I am well placed to support students studying a broad range of history GCSE and A-level papers.
I have over 3 years experience tutoring students.
I have a friendly approach and always try to make history interesting and exciting for the student.
Tutoring is very much about rapport and connection between tutor and student. I think it always sensible to meet in person to see whether there is potential for building a good rapport and I see the tutoring role as that of friend and mentor as well as teacher.
I graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 2005 with a degree in history. As part of the degree I examined topics ranging from the ancient Romans and Greeks, the Anglo-Saxons, the relationship between the `Third World` and the West in the modern era, African history in the 20th Century, the history of modern political thought, the colonisation of the New World and the study of historiography. Before University, my A-level studies focused on Bolshevik Russia, witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and the balance of power between France and Spain in the 16th Century. As part of my GCSEs studies I covered areas including Germany under the Nazis, the Cold War, the USA and Vietnam War.
Availability: My availability is flexible.
Willing to travel: 3 miles
Experience: I have tutored several students over the last two years covering a range of GCSE and A-level topics. Recently, my most rewarding tutoring work was with a student who was not enjoying his History GCSE studies. He had been predicted a C/D but there was a real concern that he might not scrape a C. I worked with him intensely in the 6 months running up to his exams, covering papers on Bolshevik Russia, the U.S.A in the 20th Century and the Cold War. We build up a good rapport and I managed to get him excited about some of the subject matter. The result was that he attained an overall B grade in his exams.
In addition to GCSE/A-level jobs, in November 2012 I helped a client who was struggling with preparations for the History Aptitude Test exam, as part of the admissions process to Oxford University. This student ended up passing the test and went on to win a place at Oxford, which was fantastic news. Her mother provided some feedback on my work:
`Zaheer came for two sessions to teach my daughter who was preparing for her HAT exams. She found Zaheer very helpful, with a good in depth knowledge of modern history. He was able to guide her and steer her in the right direction. His knowledge, experience and study at Cambridge were very helpful in getting my daughter what she needed. We found Zaheer very charming and professional.`
In addition to tutoring, I have also worked with young people at the Barbara Melunsky Refugee Youth Foundation iin London, where I have helped facilitate music activities for young people from refugee backgrounds. Working with disadvantaged young people in a supportive role has added an extra dimension to my perspective as a tutor. I am now keen to develop tutoring as key focus as I really enjoy the teaching process. I am particularly looking for jobs where I can provide long term support which can make a real difference to a student`s progress.