Despite attending university in London and living here since 2010, I was born and raised in Leeds and am a proud northerner! I adore football; I captained my university football team and currently play for a Sunday league team. I am also a passionate armchair fan of the sport, without having particularly strong allegiances to any team (although I am partial to both Leeds United and Arsenal). When I was at school I was involved in a lot of music and drama. These days my interest in the arts manifests itself in my joy for playing the saxophone, and a love for watching films. I was recently even able to conquer my longstanding philistine bias against black and white, and subtitled, films. I am pleased to report that they are every bit as enjoyable as 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'! During my teenaged years I belonged to a youth movement and led numerous residential summer camps and tours; my enjoyment in leading young people undoubtedly drew me to my job today as a full time teacher.
Since graduating from UCL in the summer of 2013, I have been a part of the Teach First 'Leadership Development Programme'. Teach First aims to address educational disadvantage by placing graduates at schools in challenging circumstances. I currently teach in Harrow and after two years on the programme I believe that I have found a career for life. I love teaching, and interestingly - given that I never particularly enjoyed it at school - have developed a passion for Mathematics.
I have spent the past two years teaching Mathematics to students of all abilities, aged 11 to 16 years old, as well as A-level Philosophy. Next year I will begin teaching A-level Mathematics. I am currently studying part time at UCL for a Masters in Leadership in Education, with a focus on encouraging deeper learning in higher level Mathematics.
I have vast experience in tutoring students on a one-to-one basis from my time as a secondary school teacher. I also spent time doing individual tutoring as a volunteer on the UCL Outreach programme in 2012. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2008 I taught an accelerated Hebrew reading class for students with special educational needs, in preparation for their B’nei Mitzvah (jewish coming of age ceremonies).
I believe that learning should be a stimulating, enjoyable experience. I also believe that every person enjoys that sense of achievement when they successfully solve a problem. Hence my aim as a Mathematics teacher is to stimulate my students by approaching Mathematics as a series of problems that require solutions. In doing this, I hope to instil within my students a love for learning, and an appreciation (if not a love!) for Mathematics.
I believe one-to-one tuition is the single most effective way for students to make rapid progress, and in a perfect world every student would have access to a personal tutor to supplement their learning at school. It is particularly effective for Mathematics, as all possible misconceptions can be teased out through conversation. A tutor can then address any gaps in knowledge that are preventing access to, or deeper understanding of, material taught. Consequently, my approach to tutoring involves me constantly questioning my tutees and asking them to explain their strategies and ideas, so that I can fully assess their level of understanding and intervene as needed. As a teacher, I also have access to a vast array of resources that allow me to tailor my tuition to my tutees' needs and preferences.
Most importantly, I enjoy tutoring. Hopefully my passion for both teaching and Mathematics makes the tutoring process equally enjoyable for my tutees.
|References Available||On File|
|Leeds Grammar School||2007||School||A* Mathematics GCSE|
|Leeds Grammar School||2009||School||A (A* equivalent) Mathematics A-level|
|University College London (UCL)||2013||Bachelors||2:1 BA Philosophy and Economics|
|UCL Institute of Education (IOE)||2014||PGCE||Mathematics PGCE|