Hi I'm Rianna! I am a current Ph.D student and graduate teaching assistant at Kings College London in Digital Humanities, and a recent graduate from Edinburgh University, with a first-class honours undergraduate degree in English Literature and a postgraduate research masters degree in the same.
I have a wide range of teaching experience – from tutoring 9-11 year olds at KS2 level and for 11+ examinations, 11-16 year olds at KS3 and GCSE level, and A Level students in English literature. I also provide proof-reading services for undergraduate and masters students on their dissertations. I have been DBS checked twice as I regularly tutor children, in the UK and also previously while volunteering at an organisation in Los Angeles for underprivileged children. I also worked part time at a non-profit Saturday school throughout 2018 teaching small groups of GCSE English students from inner-city schools.
I would be very happy to teach English Literature up to and including undergraduate level, but would also welcome Maths students up to GCSE level, Music students up to GCSE level, and students who are preparing to take the 11+. I also offer proofreading services for coursework and dissertations: I am a current graduate teaching assistant at King's College London, and so I have plenty of experience in marking and giving essay feedback at an undergraduate level.
In addition, I am a keen musician having played classical piano and had classical voice training from the age of eight, and I am also a semi-professional jazz singer in the time I have left over, so I am also interested in giving beginner or intermediate piano lessons, and music theory lessons up to grade 5.
Outside of my own education, I am very interested in curriculum reform and promoting diversity in academia, and co-founded a company in pursuit of that goal: a website that crowdsources recommendations and reviews of diverse materials for inclusion in curricula. I also recently co-edited a published anthology about BAME experiences of mental health in the UK (The Colour of Madness), an experience which has greatly improved my editorial capabilities. I think learning outside of the syllabus is invaluable, and will endeavour to take my students above and beyond the course material, for a more rounded, holistic education.
I am heavily invested the development of pedagogy, and have worked with different institutions around the country - including Edinburgh University, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the National Union of Students, and with the University and College Union - in initiatives to diversify and decolonise curricula, teaching practices, and the institution itself. I have been awarded institutional funding to carry out this work, from both Edinburgh University and the LAHP, as well as awards and nominations from the Students’ Association at Edinburgh and Sparqs for student engagement and impact. I believe this activist work has encouraged me to be critical of educational structures, and devoted to trying to improve teaching practices for students.