I am a Physics student at QMUL, about to enter my 3rd year. I generally tutor younger children, ranging from years 3/4 to GCSE level. I tend to work through homeworks and revision exercises with my students, checking at each step that they understand what they are learning, and building up intuition and understanding from basic principles when I feel they have missed some part of the problems they are trying to solve. I have no qualms with spending an hour explaining a single topic if I feel it truly helps the student.
I have been tutoring since for 4 years, since I was doing my GCSEs and helped the children of some family friends for their 11+ exams. In those 4 years, I have taught 6 students, preferring to tutor on a long-term basis so as to get to know the student so I can help to optimise their learning. In terms of results, my first student entered the summer camp for chemistry at Cambridge University. The second student had just moved to England, and was struggling in school due to not fluently understanding the language. By the end of my year tutoring them, they had improved to performing above average in many of their subjects, including English. Recently, a GCSE student of mine went from achieving C's in physics when I started with them, to achieving an A in their end of term test.
Education PHYSICS MSCI | QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
· Entering my third year (started September 2016)
· Grades: achieved 87% overall average in my first year and 75% overall in second year
PORTLAND PLACE SCHOOL GCSEs:
● A* in: Biology, English Literature, and Spanish
● A in: Computer Studies (IGCSE), Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, and Economics
● B in: Geography
● B in: Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Studies
● I tutored underprivileged children from 2012-13. One of them was preparing for their GCSEs and performed so well they were accepted to the Cambridge Summer School for Chemistry, their favourite subject. The other child was younger, and far behind their peers in subjects such as Reading. Within a year, they had caught up and had grades matching their peers.
● I volunteered to help a start-up tutoring company by advertising and promoting them during some Open Days at universities. This involved operating a booth and coming up with a quick, yet interesting, pitch to mention to people as they passed by to attract their attention and get them to sign up to the service.
● During the summer of 2017, I helped the new ARQ Lab (a robotics facility) at QMUL set up for demonstration days. This involved choosing a non-functional robot to fix, deciding what task it should perform, and coding it so to achieve that and demonstrate it to prospective students of the university. I built an autonomously navigating small robot rover, that could avoid obstacles using an ultrasound sensor, and then produce a basic map of the room around it that it printed to the console.
● Currently, I am continuing to help the ARQ Lab in my free time, as we have assembled a team to compete in Cybathlon 2020 in Zurich. This is an international competition in which innovative new technologies for disabled mobility are rigorously tested under tough conditions in which most current day mobility systems would fail. We are modifying an existing electric wheelchair to be able to climb up and down stairs autonomously, cross rocky terrain, keep stable across steep incline planes, and yet retain enough mobility and speed to finish the race first. It is a small team made of other students, and with a very limited budget, making it a very interesting yet tough engineering challenge. I am primarily involved in the programming of the Raspberry Pi that will control the wheelchair systems, but I am also learn CAD to be able to assist the modelling and design of the wheelchair. Since this is a small team, I am also involved in seeking sponsors and advertising the project, as well as coming up with new ideas for how to deal with the challenges in the race.
● Morgan Stanley work shadowing in 2013. I spent a week exploring all the different departments of the company, such as Business Information Services, Research, Sales & Trading, Investments, and Fixed Income groups. During this week I sat down with people from all these departments to discuss what they did in the firm, the pros & cons of their respective jobs, and how I could do those jobs myself if interested later. They also showed me the hands-on details of their work, and this allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of how the whole banking system and firm worked.
● Tutoring 2015-18. I have tutored several children, ranging in ages from 7 to 15, including preparation for GCSEs and some work for A-Levels. We worked on all their subjects, but primarily I focused on teaching English and Maths to foreign children who had underdeveloped English skills, tutoring them until they matched their classmates in understanding.
● I aided my uncle in his plumbing business for a few weeks in 2012. This involved going with him and his employees to the different jobs they were called to each day, assessing what needed to be done, procuring supplies, and finally fixing the pipes.
● C++ programming: during my First Year I did a module on C++ programming that involved the creation of a 3D ideal kinetic gas simulation, involving wide use of custom classes. The robotic project for ARQ also involved programming the rover in C++
● Python programming: I received an A grade for my final Computer Studies project, which involved the creation of a dynamic solar system simulator that would accurately model the orbits of customisable planetary bodies and trace their movements across a plane solar system
● MATLAB programming: during my First Year I completed a module teaching professional skills in Physics, especially the use of MATLAB to manipulate matrices and produce graphs
● Maths skills: my ongoing degree involves constant use of mathematics, especially differentiation and integration, and applying these tools to real life situations
● Communication Excellence Program (2017)
● I am an avid reader, particularly interested by fantasy, history, and science. I love books that manage to blend some of these together, most notably the blend of science and fantasy I found in Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I am currently reading Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark.
● I enjoy playing guitar to relax, and attended the Notting Hill Guitar School for a couple of years.
● I am a fan of video gaming, both as a form of enjoyment and as an industry. I love learning about the ways in which artists and designers can use computers to bring their visions of interactive worlds to life, and I hope to at least dabble in the industry sometime myself.
● Travelling is very important to me. Having moved around a lot when growing up, I was able to experience the diversity of cultures across the world, from Africa to Europe to Oceania. I found this broadened my perspective on how different a human life can be depending on where you end up being born, and I hope to enjoy this learning experience more by travelling in the future.
Niels is a fellow student and a friend. I highly recommend him as a tutor as he has effectively helped me on several occasions. He is articulate and can quickly get you to intuitively understand a problem in physics on a more deep level. He is also very pleasant to work with and responsible to his duties.
Niels is very empathetic, enthusiastic about physics and fully understands the material that he teaches, giving a very personalised working relationship. From the fundamental basics to the specialised topics, Niels does not compromise and ensures that the tutoring he gives is of the highest standard. Sessions with Niels are nothing but engagement and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend Niels to anyone that needs guidance with anything regarding physics.
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