I am a teacher of Psychology and also of Criminology at the Higher Education Level (Access to HE, A/AS Level, HND, Undergraduate). I am currently studying for my Level 5 Diploma in Teaching and Education whilst teaching Psychology to 'Access to Higher Education' students. Psychology has been a life long passion of mine which took me to university and I was able to integrate this with Criminology to try to begin to understand criminal behaviour and I am now looking at contributing to research with particular emphasis on restorative justice techniques.
I also specialise in working with people with disabilities. I have worked extensively with various volunteer organisations to assist those most vulnerable in society and I believe that everyone is entitled to an education. I have a special interest in my students psychological welfare and this is demonstrated in my approach to teaching. I have worked mentoring a young man with high functioning Aspergers at university, and my current classes consist of many students with dyslexia and dyscalculia, and those who have been out of education for a number of years. Many of my current students also have mental health needs and social difficulties and this inclusiveness to teaching and safeguarding practice are very important to me as a teacher to allow all to learn.
My eldest son is home schooled and is studying his GCSE's and he has become very self-directed in his studies. I also have another son who is not yet at school age and we are a family that love books. We also embrace technology and like to have the balance between this and books.
I am currently teaching Psychology on the Access to Higher Education course at Canterbury College which is the equivalent to an A Level qualification. I teach adult learners (19 years +) who are looking to progress to university and are applying through UCAS. My learners are looking to become midwives, radiographers, paramedics and nurses and are on the Health Care pathway. I write references for my students for their UCAS applications and help them submit their applications via the college through to the UCAS application center to be processed.
I take tutorials teaching study skills such as essay writing, maths, english, language and ICT skills.
I am also, along side teaching, studying my Level 5 Diploma in Teaching and Education.
Previous to working at Canterbury College, I worked at Canterbury Christ Church University teaching first year undergraduate Psychology students starting their BSc in Psychology. This was pitched a little higher than an A Level qualification but the main aim was to bring all the students up to speed with one another so that they could progress onto their second year of the BSc. I was also marking work from the year 2 of the BSc at this time.
Apart from my Psychological knowledge, I have good academic experience of research in terms of human ethics and Psychological Guidelines stipulated by the British Psychological Society. I have conducted my own research as a BSc psychology student and I have been a research assistant to PhD students at university. Anybody wishing to become a Psychologist and/or to integrate Psychology into their Professional Practice is advised by many reputable academic institutions to have an understanding of research practice and ethics. Although this is a mandatory element to the majority of psychology courses now, it is imperative to emphasise this aspect of psychology if a student wants to succeed in this area. This is because many institutions are increasingly looking to conduct more research so that they add credibility to their institution and bring in money to their departments.
My approach to teaching is broad because I believe everyone is entitled to an education and I also believe that education is best approached where there is a working relationship between student and teacher. That working relationship is determined by the communication between student and teacher and is an ongoing and forever changing process which can be regularly revisited and reviewed by both parties. Knowledge is best built upon in stages; building block upon building block with regular assessment to allow both student and teacher to continue to move forward in the learning process whilst being able to evaluate the students' progress
Many people come into the learning environment for many different reasons; everyone is unique. It is important to establish at the beginning what the student would like to achieve from tutoring so that the tutor can tailor the needs of the student into an individual learning plan. This is agreed by both parties and will be followed but can be changed at any time depending on the learning outcomes, and again, students' needs.
I enjoy working with people and helping them achieve their full potential.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Canterbury College||2017||Professional||Level 5 Diploma in Teaching and Education|
|University of Kent||2012||Masters||Criminology|
|University of Kent||2009||Bachelors||Psychology|