Over the last eight years I have gained a wealth of tutoring experience in a range of subject areas, including:
2008: Private tutoring GCSE and A-level biology students.
2012 - 2014: Facilitating problem-based learning skill workshops for postgraduate conservation students from Imperial College, London.
2012 - 2015: Teaching statistics to Bangladeshi conservation scientists.
2014: Teaching 'Monitoring methods in conservation science' through the Zoological Society of London Education and Development programme.
2015: Tutoring A-level biology students through the Access Project.
2015: Tutoring Human Science undergraduate students from Hertford College, University of Oxford.
Since 2007, I have worked for the Zoological Society of London. I was first employed as a project manager carrying out conservation assessments on a variety of species, including fish, reptiles, lobsters and crayfish for publication on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. In 2010, I was awarded a PhD with the Zoological Society of London, Bangor University and University of St. Andrews developing methods for studying Ganges River dolphins in southern Bangladesh which I completed in October 2014. Prior to my PhD, I completed an MSc in Freshwater and Coastal Science at University College London (awarded a distinction) and a BSc in Marine Biology and Polluted Ecosystems at the University of Portsmouth (awarded a First).
My life experiences extend far beyond those gained in an academic environment: between 1994 and 1999 I worked as an animal keeper in a zoo; in 2012 I was awarded a fellowship in the Houses of Parliament working with the Science and Technology Select Committee evaluating the evidence for environmental impacts associated with a multi-billion pound energy project; and since 2010 I have worked as a research scientist on conservation projects in southern Bangladesh.
Having worked with a number of students over the years I have found that each of them learns and makes sense of their subjects in very particular ways. As such, I always try to match my teaching style with the learning style of my student. I have a great interest in learning strategies, and understanding the variety of ways in which pupils absorb information. Given my extensive working experience in the biological sciences, I am keen on the use of practical experiments to demonstrate the subjects I teach thus providing the student with an interesting visual memory aid.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In addition to tutoring, I continue to work for the Zoological Society of London as a researcher. I have ongoing conservation projects in Bangladesh exploring the interaction between local fishing communities and their aquatic environment.
My eight years in academia have been the most inspiring years of my life and left me committed to life-long learning. In my spare time I undertake short-courses in neuroscience, ethics & morality and learning computer programming language (using the statistics software R). When not at my desk, I can be found mountaineering in Scotland, kayaking along the Norfolk Broads or landscaping my garden.
I'm delighted to say that our daughter got 3 As and therefore her place at Medical school is confirmed. She was thrilled with her Biology A, and we are so grateful to Nadia for helping her understand both the subject topics and how to answer exam questions. Please pass on our huge thanks to Nadia.
We found Nadia to be very reliable and approachable. She has both depth and breadth knowledge for biology & bio-science related subjects. She guided my son on his final year dissertation by understanding what bench mark was set by his university, then thoroughly reviewing his approach section by section and giving him advice on how to better structure and deliver the final dissertation.
My son was very happy with his final year thesis and could not thank Nadia enough for her invaluable guidance.
'The session our son had with Nadia was excellent. He said she was a great help and he feels much more confident in how to approach exam essays in the future as a result. Thank you so much for finding and recommendig her. It seems she was just the right person for him.' (Mother of undergraduate student)
We found Nadia to be very reliable and approachable. She has both depth and breadth knowledge for biology & bioscience related subjects. She guided my son on his final year dissertation by understanding what bench mark was set by his university, then thoroughly reviewing his approach section by section and giving him advice on how to better structure and deliver the final dissertation. Matthew was very happy with his final year thesis and could not thank Nadia enough for her invaluable guidance (Mother of undergraduate university student).
Nadia is wonderful tutor. She made all the difference when our daughter was studying for her biology GCSE. The lessons and revision sessions with Nadia were productive, interesting and really enjoyable times. Nadia is supportive, organised and focussed and still manages to teach with great enthusiasm and warmth. This is a lovely combination and has spurred our daughter on to study biology at A-level. (Sarah Jane Fenton and Clive Owen, parents of a GCSE biology student)