I am a fun loving individual who is extremely passionate about Mathematics and helping children learn it in a fun way. I really enjoy showing students that it is actually an easy subject and building up their Mathematical confidence is an important part of my lessons. I believe that the main key to be successful in Maths is self-confidence!
I have excellent communication skills and am very approachable. Students are always comfortable in asking me as many questions as they need to in order to understand the subject. I always remind them that “There is no such thing as a silly question! The more questions you ask the quicker you will learn”.
Each child is different which means that I tailor each of my lessons to suit each student. I have many different teaching techniques to ensure that I am able to explain, what may seem like a complex topic, in a simple and effective manner.
I encourage students not to rely on their memory to learn. Instead I focus on developing a deep understanding of the subject, so that they understand it. Once they understand it, they do not need long hours of intense repetition as it is now engrained in their way of thinking.
I like to think that instead of just teaching Mathematics, I inspire students so that eventually they begin to like Maths and no longer need my support.
2007-2012 Institute of Actuaries: CT1. CT2, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT6, CT7, CT8 and CT9
Sept 2003-2006 University of Nottingham Bsc (Hons) in Mathematics, Grade 2:1
Sept 2001-2003 Chigwell Schoo STEP I Mathematics: Grade 2
Sept 2001-2003 Chigwell School A Levels: Mathematics (A), Chemistry (A), Physics (A)
Sept 2001-2003 Chigwell School AS Levels: Further Mathematics (A), Economics (A)
Sept 1996-2001 Iford Ursuline High School GSCEs: Mathematics (A*), Double Science (A*, A*), French (A*), Geography (A*), Religious Education (A*), English Literature (A), English Language (A), Business Studies and Graphics (A), Art (B).
Level: Year 8
Name of Student: Jonathon
Details of Job: I tutor Jonathon on a regular weekly basis via Skype. I used to teach him face to face when I was based in Dubai but now I have moved back to London I have continued to support him over Skype. He is working towards his IGCSE at Repton School, which he will take in the summer of 2019. When I first Jonathon he was in one of the lower sets at school and not doing very well at Maths. After having lessons with me he has now moved up to the second set and achieved the highest score in his end of year exams (81%).
His confidence has improved greatly and he now finds Maths fun. He now always aims to get a good mark in all his tests as he can now see that he is able to achieve great results. I work through the school syllabus with him in our lessons and I help him to consolidate what he learns in school so that he is fully prepared for the next topic he will learn at school.
Maths is like building blocks and the foundations are very important. If a student falls behind in a lesson then they will most likely struggle with future lessons as new topics are based on previous topics. It is very important that students keep on top of what they learn in school so that they do not lose confidence.
Name of Student: Stuart
Details of Job: I started tutoring Stuart at the start of the summer holidays. As they were away in Spain for the summer I tutored him four times a week via Skype (as opposed to a residential placement). Now that school has begun I now tutor him on a weekly basis with one lesson a week. I work through past paper questions with him in our lessons. When he finds a particular question difficult I take step away from the paper and we work on the theory behind the question and similar style questions until I am happy that he has now mastered the concepts. I also teach him exam technique, what the examiners are looking for and how to manage his time efficiently in the exam.
Level: IB Standard
Name of Student: Sophie
Details of Job: I tutor Sophie twice a week via Skype as she is lives in Dubai. Sophie got in touch with me in May 2016 as she had seen a recommendation on her school forum. She really enjoys my Online lessons, so much so that she recommended me to two of her friends whom I also now teach via Skype (one of whom lives in Switselrland).
Sophie is struggling with IB Maths and so I am helping her work through the syllabus so that she is ready for her exam in May 2017. I spend the lessons going over the theory followed by examples and how best to approach the questions in order maximise her marks. I then expose her to exam questions straight away so that she gets a feel for the style of questions and what the examiners are looking for. So my lessons is not only about learning Maths but it is also about learning exam technique.
She really finds my notes beneficial and that is the great thing about my Online lessons. Students are able to receive a copy (via email) of all the notes and example questions that we cover in each lesson.
Level: Maths and Further Maths A-Level (OCR)
Name of Student: Alice and Matthew (Twins)
Details of Job: I am currently tutoring a set of twins who have just started their AS Levels. They both go to top schools in London (St. Pauls and Godolphin and Latymer) and both achieved all A*s in their recent GCSE exams.
They are finding that the pace is a lot faster this year since they are studying towards a Further Maths A-Level which requires them to complete six modules this year. As a result they have sought my support and I now tutor them once a week face to face at their home in Chelsea. Throughout the week they keep me updated about what they learn in each lesson on school so that I can prepare the relevant material to target their weaker areas. It is vital that they do lots of practice every day and so I create them homework that will give them all the practice they need.
