Apart from Maths, I also teach English and Science up to GCSE level. I have tutored a wide variety of students from a range of backgrounds, and have tutored students from pre-primary school age children up to working professional adults.
I graduated from The London School of Economics top of my degree class, having achieved the highest overall score on the Accounting & Finance BSc programme. I studied a range of subjects including Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics. I scored exceptionally high marks in all of these exams, and have a genuine passion and interest in these subjects.
I have excelled academically, and am keen to pass on my methods/techniques of studying to other students to help them realise their highest potential.
2011-2014 The London School of Economics BSc Accounting & Finance, First Class Honours
Awarded the H. C. Edey prize for graduating with highest overall score on the Accounting & Finance BSc programme
Completed the LSE100 course with Distinction
Awarded the Ernst & Young university scholarship to sponsor all three years of my studies.
2003-2010 The King’s School, Peterborough
A-Levels: Mathematics (A*), Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Physics (A)
GCSE: Mathematics (A*), Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*), History (A*), English Lit (A*), English Lang (A*), Business Studies (A*), RE (A*), Sports (A), French (B)
I have completed over 2000 hours of private tuition, and many more during voluntary tuition. My previous work has been a mixture of long-term regular tuition with clients and short term intensive placements (eg during exam revision periods). Highlights include:
I have been regularly tutoring an IB Standard Level student who was struggling to remember the vast amount of different topics in the syllabus. He had particular problems with Calculus and Algebra, so our tuition has mainly focused on these two core topics to ensure he is adequately prepared for the forthcoming examinations. The tutoring work with this student continues at present, and I am pleased to see a continual improvement in his work and for him to actually start enjoying studying Mathematics!
Over the 2014 Christmas holiday period I tutored a sixth-form student on numerous occasions for IB Mathematics. The tutoring sessions involved revising material the student had covered and then exploring beyond the syllabus to further develop his knowledges of the various topics. We also practised numerous past exam questions to improve the student’s confidence at answering these, and to ensure he was able to apply his knowledge to real exam questions. I saw real improvement in the student’s ability, and at the end of the course he was able to answer exam questions independently with little/no guidance.
I completed an intense Mathematics revision week with an international student during her half term holidays. We revised the material she covered during the previous term to ensure she had a solid understanding of this and would be prepared for her final IB exams. We also covered a lot of material which she would be studying during the forthcoming term, to ensure she had a strong head start and could continue to perform top of her class.
GCSE/16+ Mathematics and Economics
I was previously tutoring a 15 year old girl for GCSE Mathematics and Economics in preparation for her Westminster entrance exams in November 2014. The tuition extended beyond the school syllabus in order to ensure she was adequately prepared for the exams and scored exceptional marks. I had drawn upon my experience of these subjects from my university studies to help her develop an in-depth and rigorous understanding of the subjects.
16+ Entrance Exams Mathematics and Economics
During the 2013/14 I tutored my younger brother extensively during his application process for the leading schools in London including Westminster, St Paul’s, Harrow and many others. He was successful in receiving multiple offers, and achieved a 90% mark in one of the economics entrance exams. I have continued to offer him support during his A-Levels now, and he regularly scores marks that are top of his class for economics and mathematics.
I have recently started to participate in a home-schooling Mathematics placement for a 16 year old boy. Despite no longer being at school his parents are still eager for him to perform well in the upcoming examinations and so my tuition focuses on intensive revision of the various topics in the syllabus. There has also been a large focus on practising past examination paper questions and ensuring he is able to answer these quickly and accurately without making mistakes.
During the summer of 2015 I held a number of tutoring sessions with a year 10 student to bring him back in-line with his school peers for Mathematics. He had performed poorly during his end of year mock exams and his parents felt his motivation for studying had dropped. As such, our lessons focused on teaching him the material in a clear and easily understood way, and also doing this in an enjoyable way to make him enthusiastic about maths. The tuition continues at present, and the student seems to be making excellent progress and is much better motivated for this subject.
13+ Entrance Exams Mathematics
During the 2015 Easter break I completed an intensive revision week for a pupil in year 8 for her upcoming 13+ entrance exams for Mathematics. We covered the syllabus material in-depth, and then went beyond this to ensure her examination performance would be exceptional and that she would stand out as a high-calibre candidate. I am now having regular weekly sessions with her to continue to offer my support towards her studies for the upcoming examination.
AS Level Economics
I have been holding regular sessions for a 17 year old pupil for his AS Level economics who is currently enrolled at one of the top public schools in the United Kingdom. He is already a top performing student in class, but the tuition is to develop his knowledge beyond the syllabus so that he can be confident in securing a place at Oxford University to study Economics.
