I can very confidently teach Maths and Mechanics/physics to Alevel standard as I have now completed University level exams in these subjects. I also will be able to teach Chemistry to GCSE confidently and perhaps A-level too, as it use to be my favourite subject.
Everyone learns best by being involved and that is how I learn too. So I like teach by example, show how to solve a problem (mathematical or otherwise) and then let the student try. Then I can see exactly what the student did or did not understand and do my best to explain the theory, then we try again.
I am in possession of a DBS and have undergone tutoring training with my university.
I study Mechanical Engineering at the university of Bath but I am currently on placement in Bristol and will be till late summer.
I achieved A*AA at a level, A* in maths, A in physics and chemistry.
Alexandra James (this is my professional CV)
University of Bath Department of Mechanical Engineering
MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering (5 year sandwich) – Predicted First
Year 1 modules – First Obtained Overall: Average score 70.3%
Bishop Wand Church of England A level results 2013 - 2015
Mathematics A* Chemistry A
Physics A History (AS level) A
Bishop Wand Church of England GCSE results 2011 - 2013
5 A*s, 4As & 1B
Bath University Racing Submarine Team September 2016-
This year I have furthered my engineering skills and develop my ability to cooperate and contribute in a team I joined
the Submarine racing team. I chose burst because of my interest in fluid dynamics and I am looking forward to the opportunities that come from a prestigious competition.
First Year Design Projects September 2015-May 2016
- Artefact study
In a small group we were given a construction tool and the objective was to disassemble the part and on an A3 sheet draw its exploded view, describe how it functions and form a manufacturing appraisal for each component.
- Dragster Competition
The objective was in small groups to design a mini dragster that would travel a distance of 10m that had to be powered only with the spring provided and my team’s dragster won. I learnt the importance of communication and creativity as we tried and tested our dragster we had to deliberate and think originally to make the fastest.
The aim was to individually design a three speed gearbox. Given specific specifications we were required to draw the plan view, side view, force diagrams and manufacturing appraisal. This assignment required deep thought in order to apply the correct understanding to form a correct and functioning gearbox.
- Design and Make
In small groups we were assigned to design and build a paper aeroplane launcher, which required a series of design steps, concept sketches and CAD modelling for our group to produce a successful design. The final design was assembled on CAD and we also produced a report. From this task confidence in my CAD abilities grew and I found myself to become a stronger contributor to the team.
Second Year Design Projects September 2016-
- Shaft Design
In pairs we were required to design a chassis for a military vehicle and completed a chain of calculations and design steps to eventually design the shaft, select components and assemble the chassis in CAD. The project required us to delegate responsibilities and maintain successful time management. As a result of this project I further strengthened my CAD skills and improved my knowledge of automotive systems.
- Product Design
The aim was to design a drill attachment to cut a D-lock. As pairs we carried out an iterative design process, creating and developing concepts, using advanced CAD skills to model the attachment and producing a report discussing the features of the design, such as the operation and function of each part, overall costing and weight. This was our most demanding design project yet and strengthened my understanding of stress analysis and design evaluation.
Imperial College Summer School August 2014
The task was to build an elastic band powered car to race over 10 metres. My design was the fastest. It required me to consider design in a new light and tested my creativity. This improved my sense of originality and ability to test, analyse imperfections and improve a prototype.
I have obtained an OCR level 2 qualification in information and communication Technology (ICT), I am now able to confidently use Microsoft Word, Power point, Excel and publisher. These skills have been reinforced after my first year at university which required me to process data, using mathematical formulae, produce lab reports and presentations. Consequently I am able in programming software such as MATLAB. Much of my first year design projects focused on CAD and as a result I am competent to design and explore complicated prototypes using the software.
Achievements & Experience
Outreach and Teaching Ambassador October 2016-
As an outreach ambassador I will be representing Bath University at outreach events across the country, encouraging secondary school students to pursue higher education. As a teaching Ambassador I work with students in underrepresented schools, providing tutoring and study support. Through this, I have developed my communication and interpersonal skills, as well as learning the importance of preparation and diligence in order to work independently, motivating and teaching students.
Hospitality June 2016-August 2016
I have worked as a waitress, barista, cashier and on bar the RE Hospitality agency in London. Through this, I have become more confident communicating with strangers and able to quickly adapt and feel comfortable with new skills and unusual environments. I am qualified in food and hygiene and health safety.
Highest AS results 2014 and Mathematics award 2015
Reflects my dedication and commitment I give to my studies.
European Mock Council November 2013
Every year students are selected to take part in the European mock council; the council itself took place at Admiralty house London and required us discuss and debate specific issues in front of notable figures, such as Nick Clegg. Consequently my charisma, and confidence were established and further developed my organisational skills and diligence.
Senior Prefect September 2012-June2013
I underwent a selection process to become a senior prefect at my secondary school. I had many duties around theschool; I led the design of the yearbook, represented the school at events and welcomed visitors. I was required to beattentive, organised and reliable.
Interest and Activities
Since the age of 13 I have rowed for clubs such as Walton and Burway rowing clubs. I have also enjoyed competing for my secondary school in athletics, basketball and netball. Sport has taught me the importance of self-discipline and self motivation.
Art & Music
Since the age of 16 I have self-taught myself to play the guitar and at that same age I took an interest in sketching and water painting. Both of these skills have developed my creativity and taught me to be patient and to practice.
D of E
I have completed silver and bronze D of E and plan to continue into Gold, this has helped improve my resilience, confidence, and my group work and communication skills.
Spanish & German
Language and travel are two of my greatest passions outside science and I have been teaching myself Spanish and German for the past year. Studying two different languages has helped me think and see things differently and I am excited about the opportunities that come with speaking a second language.
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