Sienna Smallman - Private Tutor in South London
As a graduate of Cambridge University, I am seeking tutoring work whilst I complete my Legal Practice Course before starting my career as a commercial solicitor. I am a highly motivated and experienced tutor who has a strong passion for helping students of any age and ability achieve their academic goals. I have a friendly and open demeanour and I seek to inspire confidence and intellectual curiosity in those I work with. In terms of academic qualifications, I achieved the highest A-Level grades on record at my school and won two GDST (Girls Day School Trust) academic prizes for English Literature and Government and Politics.
I began my higher education at the Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately due to a family illness, I returned home to the UK after a term and chose to pursue my undergraduate degree closer to home at Cambridge University where I balanced strong academic results with numerous sporting and extra-curricular achievements. I therefore have experience with both UK (including Oxbridge) and US application processes.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Cambridge , 2013 – 2016
Human, Social and Political Sciences (BA Hons): (high) 2:1
School: Notting Hill and Ealing High School
I achieved 8 A*'s (English Literature/Language and History were 100% across all papers) and 2 A's at GCSE, 4 A's at A-S Level and, 3A*'s at A-Level (2 100*, 1 98%).
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
In my gap year I tutored students for their 11+ examinations and tutored two primary school level students as well. During my time at Cambridge I tutored English Literature (GCSE/A-Level) and Politics (A-Level), all my students achieved high A* results. More recently, I have tutored Politics and International Relations at Degree level as well as the social sciences more broadly in terms of coursework and dissertation help. I can also tutor all of the GDL law conversion modules and the LNAT. I particularly enjoy providing advice on essay writing skills and revision preparation (either focused or general skills sessions) as well as Oxbridge preparation and commercial internship interview advice (practice interviews and application writing).
My Approach to Tutoring
I strive to tailor my lesson plans and teaching style to the individual student in order to provide an engaging and interactive tutoring session. I think my unique learning experience translates into a flexible and holistic approach to tutoring. I would say I am a results driven tutor, however, I also focus on the process of learning and reaching short-term goals with my students that we have set together. I have Dyspraxia and benefited greatly from tutoring whilst at school. Knowing, from the inside out, some of the challenges of having a learning disability means that I am able to teach in a highly adaptive style and much of my tutoring experience has been with students that have required SEN tuition or have struggled with traditional learning environments in some ways.
Fun Facts About Me
I love the theatre (I received honours from LAMDA having received distinctions at Grade 1-8), foreign films and visiting art galleries. I am a keen scuba diver and I am working towards my rescue diver qualification.
My Client Testimonials
English Literature GCSE
"Sienna helped my daughter fall in love with English, genuinely a complete transformation was achieved in terms of work ethic and grades. She has a firm but fair approach and I would recommend her wholeheartedly!"
Politics A-Level, Oxbridge application, Personal statement support
"Sienna's tuition style is very collaborative and appeared to be tailored exactly to my son's needs. She clearly puts a lot of effort into each lesson she prepares and takes her work very seriously. She not only helped him towards his goal of getting an A* at A-Level but also coached him for his successful Cambridge interview, providing invaluable advice during the university application process."
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