Helena Wells - Private Tutor in London
Prior to studying a degree in Anthropology at Cambridge (BA Hons 2:1), I went to Oakham School where I studied an eclectic mix of A-levels (History, Geography, Biology and Fine Art), and achieved top grades in all four subjects. This range of subjects, and the degree that followed, reflect my interest in people and why we behave as we do. Indeed I am continuing to pursue this interest, and am currently studying an MSc in Psychology at the University of Surrey.
Before studying at Surrey, I worked in the advertising industry (J Walter Thompson) and for a behavioural consultancy as a Project Manager. Whilst on the graduate scheme at J Walter Thompson, I won the Chrissie Barker award for Top Graduate in my year, achieved a Distinction in my IPA (Institute for Practitioners of Advertising) Foundation Award, and completed the IPA Effectiveness, and Legislation and Regulation awards. I also spent a month working and travelling in Japan, which was utterly fascinating.
Throughout my professional career I built a reputation as someone people turned to for support and I enjoyed helping develop new starters. I also have a wealth of insight when it comes to CV’s, personal statements and interview techniques – all of which are front of mind for me having just applied to university again myself.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Surrey, 2017 –
University of Cambridge, 2009 – 2012
Anthropology (BA): 2:1
School: Oakham Scool
A Grade in History, Geography, Biology and Fine Art A-levels (2009 before the A*); School Prefect 2008-2009; Deputy Head of House 2007-2008
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
My tutoring and mentoring experience started at school where I supported peers with their studies and, in my final year, was part of the Prefect team. As a Prefect I was responsible for representing and supporting the 200+ 11-13 year olds who made up the junior part of the school.
Since then, I have developed these skills in a professional context. Whilst on the Graduate Scheme at J Walter Thompson and at Mind Gym, I was involved in the development of junior associates, helping them to learn processes, as well as management, communication and problem solving skills. I have also assisted with assessments and recruitment and have a strong history of successful applications (both professional and academic) myself.
I also volunteered for 6 weeks supporting adults with learning difficulties and assisted them with day-to-day tasks as well as during recreational outings. From learning how to sail, to doing their own laundry or going to the supermarket, understanding the needs of the individual and how I could best support them to achieve these goals themselves was a crucial part of this role and a valuable experience I often draw on when supporting, mentoring or teaching others.
My Approach to Tutoring
My strength lies in building an individual’s confidence and encouraging them to challenge themselves to achieve their best. Working for a behavioural consultancy, and my current degree in Psychology has also made me very conscious of the fact that we all learn differently, and that results are achieved through effective and engaged study. Hence I am keen to get to know both my students and their parents to understand the most effective method of learning for them.
In addition, I was diagnosed with dyslexia at school and so am personally aware of the frustrations, and nervousness it can cause - but also that it should never stop you aiming high! Helping students realise their own strengths and watching them flourish is something I find incredibly rewarding.
Fun Facts About Me
I love painting, drawing and photography, am happiest surrounded by friends or out in the countryside, and am a keen sportswoman.
As well as studying for my Psychology MSc, I also volunteer and work for CAMHS as an Assistant Psychologist.
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