I am a former Head of Mathematics with a passion for learning and a broad range of interests. I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in English in 2011, and spent the following year travelling in Croatia, Poland, and Ukraine before returning to the UK in 2013. Since then I have lived and taught in various parts of the country including Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, and Sheffield, before recently moving to London to pursue a Master's Degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture.
My most recent teaching post has been Head of Mathematics at an academy in South Yorkshire, where GCSE grades reached a record high under my leadership. I have been teaching Mathematics for five years, and before that spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Ukraine. I have six years' experience tutoring students one-on-one, as well as via Skype and WhatsApp, and this has ranged from helping adults practise their conversational English in Ukraine, to preparing Year 11 students for their GCSEs in the UK.
My expertise is in helping GCSE Foundation students to achieve a Grade 5 in Mathematics, although I enjoy working those aiming for the top grades on the Higher paper just as much. My experience as an examiner for Pearson and my recent role as Head of Mathematics within one of the country's largest academy chains has given me invaluable insight into common misconceptions and difficulties, and how best to help students overcome these.
I draw from a variety of online and to-hand resources, adapting my approach according to each individual student's needs. I ask questions more often than I give answers, which encourages students to think for themselves rather than relying upon an external source of knowledge. In this way, students are better prepared to ask themselves the right questions when confronted with a problem or text in exams, and become more independent thinkers.
I also offer Entrance Exam tuition for young students seeking to gain places at the best grammar and independent schools (11+), and for older students hoping to attend Oxford or Cambridge, where selection is often determined by interview. Having attended the University of Cambridge and assisted with admissions as a volunteer while studying, I can provide an insider's insight into what tutors may be looking for in a candidate (this is particularly the case for those applying to read English).
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|Birmingham City University (Teach First)||2014||PGCE||Secondary Mathematics|
|International House (Wroclaw, Poland)||2012||Other||Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults|
|University of Cambridge||2011||Bachelors||BA (hons) 2.i in English|
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