About Me

I am a qualified teacher (PGCE/QTS) with 13 years' experience teaching functional skills, GCSEs, study skills, Maths and English to students in primary or secondary school. I have extensive experience teaching students who have anxiety issues, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, have autism (including non-verbal and high functioning), working memory challenges, organisation challenges, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, has FASD, behaviour challenges, dyslexia and dyscalculia, are visually impaired or mute, cerebral palsy, Dyscalculia, Depression, Global Developmental Delay.

Also extensive experience preparing students for their 11+ examinations and helping students with critical writing and essay writing, who are working towards their undergraduate or Masters' degrees. Further, I have taught in London mainstream schools (including Pupil Referral Units), alternative education (tutoring pupils excluded from mainstream) and further education colleges.
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I am a skilled qualified academic instructor with 13+ years' experience in delivering instruction, evaluating students, and developing and implementing schemes of work for English and maths; primary, secondary including GCSEs and up to University. I specialise in tutoring the 8+ and 11+ age groups in English and Maths, as well as in supporting students with dyslexia, working memory challenges, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD,  organisation challenges, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, anxiety issues, visual impairments, behavioural needs, autism (including non-verbal and high functioning), Dyspraxia, Dysca... Read More
I am a skilled qualified academic instructor with 13+ years' experience in delivering instruction, evaluating students, and developing and implementing schemes of work for English and maths; primary, secondary including GCSEs and up to University. I specialise in tutoring the 8+ and 11+ age groups in English and Maths, as well as in supporting students with dyslexia, working memory challenges, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD,  organisation challenges, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, anxiety issues, visual impairments, behavioural needs, autism (including non-verbal and high functioning), Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, depression, Global Developmental Delay. I also teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at all levels. As well as academic subjects, I teach study skills, time management skills, independence, social and communication skills as well as expression and intonation.

Experience as life coach and an academic mentor (including additional study skills support): I have recently become a life coach and an academic mentor of a female student (Year 10) who is currently attending Surbiton High School.  Our highly interactive sessions feature a great range of topics focusing on the fine tuning of, inter alia, the specificity and clarity of written and oral expression as well as general life skills such as time management, revision techniques, interpersonal communication, to name but a few. In addition, since October 2019 I have been working with another female student (currently in Year 11) attending Sacred Heart School, London.  Considering the fact that the student did not read nor write at all between March and October 2019 (stress-related mental breakdown), her parents contacted me in October 2019, desperately seeking my help.  Following a series of intensive sessions between October 2019 and July 2019 (3 h per week) that featured all sorts of unconventional tuition techniques ranging from philosophical discussions or Origami to Higher Tier GCSE mathematics, the student was so motivated and determined to get back to school, she was finally allowed to sit her Year 11 (re-entry) exams at the beginning of September 2020, which she passed successfully.

My skills and experience developing study skills (including comprehending the question, structuring essays, time management): For a number of years now I have been helping a number of GCSE high school as well as university undergraduate students (e.g. University of Westminster or University of Derby) with various tasks encompassing essay composition and essay-related time management.  Having obtained MA in Law from Birbeck, University of London in 2018, I have recently commenced another MA in Education program at UCL: composing lengthy, analytical essays (be it English literature, engineering or law related) and managing short or long essay projects (1,000 - 15,000 words) is my daily bread.

My skills and experience preparing students for their GCSEs: I have been assisting a number of students with their GCSE English Literature and English Language and GCSE Maths (AQA, IGCSE and Excel) preparation for over five years.  Some of my past and present tutees include students at the following institutions:

  • Sacred Heart High School (a Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status for girls, Hammersmith)

  • Surbiton High School (a private independent school in Surbiton in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames)

  • Kew House School (an independent co-educational secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 18 years, Brentford)

for the high school purposes, some of the essay composition methods I teach are as follows

  • PEEL (Point Evidence Explanation Link)

  • PEACE (Point Evidence Analysis Context Evaluation)

  • PQA (Point Quote Analysis)

On a final note, I possess a number of references written by my tutees' parents expressing their gratitude for my effective cooperation with and the support of their children in their GCSE English exam challenges.

