Isobel M

University of Birmingham

  • Currently an academic mentor in secondary English for Teach First. I am about to begin my PGCE (with QTS) at Durham University.
  • I am passionate about reading, and love the way literature reflects and questions the world around us.
  • I love helping people! I thrive the most when I am helping others to achieve their goals.

I am a passionate English graduate from the University of Birmingham, where I obtained my BA Hons in English Literature (high 2:1 classification) and my masters in Literature and Culture (distinction). I currently work as an Academic Mentor in secondary English for Teach First. I teach both English language and literature lessons to small groups and on a one to one basis. My work ensures that students fulfill their academic potential; I support GCSE students as they complete coursework and prepare for exams. Working in small groups allows me to teach material at a more steady pace and in a approach which is catered to the students' personal leaning styles. More focused sessions allow me to build a mutually respectful rapport with students, who work to achieve their potential as I work to support their unique learning demands. I also support KS3 students, particularly those with lower reading ages. I work on their basic English skills to help improve their literacy level. I teach grammar lessons, and key literature texts as well as providing additional support with their reading. I support SEND and EAL students in English lessons, and so I am experienced and versatile in my teaching approach. I help remove barriers which prevent learners from succeeding by providing a patient, resilient and versatile approach which caters for each student as individuals. At University I worked with adult learners at evening classes as they worked towards their level two qualification in English Language. This has developed my teaching practice as I worked with students with dyslexia, supporting them with the material and answering any questions they had. I also became sensitive to the issue of educational confidence, something I've since found to be a recurring issue with school age students. Consequently my motivation is to remove this barrier, and help every student realize and fulfill their own academic potential. My experience of working with older learners has also encouraged me to work with A level Literature students, where I could use my expertise from my postgraduate studies. In September I am delighted to begin my PGCE (with QTS) in secondary English at Durham University, and so I am keen to tutor English literature and langauge up to GCSE and Literature up to A level. My main motivation is to remove academic barriers which prevent students from achieving their goals by providing a resilient and versatile teaching approach which caters to each and every individual student.

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Qualifications

SubjectLevelResult
BiologyGCSEA
ChemistryGCSEA
English LanguageGCSEA
English LiteratureGCSEA*
FrenchGCSEA
GeographyGCSEA
MathsGCSEB
PhysicsGCSEA*
Religious StudiesGCSEA*

£2450 / hour

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