This is how 3 referees rated Alice:
I have been living and working in Yorkshire for 5 years now, thoroughly enjoying the variety of activities, landscapes and hobbies it offers. I studied Politics at the University of York for 3 years, achieving a 2:1 at the end of my degree, having built a huge passion for international relations and British politics. Whilst at university I was also able to continue my passion for the arts, something I have been engaged with since an early age; being a member of the National Youth Theatre, Shakespeare School's festivals and completing all LAMDA exams with distinction. I am also a keen athlete, being a member of the University of York Rowing club for two years, representing the club at a national level. I maintain my enthusiasm for sport by running and taking part in a local netball club whilst living in Leeds. I am an incredibly sociable and enigmatic person and I am looking to offer tutoring services as a way to learn and gain experience teaching a wide range of students.
I have just completed the TeachFirst Leadership Development programme, in which I was placed in a secondary school in Bradford teaching English and received the grading of Outstanding after my first year. From the September of my first year, I had a full timetable and have taught a range of students from year 7 to year 12. Due the variety in my classes, I feel fully equipped to deliver Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to a high standard, especially the new GCSE English curriculum (as of 2017). This past year our school has become an AQA exam hub school and due to this, I have received high quality training in both the Language and Literature GCSE exam specification and have been involved with inter-school training on exam moderation. Furthermore, I have also applied to be an AQA exam marker in June 2017 in order to ensure I fully understand and can deliver the exam skills to an exceptional standard.
Additionally in my second year, I have also secured the role of Gifted and Talented Coordinator with a focus on the transition between primary and secondary school, ensuring our most able students flourish from September.
Prior to TeachFirst, I also have experience teaching international students as I was an Activities Coordinator for EF language school in my summer in between University terms. This role required me to timetable both English curriculum activities and leisure activities for a group of students from Spain, Denmark and Finland for three weeks. This required a huge amount of organisation of the students and between activity leaders, as well as enthusiasm, dedication and flexibility. It was a role I thoroughly enjoyed.
In terms of tutoring a student, I intend to make it an incredibly comfortable and relaxed environment for the tutee, as my teaching approach is very conversational and discussion based, therefore I will offer 1:1 sessions in the tutee's own home. In terms of teaching English, the reading skills are learnt through analysis and inference, skills which can only be achieved through conversation and talking through ideas therefore it is crucial that the tutee feels comfortable in the learning environment. In terms of writing, there will be an expectation of the student to complete any set work and it would be useful to see examples of school work, as learning and improving writing skills can only be truly successful when a student can analyse, critically examine and discuss their own work.
I believe every student can be successful in English and I will work extremely hard to ensure that each tutee is. I will always be fully prepared and planned for the session and therefore I will expect the student to be fully committed and prepared also.
Tags: Leeds English tutor, Leeds Primary English tutor, Leeds Secondary English tutor, Leeds GCSE English tutor, Leeds A-Level English tutor