• 11+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-tests
• 13+ English & History: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• GCSE/IGCSE English: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR
• A-level/IB English Literature: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, IB, OCR and WJEC
I have been teaching in both a professional and informal capacity since sixth form, when I first worked as an assistant History teacher to Year 9 students. Since then, I have gained experience tutoring a wide range of students and subjects, since first beginning work as a professional tutor at the start of this calendar year. As of July 2018, I have taught A-Level English Language, English as a second language, and 11+ and 13+ English students. These students represent a range of ages from eight to full adulthood, and a range of subjects and requirements that demonstrate my own flexibility and wide academic range.
Though I was educated in the United States until university, I have made a point to familiarise myself with the British system of education, and continue to research deeply so that I can provide the most complete support to my students. In turn, the combination of a top American secondary education and my undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Oxford have imbued me with a variety of pedagogical methods. I have built close relationships with my past and current students, and have enjoyed watching them thrive as they grow to discover their individual ways into the subject.
I am a creative and experienced English tutor, with first-class BA and MSt degrees from the University of Oxford. I draw on a strong academic record in my teaching, combining this with a personalised approach to my students. As I am dedicated to a tailored system of teaching, I emphasise communication between student, tutor, and parents, and commit to the regular provision of written reports and a detailed approach to lesson planning.
As a tutor, I combine my own past academic work with both personal and professional insight. I have previously been employed as an assistant at a leading literary agency, and interned at a specialised academic publishing house. Since then, I have turned to writing fiction, to which purpose I now enjoy the greater autonomy of the tutoring profession. Respectively, these experiences have introduced me to the most rigorous formal demands of organisation and critical focus, as well as a creative commitment to English. My work is more than a subject to me - it is the basis of my greatest passion, and I take immense pleasure in rediscovering that passion in my students.
What I do when I am not tutoring
The flexibility of this tutoring work allows me to pursue my complementary interest in writing.
'Mina made an important difference to my daughter's confidence and final results and we appreciated her individualised approach to teaching.' (Ana, mother of A level student)
'I wanted to let you know that I received 84 for the essay [we worked on]. I wanted to thank you for your help and for helping me improve.' (King's College London international student, BA)