My teaching method involves using various techniques depending on what the topic is, to try to engage with the student. That means using diagrams, flash cards, mind maps, videos and more to try to explain the topic the best that I can for the student; whatever that will be tailored best for each student because I understand not every person learns the same.
My experience teaching refugee children who had not studied humanities subjects before taught me how to organise lessons in a clear, step by step manner as well as how to break down concepts when they may not be very clear.
I am currently in my first year of university, studying politics at King's College London. I have always enjoyed studying humanities subjects which is why I have opted to tutor geography, history and politics lessons. I studied the first two at A levels and received As for both.
(2016) International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) - English (A*), English Literature (A*), Geography (A*), History (B)
(2017) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 8.0
(2018) International General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A level) - History (A), Geography (A)
(present) First year BA Politics at King's College London
(2011-2018) Captain of girls school football teams and have received awards such as 'most influential player'
(2011-2018) School prefect in three schools
(2014-2018) Sports captain in two schools
(2017-2018) Vice captain of boarding house
My experiences of moving school four times and holding various leadership positions in these schools have made me confident in my social skills as well as my abilities to work with others and lead if necessary. My experiences taking up such roles have taught me how to encourage peers whether my age or younger to persevere when they need the push, to be observant to ensure morality is high amongst students and organisational skills that require discipline - to make sure I meet deadlines without it interfering with my school work.
(2015) Qualified Mentor - certified after undergoing HELP International School Mentoring Program to support peers in need of academic and emotional guidance
(2017-2018) Naquiah Prefect - a special role which involved organising after school activities and tutoring students who needed help during their prep times for junior students (7th to 9th grade)
(2018) Volunteered at Manna House Learning Centre - taught refugee children from Myanmar history and geography to help broaden the scope of their education by introducing them to humanities subjects they had never studied before (history and geography)
I have never been paid to tutor anyone but I have had experience doing it free of charge. I have always liked helping others when needed, but now that I am a student I do need to find a way to help ease the financial burdens of university that have been placed on my parents, which is why I figured it would be great to do something I enjoy any way.
As a qualified mentor, we were trained to deal with students who were either struggling with school work and or were behaving in a manner that was deemed concerning by the school. In the training sessions, we were taught how to approach students, to be patient and work at the pace best for the student. We were then assigned to students and spent one on one time with them either helping them with their studies and or assisting them in how to deal with their behaviour ie. I had to work with a student who had difficulties containing his anger.
My experience teaching refugee kids over the summer last year was eye opening. I taught them history and geography. It was a class of about 7 girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Their English was not strong and they had no experience with humanities subjects. It was a challenge but very fulfilling once they understood something as simple as a concept. I knew it would be difficult to introduce topics yet alone hold their attention for two hours at a time. That is why I used handouts, notes, lots of pictures and diagrams as part of activities, videos and short presentations to help make it interesting. I learned a lot about how to break things down into simpler forms to explain an idea or concept better; a skill that will be helpful in tutoring.
(2014) contributed in research, writing and photography for a published book called Kajang and its Surrounds which focused on the history of the town.
(2016-2017) participated in debate competitions ie. International Committee of the Red Cross Debate Competition and National Novice
(2016) Member of school's People to People International organisation and in previous school's charity club
(2017) Model United Nations
(2017) Cambridge Immerse academic programme - majored in law and international relations at the University of Cambridge over the summer
(2018-2019) Currently a writer for the King's College chapter of Her Campus Media
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