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Joana S

"Joana's integrity, passion to support and nurturing to succeed are formidable and she does it calmly with fun, warmth and a great smile."

Parent of an IGCSE Science student

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Home schooling

  • Maths

  • Physics

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

I have a BSc, MSc and PhD all in a Science related area (Organic agriculture).

2001-2005 University of Newcastle, UK

PhD in Organic Farming

1998-1999 Wye College- University of London, UK

MSc in Sustainable Agriculture

1993-1998  Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

5 year full-time degree in Agriculture (crop production)

About Me

I joined the Simply Learning Tuition team in 2009 and I have been tutoring children and teenagers of various ages ever since. This is an experience I find extremely rewarding. It gives me great satisfaction to see young people progressing and achieving better results and becoming more confident. The students have the freedom to share all their doubts without being judged or scared and I can guide and support them in the best way possible.

Being a mother of three young children (15, 12 and 6) I understand the pressures of wanting to give youngsters the best education, supporting them and helping them succeed. I started tutoring young children when I was doing my GCSEs and A levels, helping my friends and neighbour’s children. I have also worked with adults teaching them Portuguese (my mother tongue) at the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Newcastle (where I did my PhD).

I currently tutor Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at KS3 level and GCSE (boards: iGCSE, AQA). I also tutor A level Biology.

Recently I have started a SEN Teaching Course which will support me in working with children that need specialist support.

Recent tuition

Please find below a snapshot of my tuition experience.

Since 2017 I have been homeschooling children (25 hours a week) at a small private educational centre in West London (where I am also Head of the KS3 and KS4 team). I teach all the subjects listed above and we follow the iGCSE Edexel programme. Post school hours I work with another 14 children during the week, offering them general support.

Maths Primary

I have been working a lot with a variety of primary school children (mainly KS2) and can proudly say that all of them finished last year with top marks in maths. The focus of a lot of this work is on developing confidence and helping them believe in their own ability.

Homeschooling – AQA Science

This student is deaf (but has cochineal implants), suffers from ADHD and dyslexia. He is an amazing person with astonishing artistic skills. Concentration is something this student struggles to achieve therefore a very patient and engaging attitude is crucial. It has been a great opportunity to work with him, adapting to his needs and helping him with his learning.

IGCSE Maths and Science Home Schooling

This student and I have been working together since the Spring term of 2015, covering IGCSE Maths and Science. He really enjoys his lessons but has had a difficult time at school over the last few years which has led to the decision of home schooling. He is currently being assessed for potential Aspergers/Autistic Spectrum. He has difficulties in concentrating however he is an amazingly bright young man and when he is focused, he learns very quickly (has already sat the Foundation Maths GCSE one year in advance). A calm approach and being very patient are two important factors to captivate his attention. I will continue working two days per week with him until his GCSE exams.

IGCSE Maths and Science Home Schooling

This student is a footballer and has to juggle the demands of his training alongside his home schooling so it was important that we worked efficiently and effectively in the two days we spent together each week, yet take the time that he often needed to revise and consolidate his learning. He has dyslexia and anxiety issues so a calm approach with lots of praise to boost his confidence was crucial. I ensured that he took regular tests (both formally and informally) to monitor an adequate progress and to build up his exam skills.

GCSE Chemistry and Biology

I worked with a very bright young lady who didn’t love sciences and therefore lacked confidence in this area. I worked with her preparing for her GCSE exams. She achieved an A in both subjects.

GCSE Biology

I tutored this student for about three months on a nearly daily basis. She had anxiety problems and required someone very patient to help her with Biology (GCSE level). She dropped school the year before due to health issues and therefore her confidence was very low. Her aim was to go back to school and my job was to help her achieve her wish by tutoring her using as many resources as possible to stimulate and make her gain her confidence back.

KS3 Science Home Schooling

In the past year I worked with a student who suffers from Autism. He needed a very delicate approach and lots of reassurance. Small noises that don’t mean anything to us in general could be very disruptive for him. Although our sessions could be a bit challenging, he is a super bright boy and the same way I taught, I also learned a lot from him.

IB Biology on a fortnightly basis

This student secured a place at Oxford University after reaching her target grades.

A-level Biology tuition

I helped this student over the last year with her B2 Biology so that she could achieve at least the requested B grade to be admitted at Reading University.

I worked with a student regularly, preparing them for their A-level Biology (B1) final exams.

One student I worked with was a very  bright 15 year old who was extremely intelligent and interested in environmental issues. I spent an hour every week for a year discussing topics related to the environment (deforestation, global warming, global cooling, ocean acidification, etc.) in order to improve her knowledge on these issues.

Year 5 Maths

I work with a year 5 student who I have been tutoring Maths to over the last year. She is very bright but needs extra support to boost her confidence. She performs very well with me but at school she was not showing her knowledge because she lacked confidence. In the past year she developed a lot and has improved her maths level.

Year 6 Maths

I tutored a year 6 student focusing on Maths tuition in preparation for an Independent secondary schools’ exams.

Hobbies and Interests

I love running, listening to music, going to Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. I also love coffee!! And dogs – although I don’t have one, its very common for us as a family to dog-sit our friends’ dogs.

Client Testimonials

“Joana has homeschooled our son for the last 18 months on the run into GCSE finals. She is not just a great tutor, she is a very emotionally intelligent coach who excels in building confidence with an outstanding human quality. Joana’s integrity, passion to support and nurturing to succeed are formidable and she does it calmly with fun, warmth and a great smile. It’s been a wonderful 18 months of infectious positivity that has reaped great rewards.”

Parent of an iGCSE student: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

“Joana tutored my daughter for her GCSEs, for which we were concerned due to her CC prediction for dual science.

Thankfully, Joana’s superb tutoring skills meant that my daughter could improve her knowledge and understanding in Biology and Chemistry to reach an AA grade at her GCSE science. We were very pleased and would highly recommend her as a tutor.”

Parent of a GCSE science student: Biology and Chemistry

“I had Joana tutoring me for about three months prior to my GCSEs last year in Biology and Chemistry. I maintain that I would’ve only narrowly passed my science exams without her. She made learning what I thought were the most boring subjects on earth both fun and interesting, to the point where I was really engaging with and learning the material under her influence. I would recommend her to anybody I know.”

GCSE science student

  • Home schooling Experience