Cassie

Academic Qualifications

Downe House School

GSCEs: 7A*s(English Language, English Literature, Maths, History, French, Chemistry) 3As (Latin, Mandarin, Physics)

AS: Art (A)

Pre-U (A Level equivalents): English Literature (A*), Philosophy (A), Politics (A)

University College London

History, Politics and Economics BA

 

Teaching Experience

Eleven Plus Exams: January 2016 – May 2016

During my Gap Year I worked as a tutor for Eleven Plus Exams, a tutoring academy which operates 5 days a week and prepares students for some of the top state and grammar schools in the country as well as coaching many for scholarships to private schools.

Love Learning Tutors

Common Entrance: English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

GCSE: English Literature, English Language, Maths, History, Religious Studies, Mandarin and Politics

A-Level: English Literature, English Language, History, Politics and Philosophy

 

Skills and Interests

Whilst at university I have become involved in UCL’s Thai Boxing society and I train with them three times a week. Thai Boxing is like regular boxing but a little more violent, so I also rock climb which is a good foil. My love of being outdoors is paradoxically married to a love of living in London; particularly the vibrant music scene  that exists here. Although I’m spectacularly untalented myself I regularly enjoy seeing wide variety of music, varying from indie to electronic.

During the holidays am invariably travelling, generally around Asia and Eastern Europe. I speak good Chinese (HSK3) and basic Russian (second year of study) but I try to improve both as much as I can by visiting each country every year or so.

 

Work Experience

Mabel’s Tavern November 2016 – May 2017

Eleven Plus Exams February 2016 - May 2016

Ecologia Youth Trust (Moscow)  November 2015- January 2016

The Crab and Boar (Berkshire) 2015

Crossroads Centre (Beijing)  2015

Sir Edward Garnier QC MP  2014

The Guardian 2014                                                                         

 

Personal Statement

It is said that ‘the wise man knows he knows nothing’ and it is certainly the case that learning is often a gradual revelation of how little we know and understand. However, learning is not the steady accumulation of facts in order that we might know the answer to every question, but it is instead the tools with which we can understand ourselves and the world around us. Learning is so fundamental to our self-confidence, I speak from experience when I say that it is transformative for a child’s life to realise that a complex subject or idea is in their grasp. I really believe that a child not understanding something simply means their tutor or teacher is not explaining it in a clear enough way, as a tutor this is my responsibility and I take it very seriously. A good tutor tailors their teaching style to a child's personality, and through an understanding of what interests their tutee makes the subject matter engaging for them. Where relevant, I encourage my students to do a little of their own research around the syllabus, and bring it up for discussion in our next session. This encourages independence and also makes a greater impression on a child’s memory. I have found stimulating kinetic, aural and visual learning are all crucial to building memories, and so I use a variety of different learning methods which ensure my students remember the topic in different ways. As I am passionate about all the subjects I teach I am really looking forward to discussing with my tutees their opinions on everything I teach, alongside watching their personal confidence grow as they realise what they are capable of.