Oscar S - tutor  

Oscar S
Tutor in Kennington, South East London

£127.10 per hour

5.0
(16 reviews)
(16 reviews)
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About Oscar

Fully qualified international teacher and Oxford graduate

I am a UK-qualified secondary educator with ten years of international teaching experience and a very strong academic background. I have taught in the UK, Sudan and Angola. This experience encompasses curriculum and examination design as well as Oxbridge interview preparation, which allows me to help students understand curriculum content and testing requirements across a broad spectrum of humanities subjects. The majority of my time is currently spent helping students aged 11 to 19 with History, Geography, Humanities, Archaeology, IB Theory of Knowledge and Oxbridge interview preparation. Using clear communication and custom-designed teaching materials, I aim to demystify the assessment process and set high expectations for student achievement.

I particularly enjoy helping gifted and talented students reach their academic goals, whether these are securing a 13+ academic scholarship, achieving an A* at A2 Level or successfully navigating the Oxbridge admissions process. I also have a strong track record of helping students with exam retakes and covering the study skills required to succeed under exam conditions. My experience covers all the major exam boards in the UK (AQA, OCR, CIE, EdExcel), as well as the International Baccalaureate MYP and DP Programmes, Cambridge Pre-U and numerous specialist scholarship exams.

Outside the classroom I am an avid travel writer and student of languages. My latest book, a travel guide to Equatorial Guinea, was published by Bradt Travel Guides in November 2015. I am currently learning Portuguese and Arabic in King's College London evening classes, to add to my base of French, Italian and Spanish, as well as to remind me what it feels like to be a student!

Shorter time slots available - please contact me before booking.
Hourly rate: £127.10
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
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5.0
(16 reviews)
(16 reviews)

Oscar Scafidi

Written by Stephanie T
Oscar helped my son to prepare for 13+ History and Geography.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
He was a responsible tutor who took the initiative to tailor-made a curriculum to suit my son who is not studying a U.K curriculum.

brilliant

Written by Sue R
Oscar was brilliant. He was funny and interesting, available at short notice and really gave useful input.
He was also firm and inculcated good disciplne
Subject:
History
Outcome:
my child got into Cambridge University!!!

Wonderful tutor

Written by Isabella T
Oscar was a really wonderful tutor for our son Ned, who was revising for his History A level in spring 2015. He was knowledgeable, inspiring and refreshing. He focussed a lot on memory techniques and essay structure - practice that gave Ned, who is dyslexic, a lot more confidence entering the exam. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this charming young man as a tutor.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
B grade in A level history

History GCSE tutoring

Written by Kate B
Oscar is a terrific tutor. Highly intelligent, organized, experienced. My son certainly enjoyed working with him and did far better than predicted on his history GCSE. I am only sorry Oscar couldn't make time to continue working with my son for A-level history.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
successful

An absolutely superb history teacher!

Written by Denise W
Oscar helped me improve my essays significantly. He was well prepared and had exam-specific materials. I was impressed with his familiarity with the course and with his ability to anticipate and accommodate my learning needs, even during the first lesson, based on what prior communication we had. His knowledge made a similarly positive impact on my Internal Assessment and Extended Essay.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
Noticeable improvement in essays. Good predicted scores. A great help!

Great IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK) teacher

Written by James S
I would like to take this opportunity to personally recommend Oscar, who I worked with via Skype and email. As a tutor, he is very well-prepared and familiar with the syllabus and its requirements, keeping up with changes in the new syllabus. The guidelines he set out were very clear and easy to follow, which helped me work more efficiently. My achievement is testament to Oscar’s ability and effort as tutor.
Subject:
Philosophy
Outcome:
Grade A in TOK Presentation

Reference for Oscar Scafidi

Written by Stephanie L
I have been Oscar's IB History Higher Level student for the past year. During this year, I have seen steady improvement in both the quality and grade achieved in my coursework and timed in-class essays.

Oscar approaches class using a variety of different teaching methods. Through the aid of videos, timelines and IB past papers, Oscar has managed to elevate my interest in history, as well as enhance my analytical and argumentative skills. The work he assigns me also constantly increases in level of complexity, which ensures that class is always intellectually challenging.

I especially appreciate the time Oscar takes before major exams to go through different study skills and methods. Although facts and dates aren't all that makes up a good history essay, they are still necessary in ensuring a good history grade. He has taught me a variety of different memory tricks to aid me in this aspect, and these techniques have actually been incredibly useful not only in my study of history but also in the variety of other subjects I take at school.

