Hi, my name is Ola. I graduated with a B.Sc(Hons) degree in Psychology about 30 years ago. I have since completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Mathematics as well as a M.Ed from the University of Bedfordshire. I have 6 years experience teaching Mathematics at Secondary to GCSE level and I find teaching very rewarding.
In the last 6 years I have enjoyed working with young people, not only teaching them Mathematics but also supporting and motivating them towards achieving to their full potential. I have consistently taught top set year 11 students through their GCSE exams with 100% of my students achieving their A*-C grades and some achieving above their predicted target grades.
My previous experience working as a Teaching Assistant in a Secondary school for two and a half years has given me invaluable skills, empathy and the patience to be able to understand the needs, potential learning blocks of my students and to be able to use this to effectively support them.
My first step would be to assess the student in order to identify key areas of weakness which require support as well as discussing one-to-one with the student to find out their expectations and any potential barriers to their learning.
I am passionate about what I do so I like to ensure that my students have a fun and stress free environment which motivates them to learn. I am well known for setting very high standards for my students while also being flexible to their learning styles and individual needs. Some of my lessons involve me teaching important facts and formulae through music ranging from popular tunes of nursery rhymes, to pop tunes and sometimes rap. My students find this a fun way to learn as they can easily relate to music.
I also place a strong emphasis on independent learning because I believe the more involved the child is in their learning, the higher their chances of success not only in the subject but also in developing life skills for the future. I tend to use a lot of questioning which challenges my students to think logically through problems because this is essential in order for them to be able to access the revised content in the new 1-9 GCSE grading system. So if they find their brains hurting a little, then it's a good sign that a deep level of thinking and learning is taking place.
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|University of Bedfordshire||2014||Masters||Masters in Education (M.Ed)|
|University of Bedfordshire||2011||PGCE||Secondary Mathematics|
|University of Bedfordshire||2010||Other||Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course|
|Obafemi Awolowo University||1990||Bachelors||B.Sc (Hons) Psychology|