I have experience teaching the biology iGCSE course at an independent school in London, as well as science for years 6-9. I also have experience working alongside the SEN departments in schools to develop approaches to tackle individual needs in learning.
I have tutored at a variety of levels and subjects including:
- Mathematics, chemistry and physics for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance exams as well as for GCSE
- Biology for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance exams as well as for GCSE and A-level
- I have experience tutoring online and in person
I specialise in sciences in my own education, however I began tutoring as a homework helper for KS2 and 3 across all subjects, consolidating the material covered in school and helping to build extra confidence. Since then I have tutored students for entrance exams with a focus on attention to detail and exam technique in order to boost performance. I also have some experience tutoring maths at a GCSE level to young adults (18+).
Although I have covered a number of subject at different levels, as someone who loves learning themselves I really get the most enjoyment helping children to reengage with learning, especially those who may be struggling or not enjoying it in a school environment for one reason or another. I have one tutee who I tutored from 9-16 years old and it was such a wonderful experience being able to see how they developed academically over the years.
The target set for each student has been varied, ranging from a specific grade in an examination to a gradual improvement in performance over a longer period of time. However I have helped each one meet these targets, and in many cases exceed them, which has been incredibly rewarding.
During my time at Frontier (a conservation NGO) I was the assessor for their BTEC in Tropical Conservation, training volunteers in survey methods and acting as a mentor in planning and implementing their own research projects. I have also acted as a demonstrator for computer practicals in statistics (generalised linear modelling) and computing (programming in R) at an undergraduate level.
I grew up in London where I attended St Paul's Girls' School. I completed my BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (2:1) at Imperial College London in Biology in 2009. Following this I was employed as Project Manager by conservation NGO Frontier, leading a research project and team for 13 months in the rainforest in Costa Rica. I subsequently gained my MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (with Merit), also at Imperial. After my MSc, I spent a year as a biology teacher at an independent school in London, before moving back into research at the Czech Academy of Sciences. I am currently carrying out my PhD in lion biology at the University of Oxford.
I began tutoring during my BSc and have always enjoyed being involved in the teaching process, something I continued to do during my role as a full time biology teacher. I also have a genuine love for my subject and research and have happily settled on a path that will allow me to continue teaching in the capacity of a tutor, whilst developing my own research at the same time.
During my experience teaching and tutoring over the years, one thing that has become abundantly clear is that learning is a very individual process. The great thing about tutoring is that it really allows you to tailor each lesson to the student.
I like to place a focus on enjoying the learning process itself and building confidence, allowing students to develop the skills and the wont to explore subjects and develop a deeper understanding. Over the course of the first few lessons we will explore using a number of different learning styles before settling on one (or a combination) that best matches the student.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently carrying out my PhD at the University of Oxford. I study large felid biology with a focus on how these animals move through and interact with their landscape. I split my time between Oxford and Botswana, where I am incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to observe lions and leopards in the wild.
In my free time, I like to keep healthy and although I am not a runner, I enjoy walking and competed in Oxfam’s Trailwalker challenge to complete 100 km in 24 hours a few years back. My all time favourite guilty pleasure is reading fantasy novels, especially those by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Patrick Rothfuss. I also enjoy travelling to new places and have been lucky enough so far to have the opportunity to combine this with my work.
''Gen is punctual, gets on very well with Samir and he seems to enjoy his lessons. He is gaining in confidence I think!'' (Narciss, mother of 11 year old)
''Andrey really enjoyed the science lessons with Genevieve. He found Genevieve excellent. She helped him very much.'' (Tatiana, mother of 13 year old)
''I am excited to inform you that I was accepted to CLC. Thank you so much for your help and I couldn't have done it without you.'' (Noor, 14+ entrance exam candidate)
''Gen, great news! Lukas was offered a place at Whitgift! Thank you so much for all your help. It made a huge difference.'' (Scott, father of 13 year old)