I've just graduated from Queen's University with a degree in English literature and modern history. My dream is to become a teacher who can combine a passion for knowledge with a positive student experience. My lessons are based on listening to the student and molding the lesson around their personal needs. I'm here to listen and help rather than force my interests on the student.
I've never worked on Superprof before but I have a lot of teaching experience. At 16, I worked in my secondary school as a homework club leader and stayed behind after my school day to help younger students who struggled with some academic work. At 17, I became an Irish teacher in the west of Ireland and taught students the Irish language. The positive environment of the gaeltacht and the immersion of young people in the language resulted in many young people achieving high grades in their A levels with some even becoming fluent! While at university, my time has been a bit more limited but I did manage to volunteer some of my time at the St. John Vianney Community Centre through Volunteer SU. I completed training in child protection and worked as a homework club leader. Each week at St. John Vianney Community Centre, I assisted with schoolwork and organised team-building activities. The overall aim of my team’s efforts was to improve the children’s self-belief and to support their aspirations. Consistency became particularly important to my skillset as a teacher having seen the improvements of young people socially and academically due to the structure the weekly youth club created for them.
If I have to travel, my travel expenses will be added to basic fee.
2014 – Present BA English and history (Joint Honours) Queen’s University Belfast
2014 – Leaving Certificate – 4 A1s, 2 B1s and 1 B2 St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk
2011 – Junior Certificate – 10 As and 1 B
Coláiste Sheosaimh ▪ Cill Chiaráin, Co. Galway
As a fluent Irish speaker, I was handpicked to work as a cúntóir or student leader during summer education courses in the Gaeltacht regions of the West of Ireland. I was responsible for the well-being of thirteen Irish students as well as their constant immersion in an Irish-oriented environment. My main role was to teach and encourage students to speak the language in a real-life context, especially in the home of the host family. I was directly involved in health and safety checks, events management and study planning which has enhanced my teaching ability. This job allowed me to discover my strength as a charismatic leader and to use my passion for education to build the confidence of students.
Teaching Volunteer ▪ 20 March 2015 – 4 June 2015
St. John Vianney Community Centre ▪ Ormeau Road, South Belfast
Through Volunteer SU at Queen’s University Belfast, I completed training in child protection and worked as a homework club leader. Each week at St. John Vianney Community Centre, I assisted with schoolwork and organised team-building activities. The overall aim of my team’s efforts was to improve the children’s self-belief and to support their aspirations. Consistency became particularly important to my skillset as a teacher having seen the improvements of young people socially and academically due to the structure the weekly youth club created for them.
Additional Interests and Achievements
Mental Health Initiatives
I’ve acted as lead spokesperson at QUB Mind Your Mood over the past year. Spreading awareness about the importance of mental health is something close to my heart and I’ve channeled this passion into creating events for Queen’s students. This year, our society has run student-led anti-stress workshops, a quiz in aid of PIPS and a pop-up coffee & ‘positivi-tea’ shop. In the summer, I plan to run poetry workshops with a theme of positive mental health to integrate my creative circle with our campaign.
QUB Mind your Mood spokesperson September 2016 – present
Foreign Languages and Culture
I completed a Level 8 course in French with the QUB Language Centre to maintain my command for the language.
Far Eastern Culture particularly interests me, having done an independent study of the US Occupation of Japan as a secondary school student. I have interviewed a member of the U.S. Occupation force on this subject and continue to explore Eastern culture as a member of the QUB South Asian Students’ Society. My curiosity about foreign countries has only intensified as I have grown older and travel has therefore become one of my many life goals.
Member of South Asian Students’ Society March 2015 – present
As a believer in the importance of impactful action in my local community, I have completed thirteen weeks of volunteering at St. Oliver Plunkett Community Unit, Dundalk. My engagement with the elderly residents has taught me skills of communication which I have transferred to all parts of my life. I was awarded the bronze Gaisce Award in June 2012 for this volunteer work which I undertook as part of my Transition Year Programme.
Awarded bronze Gaisce award (The President’s Award) – June 2012
Dr. Moyra Haslett
2 University Square
Sofie has a great, contagious passion for her subject that helps students engage with it while under her tutorage. She has a tremendous affinity and great intuition for English literature, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with, and encourage students.
I first met Sofie a year and a half ago, through out university as we both ended up in the same history class, she was always friendly and indeed had an amazing grasp of the reading material for the course. Her insights, honesty as well as her willingness to help out if you perhaps didn't fully grasp a historical concept meant we became firm friends. Her love of life, poetry and reading meant that she became my official proof-reader for essays and coursework, indeed I was more than willing to return the favour when she asked me to read her dissertation which was amazing in terms of detail and analysis. It is for these reasons stated above that I am sure that Sofie has the ability to be a wonderful tutor as you would be hard-pressed to find a better teacher or friend than Sofie.
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