- A-level Economics (All boards)
- (I)GCSE Maths (All boards)
- (I)GCSE Business Studies (All boards)
- 11+ English, Maths, and Reasoning: ISEB and public school entrance exams
- 13+ Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
During my year abroad in Shanghai, I tutored a range of children between the ages of 5 and 10, focusing primarily on English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. I was able to develop a range of practical strategies and resources to engage young people with the language, whilst providing regular feedback to parents on progress and targets for improvement. In addition, I gave advice on current pathways within the British education system.
Since graduating, I began working full time at a maths tutoring school in my hometown of Oxford. In over 400 hours of tutoring, I have worked with a wide range of school students from primary to GCSE level both in person and online. This has included successfully helping a number of students in preparation for their 11+ exams. Schools such as Magdalen College School, St Edwards, Abingdon, Harrow and Eton.
I spent most of my childhood in Oxford, apart from three years at an international primary school in Kuala Lumpur. After returning to the Cherwell School in Oxford for secondary education, I achieved A-levels in Economics (A*), Maths (A) and Psychology (A). Subsequently, I moved to the north of England to study a BSc Hons degree in Economics at the University of Leeds. As part of this, I spent an extra year abroad studying Economics and Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai. This gave me the opportunity to tutor a number of young pupils alongside my studies, whilst giving me a fascinating insight into the Chinese culture. Since graduating, tutoring has become my full-time focus.
Through my experience of tutoring, I have learnt to adapt my teaching style in response to the individual needs and personalities of each of my students. I feel that this is vital in not only ensuring students are able to reach their academic goals, but also in encouraging them to enjoy the challenge of mastering their subjects. With this is mind, I encourage students to share their hobbies and interests with me, so that I can plan lessons in a way that ensures their full engagement.
Whether teaching Maths or Economics, I believe it is always possible to relate learning to real life situations, giving the work traction and relevance. This often sparks curiosity in a topic for students and helps others to re-engage with a subject they may have lost a passion for.
To ensure students are making progress, I set achievable, short term goals as part of their journey towards longer term outcomes. This fills them with the confidence needed to achieve their targets, as well as making the final exam seem less daunting. Walking students through past papers and mark schemes, to ensure they have a full understanding of the criteria against which they will finally be assessed, is an efficient, time-effective part of the process.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a keen sportsman, I love to spend my spare time keeping fit and socialising with friends through a variety of sports, such as football, tennis and cycling. I travelled widely in South East Asia during my gap year and have been lucky enough to enjoy many holidays in countries across Europe, a particularly memorable highlight being a two week cycle ride down the Danube.
'Lovely manner, engaging activities, made learning fun.' (Mother of year 7 student studying Maths).
'My son loved your lessons and was heartbroken when you had to leave.' (Mother of 7 year old in studying English in Shanghai).
'You gave my son enlightening English lessons and you are welcome back to Shanghai anytime.' (Mother of 10 year old in studying English).
'You were really patient when I didn't understand topics and that helped me to develop my confidence.' (GCSE Maths student).