level OCR PE Student in Cardiff who previously attained a 'U' Grade (prior to tuition) for her AS PE exam. Her mum contacted me for extra help via online lessons from September 2016 to June 2017. I was overjoyed to find out that she had attained a 'B' Grade for her A Level PE Summer 2017 exams. She has now secured her chosen university place studying a BSc. Hons. Degree in Sport Science.
Another example is an Edexcel A Level PE student who previously attained a 'U' grade (prior to tuition) in his mock exams in January 2017. His father contacted me wanting extra help via online lessons from January 2017 to June 2017. He has since achieved a 'C' grade and following this success will continue his tuition with me into his second year of exams.
A more recent success story was where I tutored a GCSE Geography student in Hull. She travelled to my home address and also received online Skype lessons. She successfully achieved an A* in GCSE Geography in August 2017 and has now secured a place at college to study all of her A-Level choices that she wanted to pursue. (Please see reference below for more details)
Another was a tutored a student online for GCSE PE where she was predicted a B Grade by her teachers. However, following lessons with me for around five months, she achieved a Grade 9 - which is equivalent to an A*! (Please see reference below for more details).
If you would like any more information of what I offer please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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|Cardiff Metropolitan University||2011||PGCE||Secondary PGCE|
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||2008||Masters||MA. Sport, Culture and Society - Merit|
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||2006||Bachelors||BSc. Hons.- Sport and PE - First Class Degree (1:1)|
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