Hi, my name is Kira and I’ve just finished my third year studying Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford! I come from London. I really enjoy my degree, and I (surprisingly!) quite enjoyed the application process – so I think I have a lot to share about the whole process. For my A-levels, I did Maths, Further Maths, RS, and CompSci (so I didn’t stray very far for my degree) – and I achieved A*ABB for these respectively.
I’ve found my degree challenging but extremely interesting and fun – the mix of the two disciplines is really engaging, and has helped me to expand my ideas and knowledge greatly. I would love to help people get into similar courses that they feel passionately about, as I believe studying something you truly love at university is incredibly important. I want to help students be best prepared for their applications to university – whether this is through helping them prepare for entrance exams and interviews, or helping them prepare for their GCSEs or A-levels.
My teaching style
I like to ask students to attempt a few questions before the lesson, so that they have time to consider how best to solve a question, and can come in with questions for me. I also want to go through new questions in the lesson, to allow for practice of completing the questions on the spot (as they would be doing in the actual exam).
For GCSEs and A-levels, I have the same approach when it comes to looking at past exam questions. Although I may first have lessons focussing on one topic area, teaching it to the student from basics and going through some practice questions so that they are prepared to attempt exam-style questions themselves.
My past experience
I have some previous experience helping students prepare for the MAT, as well as conducting practice interviews.
My Proudest Achievements
Of course, pursuing my degree at Oxford has been one of my proudest achievements. I found the working style quite difficult to adjust to at first, so I am incredibly proud that I have now successfully completed all 3 years of my Bachelor’s degree.
I am also proud of myself for my keeping-up of my Mandarin skills – I was worried I would lose it coming to uni and having nobody to practice speaking with, but I have been able to use online resources to continue practicing and learning Mandarin.
- Oxbridge Interview (Non-Medicine)
My Results and Achievements
- Offer from Oxford
- Offer from St Andrews
- Offer from Durham
- Offer from Exeter
- Offer from Stirling
- Achieved 9 A*s at GCSE
- A*ABB at A-level