• A Level Chemistry (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• IB Chemistry (Higher Level)
• (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 A Level and IB Chemistry, (I)GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology, 13+ Science, and a little (I)GCSE and 13+ Maths.
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 to the plants on my windowsill, and keeping active with pilates.
"I’m really pleased to say that I got an 8 in my chemistry GCSE. I’m so happy and wouldn’t have imagined such a good result. Thank you for everything, you helped so much it’s unbelievable and I wouldn’t have gotten that result if it wasn’t for your help." (GCSE Student)
The sessions were immensely useful- I went from being completely clueless to having a good grasp of the topics and understanding them rather than just memorising them. (A Level Student)
"Thanks for your email. I really only have good things to say about Shirin, she is professional, clearly knows her subject and has helped my daughter enormously as demonstrated by her end of topic test at school where she got the highest mark in the class. Shirin explains all the material to my daughter in a way that makes it more understandable and I know my daughter feels she would not have achieved this mark without Shirin’s help. She is an excellent tutor." (Mother of GCSE Science student)
"My daughter is really enjoying her sessions with Shirin and it is definitely helping with her confidence and understanding of the science topics. She is now much more motivated to study and the sessions with Shirin add useful focus." (Mother of GCSE Science student)
“My son is delighted to study Chemistry with Shirin. She is an outstanding teacher and he really enjoys working with her.” (Mother of Year 9 student)
''Very kind, friendly and approachable for questions.'' (University student)
“We were encouraged not only to complete the practicals but encouraged to actually understand the theory basis behind the practical.'' (University student)
''Shirin was incredibly friendly, helpful and efficient as a laboratory demonstrator. I cannot say a bad thing about her.'' (University student)
''Shirin was very knowledgeable and very helpful. She was very approachable and I was comfortable asking her questions.'' (University student)