Hobbies and Interests
When I am not tutoring I spend my free time keeping fit and looking after my nieces and nephews. I enjoy running around Battersea Park and going for City walks around London.
I have recently learnt to crochet and this is now one of my favourite hobbies. I make lots of Amigurumi toys (namely Minions) and presents for all my friends who have had babies recently.
Mother of Year 11 Twins (St Paul’s School; Godolphin and Latymer School, London):
Nilantheny Narendran has been tutoring my 16 year old twins for their GCSE Mathematics. She is an excellent mathematician, and an excellent teacher, with an exceptional ability to communicate and explain difficult topics in a way that makes them easy to understand. She is highly organised, coming to lessons with prepared questions, and making notes for my children, so they have them to refer to afterwards.
Nils is unfailing pleasant to deal with, and always reliable. Her communication with parents is particularly good: she always drops me an email after the lesson, letting me know what topics have been covered, as well as any issues and future goals.
I highly recommend Nils. In fact, I have asked her to continue tutoring my children for their Maths A-Level.
Mother of Year 9 Student (Winchester College, England):
Nils helped my son who is at Winchester College and good at Maths to realise he was really good. She worked with him for about 10 hours over a few weeks and helped him nail down most of the IGCSE topics that he was not fully comfortable with. She also provided exams tips. The lessons were effective as Nils was preparing very good notes whilst having him do exercises. No time wasted and high energy. What we like and how we like to work. Theo achieved 95 percent in his summer Maths exams and is now aiming for an A* for his 2017 IGCSE. No doubt we will ask Nils for a few more injections in the near future.
Mother of GCSE Student and School Registrar (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai):
I would like to highly recommend Nilantheny as a Tutor. I first met Nils almost two years ago when she tutored my own 15 year old daughter. She was exceptionally well prepared for every class and really kept my daughter focussed in all classes. Our daughter was predicted an E at GCSE and achieved a high B in her final examination. This improvement was down to the commitment, teaching style and preparation of Nils.
I am the Registrar of one of Dubai’s largest and most successful British Schools. This year we achieved 100% A*A in our early entry GCSEs, having been open for just 12 months. Our families are highly demanding and very well educated, accepting only the best when it comes to schooling. Nils tutored many of our students prior to them taking our entry exam and has continued to support them. We never hesitated to recommend her to our families who wanted further support for their children in order to access our rigorous curriculum.
Nils is a lovely lady, dedicated and enthusiastic in her teaching and I can certainly highly recommend her.
Father of Year 5 and Year 7 Students (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai):
I can unequivocally recommend Nils as a maths tutor. Our two boys (aged 13 and 11) were tutored by Nils for 19 months for one hour each week.
Her impact was distinctive on a number of levels. In the short term, the boy’s school math test results improved markedly and in the longer term, she has established a solid platform of self-confidence in maths. It is noteworthy that the boys now see maths as fun and interesting.
She has achieved this through –
• Quickly establishing an intuitive understanding of not just their capabilities but how each one learns – and then modulated her teaching approach and interactions.
• Established clear parameters of expectations and monitored goals.
• Encouragement and the installation of self-disciple. The boys were keen to work for her, and she helped them to realize that they were ultimately working for themselves.
IB Standard Level Student (Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai):
I started the online lessons with Nils in December 2015 after being with her in person for almost 6 months. I love the online lessons as they are very helpful and I feel like I am able to learn more as I can take away the notes from the lessons. The computer set up that Nils has is very efficient and she is able to answer every question I have easily. As I do Standard Level IB Math which is a very challenging course, I feel like Nils and the online lessons have been a huge help in increasing my confidence with maths, as well as most importantly helping me to understand it more and achieve higher levels. I would highly recommend Nils and her online lessons to anyone who needs the extra push with Maths.
A-Level Student (Dubai English Speaking School):
I just got my results, and I wanted to thank you because I got an A in maths! I just want to reiterate my thanks to you, because without you I could never have done it. Thanks so much for helping me! I got B’s all around, Maths was my best subject and probably the reason I got accepted into Sheffield, which is awesome!
Mother of A Level Student (Dubai English Speaking School):
Firstly I would like to inform you that my son achieved an A in his math exams as a result of the tuition with Nils. Nils did a fantastic job revising with my son, she prepared a lot of useful information besides providing previous exams, summary sheets, etc. My son enjoyed the tuition with Nils and she managed to keep the lessons always interesting whilst preparing him extremely well for the actual exam.
We are extremely pleased with the service you provided and will definitely recommend you to friends and family.
