I consider the following general aspects of my character as an asset for tutoring science to students: First of all I am very passionate about science, its history and its philosophy, and consequently very passionate about students realizing of the importance of knowing about science. I am a very approachable and flexible person one who understand different peoples needs and is ready to listen and propose alternatives to reach productive outcomes. I am a highly motivated person as well as a good motivator. I a am cooperative and flexible person, open to challenges, able to deliver in either on an individual or team basis and with a firm commitment to produce sound work. I am computer literate, able to fluently read and write in Spanish and French.
In September 2016, I started a school direct program (salaried route) at Sir John Lawes School (Harpenden.UK) with the aim of becoming a secondary school science teacher. After successfully completing the program I obtained a QTS in July 2017. Key for starting my secondary school teaching course was my experience on giving private biology lessons to a GCSE student during May- July 2014. This was a very fruitful experience, for not only I rediscovered my passion for communicating science to a young person, but for how determinant this was to boost the student confidence, understanding and performance. The student began to became more assertive in school lessons, to progressively improved her expected marks from 45% to 63%) and ended by passing her GCSE exam with an A mark.
After a short but intensive experience of teaching in a secondary school and after consulting my mentors on this experience, I realised that my teaching style, based on creative interaction and motivation would be far more determinant for students in a private tuition environment than in a secondary school one, where due to the oversubscribed nature of public schools it is difficult to establish productive taching/learning partnership with students.
Because of my secondary school teaching experience I am well-acquainted with the science curriculum and have developed a personal portfolio, which includes a solid body of teaching resources in KS3 & KS4 physics, chemistry and biology as well as well-developed programs and strategies for learning. I am also able to teach A level biology, for I have experience in advising PhD biology students from my previous job as a researcher. I am a former bio-scientist (PhD, Paris, 1992) who has conducted research in retrovirology, immunology and cell biology in different institutions mainly for the Medical Research Council (1996-2006). I published my work in several peer reviewed scientific journals, presented it in several national and international conferences.
I see tutoring as an specific aspect of coaching and coaching in turn as the process of creatively support someone to achieve her/his objectives.
Tutoring is about the teaching of a particular area of knowledge to a student based on understanding, listening, practice, challenge, feedback, awareness and guidance. Of course is also about the tutor having a solid subject knowledge and the required flexibility to facilitate for the student the many ways to access to that that knowledge. Finally, it is very important for the tutor to transmit to students a growth mindset attitude towards learning as well as to help them to become fully aware of their role and their potential on the process of learning.
I always based my practice on those principles because they have always gave positive results, not only for me, but more importantly for the student.
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|Alban Federation (St Albans. UK)||2017||QTS||Science Teacher|
|UCL UK||2011||Doctorate||PhD on the History of Modern Cell Biology|
|Paris VII Pierre et Marie Curie. Paris. France||1992||Doctorate||PhD on Molecular biology|
|CAECE Buenos Aires Argentina (NARIC validated)||1986||Other||BSc & MSc in Biology|