I would be very happy to base my lessons around the needs of each individual student.
- The main service I am offering is essay writing support. This would involve understanding first the student's own issues around essay-writing and reading over examples of their work. I will then guage tailored support for the student and construct a lesson series for them. My standard series includes 5 lessons but can be reduced or increased according to the student's wishes. In each I will tackle a certain issue I have identified in their essays and discuss these with the student. I will take exercise books with me which offer additional explanations of each point to the student and also set small tasks to complete each lesson to mark and discuss at the next lesson. The student can also raise any ongoing questions they have with myself at each lesson and discuss any upcoming assignments they have (although I cannot assist in the actual writing of these). Any complete assignments can be proofread.
- I also offer proofreading services. This would be less hands-on with the student and instead involve me reading over essays students have already produced and adding comments on spelling, grammar, syntax and sentence structutre. I can also offer feedback on the essay flow, general structure and line of argument. This would normally be done remotely and sent back to the student via email. However, it may be more useful for me to meet the student in person and go over their essay with them and over real-time feedback and help with any questions as they arise.
- I can assist with those for whom English is a second language. Often I have observed foreign students struggle with understanding essay questions properly. I can meet students and help with this so that they know exactly how to begin their work. I can also offer unique proofreading services to correct any language errors in essays and offer suggestions on expressing points clearly in well-phrased English for essays or other written or orally-presented work. This can be done remotely or in person.
- If there are topic areas which I, myself, am knowledgeable on (such as if the student is studying one of: planning, economics or public policy/politics) I can break down the topic in person and have a discussion with the student. I also have several home-made powerpoint presentations with notes on various topics which I can share with the student and add aditional commentary.
Hello! My name is Justine and I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester Department of Planning and Environmental Management. I have recently graduated with Distinction from an MSc in City Planning and prior to this, an undergraduate MA in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow.
As part of my PhD, I completed a 16-hour taught course on becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant and regularly assist with seminars, tutorials and marking in this role.
Over my time at university I have developed exceptional essay-writing, research and critical thinking skills which have been commended by my lecturers and led me to gain top marks and prizes for my efforts. I would now like to share this knowledge with other students as it is something that took a while for me to get to grips with and was not something that simply came naturally following school. My unique, and recent, experience also helps me to understand exactly what is expected of students today and I believe I can assist with getting students to achieve their academic goals.
I have studied various different modules in my time meaning I have a depth of experience ranging from traditional critical essay writing (based on existing studies and literature on a topic) to practical report writing to presentations and large-scale research projects such as dissertations employing various data analysis skills. I am also uniquely qualified in my understanding of GIS (useful for geography, planning, archaeology and some engineering subjects) and also some quantitative and qualitative methods.
University of Manchester
(September 2019-present) Doctoral Researcher (PhD student): I am currently researching the emerging smart mobility trend ‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS). I also attended a weekly taught class in research methods and took additional courses in the statistical tool, R, and quantitative analysis. I also assisted my supervisors with a number of prestigious projects funded by RICS, including facilitating a day-long workshop for industry professionals to gain their views on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in Greater Manchester and I wrote a piece on the emerging mobility trends of young adults in a paper submitted for an academic journal.
University of Manchester
(October 2019-present) Graduate Teaching Assistant: After having completed an intensive 2 and half days of training, I was able to start working as a graduate teaching assistant alongside my PhD studies, assisting with 1st year undergraduate GIS computer classes.
Manchester City Council
(October 2018-April 2019) Project Coordinator: Alongside my Masters I started working as a placement student at Manchester City Council, becoming a lead on their ‘Nature of Hulme’ project.
Freedom Bakery C.I.C
(May 2017-September-2017) Social Enterprise Intern
University of Manchester
(September 2018-December 2019) Master of Science in Planning – Grade: Distinction
Fully accredited by the RTPI and RICS.
I graduated in December 2019 with an MSc in Planning with Distinction from the University of Manchester. I graduated with the highest overall GPA of over 200 Masters students in the Department of Planning and Environmental Management 2018/2019 and was therefore awarded the RTPI prize, achieving the highest grade in 3 of my 8 modules. Modules included:
- Land and Development (85)
- Neighbourhood Planning Project (83)
- Local Economic Development (72)
- Applied Spatial Analysis (ArcGIS, QGIS, SPSS) (68)
- Urban Theory, Planning Theory and Professional Ethics (66)
- Planning Powers and Procedures (UK Planning System) (75)
- Urban Regeneration (85)
- Infrastructure Planning (68)
- Postgraduate Dissertation (82)
I also obtained a certificate of commendation for my performance in my postgraduate dissertation entitled ‘Exploring the Theory and Application of Multi-Dimensional Walkability as a Strategy of Local Economic Development’, gaining an 82 (‘Outstanding First-class’).
University of Glasgow
(September 2014-June 2018) MA (Hons [joint]) Economics and Public Policy – Grade: 1st Class
I received no grades lower than a B3 and none lower than B2 over my final two honours years. Overall, 55% of my grades were an ‘A’ with 45% ‘B’.
I was awarded a distinction (A5) for my dissertation entitled ‘Analysing Walkability of Glasgow Neighbourhoods Using a Unique GIS-Based Multi-Variate Index’ which was supervised within the Urban Big Data Centre. I also gained the highest overall grade in 3 of my 12 honours modules. My honours modules were as follows:
- Quantitative Data Analysis (B1)
- Qualitative Data Analysis (B2)
- Microeconomic Analysis (B1)
- Macroeconomic Analysis (B2)
- Economics of Team Sport (A3)
- Public Economics (B2)
- Heterodox Economics (B2)
- Labour Economics (B2)
- Economics of Inequality and Poverty (A4)
- Collective Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory (A5)
- Remaking Cities in the modern era (A2)
- Paying for Public Policy (B2)
I also took modules in French, Spanish and Entrepreneurship in 1st and 2nd year.
I was awarded a scholarship by the Scottish Funding Council to cover my Masters tuition fees on account of my academic performance.
Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen
(August 2012-June 2014) Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers –
- 6As at Higher and 2As at Advanced Higher
(English, Maths, Physics, Economics, French and Spanish)
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