After leaving Cambridge I tutored briefly in London before moving to New York to work with the United Nations Association. While there I tutored privately for a family with two boys (aged 8 and 11) for two to three hours every evening.
Since returning to the UK, I have tutored for Keystone since 2011. I enjoy working with children of all ages and I specialise in helping with 11+ exams and applications, interview preparation and GCSEs.
I understand how important, but also how stressful particular academic milestones can be for children, and I take great care to ensure they build their confidence in - and hopefully enjoyment of - a given subject.
I have helped various friends and relatives to prepare for the University admissions process. As a long standing debater throughout my academic career I am well positioned to help with interview training.
I am curious. Possibly in the sense of being a little eccentric, but more in the sense of being fascinated by the world and everything in it. I am never happier than when I am learning something new and I relish sharing that enjoyment with other people.
I am an avid traveller, in reality when I get the chance and through books otherwise. I lived in Venice for part of my Gap Year and then taught English in Burma. I speak good Spanish and am trying to learn Arabic.
I've been lucky enough to have lived in the US and the UK which I hope gives me a broad perspective on the world. I have a huge respect for knowledge, tempered by a healthy sense of fun and, like everyone, strive to achieve a good balance between the two.
One of the most important things as a tutor is to help their students to grow in confidence. To do this you need to build a relationship of trust, but I also believe you need to make learning fun. Tutors need to strengthen a student's interest in independent study, as well as tackling specific issues.
When a student's interest in a subject is flagging, I always see it as a great opportunity to develop some less traditional learning strategies.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I recently completed an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Prior to that I was Manager of a small not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the adminstration and protection of artists' legal rights. This involved working with Art Schools in an educational capacity, but also visiting as many London art exhibitions as possible. This was fortunate as I would spend a lot of my spare time doing that awyway.
I greatly enjoy the theatre and public lectures such as the Intelligence Squared talks and Bookslam.
"My daughter thinks Georgianna is amazing!!! She has gone on an on about how super smart she is, and is genuinely excited by their conversations. She loves being stimulated in this way. I am very grateful for Georgianna's commitment to helping my daughter be better prepared in History and English and in general". Mother of previous student.
''Georgianna has been an unqualified success at our house. She is incredibly well organised, very focused and firm in the nicest possible way. Stephen is now writing more cohesive essays and has come up in standard much more quickly than I imagined possible.'' (Mother of 13+ student)
''Thank you so much for being patient and kind with Anna and for helping to boost her confidence!'' (Mother of GCSE student)