Hello! My name is Jordan McDonagh and I am a second-year Medical Student at Imperial College London. I am 20 years old and originally from Birmingham, where I attended King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys for 7 years.
GSCE's - 10 A*s in English Literature, English Langauge, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, German, History, Religious Studies and Geography
A-Levels - 3 A*s in English Literature, Biology and Chemsitry, and 1 A in AS Physics.
Alongside my studies at university I also am part of Light Opera Society and the Imperial Medics Rugby Team; the arts and sport are two things I thoroughly enjoy and I believe a well-established work/life balance is crucial to academic success.
I am confident, friendly and approachable person who gets on well with anyone and everyone. My time spent on hospital placements at Uni, alongside the experiences I have gathered from working at a private hospital in Solihull, have put me in contact with the entire spectrum of society and I feel this has allowed me to hone my ability to empathise with the thoughts and feelings of others. Whilst drama taught me the importance of self-expression, it was my experiences as a competitive sprinter than engrained in me the motivation, self-determination and desire to succeed. I have been in many leadership postions, be it as deputy Head-Boy, Chairman of the Solihull Youth Council, or as Director of drama productions; this has allowed me to showcase my ability to inspire others, delegate, and listen to the most pertinent issues being faced along with bringing a swift resolution where possible.
I am keen to help you get the most of your studies, and I will go above and beyond in order to help you achieve your goals.
Although I have not professionally tutored in the past, I do have some tutoring experience as a result of my voluntary efforts. During Sixth Form I volunteered to tutor a handful of year 10/11 pupils that were considered 'struggling' by their respective teachers - this was twice a week over a two year period. The sessions would not be one-on-one, rather, I would help 3/4 pupils on each occasion on topics that they all agreed were challenging. I found this to be particulary rewarding and look upon my experience of this fondly, especially considering every pupil I tutored achieved their predicted grades or higher. I learned a lot about how to teach pupils of school age, particularly in regards to maintaing their focus and interest, and monitoring their progress.
At university I have also had some teaching experience. I volunteered to put together and present a series of 6 tutorials for the first year students in the Light Opera Society, touching on difficult topics that they will face in their upcoming exams. The tutorials consisted of a presentation, a Q&A session and some example exam questions to highlight how the teaching relates to the exam. This was an entirely different teaching experience to that previsiously mentioned, however, it did allow me to develop a more streamlined teaching style whilst also cementing my understanding of the necessity of asking questions and providing past-paper/example questions.
I feel the best place to start would be with a past-paper to guage what level you are currently at and also to establish an initial marker to monitor future progress. After determining the strengths and weaknesses within a certain topic/subject, I believe it is then important to focus on improving the weaker aspects, whilst being sure not to neglect the stronger topics. I believe that is important to provide an open system that encourages questions to be asked throughout the session, leading to intelligent discussion and resolution. I also feel that regular tests (i.e. every couple of weeks/sessions) are important in order to continually monitor progress and to highlight topics that may need to be relooked at. Furthermore, I feel a quick quiz at the end of every session with questions relating to that sessions' subject material is a great way to cement knowledge and understanding. I am quick to adapt however, and will fit my teaching style around what suits your needs most, be it a more traditional style, a more hands-on style, or an integrated style involving components of both
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|King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for boys||2015||School||A* Biology A2-Level|
|King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for boys||2015||School||A* Chemistry A2-Level|
|King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for boys||2015||School||A* English Literature A2-Level|
|King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for boys||2015||School||A Physics AS-Level|