Mathematics: I am currently undertaking a PhD in Pure Maths at City, University of London. From September 2017 I taught Maths at Rugby School. Here I taught all age ranges, Edexcel A level and Cambridge Pre-U, A level Further Maths, and worked with the Maths and Computer Science Oxbridge entry program – giving mock interviews and helping with personal statements. I ran a weekly critical thinking session for the Cambridge TSA tests, and even gave a lecture entitled The Secrets of Cryptography! In 2015/2016 I taught the Thai mathematics syllabus to students aged 15 to 18 , as part of an extra program whereby students are taught the core subjects in English. This was at Thabo school on the North-Eastern border of Thailand – a popular local government school with over 3000 students. I also taught English as a Foreign Language to classes from ages 13 to 18.
Finding the right balance between jumping in / getting hands on with the problems and taking pause to collect your thoughts is not easy. In the mock interviews I have given, I always encourage the students to speak their mind as much as possible and not be afraid of getting stuck or "awkward" silences - this is unavoidable - the interviewer will be pushing you as far as they can - if you don't get stuck then the interviewer hasn't done a good job! The main aim for a mathematics interview is not to get to the final solution, rather for the interviewer to observe and understand your thought process, methods of logical deduction and ability to reason critically.
I love to travel and explore – outside of living in Thailand for a year I have moved around large parts of India and South-East Asia. I found the difference in the structure of teaching very interesting in Thailand, and in particular I was always impressed by the advanced topics that were taught even at their equivalent to GCSEs. I am a keen cyclist and an amateur runner – by the end of 2019 I will have completed my third half-marathon. I also enjoy photography, in particular landscapes – I have combined all these passions into a collection of the photos of the natural beauty found whilst cycling around Asia I have a passion for music and have completed my Grade 8 ABRSM in violin and piano. This passion now manifests itself digitally, as I keep and curate a collection of monthly playlists – every month since 2010!
Whilst teaching at Rugby School I was asked to help give the Oxbridge Maths and Computer Science interviews. I have also worked on two "exchange" days whereby students from visiting schools would come to Rugby to practice interviews. I began tutoring Maths during my BSc at Bristol, initially to friends and via word of mouth, for ages 11 through to 18. I often delivered tuition in person, cycling or driving as required, although sometimes via Skype, and was also part of a volunteer tutor program for a local girls’ school in Bristol. Since then I have delivered personal tuition to a number of students for reasons including 11+ and 13+ entry, university entry and even for a pilot’s licence exam!