I have taught everything from music theory to English as far afield as New York and Madagascar, in classrooms, 1-to-1 and online. I have a Congratulatory First in Modern Languages from Oxford and have been tutoring a range of subjects for the last 9 years. I also have experience of living, working and studying in both France and Germany. Although my style of teaching is friendly and laid-back, I take immense pleasure from academic achievement and from inspiring others to achieve their academic goals.
I think I make a good tutor as I truly understand what it is like to come from an educational background that provides little help to be the best that you can be. I am a trained peer supporter so know how to listen to you effectively and actually understand the problems you face! I also do like english a lot, even if it can be a hard subject - I do really enjoy tasks such as close reading or proof reading!!
I have 14 YEARS of TEACHING EXPERIENCE. This has encompassed ALL AGES (preschool to adults) and abilities (BEGINNER to POSTGRADUATE). Subjects I've taught are: GCSE & A Level (Music, Business Studies, Media Studies, Maths), British Primary School Curriculum (Maths, English), Admissions Tests (11+, 12+, 13+, 16+, SAT, GRE), American Elementary School Curriculum (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, etc.), Preschool (Numeracy & Literacy), English proficiency tests (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge YLE), Business English, Academic Writing/Composition & Presentations, English Conversation, Grammar, University & Job Applications, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Music Theory & Analysis, Improvisation & Jazz, Saxophone, & Piano. Additionally, I have worked in all kinds of SETTINGS at both public & private primary & secondary schools, universities, adult learning centres, cram schools, businesses, within the home (as a residential home school & a private tutor) and online (to students worldwide). In addition, I have served as the Head of English & PBL at a private elementary & junior high school, as the Academic Director of a test prep centre, and have provided educational consultancy & tutor training to Oxford's oldest tutorial college.
I am a driven individual who is dedicated to helping those students who want an Oxbridge place, for physics or engineering, to get one. I am no pushover. I will ask you challenging questions and make sure that you are outside of your intellectual comfort zone, to coerce from you your very best performance when it is needed.
2016-18, Tutor in Evolution & Social Evolution (taught 27 undergraduates in 1:1 or 2:1 sessions) on topics of Social
Evolution & Major Evolutionary Transitions, University of Oxford
2016-17, Demonstrator for the “Organisms - Invertebrate Practicals” course run by Jonathan Green, Department of
Zoology, University of Oxford (involved in demonstrating, dissections & marking)
2017-18, Invigilator for undergraduate student exams, New College, University of Oxford
2017, Demonstrator for the “Tree of Life” practical run by Sebastian Shimeld, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, (involved in demonstrating, DNA extractions, PCR reactions, gel electrophoresis & sequencing)
2015, Demonstrator for an “Experimental Evolution Practical” course run by William Durham, Department of
Zoology, University of Oxford
I am a qualified teacher with over seven years of experience teaching in schools in the UK and overseas. I have taught both music and English as a foreign language, as well as tutoring students through ABRSM piano and music theory exams. My GCSE results are consistently high, and all of my piano students achieved merit or above in their exams. I have taught AQA, Edexcel and IGCSE Music. I have also coached students through A level music.
Whilst doing my A-Levels I tutored less able maths GCSE students, so have experience in helping a variety of abilities. I'm versatile in my approach, and aim to find a form of explanation that connects directly to the student; anything from relating it to other interests or creating rhymes to aid with memorising facts. My experience in coaching 6-16 year olds at my local netball club has provided me with a friendly and engaging manner, that I think makes me easy to get along with. I'm also competitive, and think my drive to succeed and help others achieve their potential is a desirable quality in a tutor.
I have been tutoring for just over 2 years and therefore have the experience needed to help any kind of student, from fail to pass or from second class to first class pass.
I only tutor subjects I have a genuine interest in. This helps to make the lessons more interesting and interactive. As a method of learning new material I will incorporate real world scenarios that apply to the course content.
I have vast experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings, and I feel that this, twinned with my love of Science makes me an excellent tutor. Having loved my time at Oxford, I am very keen to ensure as many people as possible can share such a wonderful experience.
I have tutored previously, both gifted students and those that needed specialist assistance. I understand that sometimes it can be frustrating to not reach your full potential, and I understand the drive to succeed and the level of commitment required to get in to Cambridge.