My teaching method is based on helping students develop a strong understanding of the subject content rather than teaching them to memorise/regurgitate it. Many students become stuck in exams when they have to apply the content they've learned to a particular situation or if they have to link two areas of a subject. This is why I use the method of switching roles with the student - they become the teacher and have to teach the content to me. This requires strong understanding of the content.
I am a student with the highest possible GCSE and A-level grades (all A*) who has achieved a First Class Degree in Economics at the University of Warwick. Not only can I teach maths, economics and business studies to a very high standard, but I also see myself as a very patient, friendly person who can make learning more interesting and enjoyable.
I am an extremely driven, resilient student with the highest possible academic results, who is also compassionate and very eager and able to help others. I pride myself in working hard to fully maximise my performance; I have carried this attitude into my first year at the University of Warwick and think it would be a desirable attribute in the workplace.
Wilson's Grammar school, Wallington
September 2011 – June 2018
• 12 A* at GCSE (including in Mathematics and Further Mathematics).
• 3 A* at A-level (Mathematics, Economics, History).
Economics, University of Warwick – First year average of 78.5
October 2018 – Present
• Currently a pure Economics student going into 2nd year
• 1st year averages of 87, 85 and 82, in Maths, applied Economics and Microeconomics modules respectively
Work experience at HSBC, Streatham
Completed 2 weeks of Work experience at one of the largest banking organisations in the World.
Involved shadowing employees in various roles - customer service, financial analysts, loan officers. This gave me vital insight into the workings of the financial system and taught me the importance of compassionate and enthusiastic interaction with customers.
Solidified my strong interest in both personal and Corporate banking.
Volunteering at my local library
After spending a lot of time myself at my local library for both leisure and revision, I decided it was only right to give up hours of my free time to help provide an essential service to my local community, but also to lighten the burden of the library workers, by volunteering at the library.
This volunteering role taught me the importance of being dependable, adaptable and also efficient in carrying out my tasks, as the busy library workers often delegated various tasks to me which were of great importance to the smooth running of the library.
Proficient with all Microsoft Office packages and quick to learn how to use databases and software.
Good experience with economic statistical software – e.g. Stata.
Sports captain for my School Form for 5 consecutive years. Required extensive and precise planning, but also respectful communication skills to organise teams for Sports days and Interhouse events. This helped me to become more results orientated and driven to succeed, as my house and I took huge pride in winning these events.
Currently leading the organisation of a themed club night in London. Not only does this require a high level of organisational skills and time management, but it also requires tough negotiation to maximise the profitability of the event.
Student investor challenge
This involved investing virtual money on the Stock Exchange, requiring close analysis of current events and a focus on changes in the economic environment that could potentially impact a firm's share price.
This challenge helped me to develop a greater understanding of risk and the importance of cost-benefit analysis when making investment decisions, giving me an initial introduction into the world of investment banking. It also satisfied my desire to compete with and get ahead of others - a key driver of my resilience and persistence.
Interests and achievements
Organised a profitable club night
I independently put together a mini club night in London for around 150 people. This included hiring the venue and a DJ, arranging for security and bar staff to be in attendance and also marketing the event to potential attendees. This enabled me to strongly develop my interpersonal skills and required me to set prices and negotiate with the aim of maximising profit.
I have played football at both club and county level. Playing at such a high level further strengthened my ability to focus and perform effectively in high pressure situations and helped me to communicate more directly and effectively with people around me.
Astellas innovation challenge
My group and I were runners up in the 2014 Astellas innovation challenge, which involved each person in the group being assigned specific roles directed towards the creation of a health app.
My role as the 'accountant' was to ensure that the group adhered to strict budget rules and to maximise the app's performance while constrained by this budget.
In my final 2 years of secondary school I created and regularly uploaded posts to an Economics blog.
This blog was a product of my enthusiasm to share my opinion on the economic issues of the day. It required extensive research and critical thinking to come to a conclusion on a particular issue, enabling the development of my analytical skills.
It also required the creation of a website, which was time-consuming and hence demanded significant perseverance.
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