- KS2 Maths, English and Science
- 11+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
- (I)GCSE English Language: (WJEC, AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL)
- (I)GCSE English Literature: (WJEC, AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL)
- A-level English Literature: (WJEC, AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL)
KS2 Maths, English and Science
Working as a tutor for younger students, I have often worked with groups and individuals to boost their levels in preparation for their SAT exams. I am currently running weekly booster classes with a primary school in central London, focusing on developing level 5-6 Math skills.
11+ English : ISEB and public school entrance exams
- I am currently working with a student in preparation for her 2016 11+ exams, I have also worked with two siblings earlier this year in helping them prepare for their entrance exams for the Westminster Under School.
(I)GCSE English and English Literature / Language (Edexcel, OCR and AQA)
- I have been a tutor and mainstream classroom teacher for over five years and during this time have had a great deal of experience in preparing students for their exams with these various exam boards
A-level English Literature / Language (Edexcel, OCR and AQA)
- In addition to my time as a classroom teacher, I have had many students at A Level and have helped them pass their summer exams to enter the universities of their choice. One of my biggest successes was helping a D grade student not only pass his retake exam but go on to achieve an A grade.
I have taught texts including The Crucible, Volpone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
English Literature Dissertation preparation
- Over the course of last summer, one of the projects I worked on was with a university undergraduate writing his dissertation paper on 'The Refugee Teachers in England in the 16th Century''. I completed all of the research and proofread/edited the paper before submission.
- As a mainstream classroom teacher I assisted a number of different students in writing and submitting their UCAS letter as well as helping them put together their project work also necessary for UCAS application.
Throughout my professional career I have always pursued roles that have challenged me to further develop my skills and grow; in this sense teaching and private tuition was a natural step for me to take.
I have taught professionally for over 5 years in both mainstream schools and with private clients. As a classroom English teacher I was able to learn key skills such as differentiation, student learning assessment and learning material development, as well as understanding how to approach different teaching styles to cater to the students' needs.
My time as an English teacher was a key part of my professional development, due mostly to the fact that I was able to spend the majority of my time in state schools where my ability to deal with problems quickly and efficiently was at the heart of my success in the classroom.
Since then I have moved further into the private sector, working on a one to one basis with students and spending that time in sessions working intensively on the areas that they wish to develop. I have recently returned from a residential placement in Lebanon where I worked with two students preparing them for their entry exams at a private school in Beirut.
I love my work because of the time it gives me with my tutees; during these sessions I am able to see their gradual progress towards their goals and see them improve as individuals as well as students.
The key aspect to my tutoring style is working to my students' strengths; each student learns differently and it is my role to understand this and approach the topic in a way that is challenging but still accessible.
My approach to students has always been on an individual basis and no two lessons have ever been the same, however the common thread throughout my teaching experience has been setting high standards and encouraging students to reach those targets.
My goal as a tutor and mentor has always been to push my students beyond what they thought they were capable of and see them build confidence as their list of achievement grew.
I have worked consistently to hone my craft as a tutor, developing my teaching technique and resources to ensure that my lesson are as productive and interesting as they can be.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I have recently returned from my residential placement in Beirut and am now permanently living in London looking for an opportunity to continue my career development, specifically within private education.
Outside of my work I regularly volunteer for charity organisations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam to raise funds for issues that I am passionate about. This year I completed a half-marathon charity run for the Anthony Nolan trust raising just over £2,000
''Victoria has done wonders with all of her classes. Coming in after two different teachers would be difficult - Victoria is not phased by this and has embraced the challenge with gusto!''
- Classroom Teaching Observation by Beatrice Kelly, Head of English at Cardinal Wiseman High School