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I am a 27 year old scientist who has recently submitted my geology PhD thesis. I have a first class MGeol (geology masters degree) from the University of Leicester and enjoy teaching, discussing and communicating science with others. I am easy to get along with and a patient teacher.
I have taught multiple practical modules and field courses within the geology department at the University of Leicester and i am a registered Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby where i teach on some of their field courses. I have frequently helped students master new techniques, taught them methods to help understand and retain information and i have experience in helping improve written work with structuring essays and reports with feedback and general guidance.
I have experience in teaching coping mechanisms to better showcase the ability and knowledge of those students who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. I am willing to incorporate this into sessions if this is something a student may benefit from.
With one-to-one tutoring there is a huge advantage to be gained from tailoring the teaching to the individual student with spending more time on areas and techniques where the individual may be having the most difficulty. When these areas have been identified, either by student specifically identifying them or by me identifying them through general discussion of the subject. These topics can then provide the backbone for lessons ensuring that the student gets the most out of the contact time.
I understand that each individual learns via different methods and techniques and appreciate the importance of tailoring sessions to suit these preferences.
My experience has shown that students retain information better if they are learning in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, so typically in the first instance there is a focus on teaching through discussion and interaction with the subject. Once the curriculum has been covered in this way it is then important to focus on how this information is applied to assessed situations, so focus is shifted to exam technique and revision.
It is primarily up to the student and parents regarding how they wish the tutoring experience to be. Typically, it is on a casual or semi casual basis meeting of an hour or so at a time, wherein i progress through the course material with emphasis on gaps in a students knowledge before, prior to exam season, moving onto revision of material and exam preparation. If preferred, it is also possible to provide more intense session of two hours where focus is purely on covering typical exam questions, and revising key topics.
In all cases, before the start of each session a topic of focus will be decided. The session with then progress through this topic covering the information required by the exam board and and additional information or questions surrounding the topic which the student may have. I find that this more in depth discussion helps to deepen and solidify a students understanding. A the end of each session a brief recap of the key points covered and an agreement on the topic of the next session. The following session will then begin with the student recapping the information covered in the previous session, so i can be sure that the teaching methods are working, before starting the new topic.
An additional skill, which may not be sough after, but can provide helpful, is that i am able to provide the insight as to how university teaching differs from school or college teaching techniques. My experience of University teaching has highlighted that it is common for the teaching styles between the different institutions is significantly different. These differences often mean that many students take time to adapt to their learning to these new teaching methods. If requested desired, i am willing and able to help students develop their learning techniques in such a way that this step will seem more manageable; this can be integrated into the regular one-to-one sessions.
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- University of Leicester (2017) - PhD in Geology (specifically geochemistry, carbonate geology and ancient environments and climate). Please note that this qualification has not yet been formally awarded but is expected to have been by November 2017. (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Leicester (2013) - First class MGeol (Masters) (✘ Not On File)