Hey everyone! My name is Kayvon Taee and I am a mixed english-iranian student who would like to give lessons to people who are studying chemistry/mathematics for their GCSEs and A-levels! Simply put, I structure lessons by:
1. Quick test on knowledge - This could be pulled from past papers or from exercise books, with the difficulty being tailored to how well the student understood the content previously.
2. Content delivery - If it's a new topic, I will first start off introducing the topic slowly and will adjust the pace according to how well the student understood the content. If it's a topic that's been pre-taught or rather difficult, then I will provide exam questions to ensure understanding. If you're feeling confident, then I will try to stretch you by giving questions that are borderline to the next qualification! (I.e. If you are doing A-levels, I may give you a solomon paper for maths or a A-level/Degree borderline question for chemistry!) Also note that the opportunity to ask questions is always there, so don't hesitate to ask (Even if it's personal!)
3. Broadening your horizons - This is the most exciting part! This is where I show you applications/context behind the theory you're learning and guiding you to connect the dots of the pieces of content delivered. This is so you can actually see the content is worth learning, go beyond the syllabus and will hopefully see the fun aspect of your course; this can be in the form of videos and interactives such as desmos for mathematics
4. Evaluation of progress - In this part, I will say where I think you will need to work on and how you should work on your areas of weakness. This can be in the form providing further reading to help you understand the content in more depth, additional questions to be set as homework (from exams and the exercise book) and links to maths/science articles to help you apply you knowledge to what you have just learned.
5. Motivation! - In the last part of the lesson, this will allow time for the student to address concerns/worries, which could be for the exam, anything that may affect your academic performance or anything personal you wish to share. I will ensure I will motivate to student to do their best, because after all, we may be studying towards our qualification but without that confidence to persevere (due to personal reasons, poor state school education, etc) the student would not be able to reach their full potential. So let's be the best you can be! (My personal motto)
By the way, there may be the odd maths/chemistry content related pun, because who doesn't love a good pun? :D
I started giving lessons back in Yr13 to chemistry and maths students of the same year and one year below. Coming from a low achieving state school, my classmates needed the motivation to persevere through their A-levels. I helped my teacher with the Yr13 maths class by first self-teaching all C1 to C4 myself in three months and S1/M1 in a month after so I had the subject knowledge to help my classmates, with 4/5 of my classmates passing with B grades and the other obtaining a C. In my first year of my degree, my classmates were very stressed out due to the exam season. Throughout the year, I taught myself the content and as a result was able to help my classmates with tactics on how to approach exam questions and how to get the full marks.This was in form of meet ups in the university library (using the whiteboard and talking through the question) and through messenger by uploading examples of responses that would help them get full marks along with screenshots of calculations and diagrams. (These screenshots are available on request if you don't believe me!) As a result, only 10/180 students failed that year, with a significant proportion achieving 2:1s. I am currently helping the students who failed the exam through messenger and skype.
BSc Chemistry October 2016 – Present
First year result - 1st
University of Warwick
A-Levels, September 2014 – June 2016
The Leigh Academy,
Physics - B
GCSE’s, September 2009 – June 2014
The Leigh Academy,
IGCSE English: B
Electronic Products: C
ICT CiDa: Distinction
Performing Arts (Acting): Merit
French - B
2012 - Spirit of the Try Angle Award, Good Friend Award
Awarded due to outstanding commitment and resilience in helping my autistic brother throughout his educational and social life, acting as an effective role model so I am adaptable to people with special needs. Award was competed all across Kent.
2015 - The Leigh Trust Academies Award in Science
Awarded due to achieving the best overall grades in science and mathematics in my AS levels in all of the schools within the Leigh trust.
2016 - The Rixa Huxley Award in Mathematics
Awarded due to being the first student in the last 10 yrs to achieve A* in A level mathematics and being the first student to self teach the entire A level mathematics Edexcel syllabus to myself and to come out with an A* in my secondary school.
Kayvon has been an excellent role model to others at university, and he's always tried to help everyone with the revision during our first year. He has always been a hard-working, dedicated and organized individual. As he also idealizes his studies in the Sciences and Maths, he'd be a perfect tutor.
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