How I can help a student if they have short-term working memory: I use the following techniques: Acronyms (words that are formed by using the first letters of information to be remembered). e.g. NBA (National Basketball Associations), SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus). A common acronym for remembering the five Great Lakes—Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eerie, and Superior—is HOME. Abbreviations (formed by using the first letters of each word of the information to be remembered). e.g. mic (microphone), ASAP (as soon as possible), approx. (approximately). Acronymic sentences (sentences that are formed from words that begin with the first letter of each word of the information to be remembered). e.g. My Dear Aunt Sally (mathematical order of operations: Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract). Pegwords (words that rhyme with numbers and are used to build associations with information to be remembered). e.g. The number one could be associated with a bun, two with a shoe, three with a tree, four with a door, five with a hive, six with sticks, and seven with heaven. Keywords (familiar words that sound like words to be learned; keywords can be used to create mental images that you can use to remember new words and their definitions). e.g. Why I Love My Dog. Adopting her/ Personality/ Kind (example)/ Sense of humour (example)/ How she assists us. Rhymes (poems or verses used to remember information) and songs. e.g. “Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November …” “i before e, except after c” or “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Chunking (grouping individual pieces of information in a manner that makes them easier to remember i.e., relation, hierarchical importance, function, etc. e.g. The individual digits 1, 9, 6, and 1 may be easier to remember as the year 1961; the digits 6, 2, 5, 4, 3, 9, and 1 might be more readily recalled as the telephone number 625-4391; and a grocery list might be more easily remembered by food category (i.e., fruits, vegetables, and so on). Graphic organizers (visual representations that show how the information is organized). e.g. diagrams, spider diagrams, tables, graphs, flow charts, images / icons, etc. Spider diagrams (to group the ideas according to their importance; to classify the related ideas). Diagrams for remembering the structure / components of a given object / entity such as flowcharts

My specialist Maths teaching strategies: First and foremost, one must consider a specific tutee’s learning style (e.g. visual, auditory or kinaesthetic) before an individual learning plan / strategy is established. Considering the fact that some of my students may occasionally find it challenging to solve word problems, I find it essential to boost their confidence by familiarising them with some of the available inference strategies such as the SOS (Simplify, Organise and Solve) technique, for instance. Optimising students’ focus and engagement, the method enables them to successfully break down the oftentimes verbose word problems into smaller  - ‘more palatable’- components.  In essence, the strategy involves boxing (B), underlining (U) and circling (C) of crucial information and discarding (K for 'Knock') what is unnecessary (the so-called BUCK technique). Suffice it to say, it is vital that my students should acquire some indispensable information-discriminatory skills that would allow them to extract some crucial information and discard the surplus. Keeping in mind that concentration may vary among the individuals, it might be essential that tasks must be diversified and their length varied.

Maths teaching experience and skills: 2013 – 2014: Maths GCSE Enhancement Programme, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, Uxbridge College, Middlesex/ 2012 – 2015: Functional Skills Maths Coordinator; Uxbridge College, Middlesex/ 2012 – 2015: Functional Skills and GCSE Maths Teacher; Uxbridge College, Middlesex/ 2015 – Present: Maths Tutor (11 +; KS2 – GCSE/KS4); Fleet Tutors / SENsational Tutors, London/ 1-to-1 tuition. I have a specialist qualification to teach mathematics (up to GCSE level incl. Higher Tier)

My clients include various individuals attending various London (mainly independent sector) schools such as Kew Home School, Kensington Park School, Riverston School, Southbank International School and Sacred Heart School. I provide (foundation and higher tier) mathematics tuition for the following exam boards: Edexcel, AQA and IGCSE; also, I have considerable experience of ISEB tests preparation using, inter alia, Atom Learning.

My specialist skills and experience working with students with autism: I have worked with many students with autism including Asperger's. Whenever I do, I try and fit the learning to the student and understand how they learn and what does or does not motivate them. In my experience a structured environment for students with ASD is vitally important to ensure a familiar routine including consistency. Structure and consistency helps to build trust and this allows students to make more progress. When working with student with autism I am: calm, patient and willing to try different strategies.

Boosting discipline, independence and self-evaluation: Involving students in the process of teaching and optimising their learning can be attained by means of methodical self-assessment.  Helping students understand their own learning by means of (short and long term) target setting and review, and develop appropriate strategies for “learning to learn” (can a pupil explain in his own words what he / she has just learnt?) allows them to self-evaluate and actively (consciously) experience their educational attainment.