IB Studies Student (Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai):
When I first was put in contact with Nils, I was in the middle of year 12 and achieving merely a level 4 in all of my tests. A few months later and I’m currently working as a strong level 6 student. Without Nils’ help and organization, countless past papers and worksheets, I wouldn’t be in this good position in maths now or even thinking about achieving a level 7 in my upcoming exam in May. I do online tutoring with Nils, which I was sceptical of trying at first, but in fact I think it’s better than face to face tutoring! After each session, I have detailed and annotated notes from the work we did in the session which I can look over and review at any time while revising for my exams. Nils has truly helped me and given me more confidence with answering questions. I would definitely recommend online tutoring to everyone.
Father of GCSE student (Dubai British School):
Nils is a great Maths tutor, very energetic, extremely patient and had a way of communicating with our daughter that raised her confidence and ability way above where she started from. As parents we were looking for someone that could go past rote tutoring and inspire our daughter to really move past hating and fearing maths to enjoying it. Nils provided that inspiration…Results speak for themselves, from an average C and B grade Maths student, our daughter just passed her GCSE Maths with an A and is now all set to take on A Level maths – We couldn’t be more pleased!
Mother of Grade 5 and Grade 2 students (GEMS World Academy, Dubai):
Ms Nils has been tutoring my two daughters, Nicole and Rebecca for a term. Nicole is aged 10 and in grade 5 and Rebecca is aged 7 and in grade 2.
Ms Nils assessed the level of each of my daughters and identified topics they needed to focus on and skills they needed to develop. She then developed specific lessons for them. Each lesson was very well structured and Ms Nils was always prepared. She thoroughly explained each topic and was very patient with my daughters ensuring that they always understood what they were being taught.
Ms Nils kept me informed of their progress and also provided me with tips to help them improve their math skills. She also provided them with extra help and support with school work when required.
During the time in which Ms Nils tutored my daughters I saw a massive improvement in their confidence levels and in their results. Consequently my daughters started enjoying math and looked forward to their lessons with her.
I was extremely happy with the tutoring Ms Nils provided to my daughters. Had we stayed in Dubai we would have continued our weekly lessons with her.
Mother of Year 4 and Year 6 Students (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai):
When I first approached Nils to be my children’s maths tutor, I couldn’t possibly have envisaged the constructive impact she would have on their progress in maths. A natural teacher, her engaging personality and positive approach is infectious. This, coupled with her love of maths, has facilitated my children to gain confidence in a subject they were previously apprehensive of. My children adore Nils, and with her positive, encouraging, teaching style, tailored to each child, I feel sure they are already feeling the same way about the very subject they once despaired of.
Mother of IB Studies Student (Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai):
I would highly recommend Nils as a tutor for your child. She really connects and makes what can be a stressful subject a very logical and enjoyable one. My daughter was really struggling with maths in school and within a few weeks of working with Nils, I could see her confidence growing daily. Nils also helped her form a study methodology and systematic approach to mastering the subject and achieving the results in examinations.
Mother of IB Student (Dubai American Academy):
I am so pleased with my son’s incredible improvement in Maths since he began tutoring with Nilsand he is actually smiling about Maths for a change!
Nils is much more than a tutor, she is an extraordinary educator. When she began tutoring Nick, she identified his areas of weakness in his maths knowledge and filled the gaps until he had a solid mathematical foundation. Now as he continues to progress through High School, Nils properly and thoroughly explains and practices new concepts which has led to his positive approach to maths.
When Nils told us that she would be relocating to London, we were distressed as we thought we were going to lose this fantastic tutor…until she told us that she would be giving online tutoring lessons. My son finds the online lessons to be just as beneficial as the face to face ones. Nils has a great system for her online lessons which enables her to provide an excellent tutoring experience. When Nils takes on a student, she honours that commitment impressively. Detailed notes from the online lesson arrive minutes after the session is completed and she provides amazing support should the student have a significant difficulty via Whats App.
I would highly recommend her and I’m so grateful to her for building my son’s confidence and ability in Maths.
Mother of IB Studies Student (GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai):
I am very grateful for the outstanding work you did with our son! Thanks to you he made such huge progress and got a very good grade in his IB. He really enjoyed your sessions together, and not only did you help him, you gave him confidence…
A huge thank you!!!
Mother of Year 4 and Year 5 Students (Emirates International School, Dubai):
Nils is fantastic! My eldest daughter started with her last year towards the end of the academic year and thanks to Nils she moved from the Average Group to the Advanced Maths Group and is now achieving high grades.
I recommend on-line tutoring. At first when Nils recommended it I was not sure it would be effective. However I can see the big improvement in my Year 4 daughter. And my Year 8 daughter now always achieves high grades. Nils makes math fun and interesting for children therefore my daughters now enjoy Maths.
She is simply the best and online tutoring is great!
Mother of A Level Student (Dubai College):
Nils has been one of the best tutors my son has ever had. He finds her instructions easy to follow and understand. She follows every session up with a summary of the lesson.
When we had to switch to online lessons she made sure that the transition was as smooth as possible and he finds the online lessons as good as the one to one lessons.
I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.