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I successfully completed by BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Brighton in 2005 and my PGCE in Geography the following year. Further to this, I completed my MA in Geography Education at the UCL Institute of Education in London in 2011.
I am a member of the Geographical Association and National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN).
I still enjoy learning and am committed to professional development, with a particular interest in Geography curriculum changes, assessment, resource development and Special Educational Needs.
In addition to my academic studies and teaching career, I also enjoy more creative pursuits such a jewellery making and photography and try to be creative with my teaching to ensure that learning is fun, challenging and enjoyable.
I qualified as a teacher in 2006 and have almost 10 years teaching experience. I am currently working as a Geography Lecturer at a further education college in Windsor teaching both GCSE and A Level Geography to learners between the ages of 16 and 23.
Prior to this, I have worked in different secondary schools teaching predominantly Geography up to A level, but also Citizenship and aspects of Literacy, Science, History, Religious Education and Business Studies to KS3 and GCSE. This experience has helped me to broaden my knowledge and skills as a teacher. I have worked with learners of all abilities, ranging from those with Special Educational Needs to Gifted and Talented students.
In addition to my passion for Geography and for learning, I have developed an interest and love for working with learners who have Special Educational Needs. My previous role in a mainstream state school gave me the opportunity to teach students with a broad range of learning difficulties. In particular, my knowledge of Dyslexia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders has developed considerably through additional responsbilites and professional training.
This includes completing the ‘Making sense of Autism’ course provided by the Autism Education Trust, acting as the SEN link teacher between the Geography and SEN departments, delivering training sessions to Geography teachers about the importance of differentiation in teaching and undertaking research into improving Geography lessons for Dyslexic students as part of my Masters degree. Such experiences have improved not only my teaching, but also that of others, for example, in demonstrating how to adapt lesson resources, homework tasks and assessments that better match the needs of learners studying Geography.
My teaching experience means that I am confident in engaging with large groups of students. Additionally, as a teacher, I have worked with small groups, for example in revision classes and on a one-to-one basis with students requiring additional support and guidance. I also have experience of tutoring on the government initiated one-to-one Literacy programme.
In addition to this, I also publish my Geography teaching resources on the Teachit Geography and Times Educational websites.
Every student deserves a good education and I firmly believe that all students should develop a love of learning new things both inside and outside of the classroom.
I believe that all students should be given the opportunity to become confident, well-rounded individuals. This means encouraging students in their academic studies, but also in developing their skills in different areas and situations. You have to work on the whole person to be truly successful.
My approach to teaching is to develop self-confidence, an inquiring approach and self-reliance, rather than spoon-feeding and rote learning. Students should be engaged in learning and must be active participants in their own learning.
A key part of this is developing resilience in students; allowing them to learn from their mistakes, giving them opportunities to try again, encouraging them to never give up and to find new ways of learning and solving problems. This empowers students and encourages them to be more self-aware when it comes to their learning as well as promoting enthusiasm and determination in all aspects of their life.
I am also a firm believer in spending time getting to know the particular learning needs and styles of a student before tuition begins so that learning programmes can be individualised.
I am able to offer tuition in the following areas:
• Key Stage 3 (11-14)
• GCSE Geography – particularly the AQA A Syllabus
• A Level Geography – particularly the AQA and OCR syllabi
• University (Undergraduate/Postgraduate) – particularly Physical Geography
• Adult/Casual Learner – any areas.
• Literacy skills
• Homework help – homework competition and adapting homework tasks
• Improving confidence and self-esteem
• Homework tasks
• Revision techniques
• Essay, report and dissertation writing
• General reading and writing skills
• UCAS Personal Statements
• Exam techniques
• Organisational and time management skills
• Note taking
• Research skills
• ICT skills
I am currently available for tuition on weekday and weekend evenings, but my availability may change from the end of June 2016. I may also be able to offer tuition in other areas not listed above.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your enquiries or any questions.
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