My first experience with tutoring started very soon, when at 16 my English teacher referred me to some younger students at my secondary school. I started helping them with ESOL and English literature, preparing them for end-of-the-year written and spoken exams. From that moment I started tutoring everyday after school, taking up pupils from very different backgrounds and with different school specialisms. It continued after my graduation from secondary school and into my undergraduate degree.
When I was doing my undergraduate degree in International Studies and European Institutions I was part of a tutoring programme promoted by the University to help younger students that found some module a little challenging.
In 2014 I started a MA in Human Rights at UCL (University College London). Throughout the year I was tutoring two pupils in:
Subjects I teach
Italian all levels
English, French and Spanish up to GCSE
Politics, International Relations and Law up to Undergraduate level
History up to A Level
I attended secondary school and undergraduate degree in Italy, in the Milan area.
My school is specific for the study of foreign language and it is called “Liceo Linguistico Falcone e Borsellino”. I graduated with the A Levels equivalent of
Italian (language and literature),
English (language and literature),
French (language and literature),
Spanish (language and literature),
In 2010, I obtained my secondary school degree with a mark of 92/100. For this reason, I was ranking in the top 5% of my school and top 10% of the area.
Having demonstrated academic excellence and several extra-curricular activities (Drama Club, Tutoring programme, Student Representative) I won a scholarship offered by my hometown (Premio di Eccellenza per Studenti Aresini) and another one offered by University of Milan.
My undergraduate degree at University of Milan was a B.Sc. in International Studies and European Institutions. I won scholarships for academic excellence every year of the course, from 2010 to 2013. I graduated in 2013 with a First with honours (110/110 cum laude). I was part of the editorial team of the faculty’s newsletter and newspaper and a member of the Public Speaking society.
The excellent results obtained with my undergraduate degree allowed me to win a scholarship offered by the Department of Political Science at UCL, London. In September 2014 I started a MA in Human Rights.
In 2017 I was accepted at the journalism school at City University of London.
My Approach to Private Tuition
I believe that the most important thing when tutoring is… tutoring is not school! In my ten-year experience, I have seen so many pupils alienated from the joy of learning because of school systems that privilege exams results over a true understanding of the subject. Exams are an important part of a student life, but it is also very important that every pupil understands what they are studying and why!
Tutoring should be engaging, instructive, and fun. I always make sure my lessons are prepared in advance and tailored to the tutee’s needs and inclinations. Do they prefer learning through practice or is it better to start with a theory lesson? Every pupil is different, therefore every lesson should be different.
Feedbacks are also very important to me! I always ask my tutee to be absolutely honest – I do not take offence and I am always ready to tweak my method to make sure the learning experience is as satisfying as it can be!
I love dancing and I worked as a professional belly dancer for five years when I was in Italy!