Sophie

Sophie

English and History Tutoring in Leeds

In December 2018 I will graduate from the University of Leeds having achieved a research masters in Classics. My thesis (12,000 words) focuses on the worship of Ancient Greek water deities, specifically Nereids. Previously I attained a 2.1 for a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilisation where my research concentrated on Ancient Greek river gods. As I am used to teaching with the use of material and textual evidence, I could apply my skills to other subjects such as English or History.

Tutoring Experience

I have tutored a student in GCSE Classical Civilisation who had an SEN need. I have helped him to organise his work and create useful revision notes to further aid his assessments. Next year I will be tutoring the same student in Ancient History GCSE. With respect to teaching larger groups, I have developed and delivered papers on my own research at two academic conferences at The University of Leeds and Manchester. I have also given presentations to schools about taking Classics at undergraduate level outlining the course content, module choices and necessary skills at each level.

I undertook an Internship with Classics for All which aims to give funding and support schools who wish to introduce Classics onto the curriculum. I researched the provision of Classics in schools in the Leeds/ Bradford area and compiled a database. With this information I communicated with schools to assess their requirements and inform Classics For All of the results. This role gave me a greater understanding of the needs of different key stages and the content of the new OCR Classical Civilisation courses at GCSE and A-Level.

Tutoring Approach

My approach to tutoring first and foremost focuses on the needs of the student and follows the required specification of the school exam board. I discuss the learning aims and objectives of the tutee's course and plan how we can implement this together in sessions and with additional work. I emphasise that the filing and organisation of the work done outside the sessions is essential to both their own understanding of what they are studying and for my own planning of sessions. I help organise and file work in a clear and accessible way to aid students.

Each session first looks at the content which is needed to be covered and then suggests activities to enhance the understanding of the material. From there, I adapt the tasks to suit the learner's needs, for example, my last tutee found tasks over 20 minutes difficult, so I broke the session down into shorter exercises to keep him engaged. Frequent testing allows for an understanding of where the students' strengths and weaknesses lie, so when it comes to revision or assessments sessions are created based on their test results and needs.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Leeds College of Art2013OtherBTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
University of Leeds2016Bachelors2:1
University of Leeds2018MastersMRes in Classics (pending graduation)
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