I have over 500 hours tuition experience. Mainly in Science and Mathematics at GCSE level and Chemistry and Mathematics at AS/A2 level, however I have taught degree level Engineering and also 11+/13+ Mathematics. I have extensive experience in teaching students of a broad spectrum of abilities from those struggling or falling behind to those studying for university entry examinations.
I am PhD student currently investigating the latest methods of Global Dynamic Optimization at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London. During my time as an undergraduate I was described as a model student and won numerous awards and honours, including being listed as one of the top 10% of students in my year and being awarded a scholarship from BP based on academic excellence.
In my earlier years I achieved stellar A-level and GCSE grades, while also competing in the British Mathematical Olympiad on several occasions. I also juggled my studies with musical and sporting interests. I hold a Grade 8 on the Alto Saxophone and have represented my country as a swimmer, at one time being ranked first in the UK on my specialist event.
In the five years I have been teaching I have found that a devoted and engaging tutor is central to the learning and understanding process, something I have learned from those who have taught me well in the past. I seek to inspire a level of enjoyment in the subject to the extent where the student gains genuine pleasure from getting things right. I have found that setting out long term goals for learning which are achieved through learning fundamental principles gives students the comfort that they are going somewhere whilst gaining a true understanding of the subject.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently a PhD student at Imperial College conducting research in the area of Global Dynamic Optimization. This intriguing and challenging area of study has further cemented a key lesson that life thus far has taught me; hard work and committment is the only way to learn and achieve.
When I am not studying or tutoring I like to keep up with my sport and music. I have been the swim captain at Imperial College and played in the college Big Band. One of my true passions is computer programming. My PhD has a focus on the implementation of methods in C++ but when I am not coding in this language I am endeavouring to learn others. A common problem with (especially scientific) computing today is unwillingness of the 'old guard' to adopt new and alternative languages, instead using dated methods to perform tasks now considered simple. I would not wish to ever fit this description and hence am trying to diversify my knowledge as much as possible. In every walk of life there is a specific tool for a specific task, computer programming is no different.
I have only just begun to study for my PhD and hence the next few years will inevitably be dominated by that. During this study I will continue my passion of tutoring and I also hope to gain some work experience in the area of Quantitative Finance, something I find truly fascinating.
''My sessions with Niki were very beneficial because of his patience when explaining concepts and attention to detail in these explanations. Because of Niki I gained a much better understanding of the basic concepts.''
''Niki is the best tutor I have had at Imperial. Great style of teaching and very clear delivery of explanations and the mechanisms needed to tackle questions. Excellent!''