My specialist subjects are Psychology (up to undergraduate level), Criminology (up to Masters level) and Maths, and English primary. I also teach History and Statistics, and I am very happy to handle jobs related to writing personal statements, essay writing, critical thinking, homework and revision.
I have been a student, mentor and teacher for almost 10 years and although I have a diverse skill set, I have been particularly praised for my understanding of cultural sensitivities and the ability to build trusting relationships with children of varying background, age or education. I am a strong believer in that "the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited" (Plutarch). I always strive not only to share knowledge but also to build up confidence of a young individual and to help him/ her discover the joy of learning. It is not only about me doing my best so my tutee can excel academically, but it is about the entire learning process that I believe I can make creative, inspiring and enriching. I believe in every young person I work with
with adequate support everyone is able to progress and grow.
Sept 2011 - March 2015 Manchester University, PhD Criminology
2010 - 2011 University of Cambridge, Newnham College, MPhil Criminological Research
2007 - 2010 University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) Psychology
2005 - 2007 University of Warsaw, College of Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities, MA Psychology and MA Law (not completed as I transferred to the University of St Andrews in the UK in my third year)
2002 - 2005 Gdynia International Baccalaureate World School No 0704, Poland
HL: Biology (6), History (6), English (6)
SL: French (7), Polish (6), Mathematics (6)
Extended Essay Theory of Knowledge (1)
At the moment, I enjoy working as a tutor to:
(1) Yasmine - a 2nd year Psychology student
she requires extensive help with Advanced Research Methods. I tutor her in the content of the module as well as provide with all the necessary support so she can excel in the written assignments and class tests.
(2) (AQA) Psychology students - AS: Victoria (dyslexic), Isla, Niko and Sam (dyslexic), and A2 students: Holly, Cathleen, Jhon and Felix. In each case, the main focus is on essay structure and writing.
(3) Ethan - a Year 4 pupil
in Maths (e.g. homework) and English (focus on creative writing)
(4) Julia - a Year 3 pupil
overall Maths homework help and English - predominantly spelling, reading with fluency and expression,
(5) Jack - a Year 1 pupil
in Maths and in English (predominantly handwriting and spelling)
Before, between Sept 2011 and May 2014, at the University of Manchester, I was responsible for delivering seminars on "Managing Offenders in the Community" to 3rd year and "Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice" to 1st year undergraduate students. Each seminar group comprised ten to fifteen students. I designed each seminar in alignment with course programme and made use of audio-visual resources and journal articles to ensure a fruitful discussion
I prepared third-year students for end of term presentations. The average mark achieved every academic year was first-class. I also prepared first-year students for end of term exams and marked their exam papers. In every class, I strived to provide a stimulating learning environment for students and a chance for myself to improve my teaching skills and techniques becoming a nurturing, creative teacher, devoted to helping students realise their potential.
Finally, between Sept 2006 and June 2007, I had volunteered for the charity organisation "The World for YES" in Warsaw, Poland. I had taught English to high-school students (five in a group) with learning disabilities (dyslexia and ADHD). The students attending the class had had major problems with the English course in their respective schools and I had supported them with school course work and homework. I had carried out individual assessments to pick up learning gaps and customised learning material. Iused a variety of textbooks and audio-visual resources to produce the teaching material. Also, prepared tests and provided oral and written feedback on students-progress. I did succeed in encouraging them to make more effort and to try harder by being supportive and caring about their progress. All of them had initially been at risk of failing the subject and not getting a promotion to the next class but they all in the end succeeded which was to me the greatest reward.
Hobbies and Interests
When I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking, studying languages and travelling with my husband. I am also an aspiring childrens writer.