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Hayley Smith

BEng, QTS, MSc

Subject: Maths

I’m a qualified Mathematics Tutor with a passion for aviation and the stars. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love of learning, aviation and Mathematics. This combination led me to a degree in Aerospace Engineering, of which I enjoyed every minute. During my degree, being practically minded, I was part of a small team that built a full-sized sports hovercraft from scratch.

After university, I worked at an airport before pursuing a career in teaching, gaining QTS in 2009. Whilst living overseas, having always been fascinated by everything relating to the stars, planets and space I decided to do a Masters in Astrophysics. This involved observing variable stars using a remotely operated telescope, discovering a previously un-classified eclipsing binary star and recording the observations in published papers.

Having recently studied using a virtual learning environment, I understand and value the need for distance learning. Without it, I would not have been able to achieve my Masters. I am a strong supporter of the flexibility and opportunities that Wolsey Hall offers students being schooled at home. I was homeschooled myself for a year during secondary school before virtual learning existed. I appreciate the importance of having access to quality resources in order to continue education when institutional schooling may not be appropriate.

As a teacher, I adapt my approach to suit different learning styles; helping make poorly understood concepts reach a moment of clarity, and giving the learner a strong sense of achievement. This milestone, especially in subjects that are important to me, is the reward of teaching.

When I’m not learning something new, during the day I am normally at an airfield watching aeroplanes and in the evening I’m outside with my telescope looking up at the stars, hunting for galaxies. I cannot wait to share my enthusiasm and support you through your learning journey at Wolsey Hall!

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