I am an experienced private tutor with over 10 years' experience. I have been active in learning and teaching environments for the past 11 years both as student and as teacher. I have a 1st class Honours Degree in Zoology as well as a number of other academic and professional qualifications that all contribute to my skill and ability as a tutor and person. I pride myself on my natural ability to communicate and connect with children - all my previous and current students are at ease and comfortable with me and parents have relayed how keen their children are to attend lessons with me. I believe this trust stems from the fact that I permit a certain level of individualism and a degree of leeway in lessons, encourage individual approach and praise each and every effort and attempt. There is a saying about Children Learn what they Live which states: "If children love with approval and recognition they well learn to like themselves and learn it is good to have a goal". I believe that as a tutor my responsibility is not only to teach them a subject but to help them realise their full worth and potential.
I have tutored for 10 years, initially at university to mature and first-year students for two years and then in a private capacity as a private/personal tutor for 8 years. At university, after I completed my degree in Zoology, I tutored English writing skills, exam skills and was an Associate Lecturer in the Academic Achievement Teaching Unit where I hosted an online Access course. I have been tutoring Math and English for the past 8 years to tutees aged 7 to 15 years as well as Biology on a more occasional basis to tutees preparing for their GCSE's.
My method is based on creative learning & application techniques employing colour, pictures, stories and physical activities based on children's current movie, fashion, music, digital media, literature and character's trends (for example Harry Potter, One Direction, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc.) and reward-based exercises (e.g. stars and certificates).
I tutor at my home where I have all the materials and teahing aids I need to tutor and teach. I also find that students respond better in this environment then at home where there are usually many distractions such as TV/games, siblings etc. I also subscribe to online Math home learning sites such as 10Ticks and IXL where tutees receive their own, individual courses created by myself based on their individual math level and math requirement. There are over 1000 worksheets, guides and quizzes via this medium and my tutees fully embrace it. It is also considerably useful during school holidays or days when lessons cannot be attended as the tutees can access their course at home.
I have had happy success with previous and current students and will be happy to provide their details if you wish to speak them.
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|University of Dundee: AATU||2008||Professional||Academic Achievement Teaching|
|University of Dundee||2008||Bachelors||Zoology|
|University of Dundee||2004||Other||Science Access|
|Tshwane University - South Africa||1993||College||Public Relations|
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