I spent two years teaching English and Media Studies to pupils in Years 7-11 full-time, in a secondary school in West London, and I was awarded a PGCE in summer 2011, followed by Qualified Teacher Status in summer 2012.
As well as my familiarity with the requirements of the subject, I therefore also have access to a wide range of teaching materials and aids.
I have been tutoring with Keystone for two years (prior to which I worked with another tutoring agency in London).
I grew up abroad: in Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium and Turkey, but settled in England for prep school (The Dragon) and secondary school (St Paul's Girls School and St Edward's School, Oxford). I was awarded a major scholarship by St Edward's.
I achieved 10A*s at GCSE - including one of the top five highest marks in GCSE Maths in the country that year. I received 4As for A-Level (English, French, Latin, Maths). Last year, I sat Chemistry and Biology AS and A-Level (an accelerated 1 year course) and achieved an A (Chemistry) and an A* (Biology).
I studied Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at the University of Cambridge. I was awarded an Exhibition Award after my first year there. My year abroad was spent in Costa Rica and Argentina, working for charities.
After graduating from Cambridge with a 2'1, I worked at PwC in the audit department for 13 months. I decided it was not the right career for me, so I resigned and spent the following year at Leiths School of Food and Wine, studying for the Diploma. I was awarded a prize for being the runner up for the Laurent Perrier Student of the Year award.
After Leiths, the staff asked me to come back to the school to teach Saturday classes and at evening corporate events.
I then spent two years working for Teach First (the fast track graduate teaching training programme) teaching English and Media Studies at secondary school level (11-18) in London. I have Qualified Teacher Status (via the PGCE).
I believe that there is no 'one size fits all' approach; it is important to get to know each and every pupil to be able to personalise lessons so as to maximise their learning and understanding of the subject matter.
At the school where I currently teach, I have to adapt to meet the demands of teaching both A* candidates and pupils who suffer from learning difficulties.
One of the greatest challenges of the subject, in my opinion, is having the confidence to offer one's own interpretation of a text; building and sustaining confidence is therefore integral with every pupil I teach.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am about to start a 6 year degree studying medicine at Imperial College, in South Kensington. This will not have a detrimental impact on the quality of tuition that I provide.
In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, going to the theatre, playing sports (rock climbing, squash, running, cycling) and taking advantage of everything that London has to offer.
Sophia is excellent and we are very pleased with her (Mother of 11+ prep student)
''I am really grateful for all you have done for the girls. They have really enjoyed building a relationship with you, and have learnt so much. You are obviously a very gifted teacher.''
''Many thanks for all of your help. Isabella has thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from your lessons. Her confidence level is gaging high at the moment. We are both so pleased.''