Please introduce yourself:
Hi all, my name is Ms Lavi and I have over 8 of experience tutoring. I am also a Compliance Analyst working in a silver circle law firm with a Chemistry degree from Loughborough University.
What’s my favourite subject to teach?
My specialist subjects are Maths and the Sciences (KS2 to GCSEs). With a degree in Chemistry, I also assist with getting students their A Level Chemistry grades.
Why do you love teaching?
I’ve been teaching for years now and there’s something that has always made my job so rewarding. Seeing the confidence of my students grow after learning a topic and expanding their knowledge, understanding how I teach and how I present my work, is an amazing feeling!
When they come to me with questions I know they’re eager to learn, and that’s something that just truly fills me with joy every time. It’s an incredible journey to be able to watch as they absorb new information and acquire different skills. And seeing the smile on their face and the newfound self-assurance after learning something new, is a feeling and moment that’s unparalleled.
The progress my student make is something that I take so much pride in, because I know that the skills they learn will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Watching them developing and growing, gaining newfound confidence in their instincts and capability is a truly beautiful sight.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was quite into musical instruments when I was younger and used to play the violin and the piano. However …the emphasis is on used to so please don’t test my skills!
What is your teaching style?
Now, I know the process of learning can sometimes feel tedious and boring, but there are ways of making it fun and interesting. One thing that has worked for me is to incorporate everyday examples and funny memes into my teaching approach.
For students they need to be taught in a way which resonates with them. For this reason, I like to use everyday examples and also funny memes to make the topics more memorable! By adding everyday examples and funny memes into my teaching approach, not only does it encourage engagement with my students it also helps them learn more effectively!
One top tip for GCSE science:
As you may already know, the GCSE Science syllabus covers subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It can be a lot to take in, so here's my advice: think of it like a jigsaw puzzle! All the different topics of the syllabus are connected and work together, so it's important to look at them all as a whole.
Take Chemistry, for example. The atoms that you learn about make up the millions of cells that are found in the human body. That then makes up different muscles, which in turn helps with motion that you learn about in Physics. All of these topics are interlinked in some way and make up fascinating scientific fields.
It's also important to stay organised when studying for your GCSE Science exams. Jotting down key points and creating revision aids like mind maps or flashcards is a great way to stay on top of your work. It also helps you to identify linkages between different areas of the syllabus and understand how each topic works in tandem with the other areas.
And don't forget to take regular breaks too! Knowing when to take a break and refocus will help you stay energised throughout your revision process.
Science is all connected- and it's a fascinating and an every evolving field to study!
Top tips for parents supporting their kids:
Creating a safe and engaging learning environment will make it easier for kids to ask questions and express their curiosity.
First and foremost, it is essential to establish an atmosphere of trust with children so that they feel comfortable talking to you. This can be done through consistent communication and an open dialogue. Showing respect for the child’s opinions and ideas is also essential in order to build a strong relationship.
It is also important to provide ample opportunities for children to express themselves. This can be through activities that involve talking and sharing, such as role-playing or art projects. These activities help build a sense of comfort and can even spark curiosity and dialogue between parents and children.
You should also create an atmosphere of acceptance by respecting any answer or opinion a child might have. This will make them feel heard and valued, which will help them to express themselves more openly.
Encourage children to ask questions and answer any questions they have thoughtfully. Oftentimes children are afraid of asking questions because they are unsure if it is okay or if they’ll be judged for it. Providing an open environment will let them know that it is perfectly okay to ask questions, no matter how seemingly simple they may be.
Finally, make sure to provide resources to children such as books, articles, or videos that they can explore on their own. This will help to build up their confidence and provide a foundation for further dialogue between parents and kids.
So remember; creating a relaxed learning environment for children is essential for them to feel comfortable asking questions. This can be done through establishing a trusting relationship, providing opportunities for expression, respecting opinions, and providing resources.
A memorable moment in teaching:
I was working with a Year 6 child who really struggled with Maths.
When I first started working with him, I could tell he was struggling and didn’t feel confident in his ability to understand the concepts. We took the time to break down each topic together, and we even added a bit of fun by creating limericks to help him better remember things.
It was amazing to see the difference our hard work made. Each week we worked together, his confidence slowly grew, which was noticed by his mum too, and soon enough he moved up a set in Maths! It was a great feeling knowing that our collaboration paid off and that I could be there to support him throughout their learning process.
I know that it can be difficult being successful in something, particularly when you don’t feel confident in yourself. That’s why it’s important to keep going, celebrate your successes and take it one step at a time. Being able to encourage mu students success was an incredible and rewarding experience for me, and I’m so glad I was able to be apart of it.
So students: if you’re feeling like you can’t do something, just keep going and put in the effort! Trust me- It definitely pays off!