I'm currently a university student studying physics and astrophysics. I am happy to give lessons to anyone seeking help below degree level. All I ask is that you are optimistic and willing to try your best!
I strongly believe that a true understanding is the key to success. I therefore place a large emphasis on ensuring a student fully understands a topic above anything else. Then, in order to reinforce this knowledge it is important to try practise problems and questions.
My lessons therefore would begin with an overview of a topic; giving explanations and answering any questions the student has. Once the student is happy they understand we will move on to try questions together, with one or two set as additional work between sessions.
I'm a student in the third year of my MPhys Physics and Astrophysics degree at Sheffield University. I studied the International Baccalaureate in Sixth Form and took maths, physics, chemistry, english, french and geography so therefore feel have a wide range of skills to share.
I have tutored GCSE maths before and my tutee went on to achieve an A grade.
I am a friendly person and am able to explain concepts in original ways which often helps with developing a real understanding.
We can negotiate a price dependent on block bookings/level of teaching etc.
Education and qualifications:
September 2015-present: The University of Sheffield - MPHYS Physics and Astrophysics, on course for 1st class degree
• PHY394 Education and Outreach: This is a highly practical module for people enthusiastic about outreach. By being accepted onto the course I am now a STEM ambassador, have observed lessons in schools and am aware of UK government science policy and the details of the national curriculum. I also partake in regular education literature journal clubs where we discuss current news within the education sphere.
September 2008-May 2015: The Red Maids’ School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
International Baccalaureate: Score of 42 (HL Physics 7, HL Chemistry 6, HL Maths 5, SL English 7, SL French 7, SL Geography 7, Core 3).
IGCSEs/GCSEs: 11A* grades including maths, English, physics, chemistry and biology.
September 2017-present: STEM ambassador
August 2013-present: RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification with AED
February 2015-present: Driving License
October 2013-present: ASA Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (October 2013)
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award (2012)
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award (pending on residential section)
Outreach and teaching experience:
June 2017: Liquid Nitrogen Outreach Project, University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield offers liquid nitrogen demonstrations to primary and secondary schools as part of its outreach programme. I was employed to plan the demonstration and write the demonstration script. It was necessary to adapt the demonstration to different Key Stages which required knowledge of the national curriculum and also the ability to tailor scientific explanations.
March 2017-present: Volunteering at STEM outreach events, University of Sheffield
I regularly volunteer at outreach events. These have included a STEM outreach for girls’ day and a ‘Discovery night’. The former is aimed at encouraging young women into male dominated degrees and career paths, whilst the latter event was aimed at inspiring school children to develop an interest in science. The range of age groups in attendance at outreach events means I have to tailor my explanation of the science for each person, a skill I believe I have become good at.
2013-2015: Maths tutor
I tutored IGCSE maths to younger students at my school. This helped improve my explanation skills and enabled me to become better at presenting abstract mathematical ideas in a different, more helpful way.
2010-2015: Voluntary swim coaching, Bristol Henleaze Swimming Club
I volunteered once a week teaching/coaching young children to swim competitively. The role taught me how to communicate effectively with young children, which also enabled me to understand how to give constructive criticism in a positive manner.
Other employment history:
September 2017-present: Student Associate for Learning and Teaching (SALT), University of Sheffield
This role involves working with students from different departments within the Faculty of Science in a team. Our task this year is to implement a way to improve feedback within the faculty, using data collected from the SALT team last year. Working with people from outside my department allows me to appreciate the skills and knowledge people with different backgrounds have. As a team we have been able to find a creative and adaptable solution to our task which we are currently building upon. Within this role I work with both academics and students who often have very different opinions meaning we must be able to cope with change to the project due to conflicting views. We have weekly meetings and deadlines which requires effective time management to meet.
July 2017-August 2017: 5 week research project, University of Sheffield
I carried out a research project aimed at exploring the activation of different materials by cosmic rays, specifically by neutron beams, using ACTIVIA code. I was largely responsible for analysing data using Microsoft Excel and Python.
February 2017 - present: Casual worker, department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.
I am responsible for giving tours of the department to prospective students and their parents, and in the role answer questions about university life, thus enabling me to refine skills in expressing myself and my ideas, concisely and clearly.
October 2013 – October 2018: Casual Sports Assistant (lifeguard), Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol.
I was responsible for the safety of customers in the pool and for keeping the pool environment in good condition. This role required me to work well in a team and be a good communicator.
Further positions of responsibility:
September 2017-present: Female Sports Secretary for the University of Sheffield Physics Society (Physoc)
My role in Physoc involves organising sporting activities for students and captaining the Physoc netball team. This requires leadership, enthusiasm and good organisation skills. My wider role as part of Physoc committee means I am also able to work well as part of a team, communicate my thoughts clearly and effectively and manage my time well.
June 2016-present: Strength training
I go to the gym five times a week to strength and hypertrophy train. This requires motivation, commitment and consistency.
Fluent in English, conversational level French.
Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint (advanced)
Video Editing experience (Abode Premier)
Frequent user of social media including Facebook, YouTube and Instagram
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