My specialist subjects are English Literature and History and I also teach Spanish.
While I was studying for my GCSEs I benefited from private maths and science tuition, which dramatically altered my expected grades. I know from experience how important it can be to have one-on-one sessions away from a sometimes competitive and stressful classroom situation. I certainly benefited from having a more personal, tailored learning environment and I am keen to pass on the same experience to others.
I have worked with young people on numerous occasions, mostly in a volunteer capacity, and I have found it to be a very fulfilling experience. I am able to communicate effectively with young people and I have always found them to be stimulating and vibrant colleagues to work with!
2010 - 2011, The City Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law (commendation)
2006 - 2010, University of Leeds, History BA (Hons) (Int) (2.1)
2008 - 2009, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, (university exchange programme, studying Chilean History, Politics and Economics) (pass)
1999 - 2006, Notting Hill and Ealing High School, A Levels: English Literature (A), Spanish (A), History (B) GCSEs: English Literature (A*) English Language (A*) History (A*) Spanish (A*) Music (A*) Art (A*) Double Science Award (AA) Maths (B)
I spent a year in Santiago, Chile, volunteering as a language assistant at a Chilean state school for girls. I would spend an afternoon a week devising games to help teach English in a fun and enjoyable manner. It was really important to establish a relationship with the girls, and after each class I would let them teach me Chilean slang in exchange for them speaking to me in English.
I spent a year working as a mentor for the charity Debate Mate. I taught an after-school club of ten pupils in year nine at Maria Fidelis school in Euston. After a few sessions of teaching the basics of debating, the group was able to conduct debates which I chaired and I ended up entering a team into a national tournament. Considering that when I first began with the group they were too shy to stand up and make a speech, I was very impressed that by the end of the year they were competing in national debates, making reasoned, eloquent and persuasive arguments on some quite complex topics.
I have also spent time working for the charities Big Voice and the Helena Kennedy Foundation. Both have brought me into contact with teenagers in London, often from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. My work with Big Voice involved teaching teenagers about the English Legal System, and the weekly sessions culminated in the writing of a report, co-written between the teenagers and my fellow colleagues. The report, which focused on the challenges of incorporating students of all backgrounds into the legal professions, was presented in the House of Commons.
Hobbies and Interests
I currently work as a freelance writer and my work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and the Huffington Post. I write mainly about culture and women-orientated issues.
I am a keen reader and write book reviews, a keen swimmer and a good cook. I take Spanish conversation classes.