I do recognise that, particularly for essay subjects, writing style and comprehension skills are things that the strongest students really benefit from. For students who struggle in these areas I am happy to spend more time practicing these fundamental skills of identifying and using evidence to form a compelling argument.
In terms of grappling the course material itself, I begin by working with you to identify the parts of the material that engage you the most. Most students find particular themes that are more interesting to them. In the past these have included: high politics and the motivations/actions of individuals; war and conflict; the roles played race, gender and other identities; economics, finance and industry; culture and the media. Being able to find the things that interest you the most enables me to help you to build your understanding around them through discussion, critical thinking and looking at sources/perspectives that you might not have considered before. Having studied history at university level I have been exposed to a greater variety of ways to learn and I find that students appreciate being directed to less obvious resources (primary sources, podcasts, films) to deepen their understanding.
Ultimately students performs well in the humanities when they have a strong grasp of the material and they know what their opinions on the material are. My discursive teaching approach is intended to ensure that you are in that position for your essays, exams and applications.
I am a first class history graduate from the University of Cambridge, currently in the process of training to be a commercial lawyer. Whilst I chose to specialise in black history and the history of the British Empire towards the end of my degree, I built up to this from a strong understanding of Western historical themes and events. In the past I have provided tutoring for the 11+ examination, GCSEs (English and Mathematics), A Levels (English and History) and university admissions (History and Politics). Whilst I am no longer offering Mathematics tuition I would be happy to help with general literacy and essay writing skills that contribute to History, English and other humanities subjects. I am also still happy to provide tutoring for university admissions.
I have experience of teaching younger students in groups - I tutored two groups of five boys for the 11+, six of whom were successful in securing places at their first choice schools. Moving towards GCSE and A Level I have always preferred to work one to one as it enables me to tailor my approach to the student. Students that I have tutored have had a mixed range of abilities and ambitions. For example, I tutored one young person who struggled particularly with GCSE Mathematics and was predicted an E (a 2) but ultimately secured a C (a 4). However, I have also tutored students who are quite able but require the right support and guidance to access top grades, for example A Level history students looking to improve from a grade B to an A*.
University of Cambridge - BA (Hons.) in History, First Class
(Oct 2016 – June 2019)
· Final Year Performance:
· Historical Argument and Practice – 73,67/100
· Dissertation: The Barbados Labouring Classes and the Disturbances of 1937 – 75,71/100
· Special Subject: Empires and the American Imagination (examined in two parts) – 74,72/100
· Specified Subject: The History of Africa from 1800 to the present day – 72,67/100
· Ranking: 24/196
· Russell Gurney Scholar
· Awarded the Eileen Power Prize for performance in the Historical Tripos at Girton College
· Dissertation findings published the Cambridge Development Faculty magazine.
· Part I (First & Second Years): (British, European and American History) Achieved 2.i
· Awarded the Eileen Ellenbogen Prize by Girton College in aid of research in Caribbean history.
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
(Sept 2009 – August 2016)
· 4 A Levels: History (A*) English Literature (A) Mathematics (B) Critical Thinking – self-instructed (A*)
· 11 GCSEs: 9 x A*s and 2x As, including A*s in Mathematics and English Language
· Junior Prefect, Debating Coach and Founder of Junior Debating Society.
Mentor at Project Access
(June 2019 – present)
I mentor young people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education to apply to top universities. The programme involves sessions to improve their confidence discussing their chosen subject, personal statement advice and mock interviews.
Carer at Compass Disability Services
(October 2018 – February 2020)
Caring for an autistic young adult in the home and out in the community. Involves helping with day to day tasks, completing behaviour reports and ensuring safety at all times.
Student Ambassador at Girton College
(Nov 2016 – July 2019)
Led tours of visiting school groups around the college and the city. Visited schools in the Midlands region to host ‘Aspiration Days’, encouraging secondary school students to consider higher education. Designed and implemented games and activities to make the sessions more engaging.
(August 2014 – Dec 2016)
Tutored small groups of boys aged 9-11 in preparation for the 11+ examination. Following this I tutored GCSE and A Level Mathematics, English Literature, and History. Designed and delivered my own lessons as well as marking homework and practice exams.