Experience working with students with dyscalculia: Working with pupils with dyscalculia requires considerable patience and empathy as they usually suffer from high levels of mathematics anxiety stemming from their pronounced difficulties in remembering basic mathematical facts.  Considering the fact that some pupils may be slow to perform calculations, showing patterns to them and performing frequent recaps / revisions are therefore important remedial strategies to combat dyscalculia related problems. Additionally, it is crucial that some maths strategies, such as specifying place value or mental arithmetic that pupils with dyscalculia usually struggle with, should be carefully explained and shown why (rather than told to be done in one way and not the other).  Furthermore, as far as ‘failure management’ is concerned, it is crucial that errors should be first identified and then interpreted, rather than deemed as ‘wrong’ and/or hurriedly explained.

Experience of working with pupils diagnosed with ADD and ADHD: Having been working with students diagnosed with ADD and ADHD since 2015 (Fleet Tutors and SENsational Tutors / London), I have drawn the following conclusions: Relating to pupils as individuals rather than as ‘categories’ enhances their confidence; Impulses can be controlled by slowing down reactions and self-examination: "Ask yourself, why am I doing this?"; Enhancing positive inter-personal relations stimulates learning; Using non-confrontational approaches provides effective solutions; Adopting a more ‘therapeutic’ rather than ‘punitive’ approaches provides constructive outcomes; Careful monitoring of individual students and groups optimises individual learning success; Keeping students out of trouble and ‘on track’ allows for longstanding target achievement; Working collaboratively with others – students, families as equal partners – optimises students’ progress; Working collaboratively with other professionals (teaching assistants, speech therapists, educational psychologists) is crucial for any effective student pastoral and educational support; Managing any disruptive behaviour without disrupting the lesson - as far as possible (e.g. eye contact, diffusing situation with humour, and avoid creating confrontations) – eliminates unnecessary time / potential waste and refines learning process.

Some of the tips and teaching that I use to assist students with ADD and ADHD are as follows: (1) Considering the fact that students with ADD or ADHD may not remember lengthy oral directions, it is advisable that written directions that allow students to refer back to them when needed should be provided. As students can check off or mark the paper directions when they complete a step in the task, having them accessible while completing an assignment ensures students stay on track. (2)Giving one piece of directions at a time is helpful for pupils with ADD and ADHD. This helps them stay focused on one task at a time as well as helps maintain focus through the class period. By breaking down directions, students are able more likely to successfully complete tasks and answer directions when devoting complete focus to one thing at a time. (3) Students with ADHD may need to be redirected, since they may not have listened to directions carefully. Checking classwork and homework a few minutes after beginning a task provides the opportunity to redirect efforts. (4) Learning patterns in math makes it easier to understand and remember concepts. Memory devices such as mnemonics - e.g.  “don’t miss Susie’s boat” to remember how to do long division (divide, multiply, subtract, bring down) - may make a significant difference. (5) Charts and graphs are a great way to assist pupils with ADD and ADHD to remember the steps needed for complex calculations. Computers and smartboards also help students interact with the material in different ways. This can affect transfer from short-term to long-term memory.

Experience of working with students diagnosed with dyspraxia and/or dysgraphia: Considering dyspraxia and/or dysgraphia often impacts on writing, reading and spelling abilities, a pupil with dyspraxia may require more time to process new tasks. The importance of helping students with organization and planning by giving structured instructions with clear directions and remembering to provide plenty of feedback and praise when due, to keep motivation high, are some of the most crucial lessons I have learned in my long teaching career. Additionally, as pupils with dyspraxia might also experience more success when they over-learn material through repetition and a graded step-by-step approach, they should be given clear step-by-step instructions as to how to approach their homework, whatever the subject. Some of the useful tips for students with dyspraxia are:

  • Students with dyspraxia may find it easier to write using wide-stemmed pencils and pens, or by applying rubber grips to their writing utensils. Be aware that ballpoint pens can sometimes release an excess amount of ink depending on how they are manipulated, so stick with felt-tip pens and keep plenty of erasers handy. One can also help pupils with dyspraxia with writing by providing graph paper to guide them in letter placement and spacing. Colourful, lined paper for students who tend to write using larger letters can also be helpful.

  • Going over task directions and requirements several times is crucial. Therefore, writing task instructions in short sentences and using checklists for assignments with multiple parts works miracles. Demonstrating a task and reading directions out loud, in addition to providing a printed version, provides additional support as it clarifies the task and ensures everyone is on the same page.

