I obtained a BSc(Hons.) Degree in Applied Biology at Bangor University, a PGCE (General Primary 7-11) at the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (1991) and Level 3 in Delivery of Basic Skills to Adults at Coleg Menai (2009). I have supported university students over the last 18 years by providing them with thorough lecture notes. I very much enjoy working alongside students to help them achieve their potentials. In the past, I have also undertaken short contracts of research work and have proofread scientific material for both lecturers and students. My experience of working alongside students of all ages continues to be a great privilege; one-to-one tutoring allows me to tailor my tuition to each individual's needs and to build a trusting relationship. I also support prospective university students to compile their personal statements (specialising in medical school personal statements). I live in an ideal location, close to many of Bangor's secondary schools and therefore pupils can walk to my home from school for tuition.
My hobbies include baking, designing and stitching tapestries, art, walking, zumba classes and charity fundraising.
For the last 10 years I have provided tuition in mathematics and English at a local college of Higher Education in the Learning Support Department. Many of my students have struggled at school and one-to-one support gives them the confidence to gain knowledge and understanding, enabling them to re-sit exams. I am a very experienced home tutor in both mathematics and English (since 2013) for children aged 7 to GCSE level. I also have experience of teaching adults who wish to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. I am familiar with the PGCE Equivalency Mathematics exam syllabus as well as mathematics for students keen to become healthcare professionals. I have been a guest lecturer at Bangor University, delivering lectures on "Literacy Issues in Scientific Writing". I am registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC).
Initially, I will have an informal discussion with the pupil (and parent) to determine the difficulties that the pupil needs to overcome. I establish whether the pupil has a general understanding of key concepts (in the case of maths) or a general understanding of grammar/punctuation/spelling (in the case of English). Subsequent sessions will focus on particular areas of need; I will introduce these, often providing my own typed sheets with examples, which the student can keep for future reference. I have a wealth of laminated resources, built up over 5 years which I have produced myself. Many of these are colour-coded by topic and very useful for revision purposes. These will be photocopied and supplied to students topic by topic.Each student will be asked to complete relevant activities (which, if not completed in the lesson, might be given for "homework"). Each student will be given a progress sheet at the front of his/her folder. This will be filled in at the end of each session and will outline the topics covered with comments and homework to be done. Feedback on the previous session's homework will be provided at the start of each lesson. If a parent prefers that homework is not given, then this is totally acceptable. Lessons should ideally be weekly but I am flexible wherever possible. I also provide tuition in half-term holidays and all longer school holidays and, at these times, it is possible for me to deliver "mini courses" which may be useful for pre-exam revision. Tutoring is in a relaxed but professional environment and, if acceptable to parents, a cupcake and drink is provided half-way through a session to each primary-aged child (I am a keen baker and have obtained Level 2 in Food Safety in Catering!).
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Bangor University||1988||Bachelors||2:1 BSc(Hons.) Applied Biology|
|University of Bristol||1991||PGCE||PGCE (General Primary 7-11)|
|Coleg Menai||2009||Other||City and Guilds (Level 3) in Delivery of Basic Skills to Adults|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||3|