I hold a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and am in the final stages of an Engineering PhD at the University of Nottingham. My work is part of a strategic collaboration with the Boeing Company. My goal is to continue academic research after I graduate, and work my way towards a Lectureship.
I have well over a years experience of private tutoring now, and in that time I have nurtured my ability to understand the individual needs of pupils at different stages of course material.
During my PhD I have worked extensively as a Teaching Assistant on the undergraduate mechanical engineering course. This work entails supporting students during exercise classes and lab work, as well as marking and providing feedback to students. I have found this challenging as it tests my own knowledge and my ability to form it into an explanation that makes sense to different people. This experience has taught me the importance of giving feedback to students, and how best to highlight the areas they must work on to ensure knowledge progression.
The most important aspect of tutoring is to assess the needs of each student. This can be done in a number of ways, because sometimes a student knows exactly what they don't know, and other times we can diagnose the areas of biggest reward together. I am used to helping students at a variety of different levels, whether they require help on a few tough areas, or a polish across the board, I can get where they need to go.
I like to engage the student at every step of the way, choosing to nudge them through a practice question, rather than give a complete explanation of a question. At each stage I ask questions such as "So given we have this equation, what would you do to start solving it?" - this way it forces the student to think about a solution, rather than memorize an explanation.
Exam technique is another area that students can find useful. During the exam one has to budget time properly, if you get stuck early on, you must move on instead for example. I have found it useful to time how long it takes to do a particular question on an exam paper, because comparing this to how long it should take, gives the best indicator as to how strong that particular area is for the student.
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|University of Nottingham||2012||Masters||Mechanical Engineering|
|UK Mathematics Trust and Further Mathematics Network||2007||Other||Regional Finalist in Senior Team Maths Challenge|
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