Nicola Mason - Professional Teacher in Online and Scottish Highlands
I am a Mechanical Engineer turned teacher and outdoor instructor with a love of learning that I am keen to share. I hold an undergraduate masters in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London (1st class honours) and am qualifying this summer as a Science teacher with a Physics specialism. Following graduating, I worked as Sustainability Engineer in the construction industry and subsequently as a Development Engineer for a small scale start-up. In 2018 I decided that my passion lay in education rather than engineering and since then I have worked in outdoor education and qualified as a teacher. I have worked with a diverse mix of students: from age 10-18 with wide ranging ambitions, in the classroom, on a one-to-one basis, and outdoors.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Leeds, 2019 – 2020
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): Distinction (predicted)
Imperial College London, 2012 – 2016
Masters of Mechanical Engineering (MEng): 1st class
School: Westminster School
A levels: Maths (A*), Further Maths (A), Physics (A*), Chemistry (A) AS levels: Electronics (A) I completed my Sixth Form at Westminster school where I was a School Prefect and Captain of the girls boat club. I rowed for the school at the National School's Regatta and represented London in the English School's Cross Country Championships.
School: St Edward's School, Oxford
GCSEs: 10 A*s (including maths, english and three sciences), 1 A
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
Over the last few years I have had experience teaching students with a wide range of ambitions, skills, challenges and backgrounds. As a student teacher I have been exposed to all year groups and abilities. In addition to whole class teaching I have been working as additional support for struggling or under-achieving students particularly towards the end of their GCSE/A level courses. Whilst Physics is my specialism I love teaching across all three sciences and maths as I think the interconnections between these subjects is sometimes underappreciated! I have always been fully involved in extra-curricular activities and so have lots of practice and experience in prioritising when time is limited.
My Approach to Tutoring
The student is central to my approach to tutoring - I aim to inspire and empower them to progress in the subject and take pride in their achievements. I recognise that every learner is unique and to enable them to succeed my lessons have to build on their strengths and fit their style of learning. I believe that true understanding is key to long term progress and memory: patience, practice, and science's place in the world around us are the tools I use to promote this.
Fun Facts About Me
I am (and have always been) a keen sportswoman. At school and university I rowed competitively winning national level medals and events, including an elite category at Henley Women's Regatta. Since then I have been a fell runner, running and racing across remote mountainous areas.
When not teaching I am an Outdoors Instructor: I am a qualified Mountain Leader and am working towards qualification as a canoe coach/leader and mountain bike leader. I love going on adventures and taking people with me too!
My Client Testimonials
Prince Henry's Grammar School
"Nicola is a highly engaging, motivating and hard working teacher with a wealth of knowledge – both theoretical and practical. She is keen to personalise learning to ensure students make the best progress possible at all times. She works hard to achieve the best for her students and often draws on her practical experienced of science in day to day situations to help support her teaching."
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