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Hi! My name is Francesca, and I tutor Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics (with both Statistics and Calculus), and French. I am a first year student at the University of Canterbury doing a Bachelor of Arts, probably majoring in political science and sociology, although I’m also interested in economics and anthropology, so that may change! I will be learning French and Chinese as electives.

As someone with a varied range of interests and abilities, it has been difficult to pin down what most impassions me. I have always achieved highly in all my school subjects. I gained an excellence endorsement in all three levels of NCEA and was awarded Dux of Riccarton High School at the end of 2018. In the same year, I undertook a first year mathematics course at UC, finishing with an A+ grade which led to my recipience of the AIMS Scholarship. I also received three other scholarships: the UC Alumni Scholarship, UC Excellence Scholarship, and UC Dux Scholarship. At Riccarton, I was also awarded cups for Top Science Student, Girls Mathematics, and Languages, as well as the Citizenship Cup which recognised my contribution to the school as a leader. My role as Wellbeing Prefect allowed me to develop my interpersonal and leadership skills. It also enabled me to make a big difference in the school community, which is one of my proudest achievements.

What enriches me in life is continual learning: acquiring new skills and exposing myself to new ideas. I am currently attempting to master the guitar. I read constantly; in fiction I most enjoy fantasy, in non-fiction I like to read about political movements and the people that lead them. I also like to express my own thoughts, through poetry and occasionally art. I believe in creativity and critical thinking, and I think everyone should have the tools for that through education.

I love to connect personally with others and help them in any way I can. As a tutor I am committed to making sure a student achieves to the best of their ability. I have lots of insight and experience to share from going through the NCEA system myself and learning how to succeed within it, especially when juggling many outside commitments. My priority is that students feel at ease, and confident in their learning. Achieving the goals you set yourself is the best feeling, and I want every student to experience that.

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