I am an experienced, qualified Mathematics Teacher with a 1st Class degree in Mathematics. After 11 years in my current post, I am looking to take time to look after my children, thus stepping in to tuition to continue inspiring people and helping them overcome issues with Mathematics. I am passionate about my subject and believe that all ages and abilities can achieve, with the right approach and resources. I am patient and enthusiastic.
As part of my job, I also worked closely with the University of Portsmouth as a mentor to trainee teachers, helping them to become a better teacher and thus improving my own teaching by understanding different teaching styles and new techniques. I have also been a mentor to Newly Qualified Teachers within our school.
Away from teaching, I am training to be a Martial Arts Instructor. I love Martial Arts, it gives me focus and discipline, as well as courage to achieve anything. This is the mindset I would like any tutee to have as anything is possible with the right coaching and resources.
I have 11 years experience of teaching in Mathematics in a Secondary School in Portsmouth. In this post I taught students between the ages of 11 and 16, of all abilities. As part of the job, it has been necessary to support students on a 1 to 1 basis or to do small group intervention work to help them overcome any difficulties they may have with the subject. To the other end of the scale, I have taught the more able pupils and extended them as far as possible to make sure each pupil achieve their maximum potential. This has included teaching GCSE statistics and doing A-Level topics with them. I have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum, including the recent changes and use this to make the maximum possible impact to the students I teach.
As part of my role as a mentor to trainee teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers, I have observed lessons and used my experience to assist them with how to become better professionals. I have also been lucky enough to learn from them and gain new ideas or approaches to my own teaching.
I have done one to one tuition in the past. Every student I have taught has either met or exceeded their expected grades. One mature student was retaking their Mathematics GCSE for the tenth time and achieved the grade they needed to further their career.
Everybody can achieve no matter what. This is important to me as so many times I have been told "I don't like Maths" or "I can't do it!". I believe the student is the centre of the lesson and it must be planned around them and their needs. A current tutee of mine enjoys puzzles so I try, where possible to include these in every lesson as it encourages her to learn and make it fun.
For the students who believe they cannot do Maths this needs to be overcome with the right approaches and resources. If a student cannot understand one concept, it can be looked at in a different way and with lots of encouragement. In Maths, there are many ways to get the answer and the student needs to find one that works for them. A good way to do this is to link it to things they know from real life. I am enthusiastic about the subject and am patient when things don't go to plan.
Lessons do not always go to plan so it is important to be adaptable and to have resources and techniques to support pupils if they are struggling while being able to extend them if they need it. It is important to leave every lesson on a high note so all pupils know they have achieved and are doing well.
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|University of Portsmouth||2004||Bachelors||1st Class (Hons) Degree Mathematics|
|University of Portsmouth||2006||PGCE||PGCE in Mathematics|
|GTC||2006||QTS||Qualified Teacher Status|
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