• Primary Maths (School years 3-6)
• 11+ Maths (Abingdon, Magdalen College, Cheltenham Ladies' College, St Helen and St Katharine)
• 13+ Maths (Abingdon, Headington Girls)
• GCSE and iGCSE Maths (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
• GCSE and iGCSE History (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
• International and European Baccalaureate maths (years 4 and 5)
Since finishing my masters degree I have successfully tutored children through 13+ level Maths examinations at the Abingdon School and through 11+ Maths examinations for a variety of independent schools in Oxfordshire and London. I have also worked with nine GCSE students in Maths and/or History, all of whom have been very happy with the grades they achieved this August (All A*-C, depending on their personal aims and abilities).
During my time at the University of Kent I worked as a Schools Ambassador which involved running university application sessions at schools across Kent. These looked at the application process itself as well as at how to write a successful personal statement.
At the same time, I also have a lot of experience working with children in a more informal capacity which I feel really helps me to engage with my students. In the past, I have taught Ballet to 3/4/5 year olds, worked extensively in the Girlguiding UK movement and volunteered to help children to read in the summer library reading schemes. In 2012, I spent my summer in Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language at a school and orphanage near Galle. Meanwhile, I also regularly help with trips and activity days at my mother's primary school.
I was born in East London and went to a small local primary school before attending the Frances Bardsley School for Girls. Here I gained 13 GCSEs and my A levels in Maths, History, French and Fine Art, obtaining an A grade in A2 Mathematics in the space of just one year. I then moved to the University of Kent to study for my undergraduate degree in History, where I received commendation for graduating with one of the highest overall Firsts in the humanities faculty. I finished studying for my masters in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford in 2014 and began to tutor students in the Oxford area. I have had some wonderful success with GCSE/iGCSE Maths and History students, as well as with 11+ and 13+ maths students (Abingdon, Magdalen, St Helen and St Katharine, Cheltenham Ladies College). I am now studying for my PhD at UCL whilst I continue to tutor on a part-time basis.
I have found that a friendly, calm and patient approach to each student helps them to feel comfortable talking about the specific areas they find difficult. In this way I am able to tailor lessons to suit each student, adjusting the speed at which we tackle each subject to reflect their individual needs. Here students and parents alike have appreciated my ability to creatively explain and think about topics for students with a range of different learning styles until we find a method or formula that works for them. Once a subject has been learned for the first time, it is important to me to make sure that students are confident and comfortable with each topic that they will face under pressured examination conditions. To do this I use a mixture of repetition within lessons (circling back to questions on a specific topic periodically) and monthly topic revisions.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently studying for my PhD in the History of Science and Medicine at UCL and, when I am not in the library, I am trying to improve my fencing skills on the UCL women's team. When I have time I also enjoy reading, watching football, heading out for a round of golf, and playing my violin.
"She got in to Sevenoaks, so good news all round. Full credit to Rebecca who has been great and continues to improve her skills." Father of 16+ student.
"We are really happy with Rebecca she found a way to make math less scary for Alina". Mother of IB student.
Diana (mother of IB student): ''I just wanted to say how pleased I am with Alina’s progress and to pass on her thanks for all you've done so far.''
Catherine (mother of 13+ student): ''Just to let you know that Tom got through the pre-test and has an interview next week for Abingdon. We are very grateful for your input, whatever the eventual outcome, to his greatly increased confidence with his maths. He really enjoyed his tutoring sessions and you helped him approach the questions calmly and systematically, which is just what he needed.''
Jenny (mother of 10 year old): ''Can you also let Rebecca know that Ben did very well in his end of year maths thanks to her help so he's really pleased!''
Boby (mother of GCSE student): ''I wanted to let you know that Joanna got an A grade in History and is very pleased! Thank you very much for all your help!''
Pamela (mother of GCSE student): ''Tolani got an A* in maths, I really thank you for all of your hard work with her. Are you available for more tuition in the future?''