AS Level Economics
During late 2014 I worked with a pupil who was struggling with her Economics classwork and who had fallen behind the rest of her class. Having not studied Economics or similar subjects before she found many of the basic concepts quite strange and difficult to grasp. By focusing on key foundational concepts and gradually building upon these I managed to drastically improve her understanding of the subject and also her class/homework performance.
AS Level Economics
I completed a short term residential placement with a pupil where I spent a weekend at the family home intensively tutoring the pupil on her AS Level Economics. After performing poorly in her AS Levels, her parents wanted her to get fully comfortable with the material before she commenced her next year at boarding school. We spent a number of hours each day revising the syllabus and ensuring she fully understood each topic, so that she would be better prepared for her upcoming A2 Economics studies at school. I have since kept in touch with the family, and they tell me she is now performing much better at school, and is much more confident with Economics.
International Baccalaureate Economics
2014: I provided intensive week-long Economics tuition to an upper sixth-form student during her half term holidays from school. We primarily focused on revising material she had previously learnt, and on studying next term’s topics to ensure she would remain an exceptional performer in school. I also helped her cover additional material beyond the curriculum to further develop her understanding of the subject and to better prepare her for her university studies.
During 2015 I had regular twice weekly sessions with a year 10 student for his GCSE Economics course. The family had felt uncomfortable with the standard of teaching at school, and so I was appointed to teach the course from the fundamental principles up to the level which was required by his exams. We held practice tests each month, and I was pleased to see excellent gradual progress in the students’ performance over the course of our tuition. The family were away travelling over the summer but we eager to resume tuition once the student re-starts the school in September.
AS Level Business Studies
2015: I had numerous tuition sessions with a 17 year old boy for his AS Level Business Studies, providing additional support to that which he was receiving at boarding school. We focused on his areas of weakness, as he wanted additional support on these topics to ensure he could continue to perform well at school in the highly competitive classroom environment. There was a particular focus on the case study exam questions which the student initially felt very apprehensive about, but towards the end of our sessions felt fully comfortable answering these fully independently.
Second Year Undergraduate Business Studies
During May/June of 2015 I helped a student with some of her university coursework on business competitive strategy, and also a strategic business review. We started by revising the material from her textbook and lecture notes, before attempting the coursework to ensure that she was aware of all the relevant theory. We made great progress and she achieved a first class mark for both pieces of coursework, relative to her prior lower second mark for the work she completed before the tuition.
Third Year Undergraduate International Business
Throughout the Spring of 2015 I supported a third year university student with her International Business dissertation, which focused on the international launch of a new consumer goods platform. I provided support with developing the business’ competitive strategy, analysing the micro/macro operating environment and also preparing some of the future forecasted financial statements. The work was tough and demanding but the student received a first class mark and ranked amongst the top 10% of students in her year for the piece.
MBA Corporate Finance Tuition
Throughout the Spring/Summer of 2015 I tutored a London Business School student for his Corporate Finance module as part of his MBA programme. The tuition focused on covering the required material in a short space of time, and so the lessons were intense and fast paced but still needed to be of a high standard. The student was really pleased with my work and said he felt he had made great progress.
Third Year Undergraduate Finance Tuition
During April 2015 I held a number of tuition sessions with a third year university student to provide support for his work in his Corporate Finance module. He had recently scored a first class (1:1) in his multiple choice exam, and wanted to ensure he scored a first class in his end of year written exam. We focused mainly on tackling numerical questions and the numerical aspects of the course, by working through the lecture slide examples, and through some different exam questions.
Undergraduate Tuition Mathematics and Finance
During my final year of university studies I helped tutor students from the first and second years who were struggling with the course material on the Accounting & Finance BSc programme. I focused principally on Mathematics and Finance, but also provided assistance with other subjects. I did this for several hours each week during term time, and also made flexible arrangements with the students to meet them at times most suitable for their schedules. One particular student was scoring a lower second (2:2), but after one terms tutoring was scoring first class marks (1:1).
Undergraduate Tuition Business and Finance
I undertook a week long placement with a third year university student to help them intensively prepare for their upcoming examination re-takes. The pupil had initially failed two of his university modules and needed to successfully complete his degree to commence his full time graduate employment. We spent many hours intensely revising the material and focused on covering as much ground as possible in a short space of time. The student scored 64% and 66% in his two exam re-sits which was a huge improvement from his previous average scores of around 25%. I believe his success came from being taught the material in a clear and easily understandable way; different to how he had found his lectures and classes.
