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I am a BSc and MSc graduate in Neuroscience offering tutoring in science, maths and english (KS1-KS4)


I have trained in school science pedagogy at the Institute of Education so I am aware of scaffolding techniques that involve questioning and producing resources with appropriate (audio)visual aids to guide students through learning that is both independent and suited to their abilities. I am very patient and believe all different students have strengths that can be utilised to improve their learning and achievement.


I have a 2:1 in Neuroscience at UCL and Distinction in MSc Neuroscience from King's College London. I have had experience working as a trainee teacher for a PGCE at the IoE teaching 11-16 year olds secondary school science (biology, chemistry and physics). I also have experience doing one-to-one work as both a trainee teacher and teaching assistant for children with special educational needs (autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, behavioural emotional social difficulties, specific learning difficulties, down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, literacy difficulties) at St Thomas More Catholic School, Gladesmore Community School, Wren Academy and Clapton Girls Academy as well as other schools in north London. Before starting the PGCE at the Institute of Education I volunteered for two weeks at Houndsfield Primary School in Edmonton. I love teaching at both primary school and secondary school levels. I love working with young people, am very patient and empathic and I'm happy to be both a mentor and friendly company to any struggling students.


Rate for online lessons : £20/h
Lessons offered by Selin
In group
The lessons will be held
At the tutor's house
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Algebra
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Natural Sciences
  • All Levels

Selin 's CV


University of Warwick
PhD - “Dementia as comorbidity in Sleep Apnoea”
Supervisors: Dr Robert Huckstepp, Professor Nick Dale
(8 months)
2014-2015 King’s College London
MSc Neuroscience – Distinction
Dissertation: “Modulation of hippocampal microglia and adult hippocampal neurogenesis in an unpredictable chronic mild stress mouse model of depression”

2009-2012 University College London
BSc (Hons) Neuroscience – 2:1
Dissertation: “Two new paradigms for testing novelty & distance coding in the hippocampus”

2007-2009 Woodhouse College
A levels: Biology (A), English Literature (A), Chemistry (B)
AS level: Maths (B)

2001-2007 Enfield County School
GCSE: English Literature (A*), English Language (A*), History (A*), Art & Design (A*), Double Science (AA), Maths (A), French (A), Music (B), Double Award ICT (CC)
“Modulation of Hippocampal Microglia and Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis in an Unpredictable Chronic Mild Stress Mouse Model of Depression”. This project involved investigating the effects of chronic stress on adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) and whether these changes were mediated by changes in microglial number in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. I also investigated whether changes in systemic inflammation and HPA axis activity occurred and whether these changes mediated the effects of chronic stress on AHN and the number of microglia in the dentate gyrus.
Supervisor: Dr Sandrine Thuret
Co-Supervisor: Dr Ksenia Musaelyan
12/06/17 –
06/02/18 PhD Student
Life Sciences, University of Warwick
Supervisors: Dr Robert Huckstepp, Professor Nick Dale

I carried out recovery and nonrecovery surgeries to construct a rat model of sleep apnoea that involved 50% unilateral ablation of the preBötzinger Complex to disrupt breathing during sleep. Ablation was to occur via injection of AAV containing the neurotoxin diphtheria toxin subunit-A (DTA). Surgeries also included EEG and EMG headmounts. Plethysmography (to assess airflow), EMG and EEG recordings were used to count the number of apnoeas per hour and to ensure these occurred only during sleep. This data analyses was carried out using Spike2 software. Nonrecovery surgeries were conducted for tissue collection. Brains were sectioned with cryostat. Immunocytochemistry of the medulla and hippocampus was used to assess the lesion site and neuroinflammation respectively. I withdrew from this PhD after 8 months as I did not feel comfortable continuing the invasive surgical animal work required for this project. I do not wish to carry out in vivo animal work in future and still intend to pursue another PhD that does not involve these invasive techniques. Dr Robert Huckstepp may be contacted for further information: (concealed information)

30/09/16 –
15/02/17 Voluntary Research Assistant
Sleepcity Lab, King’s College London
Supervisors: Dr Ivana Rosenzweig, Dr Dora Polsek

I assisted with Dora Polsek’s PhD work, which included mounting sections and data analysis using Stepanizer software. I have given presentations to the lab which included a critical appraisal of a recently published paper within the field of sleep neuroscience and a presentation of my work analysing the morphology and distribution of GFAP-positive (astrocytes) cells in the following structures: hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, olfactory bulb and medial septal nucleus at different levels along the rostral-caudal brain axis. This exercise involved an extensive knowledge of neuroanatomy. I have also written a literature review on sleep deprivation, inflammation, neural plasticity and Alzheimer’s disease under the supervision of Dr Ivana Rosenzweig.

11/07/16 – 30/09/16 Voluntary Research Assistant
Department of Neuroimaging, King’s College London
Supervisors: Dr Camilla Simmons, Dr Diana Cash

I assisted with the King’s Health Project (KHP) which is investigating new synaptic plasticity markers using mice exposed to two different conditions: environmental enrichment and corticosterone treatment. I carried out the brain sectioning, immunohistochemistry staining for BrdU and slide mounting using the free-floating method.
For a separate study involving an LPS mouse model of depression at the same lab I assisted with Western Blot procedures and ELISA assays for acute phase protein and cytokines. I also carried out brain sectioning and immunohistochemistry staining for Iba1.

