I will personally tailor my approach to the student that I am teaching. I am very patient as a person and will take as long as it takes for the student to understand the topic. Due to my background as a care assistant (which involves working closely with many coworkers and residents alike) I am very personal/agreeable, which I believe makes all the difference in a teaching role, since the student will not want to listen to someone they do not get along with.
I believe that everyone is intelligent and everyone deserves to understand the topics that they wish to learn. My focus is more on finding what learning style works for the student and to then improve their understanding of the subject, rather than to encourage rote learning. I believe that rote learning without understanding will sap the student's will to learn the subject and therefore take away from their overall ability in the subject. This is a problem that I saw often in school, as many of my peers suffered from burnout or believed themselves not smart as they were encouraged to rote learn/memorise huge portions of information, only to regurgitate it onto a page with no understanding of what they were saying.
By focusing on the understanding of the subject (something that I will achieve by continually checking in on the student by asking them to repeat back in their own words what is being taught to them) as well as asking targeted questions (questions aimed to fill any gaps in the student's knowledge by getting them to think about the answer rather than repeating back something I have said), I am certain that I can improve the student's understanding of a topic; therefore greatly increasing their ability in the subject. This approach has worked well for me personally in school when done by teachers, and for me when I worked informally as a tutor. I believe it works so well as it keeps the student engaged and at least somewhat entertained, and will feel a lot less like work.
I believe in setting work for the student outside of the classroom, but I also do not believe in harshly enforcing that this work needs to be done. Forcing a student to work is one of the main ways that burnout is caused, and therefore this is something I will avoid. Work will be set by me that I will encourage the student to complete in their own time to further their understanding, but I will get all relevant work done within the lesson and therefore all homework set will be purely extra work to be done at leisure.
I am a first year medicine student at the university of manchester. I achieved 2A*s and 2As at A level, with the two A*s in Biology and Maths and the two As in Physics and Chemistry.
I have experience informally tutoring in GCSE higher level Maths and Physics, as well as AS level Maths and Physics with a small number of students over the course of two years. I can provide more detail if needed and was able to raise their grades by a significant margin.
I am extremely hardworking and on top of my A level results, I am an experienced care assistant in a carehome. This is relevant as it has honed my communication skills to an extreme degree which has allowed me to become extremely confident in my tutoring skills.
On top of this, I am intensely interested in my own personal learning and spend hours a day pouring through scientific studies on topics that interest me. This has created an extremely nuanced understanding of the world around us for me and has allowed me to link the knowledge that I learnt from school together and truly understand how it fits in the world. Due to this interlinking knowledge base, I make a great teacher in a wide variety of topics and can formulate explanations at essentially any skill level for students on any topic that I am well versed in.
Extremely hardworking and motivated former care assistant of 9 months. I am currently a first year medical student working towards becoming a doctor. Expertise includes excellent verbal and written communication skills, working as well as always staying level-headed under pressure, as well as working in a mature manner with people of all ages and personality types.
I would describe myself as friendly and easy to get along with, but also someone who takes their work very seriously. This is a value that was instilled in me permanently after my time working with the vulnerable residents of the carehome.
CARE ASSISTANT | 12/2019 to 09/2020
Cornfield Care Centre - Derry, Derry
Charted daily information such as mood changes, cognitive ability on that day, as well as the overall food and fluid intake and output. This also included reporting any possible injuries or developing conditions.
Followed specific instructions given in relation to care of the residents. This took some stress off the nurses and helped me to improve how I take responsibility for my actions.
Was often called upon by the other workers due to my communication skills, when a significant problem with communicationn occured.
Monitored ongoing care and proactively corrected the problems I was able to fix by myself.
Often had to give suggestions of how I thought the residential care could be improved, on a single resident at a time basis.
Acted as a counsellor at times to some residents, when needed, as none were allowed in during the lockdown. I believe this kept the mental and physical health of the residents in better condition.
Increased utilisation of preventative care to reduce readmissions. This inludes preventative creams and balms etc.
Interviewed patients to obtain medical information, weight and height measurements and vital signs to aid physicians with patient care planning. Again, this took a huge amount of stress off the nurses.
Maintained confidentiality and compliance standards.
CAR VALET | 08/2019 to 12/2019
Valet Centre Foyleside - derry, derry
Retrieved cars for customers in a timely manner, once the vehicle has been washed.
Maintained excellent customer satisfaction by politely and warmly greeting guests as they entered the establishment.
Carried out multiple different types of cleaning on cars, including; Deep cleans, full vacuumings, body wash, chamois dry etc.
I had to work under a strict time limit for each car, as the customer would be coming back later that day. There were also many cars coming in at once.
Kept customer keys safe within the office while in possession of the car. I have never lost a pair.
Maintained accurate and up-to-date records in the books, including cars in parking bays, keys in the office and customer information. Each employee was expected to keep track of this themselves.
Booked in customers for the valet service, when a more experienced member of staff was busy. This helped to take some of the stress off of them.
Effective verbal communication
Working under pressure/ in stressful enviroments
Meticulous attention to detail
University of Manchester - Manchester | Doctor of Medicine
Lumen Christi College - derry | A-Levels
Maths, chemistry, biology, physics, 2020
A* grade achieved in both Maths and Biology
A grade achieved in Physics and Chemistry
Lumen Christi College - derry | GCSE
RE, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Music, Geography, Spanish, Further maths, English lit+lang, 2018
A* in RE
A in Maths, Further maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Spanish and English literature
B in Music and English language
Worked over full time in the carehome (60+ hour weeks) throughout the covid lockdown. This was firstly to support the centre, as many staff were off sick, but also to make some money for myself to support myself during my first year of university. I am very proud of myself for sticking at it the whole way up until i left for university. This is relevant to my subject as it helped to hone my communication skills heavily and allowed me to improve my people skills during a time that most people were not able to.
I also completed my explorer belt last summer. This is a challenge within the scouting movement that required us to hike 160km through a foreign country (we chose Germany), while also carrying 20kg bags. We had 5 euro each in our group of 5 for each day and no accomodation booked. The fact that we were able to complete this expedition in only 10 days is something that I think perfectly demonstrates my motivation and resilience. Once I set my mind to doing something, I will do it.
DBS check (no criminal charges)
Enhanced NIDirect check to work as a leader/helper/trustee within a group involving children.
Grade 6 classical piano ABRSM
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