I think that listening and understanding what each individual wants to achieve is important, to then approach their difficulties head on. I also think there's nothing better than visual aids and a handy diagram to help aid understanding and to lay things out more clearly. It is important to have student input, so that tutoring best suits their needs.
I am currently a first year medical student, studying at the University of Nottingham. Mentoring and teaching is something I am enthusiastic and passionate about because I understand how important it is to have support during school and exam times.
During my time at school, I mentored two GCSE students through biology and chemistry, trying to explain specific topics that they found most challenging. I also volunteered at my local church, teaching year 5s and 6s for 2 years, allowing me to build a good relationship with them. As they got older and moved up to a different class, they still stop by to have a catch up with me, and I love to hear what they're doing, now that they're in secondary school.
Exams are stressful, as is UCAS applications - and in particular the mad rush to get medicine applications sent off before the early deadline in October. This year, I have helped mentor 2 peers through the medicine application, giving them friendly advice regarding UKCAT and BMAT strategies, and advising them on university choices to play to their strengths. I also looked over, and gave detailed comments to their personal statements, such that one of the girls received 3 of 4 invitations to interview.
biology lessons closeby? Here's a selection of tutor listings that you can check out.
|at her home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||Not available||£28||£25|