Courtney's Comprehensive Classes

Courtney's Comprehensive Classes

1 employee
15 years in business

About this tutor

Personal Description:

I am a qualified Criminal Prosecutor with 4.5 years hands-on experience in the criminal justice system. I have both an LLB and BA from Rhodes University. I am the recipient of an Investec Rhodes Top 100 Student prize in the category of General Excellence and the Rob and Trish Midgley Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Law Faculty. I was placed on the Dean's List for academic merit and was also the President of the Rhodes University Law Society in my final year. Following University, I received Justice College training through the National Prosecuting Authority in the area of Advanced Litigation. Further in-house training provided by the NPA includes fraud and corruption matters, ethics and environmental law short courses. My strengths during high school were English, Creative Writing and History, for which I obtained the highest marks and subject prizes in my year. I also received a distinction for Geography and was awarded full academic colours. I love reading fiction and non-fiction, catching up on current world events, and the latest legal updates. I have a ready sense of humour and endless patience.

Tutoring Experience:

I volunteered for 6 months in a Monastery in Cambodia, where I taught English, History and Geography to both Khmer and Taiwanese children and adults. The children's classes were quite structured and based on a program that I designed myself, on the instruction of the Master of the Monastery. The adult classes were discussion-based, focussing on eastern history, philosophy, geography and culture. Western history was introduced, disseminated and contrasted with its eastern counterpart. During University I was a tutor to my friends, mainly focussing on Law, English and Modern Fiction. One-on-one and group style tutoring was employed. It's also important to mention that I have personally received many different styles of tutoring throughout my academic life, in areas where I had issues, accordingly, I am aware of certain techniques for specific problems.

Tutoring Approach:

I am an exceptionally patient and empathetic person. I understand that each individual student has strengths and weaknesses, and I tailor my lessons according to the needs of the student. Learning should not be a painful or boring experience, so with this in mind, I breathe as much life and colour into the material as possible (like my favourite teachers did for me). I was quite a hyperactive child, that became a hyperactive student and consequently, I remain in this state as an adult. This means that I understand what high or low energy levels can do to the learning experience. My experiences in Asia have taught me "mindfulness," a concept that I wish I taught when I was studying. The pressures a young person faces may often come across as overwhelming - planning for the future, societal, parental and peer pressure, the pressure that high-achievers put on themselves - and can often manifest as a barrier to learning. Accordingly, my students will also receive mindfulness training (indirectly), to assist them in calming their emotions, appreciate what is triggering/frustrating them, and what they can do to help themselves.

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Syracuse, NY 13205
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First,  get to know my students, establishing strengths and weaknesses.

Second, design a tutoring style that best complements the students' learning style. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - Rhodes University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Rhodes University

Majors: History, Legal Theory.

History Courses: African History, World History, Environmental History, Sub-Saharan Africa History, Australian History. 

Minors: English, Modern Fiction, Geography, Earth Science, Philosophy.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$10 per 45 minutes.

What types of students have you worked with?

Primary School Students.  High School Students.  University Students.  Business Professionals.

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