University of Oxford
History and French
Information about Ria
Creative Humanities Tutor and Personal Statement Advisor
I enjoy tutoring for the reward of seeing a student improve their analytical and essay-writing skills. I have an excellent grasp of my subjects with an Oxbridge degree in History and French (language and literature) and an A* in all A-levels and GCSEs. Having spent my year abroad teaching in two French lycées, I am used to adapting my teaching style and pace to the specific needs of my students.
I feel very enthusiastic about coaching students for both Oxbridge and general university admissions. In just one or two sessions, I can help students produce a compelling personal statement. I received offers from Kings College London, University College London, Durham and Warwick alongside Oxford so am confident that I can help you make a very strong application.
I am a good planner, can work under pressure and express myself clearly. I am an effective tutor because I aim to adapt myself to the needs and the learning style of individual students.
My approach changes according to the needs of the student at hand. For example, over the last year, I have been supporting a student working towards their OCR History A-level. Checking over their classwork, I identified their exam essay structure as an area to be improved. Conversations with the student confirmed their struggle to organise different ideas into a clear, unified argument. To help them with this, I brought specific excerpts of the exam board specification to their attention so that they could be more aware of the criteria they would be marked against. I offered them advice on how best to use the first 8-10 minutes of an exam for effectively dissecting exam questions and planning their response. I offered detailed feedback on practice questions that they completed for homework. For questions that required a more intricate structure, I wrote exemplar paragraphs that they were able to use as models when writing essays in the run-up to their exams.
There is no set format for a lesson. Sometimes lessons are designed to respond to concerns students have encountered with classwork. Other times, a series of lessons might be devoted to developing a larger project such as the completion of coursework or revision of content for an exam module.
I might, for example, divide a lesson in two. With a recent A-level English student, the first half hour was devoted to expanding their understanding of `The Taming of the Shrew` with reference to critical journal articles and close analyses of passages of the play. The second half was spent annotating and analysing an example of protest writing that the candidate had never seen to prepare them for the first section of an A2 examination.
Availability: I am happy to negotiate a time that works well for both of us. I also offer online lessons.
Willing to travel: 1 miles
Experience: Degree in History and French from Oxford University
French, English, History: A*
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Feedback For Ria (16)
Ria is an amazing tutor has made my son so comfortable and at ease through the process of online lessons he thoroughly enjoys every lesson, he has made visible progress in such a short amount of time which is really showing in his confidence and approach to his work.
Ria is a fantastic tutor. She is very reliable and punctual, and my son enjoys her lessons and teaching style. He is a lot more confident in his studies and this has been shown in his grades. I would recommend Ria to any person for 1-2-1 tutoring
Ria is a fantastic tutor and is already making a big difference. She is focused and clear whilst remaining very approachable - I can highly recommend.
Ria adapted amazingly to my course (international baccalaureate). Every lesson was excellently planned and well explained. Ria also was very patient and made sure to adapt her teaching to suit you best. Also, she helped me tremendously with my coursework!
I had Ria as my tutor for my last year of A Levels and she helped me massively. Ria is organised and well prepared for our lessons. She would always provide extra resources and went out of her way to ensure I understood what we covered. I would highly recommend Ria!
She was an amazing teacher with a very wide knowledge on the subject. Enjoyed lessons as they were very well planned.
Really good tutor, thank you so much Ria!
Rias lessons are really useful and she has a great knowledge of French. I found they helped me so much to improve my French skills. Would definitely recommend if you are struggling in French.
Ria is a great tutor. She is very organized, always prepared for the session, and gives valuable advice. She helped my daughter with the UCAS personal statement for Oxbridge admissions. My daughter ultimately received an offer from Oxford.
Ria is an lovely bright and cheerful tutor, who also very well organized. She delivered excellent tuition to my son. Her lesson is well prepared and efficient. My son thinks she is very nice and makes learning fun and engaging. I would highly recommend her!
H D Da (Mrs)
Ria has been helping my daughter with English/ French lessons the past few months. She is punctual, organised and most importantly, very clear in her teaching method. My daughter really enjoys her classes with Ria.
Ria has helped me so much! She has managed to help me to develop a lot of confidence for my personal statement and has made me less stressed about year 13! Will deffo help you to create a very good personal statement ! Thank you Ria!
Miss Stephanie (Miss)
Ria, was well informed, punctual and easy to communicate with. Her clear logical approach was just want my son needed.
Not a good fit with our son, but I am sure would be with other students
Professional, knowledgeable, flexible and personable, Ria has quickly built an effective rapport to support my daughter`s learning needs in Lockdown.
Ria was a fantastic tutor, helped me out a great deal with a last minute deadline and was very understanding of what I needed
Excellent, perceptive tutor who has quickly understood what is needed.
We can`t be expecting better tutoring! Ria is perfect 👌;;