3 x years IB DP History Examiner (Paper 2 and Extended Essay)
4 x year IB MYP Moderator (Humanities and Personal Project)
10 x years IB MYP Humanities
10 x years IB DP History (Europe and Africa options)
10 x years IB DP History Extended Essay
10 x years IB DP Theory of Knowledge
10 x years IGCSE & GCSE History (EdExcel, OCR, CIE and AQA boards)
10 x years AS and A2 History (EdExcel, OCR, CIE and AQA boards)
In April 2015 I worked as part of an IB team designing IB MYP e-assessments for implementation in November 2015.
I taught five academic years at Luanda International School (IB DP History, IB MYP Humanities, IB DP Theory of Knowledge, plus custom curriculum design for Personal Social Health Education / Wellbeing type subject and Talented and Gifted work, including Oxbridge interview preparation)
I taught one academic year at Khartoum Diplomatic School (KS2 / KS3 English and IGCSE History)
I taught one academic year at Anderida Junior English School (ESL English ages 7 to 13 plus KS2 / KS3 English and 11+ English work)
I have taught for three years as a full-time private tutor in London (all subjects listed above). My main one on one tutoring experience has revolved around preparing students for the IB Diploma History exams (including History Extended Essays and Internal Assessments). I have also helped prepare students for GCSE and AS / A2 History exams as well as 11+ and 13+ History, Geography and Humanities scholarships to institutions such as St Paul's, Eton and Winchester.
During my PGCE placements I taught two terms of GCSE History, A-Level and National Curriculum History from Years 7 to 12. I have also run Oxbridge interview practice for a few schools in London.
I am fully trained in the new IB Diploma Theory of Knowledge curriculum, and have tutored students through both the presentation and the essay modules of this core IB requirement.
Past students of mine are now attending prestigious universities across the world such as University College London, Brown, Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford.
I am a 32 year old Oxford graduate with a passion for teaching. I am an avid linguist, able to converse in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. I am currently learning Arabic to add to the shamefully small amount I learnt while teaching in Sudan.
I attended Ardingly College as a student where I took A2 levels in Archaeology, History, Spanish and Italian, achieving grade A in all subjects. I then studied Archaeology and History at Merton College Oxford, achieving a 2:1 result, followed by a PGCE in Secondary History at Exeter University. My latest academic achievement has been a Distinction in my Masters from King's College London Department of War Studies. In my dissertation I focussed on Somali piracy, which included a research trip to interview the pirates!
In my recently completed role at Luanda International School I was involved in many parts of school life outside my remit as a Humanities and History teacher, such as taking over the Theory of Knowledge Department, running after school activities and creating, designing and implementing a brand new Enrichment curriculum from scratch for the Secondary School. I also headed up a team designing a new Wellbeing curriculum specifically adapted for an international school setting, covering themes such as Citizenship, Emotional Intelligence, Healthy Decisions and Relationships. We built thirty two lessons per year group across all seven year groups of the Secondary School, which were both vertically and horizontally aligned.
For the past two years I have been living and working in London. As well as tutoring, I am also an internationally published travel writer. My latest book, the Bradt Travel Guide to Equatorial Guinea, came out in December 2015.
I am passionate about inclusive education, and believe my strong academic record reflects in my teaching. Lastly, I am very determined and resilient, which seem to be essential qualities in such a challenging profession.
I have high expectations of every tutee, and like to agree on clear goals for the duration of our sessions together. Given my experience in curriculum design, my students benefit from custom designed lesson resources, with an emphasis on using technology and competition to keep the sessions varied, challenging and engaging. I also believe in giving highly detailed, actionable feedback, which students can use to immediately improve their performance.
For the past six years I have taught sixth form students specific research, revision and examination technique sessions, which I find to be beneficial to all my tutees. Using time efficiently, whether inside or outside the examination hall, is something I emphasise.
My approach is far more about skills development than it is about content delivery, although of course students must have a solid foundation of knowledge in order to succeed!
What I do when I am not tutoring
Besides working with children, I also enjoy writing. I have completed a non-fiction book, which details an overland journey I made in 2007 from London to Liberia in a 1973 Land Rover. I have also had various political and travel articles published in UK magazines, as well as in New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa. I like to keep up to date on international affairs, partly for my Masters, and partly out of personal interest. These interests transfer well into my teaching. In January 2013 I had my first travel book published: The Bradt Guide to Angola (Second Edition). My latest publication is the first edition of the Bradt Guide to Equatorial Guinea, which came out in the UK in November 2015.
Being physically fit, but not particularly athletically gifted, I tend to get involved in a lot of random activities, from the mainstream (such as football or cross country), to the more exotic (ice hockey, boxing, jiu jitsu). I coached the Luanda International School Mixed Martial Arts club for four years. I currently train MMA at The MMA Clinic in Angel now that I am back in London.
