I think lessons should be exciting and engaging and work hard to plan learning activities that will not only help students to make academic progress but also foster enthusiasm for learning. I pay close attention to the different learning styles of students and am well practiced in dynamically assessing and responding to their needs and interests.
I am a Dr. of Human Geography with specialisms in Urban, Social and Cultural Geography as well as Geographies of film and media. I and have taught extensively at Universities and am a qualified higher education practitioner. I also have 8 years of tutoring experience including tutoring Geography A Level and GCSE as well as 13+, 11+, 8+ and 7+. I have helped pupils secure 1sts on dissertations, get into their first choice schools and turn Ds into As at A Level!
Teaching and Tutoring CV
2013-2017: PhD in Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway University of London (AHRC funded): Passed with no corrections
2011-2012: MA Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway University of London: Distinction (Departmental Bursary)
2007-2010: BA English Language and Literature, Balliol College, Oxford: 2:1
2005-2007: Stoke-on-Trent sixth form College:
A Levels: Geography (A), Philosophy (A), English (A), and French (A)
AS Levels: World Development (A)
2000-2005: GCSEs Madeley High School: 7A*s and 4As
Gertrude Hartley prize for poetry (2009 and 2010) (Balliol College, Oxford)
The Staffordshire University Prize for Excellence in Philosophy (2007) (Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College)
The Unity Prize for Excellence (2007) (Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College)
The Mary Bishop Prize for English Literature (2007) (Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College)
Completion of Royal Holloway University’s ‘inSTIL’ scheme: Programme in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education)
Teaching Experience Overview
I am a dedicated teacher and tutor and really enjoy working with pupils of all ages. I have been teaching Geography at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for three years and have six years’ experience working with school age students, where I specialise in teaching Geography GCSE and A Level, 11+ and KS2 and KS1 Maths and English. I think lessons should be exciting and engaging and work hard to plan learning activities that will not only help students to make academic progress but also foster enthusiasm for learning. I pay close attention to the different learning styles of students and am well practiced in dynamically assessing and responding to their needs and interests. I have experience of teaching in a range of formats including one to one tuition, small and large classes, seminars, lectures and field trips.
Tutoring Experience (2010-2018)
Geography: As well as regularly teaching Geography at undergraduate and postgraduate level in university settings I have many years of experience as a Geography Tutor. I have worked with students on Geography A Level and Geography GSCE, including home schooling two students in the full Geography GCSE curriculum. I have also have lots of experience teaching Geography at KS3 level including for Common Entrance. My biggest success story as a Geography tutor has been helping a pupil to achieve full marks in a Geography A Level retake having attained a D grade the first time round. I have also privately tutored university students in Geography (at BA and MA level) and recently helped a student to achieve a 1st on his dissertation.
11+: I have prepared a number of pupils for the 11+ (Including English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning and Interview Technique). I work with pupils to make sure they are confident and well equipped for the tests, tailoring lessons to the needs to each pupil and the requirements of the schools that families are aiming for. Schools which pupils have gained places at include Francis Holland, Godolphin and Latymer, St Pauls Girls, St Pauls Boys, Alleyn’s, University College School and Merchant Taylors’ School. I have also helped students to secure scholarships at Emmanuel and St Dunstan’s College.
7+ and 8+: I have helped children to prepare for the 7+ and 8+, providing support for both English and Maths. Pupils have successfully gained places at Collet Court, Latymer, King’s College Junior School and City of London School for Girls.
English: I have taught English from KS1 up to Undergraduate Level. This has included preparation for exams (SATS, 7+,8+, 11+, GCSE and A Level), extension work for bright students and catch-up work for pupils struggling with the subject. I have taught several children whose first language is not English and have worked to increase their fluency and vocabulary.
Maths: I have worked with younger pupils (KS1 and KS2) as well as assisted pupils up to the age of 13 who are struggling with Maths, I have extensive experience of teaching maths at 11+.
Oxbridge Applications: I have worked closely with candidates applying for both English and Geography at Oxford and Cambridge. I have also worked at interview preparation days, conducted mock interviews for a variety of subjects and helped pupils to prepare personal statements.
Designing and Leading Tutor Training Days
I was selected by the tutoring agency Dulwich Tutors as an ‘expert tutor’ equipped to design and lead tutor training days. I independently designed and led a full day of tutor training activities.
English as a Foreign Language: STS Language School: 2010
EFL Summer School: I spent 6 weeks teaching EFL to students aged between 12 and 16. I was in charge of two classes and required to devise and deliver lessons to fit within the course framework.
University Teaching Experience (2013-2017)
MA Level Teaching: Royal Holloway, University of London
Visiting Lecturer, MA and MSC Research Methods: I was invited to design and deliver lecture material on research methods in Geography, with a specific emphasis on video ethnography.
Undergraduate Teaching: Royal Holloway, University of London
Project Leader, New York Field Trip: For two years in a row I designed and lead one of eight projects offered within a 2nd year research based module focused around a field trip to New York. The role involves course design; including assembling reading lists, planning tutorials and organising activities. It also involves leading activities and supervising the research projects.
Visiting Lecturer: I was invited to teach in the capacity of ‘visiting lecturer’ within several undergraduate modules in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway. This role involved designing and delivering lecture material.
Visiting Tutor: For a full academic year I undertook the role of Academic Tutor for a first year tutorial group, leading them through their core Human Geography modules. This role required me to design and lead tutorials that complemented the first year lecture program as well as to set and mark two essays per term. The role also included pastoral support.
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