This will be my second year as a Writing Mentor, and I really enjoyed working with students from a wide range of subjects last year and guiding them within all areas of their academic writing. I am looking forward to working with new students this year and sharing my experiences of academic writing within higher education.
I am currently studying for an MA in Education, having completed my undergraduate degree (Criminology) in July 2016. In the future I wish to complete a PhD and add to the existing discussion on how the rise in tuition fees has impacted student and lecturer experiences of university. Despite my current aspirations, when I was growing up school left me feeling uninspired and upon starting my undergraduate course I was both under-qualified and overwhelmed. It has thus taken hard work and determination to get the point where I feel confident in my academic writing ability, even though I find that I am still learning new techniques with every assignment that I write. I would not be where I am today were it not for the people who took the time to sit down and explain academic conventions to me; hence it is this experience that allows me to be empathetic towards the students I am working with. I hope that as a mentor I will inspire and encourage students, as well as help them develop the skills necessary to be, and feel like, confident writers.
I am currently studying an MA in Developmental Psychology with SEN after graduating this summer with a degree in English Language and Psychology. My research interests are based in the field of Psycholinguistics. More specifically, I am interested in the development of spoken and written language skills in children with learning difficulties; especially the origins of these difficulties in cognition. I am passionate about writing and research, and I hope to help other students develop the confidence to gain their own style of academic writing and feel confident throughout the rest of their time at Liverpool Hope University.
I am currently studying for an MA in History after graduating with a degree in Criminology. Both of these subjects have interested me greatly and I have a strong passion for academic and non academic writing. A common theme of my marked assignments has been a consistent and strong understanding of academic writing, which I believe will then enable me to help others in developing theirs. Throughout my time at University I have faced many tests with varying degrees of success; yet for all this I am writing this today, happy with where I have arrived thus far. The point I would like to underline is that it is rarely the case that anyone will go through University without hitting a wall (figuratively… hopefully). As a mentor, I am eager to help guide people not only in developing their academic writing, but in understanding that stumbling points are frequent - not fatal. I believe that my academic experience will allow me to help others develop their academic skills, and I hope on a whole to generally be a friendly, understanding mentor.
My name is Kim, and I am currently studying an English Literature MA at Liverpool Hope University. I've previously studied English before at undergraduate level at Hope, and I've chosen to continue my studies after three years in the working world. Being a peer mentor is very rewarding, and I enjoy helping and encouraging students with their studies. I want to become a teacher in the future, and I'm hoping my Masters and peer mentoring will help me achieve that goal. Outside of mentoring and studying, I enjoy reading (from fantasy & sci-fi to Jane Austen), watching football, playing guitar, and I'm currently trying to learn how to speak another language (German!). I love travelling and seeing new places too, and some day I want to travel the world
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