I graduated in 1994 from Reading University with a first class degree in Biology. I then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Southampton University in 2000. I undertook teacher training at Bath University, obtaining my PGCE in 2001. I also have an FAETC qualification which specifically covers post 16 education.
I am very enthusiastic about anything to do with Science. I adore being a teacher and have never wanted to do anything else. I love working with children.
I have three children aged 24, 14 and 13.
I have been a teacher for over 20 years. I began my career working in adult education moving into School in 2001. I currently also assess various online distance learning courses. In recent years I have also organised and taught A level Biology evening classes for adults. I have also worked for AQA examining board as an A level examiner. My examiner performance, over five years, was rated grade A. Being an examiner is valuable experience as it informs a teacher of common misconceptions and the pitfalls that students can fall into. I know that my past students have appreciated and benefited from my experience as an examiner. I currently also work for the NSPCC Schools Service delivering the 'Speak out Stay safe' programme.
I have been providing home tuition for 15 years. As a home tutor I have mainly tutored A Level Biology students, teaching the AQA, OCRa, OCRb, Edexcel and WJEC Biology A level courses. I have also taught GCSE Science, GCSE Biology, the Access to Higher Education Diploma and levels 1,2 and 3 Maths. I have tutored many home educated students. Working with home educated children and their parents has given me the opportunity to step outside the confines of the national curriculum and develop some exciting project work.
The new 2017 Biology A level courses are very demanding. The large amount of material that needs to be covered, as well as the requirement for knowledge about exam technique, practical skills and maths skills puts a constraint on students' time. In response to this, this year, I ran a one day course on 'Maths skills' and a one day course on 'Biotechnology'. These were offered to my tutees and were a great success. I will consider running the same courses in the lead up to the 2019 exams.
I adore science and constantly endeavour to update my knowledge. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to enthuse others about science. I am especially enthusiastic about teaching Biology A level. The reward of helping a student achieve a needed qualification or igniting an interest is immense and far outweighs financial reward.
I appreciate the importance of believing in a student and building their confidence. So many students arrive with their confidence deflated by a poor examination grade not realising that this can happen to any student, even A* students. Attention to exam technique or a change in teaching style can produce dramatic changes. I have a large stock of past papers for all examination boards as question practice is an essential part of exam preparation. I have prepared a series of lessons which focus on exam technique and I appreciate the importance of requesting exam papers back in order to check technique. I have many teaching resources built up over 20 years. I have a popular A level Biology face book page where I post links to on-line resources.
My track record is good. 100% of my evening class students last year obtained or exceeded the grade they needed to take up their University place. Most of my A level tutees achieve top grades, with occasional students obtaining 100% on certain papers.
I used to be a committee member of the Dorset Dyslexia Association and have an interest in utilising alternative teaching methods to teach dyslexic students. Many of my teaching resources are visual or activity based. I am mindful of the fact that every student has their own unique learning style and that a teacher must be adaptable and inventive. I also have experience teaching students with Autism and Aspergers syndrome.
Please do contact me if you think I may be able to help you or your child with their education.
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|Bath University||2001||PGCE||Teacher Training- Secondary|
|Southampton University||2000||Masters||Environmental Studies|
|Poole and Bournemouth College||1999||Other||Further and Adult Ed Teaching Certificate|
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