Zara Boyd - Private Tutor in London

Zara  Boyd  Private Tutor in London

I am a passionate private tutor with over 8 years of experience and an excellent track record. I tutor a range of subjects with a particular focus on Maths and the Sciences and Oxbridge and Medical School applications. During my education, I was an Academic Scholar at Alleyn's School, where I achieved straight A*s at GCSE and A level before heading to Cambridge, where I studied Natural Sciences. At Cambridge, I took modules in Maths, Chemistry and Biochemistry and specialised in Cancer, Genetics and Virology. During my time at Cambridge, I was awarded 2 academic scholarships as well as a choral scholarship. Following Cambridge I enjoyed a brief stint in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, where my desire to pursue a career in Medicine crystallised. I started studying Graduate Medicine at Imperial College London with an entry scholarship in 2017. I achieved a starred distinction in my first year exams and was awarded a prize for coming top of my year in Anatomy & Physiology. I strive to transfer the passion, understanding and study skills I have developed during my own education to my students, to help them excel both at school and in their futures.

Subjects I Teach

My Education & Qualifications

  • Imperial College London, 2017to date
    Graduate Medicine (MBBS): 1st year: distinction star
  • University of Cambridge, 20122015
    Natural Sciences (BA): 2.1, 69%
  • School: Alleyn's School
    Vice School Captain (Head Girl) 3A*s at A Level (Maths, Chemistry and Biology) A (100%) at AS Level Geography 10A*s at GCSE

My Tutoring & Teaching Experience

I started tutoring at the age of 16 when I helped prepare a 12 year old for the Alleyn’s 13+ Academic Scholarship Exam which the student was awarded. The huge amount of satisfaction I gained from helping this student develop a strong understanding of the Science and Maths syllabuses and study skills by carefully tailoring each lesson to the student as well as seeing the culmination of all her hard work was key in inspiring me to pursue tutoring in the long term. Since tutoring this student I’ve supported countless students, of all ages, in their academic endeavours and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of helping each of them discover their academic potential and their enjoyment of the subjects I teach them. I am particularly experienced at tutoring Science and Maths at 11+, 13+, GCSE and A Level, Oxbridge (and other UK university) Science applications and Medical School applications.

My Approach to Tutoring

My approach to tutoring is centred round the belief that the role of a tutor is to not only to provide expert advice to students when navigating challenging topics and exam technique, help students achieve their academic aspirations and discover and develop their academic potential and interests but also to develop their skills as an independent learner, so that one day they have the skillset to enjoy tackling challenging topics independently. This skillset is essential for university and beyond. In order to achieve this, on top of covering course content and exam technique in a manner tailored specifically to the student’s needs, I also place much emphasis on study skills in my lessons. I find students invariably have underdeveloped study skills and this has been a key driver of under-performance in a huge proportion of students that I have taught over the years. I pride myself in preparing meticulously for each lesson and have a highly flexible teaching style which enables me to cater for all abilities as well as for students with learning difficulties.

Fun Facts About Me

I am a keen musician! I was awarded a choral scholarship at Cambridge, achieved distinction in my grade 8 singing and have been a member of the National Youth Choir. I currently enjoy being a member of the St John’s Singers and the St Matthias Singers. I also play the piano in my spare time. I also enjoy playing Netball for Imperial College Medics and am a member of Imperial College Paediatric Society and Play Team, which involves playing with unwell children at St. Mary’s Hospital each week. I am also an enthusiastic traveller, having spent my last summer exploring Peru and Bolivia!

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