As a child I didn’t like school or education, I passed my GCSE’s with no real desire to do anything. When I was 21 years old I started an evening Psychology course, I fell in love with psychology from then on. I then studies Psychology, Biology and History at A Level, after successfully completing these I was accepted into my first choice University, where I studied Psychology for the next 4 years. From then on I have never looked back, I have worked in schools, rehabilitation centres, teaching English as foreign language and for the NHS. I love teaching, helping and appreciating people for who they are and what their strengths are.
I have three children, 11, 6 and 1 and we're very close to our nephew, who is 7. As you can see my husband and I have our hands full, so I don’t have much spare time, I do really enjoying gardening, and growing my own fruit and veg.
Keep your eyes out for my latest blogs and latest work with my students.
First German lesson with Tanja, he has two 30 minutes sessions a week. These are engaging and fun, time flies when he’s doing it and he loves every second.
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Growth and Fixed Mindset Theory
Last week it was my littlest monster’s birthday, how she is now two, I have no idea.
What can I say about Eden… she is the smartest kid I have ever met, she counts, she sings, she knows her colours. She is such a funny little thing, don't get me wrong she also knows what she’s doing most of the time is naughty, but she's so funny with it. She is a climber, I mean she’ll climb anything and everything.
I don't know what we ever done without her! Tegan and Dillan just love her to bits, she is most definitely their little princess.
Unicorns and Maths… what more could you ask for on a Monday morning?!
Two years ago today I sodded as I said goodbye to a fantastic student.
Today on my Facebook memories, this came up. The sheer pride I feel for her has not dwindled. She worked so hard for two years, when things got hard she came back fighting. She gave all she could and that’s all anyone can ask. This makes my heart smile.
“Said goodbye to one of my A level students today. Such beautiful words from the student and mum. I love teaching psychology but helping someone reach their full potential, and encouraging them not to let things hold them back is just amazing, but exam results do not define who you are and what you can do. Super proud tutor today.”
Saturday Morning Monster Maths
All English words are written with vowel letters in them. These letters are vowels in English: A, E, I, O, U. Vowels are one of the two principal classes of speech sounds, the other being the consonant. Vowels vary in quality, in loudness and also in length.
What better way for children to remember the vowels, than with a funny face. Psychological research has shown again and again that attaching meaning to something increases our recall dramatically. So make it funny, make it silly, make it relevant… that way the information sticks.
4th June 2020
1st June 2020
Traffic Light Times Table Challenge
It’s important to keep parents up to date with their child’s development, without bombarding them with information.
To do this my student completes the Traffic Light Times Table Challenge. No time restrictions, no pressure. They just follow the colour code; GREEN is for the sums you know the answer for also straight away, ORANGE is for the ones you know, but spend a little time working out and RED/BLANK are the sums the student doesn’t know or thinks they do not know.
This gives me an insight into not only their development, but also what the student finds difficult, it’s also a good visual for the student and parent to see how much progress the student has made and which areas we will work on.
27th May 2020
In today’s session we spent some time revising the Working Memory Model. Making sure we know the correct terminology and supporting knowledge by talking about research, as well as the strengths and limitation.
25th May 2020
22nd May 2020
Quick and Energetic Maths lessons
Remembering times tables can be a real headache for some kids, and adults. So making lessons short, fun and energetic is key when focusing on this.
30 minute maths sessions every day really helps to build confidence and keep that engagement there. Plus some of the challenge cards are absolutely hilarious.
Here is what me and my 10 year old student played this morning. She loved it and I love how I can see her confidence grow everyday.
A lovely message from the parent after todays lession...
"I've never seen my daughter "buzzing" about times tables before! Thank you so much again, you really are a miracle worker."❤
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