I grew up in an international household, and have experience of living and teaching in non-Western ''hardship postings'' such as Sudan and Angola. I have also travelled to places such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, East Timor and Somalia, so I am comfortable in most environments. During the holidays I also do some consultancy work for a Somali-based charity.
"I was offered a place at LMH! Oscar was incredibly helpful and I really enjoyed our sessions." Oxbridge applicant 2015
'Oscar was absolutely great. Our son liked him enormously and said he was particularly good on essay technique and revision skills.' (Mother of A level History tutor)
'Hugo has been offered a place at Oxford to read History, so a very happy conclusion'
“Thank you so much for your five years of work with Jahin. You have had an enormous influence on his time at school, and successful application to university.” (Mother of a final year Diploma student at Luanda International School)
''Oscar was a really wonderful tutor for our son Ned, who was revising for his History A level in spring 2015. He was knowledgeable, inspiring and refreshing. He focussed a lot on memory techniques and essay structure - practice that gave Ned, who is dyslexic, a lot more confidence entering the exam. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this charming young man as a tutor. '' (Mother of final year A2 level student in West Sussex)
''Oscar was brilliant. He was funny and interesting, available at short notice and really gave useful input. He was also firm and inculcated good disciplne '' (Mother of successful Cambridge History applicant, who I helped with interview preparation)
''Oscar helped my son to prepare for 13+ History and Geography. He was a responsible tutor who took the initiative to tailor-made a curriculum to suit my son who is not studying a U.K curriculum.'' (Mother of 12 year old student in Hong Kong, studying to take UK 13+ scholarship exams)
''Oscar helped me improve my essays significantly. He was well prepared and had exam-specific materials. I was impressed with his familiarity with the course and with his ability to anticipate and accommodate my learning needs, even during the first lesson, based on what prior communication we had. His knowledge made a similarly positive impact on my Internal Assessment and Extended Essay.'' (Denise, IB Diploma History student in Hong Kong)
''I would like to take this opportunity to personally recommend Oscar, who I worked with via Skype and email. As a tutor, he is very well-prepared and familiar with the syllabus and its requirements, keeping up with changes in the new syllabus. The guidelines he set out were very clear and easy to follow, which helped me work more efficiently. My achievement is testament to Oscar’s ability and effort as tutor.'' (James, IB Diploma TOK student, achieved an A grade)
''I have been Oscar's IB History Higher Level student for the past year. During this year, I have seen steady improvement in both the quality and grade achieved in my coursework and timed in-class essays. Through his lessons, I have been able to achieve consistent 7s in all of my in-class essays, as well as on my end-of-year exams. Oscar's lessons have enabled me to continually progress
Oscar approaches class using a variety of different teaching methods. Through the aid of videos, timelines and IB past papers, Oscar has managed to elevate my interest in history, as well as enhance my analytical and argumentative skills. The work he assigns me also constantly increases in level of complexity, which ensures that class is always intellectually challenging.
I especially appreciate the time Oscar takes before major exams to go through different study skills and methods. Although facts and dates aren't all that makes up a good history essay, they are still necessary in ensuring a good history grade. He has taught me a variety of different memory tricks to aid me in this aspect, and these techniques have actually been incredibly useful not only in my study of history but also in the variety of other subjects I take at school.
I also really enjoy the way his classes are focussed around the IB curriculum. We constantly assess my performance using the IB's grading rubric, which is something that I had not done with my teacher at school. I believe that a clearer understanding of what the course expects from me is an instrumental factor to my progress in the subject thus far.
Oscar's classes are always dynamic and exciting, and his help has been invaluable to my performance at school.'' (Stephanie, IB Diploma History student)
''I would very much recommend Oscar Scafidi as a tutor. He's tutored me this term for Oxford entrance for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History . All of our sessions have been not only very well-prepared and efficiently targeted but also lively and interesting - totally reaffirming my interest in the subject. I look forward to lessons and I feel my knowledge, skills and confidence have improved.'' (Honor, Oxford Archaeology & Ancient History applicant, was offered a place)
''Oscar was able to greatly help me with my preparations for the OCR History A level exam. We met twice weekly, and he helped me greatly not just with the content (the topic for my exam was 19th Century German nationalism, something he was very knowledgeable of), but also with useful advice and techniques to help me to perform to my full ability in the exam. These included both memorisation and revision strategies, as well as looking at past paper questions and thinking about time management in the exam. I was particularly impressed by his attention to detail when it came to the mark scheme for the exam. This meant that he was able to advise me best on how to write my answers in the exam in such a way that best satisfied what the examiners were looking for. Oscar was also able to be very helpful on my coursework for the exam, which was a 5,000 word extended research paper.'' (Andrew, achieved an A grade in final A2 History exam)