Tom is one of the most experienced and long-standing members of our team, and we’re delighted he’ll be returning to teach for the third year in a row! This wealth of experience goes a long way in developing teaching methods, keeping up to date with current trends in the IB, and knowing where the pitfalls lie for students. Not only this, but Tom also sat the IB himself, which places him in a unique place in being able to offer the top tips and strategies IB students need. He shared his experiences with us.
Tom became interested in becoming a tutor during Sixth Form when he “was often the person to go to for help with science homework,” and making the natural progression whilst at University was a great way to share his knowledge and passion for science. These qualities are what made him stand out to Elite IB, not only does he have a natural and amicable style, but his subject knowledge is second-to-none and continuing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London has only developed his passion for science.
Attending the Easter Revision Courses is a “great way to consolidate the material that may have seemed very complex when covered in school,” Tom told us, and he’s “often heard from students that the courses gave them the confidence boost they needed to start the final push towards the exams.” While he concedes that this is a very daunting time, “looking back, the skills of coursework juggling and time-pressured exam preparation have been invaluable at university.”
To see it through Tom recommends that “the only way for students to make the process easier for themselves is to remain on-top of the workloads. Low confidence can make homework or coursework unnecessarily daunting, and asking for help is always more productive than worrying about not achieving your grades.” Wise words.
Tom’s lasting piece of advice is this;
Believe it or not, you’ve already done the hard bit! Most of the skills you need are already in your head, ready for the exam. Nevertheless, the coming months are essential for you to hone your exam skills, and re-cover any patchy material. Two months of consistent work will ensure you achieve the grade you deserve!