Getting to know Harrow’s Assistant Centre Director, Priyanka!

Priyanka, our Harrow Assistant Director, discusses her experience working at BYT;

I have always been passionate about Mathematics from a young age, which led me to completing my GCSE a year in advance, as well as motivating me to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics for my A-Levels at a local Catholic Sixth Form. That is why, after an encouraging year at BYT, I left to begin my BSc Mathematics degree at Queen Mary University of London. However, I was soon to return to BYT!

I began working with Bright Young Things over 3 years ago when, after finishing my A-Levels and before I set off to University, I decided to look for a full-time job while on my not-so-traditional gap year. I was already working as a part-time teaching assistant at BYT’s Harrow Centre, and was delighted when I was offered a one-year, full-time role. I began my new position in September 2015.

Over the course of the year, I learned so much about BYT and its simple and effective ways of making tuition accessible to everyone. Unlike my previous position, this new role was largely admin-based and I relished in the organisational aspect of the job, which I have to credit my dad for, as he passed those genes on to me! The job was demanding, practical and fulfilling all at once, particularly when I saw students leaving the centre with a grin and a new bounce in their step.

Following my year long employment at BYT, I embarked on my dream course at Queen Mary University. My initial two years were extremely challenging but equally rewarding. However, I eventually began to miss tutoring, so after a year I decided to return to work at BYT part-time, alongside my studies. I have always been numerically minded, and my degree helped me to develop my ability to use logical thinking and patience to work more quickly and efficiently with numbers. I have used these vital skills to become a more effective tutor, demonstrating a clear, core knowledge of Mathematics in great depth. 

My passion for tutoring has inspired me to follow a career in education, and this led me to completing a Mathematics Internship Programme at Harris Academy. This involved assisting current teachers with their Mathematics lessons in various Federation Schools. By the end of the internship, I was able to deliver a Mathematics lesson to a class of thirty students after observing several lessons, ranging from Year 7 to A-Level. In addition to this, I worked with SEN students to help develop their core Mathematics skills, which was extremely gratifying.

Now, having studied at university for two years, I can appreciate the importance of Mathematics and its applications in the real world, which I hope to instil through my tutoring. I hope to complete my degree soon, but until then, I’m looking forward to another great year of teaching, now as the Assistant Director of BYT Harrow. I love that no day is ever the same; I’m constantly meeting new people and continually learning. I hope to expand my skills and knowledge further with the BYT team and making more memorable relationships!