* Primary English and Maths (KS1/2)
* 7+ English and Maths
* 8+ English and Maths
* 11+ English & Maths: ISEB, public school entrance exams and pre-test
I am a qualified and experienced teacher with a PGCE in Primary Education from the Institute of Education. I have over 15 years of teaching experience: 5 years as a Y4 & Y5 class teacher at a London primary school and 10 years as a private tutor in Primary Maths, English and Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning. I have successfully prepared pupils for the 7+/8+/11+ to the top schools including Latymer Prep/Upper, Bute House, St Paul's, Godolphin & Latymer, City of London School as well as the ISEB/ CEM/UKiset Pre-tests to Caldicott, Oundle and Sunningdale. I have also home-schooled Reception, Y1 and Y6 children.
I spent my early years in London then moved to Wentworth, Surrey for secondary school at the Marist Convent. After completing my French, Italian, Pure Maths and Statistics A levels I went on to read Italian at UCL. I then worked in the City for a few years before I decided to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. After 5 years of classroom teaching I went travelling around Central and South America. On my return to London, I started tutoring children in Primary subjects. I then got married and moved to the USA where I tutored some more. I am back in London with my family and tutor full-time. I love working with children and having the opportunity to build their confidence and instill a love of learning so that they may excel in whatever they choose to pursue.
I thoroughly enjoy working with children and have an excellent rapport with my pupils. I have helped speed up my pupils' academic progress significantly. I have a versatile teaching style and am flexible and patient in my approach. I adapt my lessons according to my pupils’ needs and learning abilities helping build their confidence and accelerate their learning. I lead my pupils with step by step probing questions so that they may reach the desired answers themselves. This way they retain more of what they learn and gain even more confidence in their own ability, paving the way to becoming successful independent learners. I value the importance of encouraging a positive, motivated attitude and a love of learning.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I love to travel! I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, Latin American, Asia and Africa. I have spent a significant amount of time teaching in Italy, France, Guatemala and Rwanda. I enjoy being immersed in new cultures and exploring new places. I love the outdoors: hiking, camping, trekking, horse-riding. I really enjoy horse-riding, I especially enjoy riding holidays; exploring the Chilean countryside on horse-back was magical. I like to take up challenging activities, like completing a Half Marathon to help raise money for various charities and initiatives.
Rana is great, my daughter really likes her and we have booked in some more sessions!
''It is a credit to your skills that the class has always remained fully functional, interesting and an exciting place to spend time in.'' (Chair of Governors, St Francis of Assisi Primary School)
''Thank you for your hard work, patience and kindness to Anna, you have really helped her during a very hard and stressful time. She really enjoyed having her lessons with you.'' (Mother of 8 year old girl)
“The lessons are progressing well and Xan likes Rana very much and responds well to her. So all positive!'' (Mother of 10 year old boy)
''You have a wonderful manner with Chloe, firm yet very kind and encouraging. She really likes you. You have really made a difference to her confidence, her school reports have come a long ways since you've started working with her.'' (Mother of resistant 9 year old girl)
''She loves online lessons with you!'' (Mother of Y5 girl)
''It was great to have you at home: Diego really enjoyed the lesson and is now very enthusiastic on doing more practice :-).
Many, many thanks again.'' (Mother of Y4 boy)
“Dear Rana, you are the best teacher to have at home! And now I am smart.” (Y2 girl)
“He got distinction in Maths all thanks to you.” (Mother of Y6 boy)
''I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the time and knowledge you imparted on him, it was all a great help.'' (Mother of 10 year old boy)
''I've learned more with Rana during the 6 months of homeschooling than I have in 2 years of school!'' (Y4 homeschooled boy)
''His results were good indeed, he is now in the top set. Phew! None of this could have happened without you. I am extremely grateful for your help and your patience. You are a great tutor!'' (Mother of Y4 boy)