Initially, lessons focus on identifying weakness and areas for growth. This allows me to create a lesson plan for the coming sessions, which I then discuss with the student and their guardians to ensure their approval of the plan. I have found that confidence is often at the root of students difficulties. Whether this is a lack of confidence in understanding the material, in writing, or approaching exam style questions. I believe it is first essential to build up a students understanding of the material. Next, we can move onto understanding the format of exams or homeswork questions and how questions will be presented to ensure that the student is able to maximise their potential in a classroom or an exam setting. In the run-up to exams we will complete a number of exam-style questions to gain confidence and gauge how time pressures affect the student's ability. Finally, in the days leading up to the exam, we will focus on time management and how to deal with the stress that exam conditions give us all. While for those not currently sitting exams the focus remains on the student having full confidence in their ability to complete school work and to take pleasure in their subjects. Progress is therefore not measured by my giving an exam or essay question every session, as this kind of 'academic rigour' can be off-putting and lead to a fall in confidence. However, tangible markers of growth and success are useful and this is something we can work out on an individual basis. I will measure progress by how comfortable the student feels with the material, the fluency with which they are able to convey their ideas and eventually how well they are able to express these in an essay format.
I have been tutoring for over two years. I have had six students across Key Stage 3, GCSE and IB levels, tutoring English and History. My students were generally performing poorly in English before our lessons, largely due to a lack of confidence. Together, we were able to boost their grades from 3s and 4s to 6s, 7s, and 9s. Over the last three years I have studied international relations and have enjoyed it immensely, I wish to be able to impart that same enjoyment onto my students. When you enjoy a subject it becomes easier to understand and focus on, this is something I have directly experienced as I chose a topic I enjoy for my dissertation, eventually winning the award for the best undergraduate dissertation.
2015-2018: London School of Economics and Political Science
• BSc International Relations, 2:1, 67(avg)
Dissertation: The Drone President: Understanding the role of drones in relation to Obama’s grand strategy
in his first term 2009-13.
Award for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in International Relations, 78
Hockerill Anglo European College 2008 - 2015
• International Baccalaureate, Result: 37
o 7, 6, 6 Higher Level, 6, 5, 5 Standard Level
July 2017 – Sept 2017 Independent Diplomat, Internship
• Researched funding opportunities, requiring high levels of organisation and dedication to pursue donors.
• Wrote reports documenting the viability and significance of donors for future funding bids.
• Developed funding strategies and participated in funding drives, giving me a keen awareness of the need for delegation within a team, and the importance of independent work.
• Researched and wrote on international affairs, instilling an ability to condense and prioritise evidence.
July 2017 – Present Now Casting Economics, Data Compiler
• Creating, updating, and organising information into datasheets requiring accuracy and attention to detail.
• Developing quantitative research skills and fluency in Excel.
June 2017 – July 2017 The Funding Network, Internship
• Worked extensively with Salesforce, curating information and data.
• Operated with sensitivity when handling individuals and organisations with high-net worth.
• Gained experience in various web formats: Mailchimp, Squarespace and Canva.
Sept 2016 – Present English and History Tutor at GCSE and IB level
• Working with a diverse network of students, requiring my communication skills are as clear and constructive as possible; with the ability to give constructive advice in a fair and confident manner.
• Dedication to my students; improving interpersonal skills, perceptive to the needs of each student.
• 100% 5* rating, having conducted over 100 sessions.
Feb 2016 – June 2016 Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Waitress
• Worked under pressure in a busy and demanding environment, to meet the needs of the customer.
• Co-managed the set up, and close of the store, required organisation and time management skills.
June 2015 - Aug 2015 Farm to Table Cuisine, Waitress
• Maintained high level of service, exceeded expectations of the restaurant managers.
• Developed key teamwork skills, to ensure the smooth running of the kitchen and service counter.
Sept 2014- May 2015 Hockerill, Peer Mentor
• Advised and supported struggling children in year 9 and 10, throughout their GCSEs.
• Handled challenges that presented themselves to me as a mentor.
Dec 2013- June 2014 Thorngrove Primary School, Classroom Assistant
• Developed organisational skills and patience when dealing with complex issues.
• Followed the instructions given to me by the class leader and also developed the confidence to offer my own ideas as alternatives where appropriate.
November 2015 Raising and Giving LSE: Farm Africa, Sponsored Hitchhike
• Fundraised within a team for charity, also built confidence by travelling without money across Europe.
June 2014 Uganda, Volunteered in Schools
• Created and implemented initiatives, both individually and as part of a team to build funds for the charity, while also teaching at the school.
Awards and Responsibilities
2016, Founder, LSE Policy Society, A founder of the LSE Policy Society. Ability to analyse and design domestic British politics. Dedication to establish the society and furthering its reach.
Sept 2015-May 2016, Vice President and Secretary, Bankside Student Halls, Built a healthy rapport between staff and students, acted as a liaison between different groups.
2013-2015, Model United Nations, Copenhagen Conference: Best delegate; Bath Conference: Highly Commended. Developed my public speaking ability, and competence at building and sustaining arguments.
2013-2014, President, Amnesty International, September, Organised fundraisers and meetings.
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