- I/GCSE English (All exam boards)
- I/GCSE History (All exam boards)
- A Level English (All exam boards)
- A Level History (All exam boards)
I began tutoring during my A-Levels when I tutored GCSE level History, English, Maths and Biology, as well as doing weekly reading sessions with students from the primary school. In addition, I taught an aerobics class at school and directed the lower school in a drama festival, which involved considerable mentoring and personal development.
Whilst at university, I continued to tutor GCSE and A-Level students, as well as offering tuition in History and essay writing skills to fellow UCL students. During my time in Bordeaux, I taught English to 11-15 year olds and throughout my Master’s degree, I also gained experience as a teaching assistant to one of my tutors, leading seminars for undergraduate Archaeology students.
In my current post as Assistant Curator and in collaboration with the audience engagement teams, I have developed the teaching materials for both schools and adult learning sessions, which I regularly deliver. In addition, I teach quarterly sessions on collections management, object handling and object cataloguing to staff and interns in other departments as well as being involved in a programme to teach the skills involved in professional museum practice to professionals from developing countries.
I grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, where I attended Howell’s School for Girls, a wonderful Girls Day School Trust (GDST) school which instilled in me a love of learning. I received 10 A*s at GCSE and went on to study History, Advanced History, English Literature, French, Classics and Critical Thinking at A-Level, attaining As throughout.
I read History at University College London where I received an upper second class degree before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction at the University of Law. After completing a 6-month-long internship at a Bordeaux-based corporate law firm, I realised that my passion lay in academia and the arts and I returned to study. I graduated top of my class with a First Class Master's degree in Museum Studies, again at University College London. Throughout both undergraduate and postgraduate study, I was an active member of the University community and was elected President of a number of societies.
Whilst completing my Master's degree, I was approached by Historic Royal Palaces and after graduating I went on to work for the company first in exhibitions and collections management at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London and later as Assistant Curator for Kensington Palace.
I have a very tailored approach to tutoring and my methods vary according to the pupil in question. For me, the value of one-to-one tutoring is it’s capacity to cater precisely to the needs and learning style of that particular student and I like to take some time when we begin, to ascertain exactly what teaching methods will be best suited.
Whatever the circumstances, I take a holistic approach to my role as tutor and aim to help my students not only learn the curriculum or prepare for an entrance exam but also to become confident, independent learners, able to organise their work, put together revision timetables and develop methods to aid understanding and retention.
I encourage students to be goal-oriented and maintain enthusiasm and motivation by establishing clear attainable milestones, which strike a balance between challenging them and also developing confidence. Most importantly, however, I think it is essential that the students enjoy their sessions and that the subject matter is made relevant and relatable. I consider myself to be very positive, patient and approachable and I strive to cultivate a safe environment in which students feel comfortable to express their difficulties and explore diverse methods to enhance learning and achieve their desired aims.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Away from tutoring, I am the Assistant Curator for Kensington Palace. I am responsible for the care of our collection, conduct academic research, deliver lectures, tours and teaching sessions and develop exhibitions on aspects of monarchical and dress history. I work at the palace from Monday to Friday until 5pm and am based in Kensington Gardens, within easy reach of all of West and Central London.
Outside of work and tutoring, I am passionate about London’s cultural scene. As a resident of Notting Hill, I love meandering through Portobello Market at weekends and enjoy visiting exhibitions and attending the theatre. I am a keen sportswoman and traveller and occasionally like to escape the city to ski, sail and hike. As a curator, I am instinctively curious and am a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction alike.
''Our son is dyslexic and he struggled particularly with exam preparation. Claudia transformed his approach to revision, helping him develop methods which play to his strengths and have significantly boosted his confidence. Where he used to dread doing homework and revision, he now looks forward to his tuition sessions. His attainment has noticeably improved since Claudia started working with him, as has him enjoyment of school. Claudia has helped him to realise his true abilities and to understand that traditional classroom methods just aren't the best approach for him. It's been a revelation.'' (Beverley, Mother of GCSE level student)