Other Employment History
Assistant at Clarke Willmott LLP
(Sept 2019 - present)
Since leaving university I have become an assistant working within the Corporate and Commercial team of a national law firm. I work directly with a partner specialising in commercial contracts, specifically supply chain and distribution.
Winter Vacation Scheme and Future Trainee Solicitor at Hogan Lovells
I completed a two-week placement with an international law firm in London during which I was seated in the Infrastructure & Projects and Tax departments. Following the scheme, I was offered a position to train with the firm beginning February 2022.
Associate Screener at Capp & Co
(Nov 2018 – September 2019)
Following a successful summer placement, I began working remotely to fulfil contracts to screen candidates for high-profile clients in the banking, legal and retail sectors.
Summer Placement – Resourcing Administrator at Capp & Co
(July – Sept 2018)
Management Consulting and Recruitment firm. A combination of administrative, IT and client-facing work. Processed a volume recruitment cycle for a high-profile bank using various IT systems. Advanced use of other software including Excel. Provided support to individual candidates throughout via telephone and email.
Customer Assistant at Marks and Spencer
(August 2015 – Jan 2018)
Delivered high quality customer service as a team member in the food department. Processed high volume deliveries and managed logistics as part of finance and operations team.
Volunteering and Society Experience
Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now
(August 2014 – present)
Regular fundraising and awareness presentations to educators, healthcare professionals and young people as a representative of the charity. Addressed MPs, policymakers and pharmaceutical industry representatives speaking at the House of Commons. Visited No. 10 Downing Street to meet with the Prime Minister’s advisor for public health during vaccination campaigns.
Committee Member at the Cambridge Union
(March 2017 – August 2018)
Improved inclusion, organised and chaired panel discussions as Access Officer. Co-ordinated an extensive programme of public events as Head of Union+ scheme.
Treasurer of CLIO
(March 2017 – March 2018)
Managed finances for CLIO, the Cambridge University History Society, secured sponsorships.
Skills and Interests
Skills: Experience working with young people; intermediate proficiency in French speaking, reading and writing; proficient in excel and quick picking up new software; highly experienced in drafting, writing copy and other administrative skills.
Interests: Music – Grade 8 ‘cello. Have travelled on choral and orchestral tours to Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Some experience conducting and commissioned arranging; I also very much enjoy portrait photography.
Jo provided me with invaluable help during my application to Cambridge University to study History. Her advice enabled my historical reasoning skills to develop greatly, and this certainly contributed to the success of my application.
The guidance that Jo offered me was mainly tailored around historical reasoning, since at the time I was preparing for the Cambridge History entrance exam, which predominantly tests critical thinking skills. Her communication of historical methodology was always very clear, concise and eloquently put, whilst the guidance itself that she offered was always incredibly in-depth and comprehensive. Jo very obviously has a firm knowledge as to the technicalities of historiography and the intricacies of different types of historical writing (including the impact this has on the relationships between form, audience and purpose in a source) and this meant that her advice was incredibly useful in enabling me to approach the primary sources I evaluated in the exam in a balanced and enlightened way. Since I faced unseen primary sources in the exam, Jo’s advice was valuable in helping me to understand how to comment on diverse evidence types without having a grounding in the particular historical area I was faced with.
Jo also provided me with very helpful advice as to her own techniques of historical study; such as simplifying the study of sources by breaking them down to their individual components. Meanwhile, Jo also prioritised her advice so the application process might be more manageable for me.
Jo was simply an incredible source of guidance to me; and I could not recommend her tutoring more.
I am delighted to write a recommendation in strong support of Johari’s services on Superprof. Having studied alongside Johari at Cambridge, I have been unfailingly impressed by her commitment, hard work and enthusiasm for her subject. Johari demonstrates not only passion and talent, but also the genuine independence and self-motivation necessary to teach other. She has excellent interpersonal skills, and shows a genuine care and concern for her peers. In short, Johari possesses all of the skills and personal attributes that will make an excellent tutor.
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