Information About Zara - Harpenden tutor - (3 reviews)
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Zara offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
I graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class dissertation and research portfolio, and am now earning an MSc at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to my BA in Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, I was also offered a place on Oxford's BA English Language and Literature, having achieved full marks in all 24 of my English A-Level and GCSE papers – exam and coursework alike.
I am also a professional editor, copywriter and national speaker, having spoken at the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol and others on a diverse range of subjects.
I have four years of experience teaching and working at Harrow School's two esteemed summer courses; Lumina (tailored for Oxbridge applicants), and the Harrow School Short Courses (catering for students from across the globe). I also work one-on-one as a personal statement consultant for students applying to the UK's top universities, with a high success rate.
As a student myself, I also have great empathy and appreciation for the pressures and difficulties of student life – in addition to current, first-hand experience of admissions and exam conditions – both of which I use to enhance my teaching.
As someone who finds such joy in learning, I aim to provide the same experience for my students! The best way to engage with and remember material is by making it interesting and connected to the real world (not just confined to the pages of books). This also gives my students a competitive edge, as their understanding and knowledge is more thorough, nuanced and distinctive. As each student has their own learning style, I also tailor my methods to their preferences and needs. Importantly, my priority is to create a trusting and considerate relationship with my students; allowing them to think aloud and be themselves, so that they grow in confidence as well as skill.
I therefore dedicate at least half of the first session to discussing my student's objectives and hopes, as well as their previous learning experiences, to gauge which teaching tools/methods will work best; whether they be visual (like flow-charts, mind-maps and videos), mnemonic (like acronyms, rhymes and repetition), practical (like demonstrations, presentations and act-outs), or whatever fits! I also work closely from past papers on the given subject, and often give a small assignment at the end of each session: be it a short written task, exercise, or skill to practice. This way, we always start the next session by remembering the previous highlights, building on them, and discussing the findings of the assignment; what was easy or hard, successful or needing help.
Zest, intelligence and communication are all essential to great teaching, which is why I bring all three to mine.
I hope to hear from you soon!
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- University of Edinburgh (2018) - MSc Cognitive Science and Society (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Oxford (2017) - BA (Hons) Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Hurtwood House School (2014) - A-Level English Literature (A*), History (A*), Maths (A) and EPQ (A*) (College) (✔ On File)
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Thank you for all of your hard work, spirited contributions, and endless smiles. Congratulations on what is bound to be a fantastic result – I’m so proud of all that you have and will achieve.