Name: J. O
Subjects & Levels:
- English up to degree/university level
- Biology up to A-Level
- Maths, Chemistry, Physics, PE, French, Spanish, Drama up to GCSE
University degree: Swansea University, BA (Hons) English Literature 2:1
Locations: Central London Zones 1-4
Enhanced DBS Check: Yes
I studied English Literature at Swansea University and my dissertation was on Charles Dickens (in particular Great Expectations and Oliver Twist). During my degree, I volunteered to become a literacy mentor for disadvantaged children at a local primary school. I have always had my head in a book, and the thought of helping young children access this passion for reading made the decision to help incredibly easy. During the mentoring, I saw a huge development in the children’s reading skills and this sense of fulfilment made me determined to help other children succeed.
Following my graduation, I began my current position as a teaching assistant at a Primary School in North London. I predominantly work 1:1 with six children in Year 2 who have learning difficulties. In this role, I have learnt how to turn daily lessons into fun and more manageable bursts that suit the needs of each child.
I have a passion to explore every area of teaching and as a result I run an after-school football and athletics club with high achieving KS2 pupils. I thoroughly enjoy working with the older students and it is extremely rewarding to give children the chance to experience a new activity.
What I do when I am not tutoring:
I have played guitar since the age of eleven and it is the root of my passion for music. As a result I write my own music blog (www.thepursuitofsound.wordpress.com) which features new music daily.
I am also a keen runner. I have completed four half marathons and I enjoy fitness/sport on all levels.