I have recently graduated Cardiff University with a 1:1, and I am beginning teacher training in September. I have completed multiple weeks of work experience and projects with students in both Literature and Language, and I am currently planning on studying to become a teacher. Although I have no formal teaching qualifications yet, I am driven and passionate and I have the added experience of actually sitting extremely similar exams to what you will be working towards.
I was a senior prefect in both secondary school and during my two years in sixth form. These positions have not only made me more responsible, but they have heightened my sensitivity towards younger people and fuelled my desire to teach.
I am currently a mentor in University for the first-year students and I am aiming to help them to feel comfortable and at ease within the academic and the social environments. I hold small and informal meeting once every two weeks for my mentees. As the meetings are not compulsory, I am responsible for creating an interesting mentoring session to not only ensure the attendance of my mentees, but to create a beneficial learning environment for everyone involved. By taking part in this Mentoring Scheme I feel that I have improved my time management skills and more importantly, I have been able to adapt my lessons to accommodate for many people's personal preferences. This has given me the confidence to be able to plan stimulating lessons for pupils in the future.
I am currently tutoring two secondary school pupils at different times in the week. I tutor a year 10 pupil and I assist her with Macbeth and Of Mice and Men. Alongside studying these books in depth, I also assist with her English Language skills. She is very receptive to help with literary devices and advancing her English skills as a whole. I also tutor a pupil from year 7, and I assist her with basic maths, geography and her English skills. English is not her first language and it is very important for her to have a solid grasp of the English Language. Outside of these sessions, I plan for the upcoming meetings to ensure that my students are achieving as much as possible from our time together. This position has and given me insight on how best to approach teaching different age groups, but also how to utilise my time to prepare lessons that have to adhere to time restrictions.
I delivered Creative Writing Classes to year 8 pupils in an after-school club. I was responsible for planning these sessions and ensuring that the pupils were engaged. The pupils worked on individual or group creative writing projects. The overall aim was for the pupils to write their own short story, with interesting plot lines and developed linguistic and language skills. This, again, has given me a very important insight into how classroom dynamics work and how to keep pupils engaged for the whole lesson. In the lead up for this, I attended multiple training sessions. Several of which involved supervising a classroom led by an experienced teacher to see how they engage with the pupils, while making the lesson enjoyable and educational.
My teaching method is extremely flexible. I believe that it should be based upon the individual and how a pupil learns best personally! I can adapt easily to suit you and how you learn best. The lessons will be structured, but very casual to relieve as much pressure on you as possible.
Exam Board Experience
I have the added benefit of sitting very similar exams from WJEC or AQA. I am familiar with mark schemes and AOs.
Student Success Stories
A pupil of mine submitted course work that we worked on together and went from a D grade to an A. She was one mark from an A* and we really had fun writing together