I grew up in Hong Kong, where I attended English primary and secondary schools. I went to The University of Nottingham in the UK for further studies, where I received my Bachelor's Degree LLB (Hons) in Law. While at University, I had the opportunity to do some part-time work as an educational assistant for a kindergarten. I was also able to volunteer as an after-school tutor at an ethnic minority school in Hong Kong. These experiences convinced me to take the leap of a change in career and focus on teaching.
In Hong Kong I worked as an English and math tutor. I specialized in tutoring English as a second language to children from the ages of 3-12. It was a full time position at a tutorial center where I had several classes a day, most of which were private or two-on-one. I taught all areas of English including phonics (Letterland), speaking, reading, writing, grammar and comprehension.
I find it important to tailor-make my lessons to suit the personality and learning style of each child. While most children needed a friendly but firm stance, others needed more patience and reassurance. Another important aspect was involving parents in the process. I would keep them updated of their child's progress, as well as ways in which they could provide additional assistance at home and outside of lessons. I would use their concerns and suggestions to further focus my lessons and the areas to pay extra attention to.
I believe that this measured approach led to much success for my students. I had the deepest pleasure of watching a student who had trouble reading to, a few short months later, reciting a list of words taught to her during a lesson. As an avid reader and writer myself, I was also able to instill that joy into some of the older children I taught. This was evidenced by the fact they would write stories during time off and holidays.
Regardless of the student, I always tried to create a fun atmosphere during my lessons. Several of my students specifically requested me as their tutor, and would cancel lessons if I was ever unavailable. I had several trial lessons with children that stayed on long-term and became loyal students.
I find teaching incredibly gratifying, and would be delighted with the opportunity to work with more children in enhancing their education and expand their horizons.
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