I want students to let go of the horrible emotional reaction that you can get from maths. The "I will never understand this", the "My brain just doesn't work that way", the "I'm stupid" or the "I'm rubbish with numbers" are all self-deprecating thoughts that inhibit real progress. Maths, like anything, is a skill to practice, and I truly believe that EVERYONE is capable of doing maths confidently and accurately.
When it comes to English, I encourage students to be curious about vocabulary and grammar, be confident with their opinions and creative voice, and read a LOT of great literature.
-Leeds-based, experienced tutor
-Can teach: Maths (all levels), 11+ entrance exam (all subjects including comprehension, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning), English (KS3 and Primary)
-Experience in teaching (e.g. Pudsey Grangefield School, teaching placement)
-Experience in 11+ tutoring (e.g. Eleven Plus Exams tutoring centre, Harrow, London)
-Privately educated and have been through the 11+ prep process myself as a child
-Focus on students gaining confidence, reducing 'maths phobia'
-Share exam skills, study skills and revision skills that have personally helped me
-BSc Mathematics, University of Leeds (1st class honours)
-A-Level: includes Maths (A*), Further Maths( A*), Physics (A*)
-GCSE: includes Maths (A*), Physics (A*), English Literature (A), English Language (A*)
I have been a tutor since 2018, tutoring predominantly in maths and recently branching out into English. I tutor all ages, and have had experience in teaching students ages 9-21, as well as some mature students.
I plan the content of the lessons beforehand with rough timings for each segment (e.g. going through questions from homework, exploring a topic, doing example questions). Sometimes I have students who prefer to tell me what they want to cover in the next lesson, which I'm very much open to.
After each lesson, I send a lesson report, notes and homework to either the student or their parent/guardian, dependent on the student's age. Some students prefer to set their own homework and do independent study, for which I send useful resources about the topic.
Pertaining to the first lesson, some students have something particular that they want to cover (e.g. a paper, an assignment, a topic that they need help with for a test), and others do not come to the first lesson with anything in particular. In this case, I will ask the student a series of questions about what they want to get out of the tutoring experience. Do they want to go through example questions and learn by doing? Do they want to have more structure topic-focused lessons?
When it comes to focusing on topics: I use a traffic light system to identify the topics that need to covered first: red for "I have no idea what this is,"; yellow for "I know what it is but I struggle with this," and green for "I'm am confident with this topic". Topics will be covered from red to yellow to green.
Exam Board Experience
I have experience with tutoring for Edexcel, AQA and OCR Maths. In school, I took OCR MEI (Maths in Education and Industry) maths.
For English, I mainly have experience in tutoring for CEM 11+ style examinations. As a child, I applied for North London Collegiate School, Haberdashers Girls School, St Albans Girls School and Queenswood School and was accepted to all four. I attended in-person interviews for NLCS and Queenswood.
Student Success Stories
I started tutoring again only recently, and all of my students over the past academic year had their exams cancelled because of COVID-19. Hence I, unfortunately, cannot provide much data on students' grades and progress.
Instead, here are some reviews posted by (parents of) previous students:
***** "Daisy thinks Shreya is great, she is really helping her. Thank you"- Deborah T
***** "My son has recently started having lessons with Shreya and has enjoyed them very much. Shreya is keen to adapt to his method of learning and very enthusiastic about each topic they tackle together. He looks forward to continue to have lessons with Shreya in order to consolidate his knowledge and increase his confidence further. I would definitely recommend Shreya if your child needs support with Maths and would prefer someone who is full of energy and positivity whilst learning a subject they may not be so keen on!"
***** "My daughter really enjoys her tutoring sessions. She finds Shreya to be very well organised and professional. They spend a lot of time doing past papers and my daughter has really benefitted with Shreya’s knowledge and experience"- Naz M
***** "Good techniques on explaining each topic one at a time very helpful my daughters maths has started to improve. She knows what she is doing and I would highley reccomend her to anyone struggling with maths. The tutor is very professional and organized she brings computers to helps the understanding of the student and helps them by going through past papers.She also has a notebook to keep organized and writes down what the student needs help with the most. As I said before would recommend."- Nasreen A
***** "My 1st ever online tutor I've met, Shreya was very helpful for me to help me with my coursework in Mathematics. She's very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend her as she's a great tutor!"- Michelle W