I am currently undertaking a placement year with my university in a secondary school, specialising in the science department teaching and doing individual work with students between year 7 to 13.
I like to work in a way that the student progresses the most in each lesson, by doing lessons in a way that makes them feel most comfortable learning, whether that be by going through everything with a fine tooth comb, going over work they have been given at school, doing exam practise or revising topics that they don't feel confident with. I do this by focusing on how they feel they best learn, visually or through discussion and I am willing to go extra lengths to make sure the students memorise, but also understand the content required, and not just retaining information for an exam, with the intention of later forgetting it.
I believe I am a flexible tutor, and can adapt to the needs of every student. I believe that students should be given the opportunity to develop their passions, but also focus on the subjects they struggle with. By providing them with framework to make deeper connections between subjects and their passions, it makes the information they learn for their qualifications isn't just for the exams that they sit, but also to apply it later in life.
I am fun and dedicated, and able to understand the problems in which students go through in the process of learning, and am able to help them with subjects that I believe I am strong enough at to improve their confidence with.
I am currently undertaking a placement year teaching physics in KS3, chemistry KS3-GCSE, and biology KS3-A Level. I have also helped the maths department and am comfortable teaching the maths syllabus KS3-GCSE.
I like to structure my lessons in the way that the students best feel comfortable. I would start from the beginning of a topic and work through the content with them. Once a subject/chapter has been finished, we would do practise questions to ensure that they have understood the content before moving on. I would like to either sit down and discuss how they feel with the subject in the first lesson- whether by traffic lighting the content (highlighting in different colours the specification with what they feel comfortable with, need to learn and what to recap). This way I can identify where they feel they are least comfortable and slow down with those lesson in particular.
Exam Board Experience
I am comfortable teaching edexcel and AQA GCSE chemistry and biology (or combined sciences), and AQA biology. I have not used other exam boards however I am willing to try with them if required.