Like many women my age I am currently trying to improve my cooking and baking skills, especially as an university student. I’m not doing too bad seeing as this time last year I could just about boil an egg! My greatest success so far was my contribution to a barbeque in June 2012. As I am in the middle of a weight loss regime most of the food I eat is low fat and low salt and sometimes not a dish many would choose. However, the Chicken Tikka I made for the gathering went down a storm. It was a lovely dish of grilled chicken that had marinated all night with yoghurt, spices, herbs, lemon alongside roasted and crushed seeds. It was served with a ‘masala’ sauce, mint rayta, pea pilau and a salad that was dressed simply with olive oil, lemon juice, chilli flakes and roasted cumin seeds. Delicious!
During A Levels I was kept quite busy and there wasn’t as much time socialising as they’re had been previously. However, I did keep up with a few things including losing weight (gradually), taking part in charity events such as WOHAA, doing the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, flying out to visit family, trying (and failing) to get over my fear of swimming, reading (helped by a broken IPod and a long, daily commute) and of course, going out with friends!
I undertook a gap year and had more time to do some things that I couldn’t during the previous few years. I had my first driving lesson booked for late July and I couldn't wait to finally get behind the wheel. Unfortunately I am still learning! I have my test booked for late 2-15 so hopefully all will go well! I had also ordered some materials to learn Italian and booked myself in for an Italian cooking class in Holborn. A lovely seamstress that has been making clothes for my family for years had agreed to teach me the basics of sewing, though she is very traditional and won’t let me get near the sewing machine until I have learnt to cut and measure cloth properly!
After my gap year I began my degree in the Biological Sciences and hope to graduate with a 2.1 in 2016. During my first year of university I met my (now) husband and we married in March 2015. My plans for the future involve doing the UKCAT and getting into a London Medical School. It’s been a long, difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible dream of mine for many years. I have undertaken work experience placement in various hospital departments in the past and am currently trying to secure a placement in a GP surgery. Other priorities include visiting family. My dad has nine siblings and my mum has four so I have many cousins, some of which I haven’t seen in almost 5 years. I plan to rectify this as soon as possible, hopefully beginning this Christmas! Until I get my place at medical school I plan to continue tutoring (and baking)!
I personally got into tutoring when I was only in Year 9 and began teaching Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children during the weekend to provide an income. Initially it was only help with homework as I lived in an area where many parents couldn’t speak English and were unable to help. Over the years I began familiarising myself with the National Curriculum and increasing the ages of the children I tutored. I only tutor children a subject at GCSE level if I have an A Level in the subject and only tutor KS3 subjects if I have a GCSE in them. Biology is the only subject that I tutor at A Level due my undergraduate study of it. Alongside academic knowledge of a subject, knowledge of the subject’s specification, grade boundaries and the child’s learning style is important in maximising success.
I enjoy teaching. Simple. Standing in a classroom and having no personal connection to a student does not. Therefore, tutoring is the world for me. I enjoy the rapport that develops between student and tutor and this relationship gives way to a better understanding and hence, better learning! A child should feel comfortable and at ease around those who teach them. Feelings of nervousness and hesitation impede a child’s learning. Authority and respect is vital in the relationship between tutor and tutee. However, so is trust and understanding. A child should never be made to feel that they are ‘stupid’ or that a question is ‘too dumb’ or ‘too embarrassing’ to ask.
Many schools have a fantastic teaching system. However, tutoring is vital to supplement this. While at school most children and busy socialising as well as learning and great teaching can only go so far when dealing with a large group of children. Alongside this many children are hesitant at asking questions as they fear a backlash from their peers, especially if it is a about a topic that was quickly grasped by the rest of the class. There are occasions when a child may fall behind or excel at a topic but cannot get the individual support they require at school as there is simply not enough time. Tutoring provides this one on one support in the comfort of their own home.
As someone who finacially provides for several young dependants I am all too aware of the financial burden that the current economic climate brings. For this reason my slalary is somewhat negotiable. Also, I am willing to travel to most areas in London and Kent.
|Languages||English (British), Urdu|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Queens College London||2012||College||A Level Psychology|
|Queens College London||2012||College||A Level Chemistry|
|Queens College London||2012||College||A Level Biology|
|Queen Mary, University of London||2016||Bachelors||Biological Sciences|
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