Subjects I teach
Biology from 11+ up to GCSE
Chemistry from 11+ up to GCSE
Physics from 11 + up to GCSE
Maths from 11+ up to GCSE
English at 11+ and 13+ (Common Entrance)
I have over 7 years experience teaching English, Maths and the Sciences at primary and secondary school level (KS2 to GCSE). I have taught at Hayes School in Bromley and have tutored students attending a wide variety of schools including Westminster, St Paul’s Girls School, Godolphin & Latymer and Wellington College. I have helped students prepare for entrance exams into schools such as Downe House, Oundle, Harrodian and Emanuel School. I have also taught students attending international schools such as Southbank International and ACS Hillingdon (IB and American curriculums respectively).
I have experience in preparing students for 11+, 13+ Common Entrance, Independent School entrance and GCSE examinations (AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR and IGCSE). I also have experience delivering lessons in person; over Skype; in a group; via tailored courses for home-schooled students; whilst travelling abroad and travelling within the UK with clients for intensive Holiday/Residential tuition.
University College London (UCL)
• BSc Biomedical Sciences 2:1
I was the President of Voce Performing Arts Society at UCL.
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
• A-levels: Psychology (A), Biology (A), Chemistry (B)
• AS-levels: Maths (A), Business Studies (A)
• GCSEs: English (A), Maths (A), Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A), French (A), Art (A), Drama (A), (Religious Studies (A*), Child Development (A*)
I was a Year Prefect and Class Prefect during my time at school.
My Approach to Private Tuition
I like to provide a comfortable and fun learning environment for students, helping them to feel in control of their learning and at ease in the lesson. I try to help them feel like they are doing lessons with a knowledgeable friend rather than a schoolteacher.
We use various learning tools from the traditional books to games and YouTube videos. I show students how to organise their time and workload, pointing them towards useful resources to help them to get the best out of their learning. We work at the students pace and together develop strategies that they can use in their current and future studies.
I know that some of the students who need help with the subjects I teach, find it really difficult or don’t like it at all and that’s completely ok! If the subject is difficult we’ll go as slowly as we’re able to, looking at the material in different ways until we find the one that sticks. If they don’t enjoy the subject, we’ll use different learning activities to make it much more fun to learn.
As we do our lessons, I like to talk to students about their future plans and how the subject relates to real life so that they can see their current studies as part of a bigger picture. I give them all the information I wish I had had at their age! This insight then helps them to have a reason to do their best and a goal to work towards.
My video Introduction
“I cannot recommend Theodora enough, my daughter had lost all confidence in her abilities in the run up to her GCSE’s. With Theodora’s expert help and positive attitude she helped build a new confidence and genuine interest in learning in such a short space of time. She was very upbeat and energetic and this in turn rubbed off on my daughter. She is delighted with her results and so are we. Thank you for all your hard work, it’s like a miracle has happened!” Katie
“Theodora was a lovely tutor for Ivy – she had a good knowledge of all three sciences at GCSE level (and I’m sure beyond!) and gave Ivy help and confidence in embedding the understanding, as well as the sheer mass of knowledge, that is required for triple sciences. Ivy [achieved A*s in Biology and Physics and] was very close to an A* in Chemistry too – so we are thrilled with her results and know Theodora played her role in helping Ivy achieve them. On a practical level, Theodora was always on time and very helpful the few times we need to rearrange a lesson.” Harriet & Ivy
“My daughter found the Sciences amongst her most challenging subjects. Working with Theodora rapidly had a significant impact. The tuition sessions stimulated real interest and learning. Theodora compliments her technical skills with excellent personal rapport. Maia was delighted with her results – 3 A* for Sciences!” Nick & Maia
I have been an extra in several films – see if you can spot me the next time you go to the cinema!