Maths has always been a passion for me from an early age. From studying points in the football league tables to solving complex mathematical problems, I’ve always loved the precise nature of maths. As a mathematician, with a deep-seated interest in the applications of maths, I love the diverse range of uses it has in a wide variety of job sectors. From travel and tourism to architecture and even fashion design, maths is of significant value in almost all career industries. As such, I receive great satisfaction from both teaching and encouraging an enthusiasm for maths in other students.
My first experience of tutoring was volunteering as a peer mentor, not in maths but at a spelling club, at my secondary school. I really enjoyed supporting students at the club on a one-to-one basis to help them improve their spelling and seeing their overall confidence grow. I have also regularly helped my brother and sister with maths and was delighted when they achieved grades 8 and 9 in their maths GCSEs last year. I also tutored them in Additional Maths GCSE, with my brother achieving an A grade.
At Exeter University, I work as part of the Refresh Your Maths team, leading and preparing sessions to improve the maths and numeracy skills of non-STEM subject students. I deliver a variety of sessions: some are designed to help students brush up on GCSE level maths whilst others focus on the numerical reasoning tests that are required by many employers during the application process for graduate-level jobs. As such, I am required to present clearly new concepts and ideas to students who may not have a natural inclination towards the subject. Each session I deliver involves adapting to the level of the students to ensure that they always develop. I have found this role incredibly rewarding and love seeing students excel in a subject in which they may have previously struggled.
In my spare time, I enjoy being active and am a regular runner and cyclist. I have completed more than 150 park runs and, in 2014, cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. I also volunteer regularly at Heavitree junior park run in Exeter.