I am a graduate of the University of Oxford with a BA in Geography and a MSc in Social Anthropology. Following university I worked for the London office of the Japan Bank for International Development, a department of the Japanese government responsible for export finance and development aid.
For the past two years I have been tutoring full time, with students and parents reporting satisfaction with my approach and results. During my time at Oxford I was involved in helping look after candidates during the interview process, and have successfully mentored a student applying to Cambridge University. Whilst not a direct example of teaching experience, my work at the Japan Bank of International Development gave me an insight into the practical implementation of the geographers art, allowing me to provide a rounded geographical education for the student. As such I have experience of both practical and academic geography as well as a degree of teaching experience.
I tailor my lessons for each individual student. However, in general I look to explain the subject matter and illustrate it with case studies during the lesson. I also believe in a cooperative approach to teaching, with me asking questions during the lesson about the topic. The reason for this is that it helps us explore the topic and see how it relates to other parts of the course, a key skill for high grades at A-level.
I provide written notes for each lesson. The reason for this is that it frees up the student to interact with me during the lesson, rather than simply sitting and writing notes, while also ensuring they have good notes to revise from.
Finally I am a big believer in the importance of exam technique, which can be a key factor in holding back otherwise excellent students. I look to periodically set practice questions. I will give some coaching in exam technique in advance and then give thorough feedback after marking them. I also find such practice questions help me monitor student progress.
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|University of Oxford||2001||Bachelors||2:1 BA Geography|
|University of Oxford||2003||Masters||MSc Social Anthropology|
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