My lessons focus on making learning interesting and creative, offering a different kind of support than you would get in School or College. Inspired by my own tutor I had at GCSE, I focus on building on the positives instead of getting lost in the negatives, making sure each session is a productive and friendly atmosphere. Lessons are collaborative, focusing on motivating the student and building their confidence in their chosen subject. I am happy to tutor anyone from GCSE - Degree level, adjusting the lessons as so!
I am a Masters student at the University of Leeds who has a First Class degree in Cultural and Media Studies. I have been a tutor since 2014 on an informal basis, which has included teaching students Art, IT skills, and Media and Communication. None of my tutoring has been grades oriented, however it has led to an increase in both further interest in the subject and better grades as a result. I had a tutor myself at GCSE level, and so I understand what it's like to be on the other side of the table, which has definitely influenced the way I tutor!
Hiya! I'm Tamsin, a Cultural and Media Studies Graduate and current MA Social and Political Thought student at the University of Leeds. I have tutored informally for a number of years, and now I want to help others learn creatively. I had a tutor for Maths at GCSE level, so I understand what it's like to be a tutee and what you look for in a tutor, as well as how to make lessons more engaging and creative than they would be at school. Check out my professional CV below for a bit more about me, and don't hesitate to ask any questions!
University of Leeds | Leeds, LS2 9JT | 2015-2018, 2019-Ongoing
M.A. Social and Political Thought - Starting in September 2019, Part-Time.
B.A. (Hons) Cultural and Media Studies - Graduated with Honours Class I
Greenhead College | Huddersfield, HD1 4ES | 2013-2015
A Levels: English Literature (B), Sociology (A), Modern History (B)
AS Levels: English Language (B), General Studies (A)
Horbury Academy | Horbury, WF4 5HE | 2008-2013
10 GCSE’s A*-C (Including English Literature A*, Maths B, and Triple Science B)
Employment and Volunteering History
National Science and Media Museum | Museum Explainer | July 2019 - Current
Since working as a Casual Museum Explainer, I have worked a variety of different events engaging the public in the work the Science Museum Group do. This role works directly with visitors to the Museum, and means I am always thinking creatively about the best ways to engage the local community and deliver the best possible Science and Media Museum experience.
Leeds University Union | Equality and Diversity Officer | July 2018 - June 2019
I was elected by the students of Leeds University to represent them on the Student Executive at Leeds University Union. I held the position of Equality and Diversity Officer, meaning that I made sure the Union, University and City are held accountable to their diverse range of students. I was also a trustee for LUU, meaning I was responsible for a multi million pound charity and guiding its strategic direction.
I planned events for nationally celebrated holidays such as Bisexual Awareness Day, Black History Month and Disability History Month. In March 2019 I created, planned and delivered a whole new campaign to LUU, which looked at the experiences of Working Class students within Leeds. This culminated with a report that was presented to the University’s Equality and Inclusion committee, and has sparked a number of changes within the University.
I also sat on a number of University committees that make changes to Equality and Inclusion policy - often, I was the only student on these committees, so I had to make sure my voice was taken seriously and that my input is valuable.
University of Leeds | Leeds Loves Ambassador | Sept. 2017 - June 2018
Working as a Leeds Loves Ambassador allowed me to work in a completely different environment than I had before, and influenced the work I now want to continue. I worked weekly at the Leeds branch of the National Saturday Art Club, which is an organisation set up to teach children in high school to learn new creative skills in an informal environment.
I worked to set up and take down the event, as well as help children with their artworks and answer any questions they may have. I worked with a variety of children, aged between 11-17 with different levels of learning abilities.
I also accompanied staff and students on days to London and York, looking after the students and being the first point of contact for parents, guardians and carers.
Leeds University Union | LGBT* Society Committee Member | September 2017 - June 2018
In my final year of University I became involved with the LGBT* Society in the role of Bisexual Welfare Officer. This meant I was the first point of contact for Bisexual-identifying students, and I helped give advice and organise events in order to help them feel comfortable interacting with the society. I also helped organise action days and movie nights for members of the society.
University of Leeds | School Representative | October 2017 - June 2018
I was the single School Representative for the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in my final year at University. This meant I chaired meetings with the Head of School and students, as well as attending University level meetings to feedback on my students input. During my time as School Rep, I introduced the first FAHACS Wellbeing Week to make sure students knew they had a place to come if they were struggling whilst at University.
Light Night | Volunteer Assistant | October 2017
When working at Light Night, I volunteered in a number of positions. I worked in Millennium Square as a point of contact for members of the public that had any questions, and in the control office controlling the lights for the event. I was also in charge of liaising with the artists in charge of the exhibition, and this meant I had to mediate an argument between the artist and the public, which was thankfully easily resolved.
University of Leeds | Student Ambassador | Oct. 2016 - June 2018
During my time as student ambassador, I worked at both interviews and open days to educate and inform prospective students. I worked as front of house staff, welcoming students and their families into the University, and provided tours around the campus to these students, giving them information about both Leeds University and the city itself.
Leeds University Union | Leeds Student Radio | ‘Political Animal’ Host | September 2015 - August 2016
During my first year of University, I was a host on the weekly radio show ‘Political Animal’. This show discussed politics from around the world, and talking about how they impacted students. My responsibilities included researching local, national and worldwide politics to find segments for the show, and speaking directly to students to find out their views.
Hobbies and Interests
I am involved in student politics, and frequently attend rallies and marches. Diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to me, and so I feel it is my duty to stand up for what is right.
Since December 2018, I have had two pet rats that take up a lot of my free time through researching how to care for them, the best ways to arrange their cage, and just generally spending time with them. They are probably my biggest interest, and also the most rewarding.
I enjoy getting out and about in the community, especially at LGBTQ+ related events. Through volunteering at places like Leeds Queer Film Festival and attending events such as TransPride, I have met some really interesting and brilliant people.
I have a DBS certificate, due to my role as Trustee for Bright Beginnings Nursery.
I am a proficient user of Microsoft Word and equivalents (e.g. Google Docs), and have used these programmes in many different roles.
I have taken a Social Media Analytics course delivered by Quintly.
I have written for a number of publications such as Affinity Magazine, Her Campus Magazine and The Gryphon.
Tamsin is friendly and approachable. She is very knowledgable in the area of sociology and is able to explain key terminology in a simple and effective way.
I know Tamsin through university and she is AMAZING. Works so hard at everything she does and is super invested in empowering young people and spreading knowledge. She'll take the time to work out where you're at and then get you up to speed. Great at explaining things and gives you the confidence to do the same.
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