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Pravina R.

Currently unavailable: until 05/09/2024

Degree: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Bachelors) - Oxford, Pembroke College University

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Hi I’m Pravina and I just graduated with a 2:1 in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford. I’m happy to help with university applications, Economics A-Level, and Maths, French, History and Economics GCSE’s.

I’m tutoring because I love to help other students achieve, whether that’s getting the grade they need at GCSE Maths, or getting into the university of their dreams.

University applications. In addition to my own experience of applying for such a competitive course, I have advised many students on university applications and in particular Personal Statements. I know the importance of presenting your achievements in the best possible way, and the challenge of making your statement stand out. I also know the stress of competing against everyone else in admission tests and interviews, and am full of tips to ease the pressure.

A-Level/GCSE. My time at school highlighted to me the importance of having a teacher who can put themselves in your shoes, and try and get what it is you don’t understand. I would like to be that teacher for you. I’ll use everyday analogies and diagrams to explain things in a different way to your school teacher, until you understand. After that we’ll make sure you do lots of past paper practice, so you can be sure your answers tick all the examiner’s boxes.

I’ll make sure our sessions are engaging so you look forward to them every week, and that you get the most you can from each 55 minute slot! I’m friendly, and can promise you that no question is ever too silly in my eyes. I’ve worked on holiday schools for A-Level students, and taken on many positions of responsibility throughout school life, so am used to helping people of different ages.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions or are interested, I’d be more than happy to chat. Send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Economics A Level £22 /hr
Extended Project Qualification A Level £22 /hr
Economics GCSE £20 /hr
French GCSE £20 /hr
History GCSE £20 /hr
Maths GCSE £20 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr
.TSA. Oxford. Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsBachelors Degree2:1
FrenchA-LevelA*
EconomicsA-LevelA
HistoryA-LevelA
MathsA-LevelA
General StudiesA-LevelA
Critical ThinkingA-LevelA
Thinking Skills AssessmentUni Admissions Test70 (approx)
Philosophy/Politics EPQA-LevelA*
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

No

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

Currently unavailable: until

05/09/2024

Questions Pravina has answered

How do I write a good personal statement for Oxbridge?

A good personal statement depends on the subject you’re applying for, but here are a few tips: 1. Make sure that about most of the statement is about your pursuits relevant to the course (I suggest around ¾). Tutors only truly care about your intellectual ability and interests; non-relevant e...

A good personal statement depends on the subject you’re applying for, but here are a few tips:

1. Make sure that about most of the statement is about your pursuits relevant to the course (I suggest around ¾). Tutors only truly care about your intellectual ability and interests; non-relevant extra-curriculars only really serve to supplement this and show you can manage your time.

2. Don’t just list books and extra-curriculars, but show what you’ve done/read is relevant:      

E.g. Instead of saying “I did debating and public speaking” say “Debating and public speaking have helped me with communication…”

Similarly, don’t say “I enjoyed such and such a book”, say “from such and such a book I have decided that…..”.  This shows you’ve taken something on-board from your reading, and also provides a stimulus for an interview question.

3. Show off. No-one else will do it for you, and an Oxbridge applications isn’t the time for being modest. Word your achievements in the best possible way (without lying, obviously). Do you play netball for your school? That’s great, but why not highlight your best achievements on that team?: “I captained my netball team which are currently District Champions” is better than “I play netball in my spare time”.

4Read things that excite you and which you can be enthusiastic about. There aren’t necessarily books you have to have read. E.g. for my PPE application, I talked about a couple of Development Economics books I had read. This meant I could be more enthusiastic about my reading, and meant I stood out from applicants who just talked about “Freakonomics” (the classic book every Economics applicant reads)

Last but not least:

5. Make sure your Personal Statement is crystal clear to read. Include lots of paragraphing, and avoid long-winded sentences. A tired professor will be reading your PS after sifting through piles of other Personal Statements. Make his job easy and chances are he or she will be much more likely to accept you.

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