I also really enjoy the way his classes are focussed around the IB curriculum. We constantly assess my performance using the IB's grading rubric, which is something that I had not done with my teacher at school. I believe that a clearer understanding of what the course expects from me is an instrumental factor to my progress in the subject thus far.

Oscar's classes are always dynamic and exciting, and his help has been invaluable to my performance at school.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
Through his lessons, I have been able to achieve consistent 7s in all of my in-class essays, as well as on my end-of-year exams. Oscar's lessons have enabled me to continually progress

Oxbridge entrance

Written by Honor Cargill M
I would very much recommend Oscar Scafidi as a tutor. He's tutored me this term for Oxford entrance for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History . All of our sessions have been not only very well-prepared and efficiently targeted but also lively and interesting - totally reaffirming my interest in the subject. I look forward to lessons and I feel my knowledge, skills and confidence have improved.

From my mother:

Oscar has been great. Completely reliable, calm and clever.
Subject:
Oxbridge Admissions
Outcome:
Following interview I have been accepted to read Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

Oscar Scafidi

Written by Penny B
Oscar gave my son 2 practice interviews
for Oxford. He imparted sound advice and gave him confidence.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
He gained a place at Merton College Oxford.

History A level tutor

Written by Andrew B
Oscar was able to greatly help me with my preparations for the OCR History A level exam. We met twice weekly, and he helped me greatly not just with the content (the topic for my exam was 19th Century German nationalism, something he was very knowledgeable of), but also with useful advice and techniques to help me to perform to my full ability in the exam. These included both memorisation and revision strategies, as well as looking at past paper questions and thinking about time management in the exam. I was particularly impressed by his attention to detail when it came to the mark scheme for the exam. This meant that he was able to advise me best on how to write my answers in the exam in such a way that best satisfied what the examiners were looking for. Oscar was also able to be very helpful on my coursework for the exam, which was a 5,000 word extended research paper.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
I achieved an A grade in my exam, which was my goal for the exams. I can confidently say that Oscar's help really went a long way in achieving this grade.

Really engaging and knowledgable tutor

Written by Christine L
Oscar worked very well with my daughter for GCSE history. She had gaps in
knowledge which he help to close and link together. He also gave her clear
understanding of how an exam and mark scheme work so she could upgrade her
attainment in GCSE. Lovely manner and very well prepared. Would definitely
recommend and use again.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
I will let you know

TOK

Written by Peter N
Oscar is without doubt the most professional and well organised tutor I have come across. His pro-active and well prepared approach made the tutoring sessions run much more efficiently. Her improved results speak for themselves.
Subject:
Academic
Outcome:
My daughters grade went from 4/10 to 10/10.

Written by Sophia T
Subject:
History (IB)

History and Geography

Written by Madhu R
Oscar's support made such a world of difference to my son's preparation for his scholarship exams. The customised revision packs he put together for History and Geography were a brilliant resource and covered a breadth of material in each learning topic. His feedback and support with polishing my son's skills made a tremendous impact in a matter of hours!
Subject:
Geography
Outcome:
An A grade in both subjects that contributed to the scholarship award

Oscar Scafidi is a great geography tutor

Written by Judy L
Over the course of the last few months, Oscar has been prepping my son for the Winchester entrance exams. Oscar is always punctual for lessons and is very well prepared with an abundance of geographic sources and educational material. From this it is possible to see Oscar's effort both inside and outside lessons. I highly recommend Oscar to any 13+ student.
Subject:
Geography
Outcome:
My son passed the exam and will attend Winchester this September.

A tutor able to teach

Written by Catia M
I learnt a lot. I started from a very low standard and I improved very quickly.
He is very available and I felt well and secure. Thanks to Oscar
Subject:
History
Outcome:
I Hope excellent
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Education and Qualifications

University

University of Oxford
History and Archaeology
2:1
King's College London
Warfare in the Modern World
Distinction
University of Exeter
PGCE Secondary History

School

Ardingly College, West Sussex
A Levels
  • History
    A
  • Anthropology
    A
  • Spanish
    A
  • Italian
    A
Ardingly College, West Sussex
AS Levels
  • Physics
    B
Ardingly College, West Sussex
GCSEs
  • History
    A*
  • Maths
    A
  • Latin
    A
  • Spanish
    A*
  • Italian
    A*
  • French
    A*
  • Biology
    A*
  • Chemistry
    A*
  • Physics
    A*
  • Astronomy
    A
  • English Language
    A
  • English Literature
    A*

Prizes and Scholarships

11+ and 13+ academic scholarships to Ardingly College, West Sussex

Other Qualifications

Cambridge CELTA English teaching qualification

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