• A Level Chemistry (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• (I)GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics (AQA, CIE, OCR & Edexcel)
• 13+ Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams
Since moving to London I have become immersed in the UK Curriculum, tutoring students in (I)GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology and A Level Chemistry. I also have experience in preparing and helping students to win 13+ scholarships to top independent schools, including St Paul’s Boys School.
Prior to that, I taught in university laboratory classes (Chemistry and Physics) for 6 years alongside my postgraduate studies. It was during these lab sessions, which involved plenty of one-on-one interactions with each of my students, that I fell in love with teaching science and chose to pursue it as a career.
I grew up in the beautiful Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, where I completed my Higher School Certificate at Blaxland High School in Chemistry, Physics, Extension Mathematics, Information Processing and Technology, and Advanced English. I then studied a Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology (Chemistry/Physics) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I went on to achieve a 1st Class Honours degree and then studied for my PhD on gold nanoparticles, also at UTS. Outside of my studies, I enjoyed playing the piano, reading fantasy novels, and attending weekly circus classes for exercise. I moved to London in August 2017 with my husband for his new job at Imperial College, and began tutoring privately before joining Keystone Tutors in April 2018.
I am highly enthusiastic about Science and Maths (most especially Chemistry), and I endeavour to help my students feel the same fascination with these subjects as I do. It is also important to me that a student truly understands the concepts they are learning, as I find this is the best way to retain the information and apply it to solving problems. I particularly love that light bulb moment when a student understands a new concept! I take the time to acquaint myself with each student’s learning style and level of ability so I can tailor my teaching style to their needs, and I focus on creating a comfortable atmosphere for my students to ask questions.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Outside of tutoring, I love exploring London either with my husband or by myself, learning about the latest science news online, tending the small garden on our balcony, and going to the odd Zumba class with friends.
Anonymous comments on Student Feedback Surveys for university lab classes I have taught over the years:
Open question: What were the best aspects of the tutor's facilitation of your learning?
- ''Very kind, friendly and approachable for questions.''
- ''We were encouraged not only to complete the practicals but encouraged to actually understand the theory basis behind the practical.''
- ''Shirin was incredibly friendly, helpful and efficient as a laboratory demonstrator. I cannot say a bad thing about her.''
- ''Shirin was very knowledgeable and very helpful. She was very approachable and I was comfortable asking her questions.''