I am a First-Class degree holder in BSc Psychology (Honours), which I received from University College London in 2016. I can therefore teach Psychology to students studying for their GCSEs, AS/A-levels, and at undergraduate level. I also have A-levels in English Language and Literature (A*), Human Biology (A*), Chemistry (B), and General Studies (A) in addition to Psychology (A), so I can give assistance with these subjects too up to GCSE level or A-level, as well as help with personal statements.
The focus in my lessons is creating a supportive learning environment, where ideas are discussed and practised, and I we ensure that we fully understand concepts and ideas before moving on. Lessons are tailored to the students' needs and desires, and we will make the learning experience as interactive as possible.
I have had experiences of tutoring and teaching lessons throughout the course of my degree. Firstly, I undertook a role of a teaching assistant in a private school based in London for the last two years of my degree. This involved covering Psychology lessons and extra-curricular societies with 10-20 Key Stage 3, Key Stage 3, or AS/A-level students; delivering private mentoring, including personal statement reviews; and running revision sessions with AS/A-level Psychology students in the lead up to exams. Several students contacted the head of the department to thank me for my help in refreshing their Psychology knowledge during a time of rather stressful revision. In addition, I was a Student Ambassador at my university for open days and summer schools. The summer schools in particular gave me experience of mentoring students and conferring Psychology knowledge, as well as improving their presentation skills. On one of the summer schools, the student group I mentored went on to win the presentation conference competition that we had scheduled at the end of the school, which I was very proud of.
My final year dissertation also involved teaching, but this time, at a primary school level. My dissertation was a practical research project assessing what primary school children were capable of understanding about chemical reactions when using a specially crafted analogy. While using this analogy, even at the youngest age, children were capable of learning about the reactions from myself. As a result of this experience, I am good at creating a supportive learning environment for students - of a wide variety of ages - and clearly communicating ideas when teaching others.
Finally, I have been accepted onto a trainee teacher scheme with Teach First, which will commence in September 2017, and for which the skills necessary for good teaching are prerequisites.
University College London - September 2013 to August 2016
- Achieved First-Class Honours in BSc Psychology
- Modules spanned a wide range across the subject, and included Research Methods, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Memory, Neurobiology, Social Psychology, Decision-Making, Organisational Psychology, Language, and Perception, amongst others.
- Achieved highest Research Methods grade of the year in second year
- Awarded the UCL Psychology Plotkin Prize (2016) for the best dissertation of the year.
Peter Symonds College - September 2011 to August 2013
- Studied A-levels in Psychology (A), English Language and Literature (A*), Chemistry (B), Human Biology (A*), and General Studies (A)
- Also studied AS Spanish (A).
Wildern School - September 2006 to August 2011
- Studied GCSEs, achieving 10 A*s and 1 A
- Also studied the CiDA+ ICT course (3 credits, equivalent to 3 Bs at GCSE).
UCL - June 2015 to February 2016
- Conducted research with primary school children as directed by my supervisor.
- Responsibilities included recruiting schools, liaising with schools and my supervisor, teaching participants (4 to 8 year-old children), collecting quantitative and qualitative data, conducting follow-up experiments, data analysis, report writing, and working in accordance with ethical guidelines
- Achieved a First (86%) on my dissertation, as well as the Plotkin Prize.
Francis Holland School - June 2014 to August 2016
- Undertook a 'Psychologist In Residence' role, acting as a teaching assistant and mentor for GCSE and A-level students
- Responsibilities include creating and delivering talks to students and parents (both independently and with Psychology students), teaching lessons, delivering revision sessions to small groups of pupils, and running the Psychology Society in the secondary school.
UCL - January 2014 to August 2016
- Undertook a role as Student Ambassador on Open Days and during Summer Schools
- Responsibilities included advising A-level students about studying degree-level Psychology at UCL, giving tours, running and facilitating discussions on complex Psychology topics, and leading and facilitating students’ group work for a presentation competition
- My student group won the presentation competition in 2016, partly as a result of my facilitation of their work.
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