By way of introduction, my name is Ellen Campbell and I have recently moved to London to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP University, programmes required to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to this, in May 2015 I completed my Law and Business LL.B. degree from Trinity College Dublin with a first class honours and was placed first in my class. And more recently, in May 2016, I graduated with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center where I completed my masters in International Legal Studies. I also received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for having the class’ highest academic average.
In parallel to my academic pursuits, I have a huge interest in theatre - performing in school productions and now attending shows whenever possible. I took various public speaking courses at a school level too, and pursued this interest with Model United Nations debating and Moot Courts at university. I love to run, practice yoga and am very interested in the "farm to fork" food movement that currently has such a huge following among millennials, in particular. Finally, having recently moved to London, I have become a member of the Royal Academy and love spending time viewing and learning about the art.
As something final to note, I am an Irish native and lived in Dublin until the age of 12 at which time I moved to Boston due to my father's job relocation. I remained in Boston until the age of 19, when I returned to Dublin to pursue a law and business degree at Trinity College.
During the summers of 2008 to 2012, I taught at a summer school programme at my former high school for students between the ages of 9 to 14. This programme mainly attracts students who have struggled with concepts from their previous school year in an effort to prepare them for the year ahead by focusing on challenging areas of the curriculum. Whilst teaching there, I quickly realised that not all students learn in the same way nor do all students find academic environments comfortable ones. To maximise the potential of each student, I adapted teaching styles depending on the child’s needs – sometimes focusing on visual learning and at other times emphasizing aural and oratory techniques. In addition, I noticed that some preferred, and had more success, working in groups, whereas others responded better to private tuition. Although relatively young at the time, I was given such a wide berth of responsibility and scope to create lesson plans and to execute these in class. I found the experience highly rewarding and now feel confident that it has given me the requisite skills to be a successful, engaging and passionate tutor with First Tutors.
My own academic career, particularly my study of law, has developed strong analytical and reading comprehension skills, improved my writing style and allowed me to learn new memorisation skills. To that end, my strong suits lie in English grammar, literature, writing and reading comprehension. Having grown up in the United States between the ages of 12 and 19, I find that the emphasis on grammar and vocabulary in their curriculum has meant I have achieved a very high level of understanding and application in this area. Aside from academic pursuits, my extra-curricular activities in drama, public speaking and moot court enhance this area of learning, too. Law looks for, and teaches, logical conclusions. As such, I hope to share this approach with my students especially where grammar and reading comprehension are concerned.
I will aim to make learning accessible and enjoyable for students, particularly those who face challenges in certain areas. Having studied in a variety of classrooms across the globe, I feel confident in my ability to share such a range of teaching styles and learning skills. It is important to adapt teaching to fit the student in order to maximise his / her ability and to achieve strong, consistent results. Having always had such a love of learning myself, I hope to be able to share my acquired skills, tips and tricks with many young students. In parallel, hopefully, this will reduce worry or difficulty about tackling challenging academic concepts for the student.
|Languages||English (British), Spanish|
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Trinity College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland||2015||Bachelors||LL.B.|
|Georgetown University - Washington DC, USA||2016||Masters||LL.M.|
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