KS1, 2, 3 Mathematics, Science and English
I also tutored/mentored numerous primary school students as part of a specialist Science College Scheme during my time in sixth-form. This was a long term voluntary placement, throughout which I dedicated two hours per week, for the two-yearly basis. I helped provide extra support to the students for the material they had covered in class but which they were having difficulties with, aided with the completion of homework and also helped cover additional topics that they did not cover in class. I saw a real improvement in the ability of the students, as evidenced by Christina improving her SATs scores from level 3b to level 5a or Anthony improving his mathematics grades from a C grade to an A grade.
Common Entrance Examination Pupil
2014: I was previously tutoring/mentoring a 10 year old boy in preparation for his school entrance exams. The tuition extended beyond the school syllabus in order to ensure he was adequately prepared for the exams and scored exceptional marks. The mentoring side of the role was to ensure he remained well motivated at all times, and to foster his social development to prepare him for his interviews at the schools.
Sixth Form Entrance Interview Preparation
2014: I spent some time with a pupil applying to study Mathematics, Economics, Business and Physics at sixth-form. We discussed interview technique and how to best present yourself during an interview at a great length and covered how he could best demonstrate his interest in these subjects during the interview. We also worked on how to solve ‘brainteaser’ questions during the interviews.
Sixth Form Entrance Interview Preparation
2015: For a number of sessions I worked with a girl applying to study at some first-rate UK schools, and she was successful in securing multiple offers. Our sessions involved several mock interviews and providing constructive feedback on her she could improve her performance.
Cambridge Economics Interview Preparation
2015: I spent a large number of hours with a sixth form pupil, helping him to prepare for his Economics interview at Cambridge University. We spent time preparing in a number of ways, from revising the A-level material, to discussing interview technique and how to stand out as a first rate candidate. We also held a number of mock interviews and practised answering the classic unfamiliar and advanced theoretical questions common at Oxbridge interviews.
Hobbies and Interests
I am involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and have a varied range of interests outside of tutoring.
I have worked/interned previously for some of the most prestigious companies in the financial services industry, including: Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, and GE. These work placements have been based around Investment Banking, Management Consultancy and Financial Analysis.
I am a first dan black belt in Karate and have been regularly attending training for ten years, in addition to teaching classes for junior members of my club. Furthermore, I am a keen basketball player, having played as team captain during high school, and more recently have played recreationally on weekends in London.
I currently run an online Ebay business, buying/selling vintage music memorabilia internationally, and have done this with great success over the past six years. I have completed well over 2,500 transactions over this time.
I have also undertaken a varied range of voluntary work including a summer placement scheme at a local residential home which involved conversing with residents, as well as organising and participating in local trips and leisure activities. I was also previously a member of the specialist Science College Scheme, acting as a mentor for underprivileged children, some of whom had learning difficulties.
“Thank you very much for helping at short notice with Mauro’s tutoring. He thought you were brilliant and a genius.”
“Darius, thank you so much for all the help and support you offered me this week! You’ve been amazing and were a great tutor to have. I definitely feel much more confident with maths now after all the help you’ve given me”
“Thanks for all your wonderful work … we shall look forward to booking you again for Masha. She will need maths help during thr Easter holidays so I am hoping you are around!”
“Having you as my maths and economics tutor has been invaluable and I cannot thank you enough for all the help you provided me. I went from having no prior knowledge of economics to scoring a 90% mark in one of my entrance exams and owe that all to you!”
“Darius, you have been an excellent help for my daughter, and she said she very much enjoyed the tuition sessions with you. She was a high achiever already, but I think the session with you helped give her that edge she needed for the entrance exam. I offer you my greatest thanks.”
“Thank you for your support over the holiday period with Alex. It’s been a pleasure having you as a teacher and Alex feels much more confident in his own abilities”
“Darius was great, exceptionally able and very competent much better than the tutors at school according to my son. Thank you very much “
‘We cannot praise Darius enough. My son is so animated about his lessons with Darius and I have never seen him like that before about maths. We are absolutely delighted with his lessons and would thoroughly recommend him to any prospective pupil. I have also sent Darius a thank you email and told him how delighted we are with him. Hamish says Darius is an excellent tutor and he makes things easy to understand.’ (GCSE Maths)
‘Darius was brilliant, Tom was amazed at his knowledge and his teaching methods – Darius came up with relevant and effective questions on the spot. Very pleased and very good personality fit.’