I started my tutoring career during my year abroad at Oxford University. I was living in Tehran and applied to volunteer at an NGO focussed on empowering young Afghan women who did not have access to formal education due to their asylum seeker status. I was assigned a student with learning difficulties and discovered how much her English improved by finding new approaches together, trial and error, and by encouraging her and boosting her spirits. I then continued tutoring students throughout my studies, and never stopped! My first students in French and Italian, one taking A-Levels and the other taking the IB, did very well in their exams, and my first school entrance student was offered a place at St Paul’s. These experiences taught me that I could not only spark student’s interest and love for learning, but also support them significantly throughout life-changing entry and qualifying examinations. Having tutored for the last twelve years, I have covered a wide range of subjects including English Language and Literature (primary years, 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+, GCSE, A level), English as a Foreign Language and Business English, Primary Maths, French Language and Literature (total beginners, 13+, GCSE, AS and A level, IB), Italian Language and Literature (total beginners, GCSE, AS and A level, IB, undergraduate and graduate), Latin (GCSE and A level), GCSE Classical Civilisation, Drama & Theatre Studies (GCSE, AS and A level), Ancient Greek (GCSE), History (GCSE and A level), AS and A level History of Art, AS and A level Philosophy, Religious Studies (GCSE and A level), Persian Language and Literature (total beginners, GCSE, undergraduate and graduate), Modern Standard Arabic (total beginners, GCSE, A level, undergraduate and graduate), Classical and Modern Arabic Literature, alongside preparing students for numerous School Entrance interviews, Oxbridge application and Oxbridge entrance tests such as the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT), the Modern Languages Aptitude Test, the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) and the Philosophy Test.
My passion lies in tutoring Italian, French, Persian, English as a Foreign Language, and coaching students in Motivation, Exam Preparation and Study Skills, School Entrance and all aspects of Oxbridge application including OLAT and MLAT, and as such I have mostly focussed on tutoring these subjects (at GCSE, A level, IB and university level where applicable). To mention only one of many success stories, my most recent Italian student has obtained 9 in her GCSEs and has decided to pursue the subject at A level. I have taught over eighty students one-to-one over the last twelve years, including University students, mature students and actors who needed to improve their foreign language(s). I have also been a classroom teacher of English and History for years 5-7 but I much prefer one-to-one tutoring as this is where I believe I can make the greatest difference.