  • Since writing things out by hand can be very frustrating for the dyspraxic pupil and can cause them to struggle to keep up and follow your lesson, allowing them to use computers or provide electronic copies of material in advance to reduce note-taking strain may make a significant difference. Fill in the blank or matching exercises (that test comprehension without requiring lengthy written responses) are also very helpful.

  • It can make a huge difference in concentration abilities if a child with dyspraxia is given an opportunity to pause, get up from their desk, stretch and move around before continuing on with a lesson.

  • Processing time is not the same for every student and dyspraxic children can greatly benefit from having more time to understand task requirements and complete assigned work. Time in lessons is key but so is giving extended and flexible deadlines for homework and even providing high school level students with extra time to travel from class to class.

  • Providing written, visual and recorded support HELPS. For instance, while bullet points and other formatting call attention to important aspects of an assignment that may otherwise go unnoticed. It is also beneficial to use images and break long chunks of text up, when reading is a challenge, it can be helpful for a child with dyspraxia to have recorded materials to listen to. This reduces the amount of written text required for processing and can save mental resources for responding and reacting to source material instead.

  • It is helpful to formulate a list of class rules and have all of your students contribute to it. Using role-play to act out situations that encourage the social skills a student needs to be part of the classroom community is especially useful. Lastly, if a lesson includes using scissors, folding paper, or any other task that might cause a dyspraxic child to struggle, it is crucial to provide plenty of assistance and try to introduce the student to the activity beforehand, so he or she has a chance to practice and get familiar with the physical manipulations required.

My specialist skills and experience teaching creative writing to students: Having been teaching GCSE English Language and Literature since 2015 (and 11 + English since 2018), I developed a comprehensive methodology of teaching creative writing that comprises in an imaginative application of literary techniques, varied sentence structure (as well as punctuation), conjunctions and composition techniques to produce dazzling pieces that reflect every student’s idiosyncratic view of the situation at hand.  Using word mats featuring topic-specific vocabulary clues, synonyms or alternative ways of ‘showing not telling’ can be extremely helpful in the process of boosting confidence.

My specialist skills and experience teaching comprehension and inferring skills to students: My effective method of teaching inference is based on the following preliminaries:

  • Pupils’ answers must be supported by clues;

  • These clues must be added to what they already know;

  • More than one correct answer is possible.

Since students often infer answers without being aware they are engaged in inference, it is essential that attention should be drawn to how they arrived at their answers. Asking them how they ‘inferred’ their answer may be conducive to developing their awareness of inference mechanisms. Therefore, I tend to ask students to explain how they arrived at their answer without reference to explicit information in the text. Additionally, asking them further questions to prompt how they arrived at their answer may also be useful. Lastly, encouraging them to point to the clues and implicit information in the text that led them to their conclusion stimulates their confidence and awareness of the methods they use.

Experience of working with students diagnosed with dyslexia: First, many years of working in an alternative provision sector taught me that pupils with dyslexia often need a boost to their self-confidence before they can learn to overcome their difficulties.  It is therefore essential to give praise for small achievements. Second, preparing printout of homework and sticking them in pupils’ books as well as providing numbered steps, e.g. 1. Do this. 2. Do that, etc. saves anxiety, aids confidence, and gets things done. Third, as pupils with dyslexia may be verbally bright but struggle to put ideas into writing, it is frequently essential to allow them more time for reading, listening and understanding. Forth, as words are likely to be misread or skipped, causing embarrassment, it is not a good idea to ask a person with dyslexia to read aloud. Fifth, it is really helpful to discuss an activity to make sure it is understood: visualising the activity or linking it to a funny action may help pupils with dyslexia remember. Finally, as it is essential to make written material dyslexia friendly, bullet points may be more useful than blocks of text.  Also, since dyslexic students may have particular difficulty with print that is black on white, if possible, using a pastel shade for hand-outs may make a considerable difference.  Choosing a clear font (e.g. Arial and a font size of at least 12 point) that makes reading easier for dyslexic pupils.

