I am currently a medical student at Imperial College London, and will be entering my fourth year in September. A definition of teaching that I came across reads "the process of attending to people's needs, experiences and feelings, and making specific interventions to help them learn particular things" (M K Smith). This hones in really well on the reasons why teaching others has always interested me - it's not only a way to share knowledge with and help others, but it also allows me to develop my teaching skills to tailor my approaches to each individual.
I have always enjoyed meeting and working with new people, and Biology, Chemistry and Maths were always subjects I looked forward to learning. So, what better way to combine the two! Throughout my education, I was fortunate to have been taught by some great teachers, but I also know, all too well, the difficulties of trying to learn a subject alone from a textbook. I believe learning can become a lot easier and far more interesting when it's interactive. It's important to have someone to discuss thoughts, questions and study techniques with, and to be encouraged. I'd love to be that "someone" who can make studying that much more enjoyable and less laborious. It's extremely rewarding to see the progress someone can make when they are given time, patience and confidence.
As a medical student, I also know how challenging preparing for the university entrance exams and interviews, as well as writing the personal statement, can be and would be delighted to help students in any of these areas. Having attended medical interviews at Imperial, Manchester, Leicester and Newcastle, I believe I can aid applicants in tackling the different types of interviews involved.
My academic record includes: 9 A*s and 3 As at GCSE, 3 A*s at A-Level (Biology, Chemistry and Maths).
During my high school years, I tutored a few children in various stages of their education. This allowed me to understand how to communicate differently, yet effectively, with children who have varying foundations of knowledge. I also spent time proof-reading personal statements and doing one-to-one sessions with students who were preparing for university entrance exams and interviews, all of whom received offers. This helped to further enhance my approaches to delivering information in a useful and interesting manner. In the past few years, we have had group study sessions where we teach one another regularly. All of these experiences required reliability, good time management, planning and enthusiasm - all of which have helped to make these sessions successful.
I am usually known as a fun-loving person, and I aim for this to translate into my teaching approaches too. I usually begin by finding out what the student's wishes and aims for these sessions are, as well as an outline of the objectives and curriculum that needs to be covered. Teaching will be interactive, as I feel as though talking about concepts and applying them in sessions will help students understand and retain them better. If they feel they can explain something clearly to another person, it also helps them feel more confident in that area of study. I also usually try to incorporate different techniques of delivering and consolidating information, such as quizzes and past paper questions, to help identify what works best for each individual. Furthermore, students are welcome to ask questions at any time - it's an effective and memorable way to highlight and close gaps in their knowledge.
These sessions are flexible, and I believe that open communication, hard work and enthusiasm are key to making the most of them.
|Languages||English (British), Tamil|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Nonsuch High School for Girls||2012||School||GCSE|
|Nonsuch High School for Girls||2014||School||A-Level|