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Calisha

Academic Qualifications

A levels: A* grades in Biology, A grade in Chemistry and Mathematics

AS level: A grade in French

GCSE: A* Grade in Science, Religious Studies, Latin, Additional Science, Mathematics, Geography, English, French, English Literature, Spanish and Dance, A grade in History

University of Manchester Medical School                                                                                   2014-present

Having completed by third year of medical school I have gained the equivalent of a BMedSci (Hons). I attend one of the largest medical schools in Europe and I came in the top 2% and  in my year for my Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and dissertation respectively.

 

Teaching Experience

Love Learning Tutors

Common Entrance: 11+ mathematics

GCSE: Mathematics

Better Results Tuition Centre: April 2017- July 2017

·      Maths and English tuition for 4-16 year olds

·      I taught maths and English to students individually and in groups of up to 4

·      I prepared students for their 11+ exams

·      In under-achieving students, I identified barriers to learning and created tailored plans to help them achieve

·      I gave feedback to parents after each session

·      I set and correct homework weekly

Academic Year 2016/2017: Medical School based experiences

·      I am the elected Year 3 Representative of central-based medical students, I meet and work closely with the medical school faculty

·      I have volunteered with FastBleep and Medics Outreach Manchester to help Y10 -Y12 students prepare for their medical school interviews and applications

 

Skills and Interests

I am a keen dancer and have been dancing since the age of 4. In particular, I love to do classical ballet and Irish dancing. I am also a member of my universities national debate team and was a founding member of the society. Whilst at university I have been lucky enough to perform with the university gospel choir competing in a national televised gospel choir competition.

 

Work Experience

February 2013-2015: KEEN LONDON, a charity providing one-to-one coaching to disabled children

·      I was a coach, session leader and a mentor to new coaches, this developed my leadership skills.

 

2009-2015: Teaching assistant at the Crouch End School of Dance

·      I taught ballet and jazz to children aged 2½-10 years old.

 

Summer 2015 and Summer 2016: Sport England

·      I interned in the health and communities’ department. I had a range of jobs and responsibilities. This included making poster presentations for national conferences as well as training colleagues and external partners on a new economic model.

 

Personal Statement

I first started teaching when I was 13 years old at my ballet school to children aged 3 to 10. As my teaching skills developed I began my own dance society at school teaching students from Year 7 to Year 13. Here I developed a love of teaching as I saw how my students improved and developed. I also developed important transferable skills for other teaching environments. After arriving at university I transferred to teaching academics, including English and maths as well as preparation for 11+.

I was lucky enough to benefit from private tuition whilst I was at school and so I am aware of the true benefits it can have for a student. The individualised tuition not only allows students to improve their academic performance but also the way in which the learn. By achieving better grades in a subject with the help of the tutoring, students begin to build confidence and self-belief in their ability to achieve. For students this translates as an important life lesson where hurdles can be overcome and success is achievable. Self-belief in students soon turns to a sense of self-efficacy. At this point students can start to take charge of their own learning, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, helping them to further personalise their own tutoring sessions. This journey from academic performance to a sense of self-efficacy is well nurtured through private tuition.

For the older students, with high self-efficacy, I encourage private tuition to be an opportunity to develop themselves as independent learners. This prepares students for the independent learning style used at university, and in some schools at A-level. In this supported style of learning students tackle work and then look to the tutor for further explanation, clarification and correction. This aligns more closely with university style teaching and will support a much smoother transition. I am very flexible with this style of teaching as it can be challenging, so I choose carefully the students and topics it best suits. For year 11 students who have already covered many topics but may be struggling to remember the content it works well to help improve the speed at which the material is covered, ensuring enough time for revision before the exams.

As a tutor I am driven by my students aims and ambitions. I am still in university and so can still remember my school days clearly. This helps me to empathise with students well, and the small age gap helps me to develop a good working relationship with the student.

Many students are preparing for exams and so I ensure that students follow the correct specification for their school and look at exam technique. Additionally, we carefully discuss revision techniques and throughout the year will evaluate progress to ensure we are on track.

I am a patient and understanding tutor experienced with students who are struggling as well as students excelling in their chosen subject. I aim to help students achieve their immediate academic goals as well as develop them further in their confidence and as learners; giving them lessons they can carry through to higher education and beyond. My tutors were able to offer me this and I hope to do the same.