English teaching experience and skills: GCSE exam preparation for the following exam boards: Edexcel, AQA and IGCSE. English GCSE Enhancement Programme; Uxbridge College, Middlesex (2014 – 2015)/ Functional Skills English Coordinator; Uxbridge College, Middlesex (2012 – 2015)/ Functional Skills English Teacher; Uxbridge College, Middlesex (2012 – 2015)/ English Teacher; Fleet Tutors (Alternative Tuition), London (2015 – 2019): KS3 – KS4 (GCSE); 1-to-1/ Working with KS3 – KS4 students excluded from mainstream education for behavioural reasons (violence, ODD, etc.)/ English Teacher; Prospero Teaching (London) / various schools including PRUs; 2011 - 2018/ English Teacher; SENsational Tutors, London (2019 – Present): KS3 – KS4 (GCSE)/ 11 +; 1-to-1 tuition/ Individuals from various London – mainly independent sector - schools including, inter alia, Kew Home School, Kensington Park School, Riverston School, Southbank International School and Sacred Heart School.

My experience of working with pupils displaying challenging behaviour: When working with pupils displaying some challenging behaviour, one needs to define their position right from the start.  It is therefore absolutely vital that pupils are made aware of the following: 1. What the rules are; 2. What happens in real life (understanding the consequentiality of actions); 3. What my boundaries are; 4. What the consequences for his/her behaviour will be.  It is essential to model for the pupil how to recognise his/her own emotions and find ways to deal with them non–violently.  Considering, a power struggle is often a trigger to defiance and/or physical aggression, it is essential to de–escalate the situation before it hits that point.  This can be done by means of a controlled and intelligent approach.  Appealing to the pupil’s good aspects of character (without being condescending or verbose) usually mitigates difficult situations of this kind. However, since it’s not about winning but teaching skills, sometimes it is best to end the power struggle by walking away from a given situation. The pupil will eventually know the answer, provided that the rules were defined at the very beginning. On a final note, the important thing is how one handles the extremes. When pupils are in a defiant mode, re-engagement can often be attained by switching to the task that best caters for their interest. I truly believe that no one wants to enter adulthood without the essential life skills: at the end of the day, the pupils really need us to teach them those skills they’ll need as they mature into adults.

11+ and ISEB teaching experience: I have been teaching ISEB for since 2019; since September 2020, my students have been using Atom Learning (offering tailored revision courses for the ISEB Common Pre-Tests, 11+, London Consortium, school-specific assessments and KS2 preparation) to practise VR, non-VR, comprehension, inference, punctuation and 11+ maths.

My skills and experience working with students with FASD: Working in alternative provision (Fleet Tutors) between 2011 and 2019 in London has provided me with significant experience of mentoring and 1-to-1 tuition of pupils diagnosed with FASD. This is what worked: the importance of a consistent routine, structured environment, variety, brief presentations, and repetition. In addition, other effective aspects of working with pupils diagnosed with FASD are creativity, compassion, flexibility, humour and, above all, patience.

Experience with pupils diagnosed with cerebral palsy: Several pupils I worked with (either classroom based or 1-to-1) in Highshore School and Fleet Tutors (alternative provision) were diagnosed with cerebral palsy and had severe learning difficulties. The most severe case, M (male pupil), was diagnosed with a wide range of conditions, namely:

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

  • Right frontocentral cortical dysplasia

  • Severe learning difficulties (marked cognitive and development delay, visual and hearing impairment)

  • Intractable epilepsy

Some of Highshore School students diagnosed with CP had learning disabilities, visual impairments, hearing problems, speech problems, drooling issues, and behaviour problems.  Some of them used braces, crutches, or a wheelchair to get around and needed help moving around in class or reaching things.  They frequently used assistive devices for writing and, in most severe cases, worked with TA on a 1-to-1 basis. One must be patient and compassionate with pupils diagnosed with CP as they frequently have seizures and difficulty sitting still and often have uncontrolled movements.  Additionally, as they might have difficulty with bladder and bowel control, they may need to use a bathroom frequently.  In my experience, Highshore School pupils diagnosed with CP had regular sessions with occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and speech therapy during the school day.

Considering the aforementioned, pupils with CP may need a little more time to complete activities and tasks.  Patience and compassion are crucial. Also, special consideration needs to be given regarding missed instructions, etc. In some cases, arranging for verbal responses in assignments and testing can be a good way to measure learning.  Considering the complexity of their needs, it is indispensable that teachers, parents, doctors, therapists, and the students with CP should all work together to develop and maintain the best treatment and education plans.

