One thing that sets me apart from other tutors is the fact that I have a lot of energy in becoming very knowledgeable about the manner in which the brain retains information and learns new concepts. This knowledge was gained through reading various books on the subject such as 'Make it Stick' by Peter C Brown and 'Moonwalking with Einstein' by Joshua Foer and has been a major reason that I have been able to maintain a first class grade in my degree. Because of this, I know exactly which revision techniques to use in each session to ensure that the topics covered stay in the pupil's long term memory. I also make sure to explain the reason behind every exercise to improve my tutee's all around confidence with revision and learning in general.
All of the techniques that I utilise in my sessions are based on the 'active' approach to learning. This means that most of the time students will be answering exam style questions and testing themselves as opposed to just taking notes.
I am a warm, bubbly 3rd year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Manchester with 5 years worth of tutoring experience in Maths and Chemistry.
The first reason that I believe I will be the perfect tutor for your child is because of the fact that I have an extremely thorough understanding of Mathematics and Chemistry concepts. This is proven by the fact that I achieved an A* in A Level Maths, an A in A Level Chemistry and an average of 87% across 3 Mathematics modules (96%, 79% and 87%) in my degree. This understanding allows me to work with pupils of a variety of ability levels due to the fact that I usually know multiple different ways of solving a problem and can work around gaps in the pupil's knowledge.
Along with my strong understanding of the subject matter, another thing that makes me the perfect choice of tutor for your child is my cheerful, bubbly personality. My previous experience as a charity street fundraiser has given me impeccable interpersonal skills and a positive, can do attitude. This allows me to easily build rapport with tutees and make them comfortable in my presence very quickly. Also, this attitude has been crucial in keeping tutees motivated and hopeful after setbacks and during high pressure periods (such as exam seasons).
Due to the reasons listed above, I was able to help my most recent student exceed her predicted grade in Maths by two points (achieved level 6 after being predicted a level 4) after being on the brink of failure. This enabled her to be accepted into her desired sixth form.
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Education and Qualifications
Sep 2016 – Jun 2020 University of Manchester
MEng Chemical Engineering, Expected result: 1st class (Current average: 72%)
• Achieved 71% in my Engineering Computation module which covered the use of Excel and Matlab to solve a variety of engineering problems by plotting detailed graphs and producing complex formulas which are capable of solving non-linear equations and optimizing processes. This helped me to develop strong analytical and IT skills and increased my ability to solve problems using scientific software.
• Achieved an average of 87.3% across three mathematics modules (96%, 87% and 79%) which covered the advanced calculus, statistics and numerical methods understanding needed for effective mathematical modelling of engineering applications.
• Currently leading as the Chairperson on a HAZOP study of the main sections of a Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) Recovery Rig Pilot Plant as part of a group coursework in my Safety and Reliability Engineering Module by preparing meeting agendas, chairing meetings and managing the report writing. This has helped me to develop strong organisation and management skills.
• Other relevant modules include Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (achieved 86%), Laboratory Projects (achieved 61%) and Chemical Reaction Engineering (achieved 89%).
Sep 2015 – Jun 2016 University of Manchester
Chemical Engineering Foundation Year, Obtained result: 83%
• Worked as part of a team to deliver a detailed presentation summarising the findings of a 12,000 word research project which analysed the different methods of producing biodiesels from waste sources and assessed their feasibilities. This helped me to improve my presentation and communication skills and I achieved a mark of 81%.
Sep 2008 – Jun 2015 The Ravensbourne School, Bromley
• A-levels: Maths – A*, Chemistry – A, Physics – B, Further Maths – B
• GCSEs: 11 grades A*- B including Maths – A*, English Language – B
Relevant Work Experience
Jan 2018 – Aug 2018 Research and Report Writing, KBR Consulting
• Wrote a white paper report to aid decision-making on how to adapt to possible future requirements to reduce hydrocarbon waste. This was done by analysing the social pressures, global macroeconomic factors and new technologies which may make environmentally-friendly process designs more desirable. This task massively increased my written communication skills as well as my ability to analyse data and organise research in order to logically solve problems. The white paper was eventually published in the IChemE official magazine.
