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EducationOxford University, Philosophy, Politics and Economics June 2010
Overall 2:1 (3.8 GPA Equivalent); Thesis in philosophical psychology First Class (A+ Equivalent)
ExperienceMy key pedagogical emphases are on creating a pupil lead, multi-sensory and cross-disciplinary lesson. For example I would take my students to the British Museum and walk with them discussing the various artifacts. At the end of the field trip a student would pick his favorite exhibit about which he would do internet research to write a 5 paragraph essay, a story and a poem, at age 9, for our next session. We edit the work together while working on each piece for a session or two and looking at the theory of essays, stories and poems.
In mathematics and sciences I work building concepts and intuition from the ground up and focus heavily on teaching the idea behind the mathematics instead of the rapid deployments of manipulations. I firmly believe that abstract mathematics is left too late in the American school curriculum and give my students advanced and interesting problems to stimulate creativity in mathematical reasoning. I also teach elementary logic and give general logic puzzles as warm ups in mathematics.
I consider confidence building and enthusiasm for learning to be key tasks for a tutor. I debate with my pupils and encourage them to correct me if they notice a mistake. Teaching is a collaborative project and while there are times when I will need to lecture on a given topic most of the lessons will be very hands-on.
As a dyslexic myself, I have received training in various mnemonics and techniques for improving learning and retention for SPLD students. I am comfortable with most students from those that are falling behind to the very gifted and am enthusiastic about working with Autistic Spectrum students.
HobbiesJCR (Student Body) President, Blackfriars Hall 2007- 2008
Negotiated new scholarships, designed and implemented a bicycle loan scheme, received training in listening and negotiation, raised the profile of my college, represented students to the moderators, proctors, and OUSU, chaired meetings, planned, purchased for, and wrapped up numerous successful events.
Other activities include:
IT Officer, Oxford Women in Politics 2008- 2009
Treasurer, Oxford Invariants (Mathematics Society) 2007-2008
Member, Oxford Chess Team 2008- 2010
National Finalist, AISEC Leadership Tournament 2009
We were placed in teams of four at random. In qualifying round we had to define team values, complete a bridge building task, and produce a case study for a new business considering the environment in the recession. In the final we were judged both on our case study presentations and team working ability.
Finalist, Richard O’Sullivan Memorial Debater of the Year Competition 2008
This is the annual parliamentary debate competition in the Oxford Union boasting well over 100 participants across several weeks of debating. The final round is 8 speakers, and in my year included a world champion and several nationally ranked debaters.
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