My interest in psychology began when I was at school, and I chose it when it was very first offered as an A ‘Level. Unfortunately our teacher left halfway through the course which meant I had to teach myself the subject in the second year. I achieved 98% (a high A*) and went on to study psychology at university. Following my interest in child development, specifically autism, I embarked on a teacher training course in social sciences, with a view to becoming an educational psychologist. However, along the way, the route into Ed Psych changed and so did I! I loved teaching sixth form & tutoring and believed I’d found my vocation as an educator. My diploma in Emotional Intelligence (completed 2008) and expertise in personal, social, health education (PSHE) took me to London where I got a job with the LEA as a consultant (training teachers & facilitating workshops for parents and children) all over the Borough. Sadly, after a couple of years my role was decommissioned due to local spending cuts and I returned to teaching in an inner-city academy as Head of Health & Social Care and teacher of Psychology where I stayed for a two years.
In 2013 I made the big decision to leave my profession in the UK and travelled the world, volunteering on different projects with my fiancée. Although I felt the desire to learn new skills and have different experiences, I wanted to stay connected with psychology and teaching. I continued to mark papers online for AQA while away on both AS & A2 Psychology units; this has kept me up-to-date with the spec, exam requirements and content.
My teaching / tutoring experience has been extremely rich and varied, having taught in large inner-city schools in Birmingham and London at all key stages. I have worked closely with SEN departments and worked in PRU’s so am familiar with managing a diverse group of students and have practice in dealing with challenging behaviour. I have always been graded as an outstanding teacher by OFSTED and managers within school and always taken on extra responsibilities & extra-curricular activities. I have 10 years of teaching experience and all my students have achieved at least one grade higher than predicted. In my first year of teaching I set up the psychology department from scratch, developing all brand new resources and all my A’Level students achieved an A-C grade. This success has continued throughout my teaching career and isn’t unique to psychology. In my last teaching role all my students on the BTEC L2 & 3 achieved a distinction or merit, despite some having difficult backgrounds or in fact only speaking English as an additional language.
2004 -5: PGCE – two placement schools, 14 – 19 and college for over 16s.
2005 – 8: Head of Psychology and teacher of health & social care. Designed and delivered the entire psychology curriculum, developed new and exciting interactive resources, managed a team of teachers, coordinated PSHE across the school, mentored new teachers, lead trips and aim higher workshops, completed a diploma in Emotional Intelligence (EI)
2008 – 10: Drug and alcohol education consultant in Lambeth. Training teachers across 96 primary and secondary schools in policy and curriculum development, designing new schemes appropriate to the needs of the cohort (based on needs assessments) and implementing a sequence of learning that is logical with clear learning objectives and learning outcomes throughout. Each stage was considered and a differentiated learning outcome was given. Facilitating drop ins & workshops for parents and children. Leading network meetings with all PSHE coordinators in the Borough and chairing meetings at the prestigious drug education forum in London. Completed a year long diploma (CPD) in PSHE.
2010 – 12 Head of Health & Social Care. Lead BTEC across all key stages and students achieved 100% pass / success rate. I had a great positive relationship with my students and I have had lots of one-one mentoring experience, helping transfer the students’ drive and enthusiasm into high grades at all levels.
I have privately tutored psychology students from AS to university, so they have all come with a range of knowledge and skills regarding Psychology. All made excellent progress and achieved at least one grade higher than initially predicted.
Having worked with a diverse range of young people from all backgrounds and of all ages and abilities, I would initially establish where you are at right now to deliver personalised, engaging and productive sessions just for you!
How have you found psychology as a subject? What are your specific needs right now - is there anything you need help with - areas you find difficult, or easy - what are your strengths? How do you best learn and recall information (given psychology is a very content heavy course!)? Nearer exam time we will focus on exam strategies and revision techniques and depending on your learning style (are you more visual, auditory or experiential?) it could be mind-mapping (visual) or making up mnemonics (auditory). We will look at lots of past papers, model answers and mark schemes (did you know everything you need to write in an exam question is freely available to you in the mark schemes?). We will look at essay planning of A01 / A02 content and you will know the proportions of each skill you need to display to gain the top grades. We will work on breaking down, summarising content to make it more manageable, so that when it matters you can call to mind the relevant information required to achieve exam success.
My sessions are delivered over skype in an open, supportive and motivational manner, in which I aim to instill confidence so that you are the key to your success. No matter where you are at, I will be able to help you make leaps and bounds of progress. For me, the tutoring experience is more rewarding when I can enjoy a reciprocal 2 way relationship with my tutee and they put the time in to complete homework tasks. As long as my student has the dedication and love for the subject, I can more easily honor my responsibilities of turning this enthusiasm into an A grade. I have found this to be fundamental in more productive sessions and ultimately exam success. I seek to instill an active understanding of a given topic at both conceptual and factual levels. The skills I impart will undoubtedly benefit the tutee in various aspects of life. I want to inspire students to continue studying psychology as I believe it’s a great foundation, offering transferable skills and helpful insights into all aspects of human behavior.
|Languages||English (British), Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|School of Education, Leicester University||2005||PGCE||Social Science|
|Nottingham Trent||2004||Bachelors||2:1 (BSc) Hons in Psychology|
|Friary High School||2000||School||A'Level in Psychology|