I am a Mathematics student at the University of Oxford. At school, I was lazy and unfocused until I discovered the creative, elegant side of Mathematics and Physics. This changed the direction of my life and, at present, I hope to become an academic researcher in the field. Consequently, I'm passionate about helping those struggling with Mathematics at any level and hope to spread enthusiasm about the subject.
Mathematics builds on itself: mastering a topic will usually require understanding of other fundamental ones. In my experience, if a student is confused about a certain idea, often times this is because the idea depends upon another which the the student has misunderstood. For this reason, I always prioritise teaching a student a deep understanding of a topic rather than specific techniques to answer a set of questions.
I have perfect grades in Mathematics going back to GCSEs, which I took a year early. While in school, I lead the Maths support group where, a few nights a week, I voluntarily helped other students with the homework or topics they were struggling with. Additionally, in May 2018, I spent 3 weeks using my experience in Mathematics to help at EDELAC in Guatemala, a preparatory school for children from dysfunctional homes. I observed and provided feedback for mathematics classes and clarified advanced topics to some of the teachers.
1. Personal Details
My name is Gabriel Diaz-Aylwin. In October 2018, I’ll begin studying for a degree in Mathematics at Oxford University. My home address is 51 Broxash Road, SW11 6AD and my phone number is (concealed information)9.
- 9 A*s at GCSE/iGCSE (A* highest available grade) in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, French, Spanish, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography.
- 5 As at AS level (A highest available grade) in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Spanish and French.
- A*A*A at A level (A* highest available grade) in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and French respectively.
3. Work experience
3.1 Teaching English in Cartagena, Colombia with IVHQ
In February 2018, I spent 3 weeks teaching English for 5-6h a day to three different non- native groups, including a group of young people who attended mandatory English lessons as part of their drug rehabilitation program. I was fully responsible for designing a cur- riculum, writing and grading tests, planning lessons and maintaining order. The work was done entirely in Spanish.
3.2 Assisting with Mathematics in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with EDELAC
In May 2018, I spent 3 weeks using my experience in Mathematics to help at EDELAC, a preparatory school for children from dysfunctional homes. I observed and provided feedback for mathematics classes and clarified advanced topics to some of the teachers.
3.3 Teaching English in Medelln, Colombia with El Dorado Spanish School
In April 2018, I spent 3 weeks teaching private English lessons at a language school to professionals looking to extend their career opportunities.
3.4 Assisting at King’s College Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department
In June 2015, I spent 2 weeks at King’s College Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department where I learnt about the Physics behind the technology used to facilitate diagnosis and assisted with the procedures.
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