I am an outgoing and empathetic English graduate from the University of Exeter (high 2:1). I have always had a passion for reading and writing (A* in English Literature A-Level), but completely understand that studying English isn't everyone's cup of tea, or particularly easy at times!
I give English Literature and Language lessons to a range of children from KS1-A-Level and hope to boost students' confidence as well as teach fun, interactive lessons.
My lessons are structured around a student's subject syllabus and mark-scheme to ensure that all content covered is directly relevant to coursework and exams. More specifically, I will ask each student about the topics, techniques and themes that they would like to prioritize.
I like to work collaboratively with my students and intend to create an environment where they feel comfortable to voice their academic concerns and offer topic suggestions.
I have been helping my neighbours and younger relatives with English homework and revision since the age of 14.
In 2015, I participated in a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course. This allowed me to recap grammatical points and will give me the chance to teach English abroad after completing my degree.
Most recently, I tutored an underconfident GCSE student through his English Literature coursework and exams. By encouraging him to write with clarity and helping him to use more complex ideas, he achieved two grades above his expected target level.
These experiences have taught me that encouraging students to realize their own potential is just as important as being engaging and interactive when teaching content.
Education and Qualifications
2015-present University of Exeter, BA English (high 2:1)
Relevant Modules include:
• Humanities in the Workplace (69%) – Developed commercial awareness, presentation skills and a critical understanding of social, cultural and political considerations within the workplace.
• Academic English (71%) – Essay project aimed to promote independent learning, critical thinking and advanced writing skills. I based my project on post-colonial Australia and continue to focus my studies around international literature wherever possible.
• The 21st Century Museum (75%) – Conducted an independent research project into the accessibility of museums for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Organised interviews with the Tate and RAMM Museum. Final essay currently in review for publishing.
• Dissertation (71%) – Analyzed digital representations of Down Syndrome across social media and discussed the implications on cultural understanding in the UK.
2013-2015: A-Levels, Hardenhuish Sixth Form - English Literature (A*), Psychology (A), Drama (A)
2011-2013: GCSEs, The Corsham School– 9A’s and A* grades including Maths and English
Jan-June 2018: Digital Humanities Advisory Intern, the University of Exeter
Oct 2017: Junior Lawyers Against Poverty, Oxfam
• Successfully gained a place on the JLAP scheme through the Exeter Legal Assistance Programme.
• Currently assisting the Fundraising Manager to map out ideas for JLAP for the academic year.
July – August 2017: Marketing Research Internship at Hartham Park
• Interpreted customer, competitor and market data on conference venues across the South West.
• Proof-read legal documents for Hartham Park memberships.
• Influenced business decisions based on my research.
November 2016 – June 2017: Internship at Devon Development Education
• Collected data on local community groups used to evaluate the projects and produced research reports.
• Developed strong rapport with primary schools, elderly participants and local food producers.
• Established an understanding of development issues on both a local and global scale, including diversity issues across Devon, global learning and UN Sustainable Development goals.
April 2017: Work experience at Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA)
• Drafted and distributed regional press releases. This resulted in regional newspapers requesting case studies, which led to direct coverage for the charity.
• Researched NHS clinical commissioning groups and created spreadsheets that compiled the data of health professionals specialising in cancer research.
• Developed analytical, numerical and organisational skills, accuracy and a strong understanding of data confidentiality.
December 2016: Volunteer at IVHQ, Kenya
• Worked closely with Gihon Women Empowerment Centre, Kenya which support women and their families who are affected by AIDs/HIV and abusive relationships.
• Created a short video called ‘The Sister Project’ and conducted interviews about female empowerment.
• Aided Gihon’s campaigns process by giving supporters a greater insight into Gihon’s values and work.
September to December 2016: The Old Rectory, University of Exeter’s Carehome Reading Project
• Read with patients and was an approachable, friendly face for individuals to chat to.
• Effectively communicated with older generations and can demonstrate a desire to help the community.
• TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Qualification: Distinction
• French: working towards Level A2 (on the Common European Framework)
• IT Skills: Proficient with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and can quickly adapt to new databases
• Grade 8 RAD Ballet: Distinction
• Clean Driver’s License
Further positions of responsibility and interests
September 2017: Mount Everest Base Camp trek with Exeter University
• Raised £3000 for Hope for Children through fundraising initiatives across 2016-17.
• Motivated and supported peers during particularly challenging days and ensured that birthdays were celebrated properly – and with cake!
• I am fascinated by travel and have visited countries including Canada, South Africa, Nepal and Kenya.
• I wish to continue working and volunteering abroad to increase my cultural awareness and ability to deal with individuals of all walks of life.
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