Dec 2017 Civil Nuclear Work Shadowing, Rolls-Royce, Warrington
• Gained insight into the major problems faced by the nuclear industry and the upcoming projects and initiatives undertaken by Rolls-Royce to tackle these issues such as the production of Small Modular Reactors.
• Gained insight into the Plant Design Modelling System of diesel generators using the Aveva computer software.
• Developed my understanding of the strategies used by Project Managers in order to ensure the success of challenging projects by using the Deming Cycle (Evaluate, Plan, Do, Check) and using tools such as critical path analysis to prepare effective project plans.
Jul 2015 Process Engineering Work Shadowing, Jacobs Engineering Group, London
• Observed the steps taken to build a methanol plant from design to construction with the use of Microsoft Excel and Aspen Plus to gather data, produce PFDs and produce P&IDs. This increased my understanding of how to use computer programs to solve engineering problems.
• Gained information on how to maintain safety both at the design stage, by adding safety adjustments and ensuring operators have control over systems, and at the construction and maintenance stage by providing safety training and performing regular checks on systems. This increased my understanding of the importance of chemical plant safety.
Other Work Experience
Jul 2017 – Sep 2017 Street Fundraiser, One Sixty Fundraising, London
• Influenced and persuaded many members of the public to donate money to Unicef (a client of One Sixty Fundraising) by communicating the cause in a clear, confident and friendly manner. This helped me to gain impeccable interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.
• Developed the ability to quickly build a strong rapport with a wide range of people by picking up on verbal and non-verbal cues and correctly adapting my communication style to fit the audience.
• Developed both the ability to work on my own, by striving to surpass my own targets, and as part of a team by motivating team mates to reach our shared targets.
• Complied with strict Institute of Fundraising regulations.
• Became the most consistent fundraiser on the Unicef campaign after just 3 months.
Oct 2016 – Jun 2017 Private Tutor, Tutor Doctor Sale, Didsbury (Term-Time)
• Tutored a GCSE student and a group of nine primary school children in Mathematics by assessing capabilities, setting specific learning goals and preparing effective action plans. This made me develop strong leadership and organisational skills.
• Regularly tracked progress on an Excel document and implemented effective improvements to any action plans in order for each session to be efficient and valuable as possible by doing thorough research on different teaching methods and testing them. This helped me to enhance my analytical skills.
• Balanced a challenging job with a demanding university course by prioritising well, planning the following week every Sunday and planning the following day every evening. This helped me to develop strong time-management skills.
• Informed parents of their children’s progress by writing clear, detailed session reports after each session. This helped me to enhance my written communication skills.
• Helped my GCSE student to surpass her predicted grade in Maths by 1 point.
Jul 2013 – Aug 2013 Office Assistant, Charis Communications (charity)
• Analysed large quantities of data in Excel and used other Microsoft Office tools to produce detailed reports of recent accounts and cash flow including graphs and possible forecasts which helped the charity make decisions about upcoming purchases. This increased my IT and organisational skills.
Positions of Responsibility
Sep 2014 – Jun 2015 Sixth form Prefect, The Ravensbourne School
• Worked as part of a team to ensure school events such as parent’s evenings and various awards ceremonies were held successfully by performing organisational duties, managing and resolving urgent issues and liaising with guests. This role required strong attention to detail and enhanced my organisation, team-working and communication skills.
Jan 2017 – Feb 2017 Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter volunteer
• Worked as part of a team to prepare and serve food for the homeless, on a weekly basis while at university, by performing various kitchen duties and complying with health and safety regulations. This required strong attention to detail and helped me to develop my team working skills.
Interests and Activities
Sport Regularly play football and compete in a 5 a side team at university.
Completed the Manchester Half Marathon in 1 hour and 54 minutes, raising £65 for Macmillan Cancer Support, by formulating and sticking to a challenging training program.
Music Frequently write, produce and record original songs and regularly perform these songs at open mic events and gigs. This has increased my ability to think creatively.
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