Hi! I'm Sam and I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Bath, formerly a biostatistician at Amgen as part of my placement year.
From a young age I have been interested in mathematics and the fundamental part it has in our lives. During sixth form, where my confidence in the subject grew, I realised that I enjoyed helping people with mathematics and communicating mathematical ideas. This, and the fantastic teaching I received during my A Level studies made me want to have a career in teaching and the development of mathematics education in schools.
Outside of my academic studies I enjoy playing dodgeball, and I am the former kit secretary of the University's dodgeball club. I also enjoy running and collecting records.
My teaching experience started during A Level studies, where I received many requests from my peers to help them with revision for exams. This led to my first "online sessions", a combination of a cheap graphics tablet and free computer software, resulting in an increase in mathematical knowledge and confidence for everyone involved. For me, this was a win-win situation, a way to consolidate my own knowledge and simultaneously help others. This focus on self-study and helping others helped me win the STP School Mathematics Cup for best A Level results in the department.
After completing my first year at university in 2016, I felt that I was capable enough to start tutoring, setting up a profile here on FirstTutors at the start of my second year. That year I tutored three people at GCSE and A Level both online and in person, learning a lot about effective teaching techniques on the way. After moving to Cambridge in 2017 I have tutored eight more people across all parts of mathematics education. At one point I was a tutor for six people at once, which really increased my organisational skills when it came to running and preparing for sessions.
I also volunteered at the 2018 Big Bang Fair, a great opportunity to promote STEM and introduce young people to the interesting applications of mathematics. When I return to university I aim to be a tutor for first year modules, the first time I will have formally tutored at this level and this is something I am very excited about.
As a tutor have always taken the approach of teaching the underlying idea and motivation for a concept as opposed to just teaching the specific method for getting full marks in the exam. This results in a greater understanding of the subject and so more permanent knowledge is obtained which is then applied in various example questions. I am incredibly patient and will always explain concepts in many different ways and from different points of view to suit each type of learner.
A year as a biostatistician working with other departments has increased my ability to communicate mathematical and statistical ideas to a non-statistical audience. I have applied these new skills to my tutoring sessions and have had great results so far.
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|Sir Thomas Picton School||2015||School||A* Mathematics A Level|
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|Sir Thomas Picton School||2015||School||A* Chemistry A Level|
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