I like to get a good understanding of a persons personality, interests, strengths and weaknesses before I focus on one method of teaching. This usually means that I adapt according to one's learning style. For example with math homework I would prefer to do the first one or two questions with the child going step by step slowly showing the child exactly what to do and then letting the child try on their own. I find this approach to be the most effective as children usually have a general idea of the concept however are only missing or forgetting a few steps, specifically with mathematics. I also like to take breathing breaks especially when I feel like a child is not getting a concept or is frustrated. I like to form a bond with the student I'm working with and so if possible I like to relate school content to real life situations or ask them to link things to their life experiences and that way I get to know the child better. I am extremely patient and don't mind preparing a little extra work if need be for the child to practice in their own time.
I am a BSc Specialization second year student in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Alberta. I have been tutoring since 10th grade in high school - so around 4 years now. I am an enthusiastic, friendly tutor with a passion for education and love for children. I am incredibly patient and understanding of what it is to struggle with different concepts. I use multiple ways to teach and explain concepts as clearly and as slowly as need be. I have great reading, written and communication skills and I'm a positive, joy filled person. My last tutoring position was at Kenilworth School Edmonton, AB through Frontier College where I helped grade 7's and 8's with both numeracy and literacy and saw between 75% to 80% improvement at the end of the academic year in each student.
CAREER OBJECTIVE: To secure a position as a Preschool/Elementary Tutor
PROFILE: Committed and hands on worker eager to learn where she can. Determined to do the job well with a positive mindset and attitude. Highly organized and excellent planner. Builds collaborative relationships that foster trust and lead to success.
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Resourceful, flexible, punctual, dependable, dedicated and compassionate worker.
•Skilled in providing culturally competent customer service to a diverse population.
•Effective team member with demonstrated ability to interact well with people of all ages and backgrounds.
•Ability to carry out job responsibilities in situations of high pressure or crisis.
*Currently a 2nd year student at the University of Alberta completing a specialization program. Courses taken so far include: Cell biology, Biological Diversity, Eukaryotic Cellular Biology, University Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus for the Life Sciences, Intermediate French, Writing in the disciplines (Focused in Science) as well as Applied Statistics.
St Anne’s Diocesan College, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Jan 2013- Nov 2017)
•BSc Specialization, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (Sept 2018- present)
The University of Alberta Unitea Program: Student Host (April 2019 - Present )
•Promote student wellness by providing a safe environment for students to share their personal experiences and truth in a non-judgemental space.
•Participate in one-on-one conversations as well as group discussions weekly to talk about issues involving university students such as home sickness, peer pressure, sexual assault, abuse of drugs and alcohol, academic pressure.
•CHP (community helpers program) certified.
•Responsible to keep one-on-one sessions confidential.
•Coordinate with program managers and offer constructive feedback at weekly meetings.
•Collaborate with colleagues to initiate, maintain and host group discussions.
Kenilworth School: Elementary Tutor Edmonton, Alberta (Oct 2018 - Apr 2019)
•Tutored children struggling with both numeracy and literacy for one-hour sessions weekly.
•Collaborated with peers to continually evaluate teaching methods and better improve skills.
•Communicated with families and program managers.
•Coordinated with program manager for assessments of children requiring more supportive services.
•Managed personal needs by ensuring a constant, studious and positive environment.
•Participated in staff orientation
•Liaised with program manager to organize the structure of day-to-day activities.
St Anne’s Education in Partnership Program (STEPP) KZN, South Africa (Jan 2015- October 2017)
•Taught grade 5 learners at underprivileged schools English.
•Supervised over 20 students volunteering in the partnership.
•Prepared weekly modules to teach the grade 5 learners as well as planned and hosted on and off school campus community service activities.
•Worked and communicated with individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds on a daily basis.
•Prepared written reports as well as educated and updated the college about the progress being made and challenges involved in STEPP.
•Offered constructive feedback and contributed ideas at weekly meetings.
St Anne’s Diocesan College Environmental Program ( Jan 2015 - Oct 2017)
•Educated young children at underprivileged schools about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
•Planted vegetable gardens at underprivileged schools and educated children about each person’s carbon footprint and our responsibility to take care of our surroundings.
•Collected and picked up litter thrown on the sides of roads and around local neighbourhoods.
•Organized and followed up on weekly rosters for recycling duties
•Recruited and engaged volunteers
References available upon request.
Mwenya is easily the best tutor you'll ever meet. Very easy to understand, very thorough in her teachings, topped off with a personality to die for. She will have you excelling in your field of study.
Mwenya is kind, caring, patient and a lovely person. Her patience and her caring nature helps when dealing with children. She’ll be able to engage with the children and as they are already her passion her job will come naturally to her. In high school she volunteered and worked with young children who adored her and this was easy to see.
Mwenya I said kind, patient, intelligent and good with people. She loves helping people where she can and I think these are all characteristics of a good tutor. She tutored me in maths, I believe she will make a fantastic teacher.
Highly intellectual and capable of teaching young children
She knows what's she's talking about. Really caring. And that smile definitely makes learning easier.
Mwenya is a lovely person and incredibly talented, smart and kind. She is patient and intelligent. I couldn’t think of anyone better to be a teacher!
Mwenya is kind, patient and understanding. She would make a fantastic teacher because of her compassion and love for people.
Mwenya is friendly, patient, great at explaining and passionate about learning and helping others to reach their highest academic potential. She is highly recommended
I’ve know Mwenya from when she was born, and I’ve watched her develop into a young lady who is clever, confident, patient, honest, kind and my personal favourite fun to be around!
Mwenya has always been incredibly helpful whenever I struggled with a subject in high school, especially maths. She is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on when a task is at hand or she is required to help in some way. She understands the importance of punctuality and she is always passionate about what she is teaching and trying to help the learner connect and relate to what they are learning.
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