Experience working with non-verbal children: My time at Highshore School (2018-2019), a complex mixed needs special secondary (age range 11 – 19) school situated in Camberwell, in the London Borough of Southwark with 147 pupils - every pupil has a statement of Special Educational Needs (including cerebral palsy) - on roll and Fleet Tutors (2011 - 2019), alternative provision provided me with an invaluable experience of working with non-verbal and had severe learning difficulties such as marked cognitive and development delay, visual and hearing impairment. Considering non-verbal communication is a bridge to language development, So, it’s important to encourage their development as a precursor to speech, it is essential that teachers should model non-verbal communications, like hand gestures and eye contact, by exaggerating their own hand gestures and making it easy for pupils to copy them. When one wants a pupil to do something, it should be communicated by demonstrating it and nodding “yes” when they do it. There are many types of assistive devices available that are designed to help pupils to communicate, both those who are capable of talking and those that are completely non-verbal. It’s important to understand that these devices are not just meant to take the place of speech; they are designed to be a foundation for communication as well.  Visual supports also help pupils to make requests and share thoughts by touching pictures that then produce words. There are many devices available, as well as apps that can be downloaded directly to your phone or tablet. Some of the pupils (Highshore School) with developmental disabilities, who I worked with who rely on pre-linguistic behaviour (e.g., reaching, leading) to communicate, use responding with an alternative form of communication to repair the breakdown by using a voice-output communication aid (VOCA).  This effective system alleviates communication barriers, ascertaining their full inclusion.

Other specific Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching experience:

May 2019 – Present (1-to-1/online). Male pupil (19 years old). Complex health and disability needs (including global developmental delay) Subjects taught: English and Maths (KS2 – KS3); Following Riverston School Maths and English individual learning plan specification available on Maths Workout and Seneca Learning online platforms

March – July 2020 (online). Male pupil (17 years old). 3 h per week (1.5 h English / 1.5 h Maths). S had complex health and disability needs, which impact on his ability to attend to learning in a meaningful way. Condition: ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Sebastian also has a medical condition, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, chromosome 15q25.2 duplication and emerging bipolar mood disorder. Subjects taught: Functional Skills English and Maths (Entry 3 – Level 1) / GCSE English preparation

January – March 2020. Female pupil (Year 6). 1.5h per week (45 English / 45 min Maths). Condition: auditory processing disorder. Challenges: Visio-spatial reasoning; non-verbal reasoning; reading comprehension; working memory. Subjects taught: 11+ Prep (English / Maths)

January – April 2020. Male pupil (Year 8). Condition: autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia and maybe additionally, defiance disorder, processing issues, attachment disorder. Subjects taught: Maths (KS2 – KS3)

May 2019 – July 2020. Age/year: girl in year 7 (then 8) and boy in year 10 (then 11). Challenges (girl): Both English and Maths; working memory, processing speed, multi-step directions, dyslexia-type challenges, comprehension. Subjects taught: Year 7 and 8 English and Maths. Challenges (boy): Both English and Maths; very short-term memory, writing and maths, confidence, organisational skills. Subjects taught: GCSE Maths and English preparation

October 2019 – March 2020. Male pupil (Year 7). 1.5 h per week. Condition: sensory or auditory processing disorder. Subjects taught: Year 7 English and Maths; homework help

January – March 2020. Male pupil (Year 7/8). Subjects taught: Maths; organisational skills

February – July 2019. 1.5 h per week; 1-to-1 tuition. Female pupil (Year 6). Diagnosis ADD and mild dyslexia / dyscalculia. Subjects/ skills taught: Maths, conceptual awareness, problem solving skills, organisational skills, ways to approach a problem

September 2018 – April 2019. 15 h per week; 1-to-1 tuition. Female pupil (10 years old). Diagnosis; Smith – Magenis syndrome, ADHD, Microcephaly, Intellectual / learning disability, Significant speech and language delay or speech difficulties, Behavioural difficulties (including self-injurious behaviour and aggression towards others)

February – July 2018. 5 h per week; 1-to-1 tuition. Male pupil (14 years old). Diagnosis: ADHD, difficulties regulating his sensory system, requiring a need to touch and fiddle with objects, difficulties with fine motor skills which impacted on his handwriting, hypersensitivity to noises, affecting his ability to concentrate (considerable attention deficit)

February 2018. Female pupil (8 years old), 5 h per week: 1-to-1 tuition. Diagnosis: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, significant language delay and a pattern of behaviours, special educational needs in the following areas: Language and Communication, cognition and learning, Social, emotional and behavioural development, physical and sensory

