For over 5 years I have regularly tutored Science at both GCSE and A-level for Edexcel and AQA exam boards. I am also very familiar with the OCR Gateway syllabus, having learned it myself for my own exams at school. In 2010 I also worked as an English teacher at Krouser Thmey School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Here I taught visually impaired and orphaned children.
At present I am also do regular part-time nannying for two boys aged three and thirteen. The elder is currently studying at Alleyns school and so part of my work involves regularly helping him with his homework.
From 2003-2010 I attended Graveney School in Tooting, London. Here, I achieved nine A* at GCSE- including Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and both English Literature and Language- one A (Graphic Design), and one B (French). For A-level I went on to achieve an A * in English Literature, an A* in Biology and an A in Chemistry.
I then went on to study Human Sciences at Oxford University, where I recently graduated with a 2:1. I have achieved 6 grades in the piano and in my first and second years at Oxford I was awarded an Exhibition by my college, Mansfield, for academic work of a consistently high standard.
I am an energetic, patient and very friendly tutor who has over 5 years experience of working with children, forming empathetic relationships which I believe help the child to build confidence and motivation. I am deeply aware that different children learn differently, and need different levels of encouragement and support, and therefore I always spend the first lesson gauging what teaching approach I feel would be best suited to that particular child.
A valuable lesson that my time at Oxford has taught me has been the importance of one-on-one tuition, and what makes this tuition so effective. More specifically, Oxford has taught me the importance of application and active engagement; for me personally, these offer the best ways in which to learn. For science subjects in particular, I feel that it is very important that the child can see the ways in which the knowledge being learned can be applied to the world around them and to everyday life. This helps the child to develop a deeper interest in the subject being learned, which I believe is an important foundation for effective understanding and learning. Getting students actively engaged in their learning is also vital as it improves the processing and retaining of information as well as using higher order thinking. This is another way, I believe, that students are kept interested, on task, and learning is made relevant and fun.
Having been a recent student myself I am very aware of the importance of exam technique. Thus, in every lesson I ensure that the knowledge that has been learned is related back to the ways in which such knowledge may be used in an exam, something which is obviously different with each exam board.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring I like running regularly, cycling and cooking for family and friends (I'm a bit of a foodie!). Indeed I cycle most places in London, and so it is likely that if you meet me you will first see me on my bike! I also love writing - I have worked as a science journalist for Newsweek and currently work as a science writer for a healthcare advertising agency.
'Thank you so much Amy for all the sessions we had in Chemistry and for helping me clarify some of the topics I found difficult to understand. It was very helpful to go through a few parctice papers and I hope we can have a few more sessions before my IGCSE exams in May.' (GCSE pupil, Eton)