October 2017 – March 2018. Male pupil (7 years old). 20 h per week: 1-to-1 tuition. Diagnosis: Right frontocentral cortical dysplasia, functional disconnection with interior part of the corpus callosum, disconnection of right hemisphere in May 2010 with resection of anterior part of corpus callosum and disconnection of frontal polar and orbital regions of frontal lobe in November 2011, left sided hemiparesis, severe learning difficulties (marked cognitive and development delay, visual and hearing impairment), intractable epilepsy

September 2016 – July 2017. Male pupil (12 years old). 2 h per week: 1-to-1 tuition. Diagnosis: Global Development Delay

September 2012 - August 2015 (Uxbridge College). Working with visually impaired and partially mute students included in mainstream.

My skills and experience teaching critical thinking, essay writing for university including Masters: Studying for my first MA programme, namely Master of Laws in Human Rights at Birkbeck, University of London that I graduated from in 2018 with 2.1, I learnt how conducive to my critical thinking development the entire experience was.  The importance of a balanced argument, academic credibility, and versatility of quoted sources - indispensable for attaining high standards of academic writing - became a major factor in the refinement of my everyday oral and written expression.

Assisting a number of undergraduate University of Westminster (Engineering) students with their essay composition and evaluative writing skills (2018) and, more recently (2020), a postgraduate MA in Childhood Education student (University of Derby) gave me additional, invaluable, insights into the art of essay composition – whatever the topic –  children’s social and cognitive development, and an opportunity to pass on my academic writing skills I had previously acquired in the process of my own academic journey.

On a final note, since education is one’s own personal responsibility and a lifelong experience, commencing an MA in Special and Inclusive Education at UCL (September 2020) has been yet another step towards my professional and intellectual refinement that will benefit myself and others.

My Teaching Philosophy

"Per ardua ad astra" = Through hardship / hard work to the stars

In order to effectively support my pupils’ specific learning disabilities by raising their academic standards and performance in literacy and numeracy, amongst other things, I incorporate their specific learning styles (visual, auditory or kinaesthetic) in addressing their social, emotional, academic, and behavioural needs.

Considering I myself have spent over 20 years in higher education so far, some (experience-based) effective time management and study skills that I teach are as follows

  • Organisation (time management, essay composition)

  • Planning

  • Text analysis techniques

  • Study and note taking (selection of relevant facts) skills

  • Other revision strategies (workload division)

  • Exam techniques: structure and composition of answers, using suitable academic vocabulary, fronted adverbials and advanced grammar

  • Succinctness and clarity of expression

Most children with learning disabilities need skills in these areas. It is often their lack of these skills that makes learning overwhelming, challenging and builds a gradual aversion towards school and learning.

Something Sensational About Me

I am an illustrator and a member of Allied Artists.

I have volunteered in a number of national parks, including Rocky Mountains National Park (Colorado) and Aspramonte National Park (Calabria, Italy).

In 2018 I completed my Master of Laws in Human Rights (2.1) from the University of London; in September 2020 I commenced Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at UCL.

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    • MA in Special and Inclusive Education (Pending)
    • MA in Law, Human Rights; 2.1
    • PGCE with QTS (ICT)
    • BSc (Hons) Politics / Sociolinguistics; 2.1
    • BSc (Hons) in Computing; 2.1
    • CELTA Cambridge

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      Dora has been working with our son for 4 hours a week since the end of February 2020 teaching English and Maths Functional Skills. Our son has many SEN and can be tricky to motivate. Dora is incredibly positive and flexible and well prepared. Our son (aged 16) is engaged and progressing. We are so grateful to Dora. Very happy with her tutoring.


      Dora prepared my son for his 11 + exams to Ilford County Grammar School for Boys. I am most satisfied with her ongoing support as my son is currently in the highest set in maths and English (Master Level). Dora has managed to develop such a unique and positive working relationship with my children that they cannot imagine any other tutoring scenario. They truly look forward to their sessions and consider them genuine fun.


      Dora has been tutoring our two older children (a boy and a girl) for a bit over three months now and during this time we have noted a great improvement in not only the children's maths and literature work but also in their confidence levels. Dora makes the lessons fun and both the children are very fond of Dora. We can highly recommend Dora as a tutor.

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