01/04/16 – 21/06/16 Employed Research Worker
Department of Neuroimaging, King’s College London
Employers: Dr Ivana Rosenzweig, Dr Diana Cash

I analysed stroke-lesioned rat brains using stereological analysis and new software brainChopper in combination with Stepanizer (version 1-7). GFAP- and Iba1-positive cells are counted in both lesion and contralateral hemispheres to calculate the cell population density for astrocytes and microglia. Results should contribute to a methods paper comparing new software brainChopper with Stereoinvestigator and also a research paper on the rat stroke model used.

12/04/15 – 14/08/15
MSc Neuroscience Project
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Supervisors: Dr Sandrine Thuret, Dr Ksenia Musaelyan

Dr. Sandrine Thuret, PhD student Ksenia Musaelyan and myself designed this research project.

Ksenia Musaelyan performed the research work prior to the commencement of this study, including behavioural treatment (6 weeks unpredictable chronic mild stress treatment) and tests (forced swim test), blood collection and assays (post-swim and pre-swim corticosterone levels as an indicator of HPA axis activity and C-reactive protein as a biomarker of systemic inflammation) and brain tissue collection by perfusion. I performed tissue-sectioning, immunohistochemistry staining for doublecortin (DCX; neurogenesis) and Iba1 (microglia), microscopy and stereological analysis. I performed all of the statistical analyses presented in this dissertation using GraphPad Prism 6 software and SPSS. This statistical analysis included t-tests, Spearman Correlation and Multiple Regression Analyses.

Conflicting cellular and gene expression signatures of chronic stress exposure in the mouse brain” Musaelyan K., Yildizoglu S., Bozeman J., Du Preez A., Egeland M., Zunszain P., Fernandes C., Pariante C.M., Thuret S. 2016, in preparation

20/11/13 – 04/01/14 Voluntary Research Assistant
Dr Frances Edwards Lab, University College London

I was trained in bioinformatics, immunohistochemistry and PCR procedures. For the immunofluorescence procedures I tested for tau protein in brain slices of transgenic mouse models for Alzheimer’s disease.
I unfortunately did not continue the voluntary work after January as I was accepted for full time paid work in the education sector.

13/06/11 – 12/08/11

Voluntary Research Assistant
Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London
Supervisor: Dr Hugo Spiers

I collaborated on a behavioural neuroscience project at the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, UCL. I trained rats to use a new maze (animal license was required for this) in preparation for electrophysiological recordings of hippocampal pyramidal cells using electrode implants. The aim of the project was to investigate how hippocampal place cells encode distance and whether they could distinguish between Euclidean and path distance. I worked closely with one other intern to design and build a maze that would require rats to distinguish between euclidean and path distance when approaching various goals. This was a new paradigm that involved constructing a large and complex maze to parallel Dr Spiers’ early neuroimaging study that involved investigating how human subjects navigate districts in Soho. This internship demonstrated an ability to be creative and apply theory and knowledge to solve problems. I also showed teamwork skills when designing the maze, planning experiments and discussing data with my co-worker.

09/2011 – 05/2012 BSc Neuroscience Third Year Project
Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London
Supervisor: Dr Hugo Spiers

My collaborator carried out the experimental procedure, data collection and electrophysiology. Due to time constraints I conducted the data analysis for the second study using the computer programme SPSS version 17.0.
My third year dissertation involved a discussion of the behavioural data from the study mentioned above and data analysis from a second study. This was due to the behavioural data failing to yield results suitable for electrophysiological recordings.
The first study was based on a brain imaging study revealing how place cells may encode the distance between a subject and their goal. Hippocampal activity was shown to positively correlate with the Euclidean distance and negatively correlate with path distance at decision points. We designed a maze which decorrelated Euclidean and path distance to confirm this in rats. However the rats were unable to learn the maze and so the single unit recording to confirm this activity at the cellular level could not be carried out.
Navigation requires a constantly updated representation of the environment, which in turn requires a response to novelty. There is wide consensus that the hippocampus detects this by acting as a Match-Mismatch detector or a comparator. A comparator mechanism detects a mismatch between current sensory input and a representation of the environment based on past experience. Our second study confirmed this computational mechanism on the cellular level with single unit recording in rats. A comparator mechanism requires a prediction to be made based on past experience and for this prediction to then be violated by current sensory input. Two conditions were used involving one in which the environment is more predictable than the other. Novelty signals were recorded during a mismatch event and the mean firing rate was greater in the more predictable condition. We suggested that this confirmed the hippocampus acts a Match-Mismatch detector.


06/01/14 – 10/07/14 Science SEN Learning Support Assistant
Clapton Girls Academy, London. Agency: Classroom Teachers

I supported 11-16 year old pupils with special educational needs in one to one sessions (these included ASD). I also organized a weekly science revision club after school to support students with special educational needs prepare for their Science GCSE exams.
30/09/13 – 25/10/13 SEN Teaching Assistant
Wren Academy, London. Agency: Reed Education

Supported and scribed for a year 9 pupil with cerebral palsy. Supported an autistic year 10 pupil with speech and language difficulties, employing learning strategies provided by a speech and language therapist. I supported year 11 pupils with Global Developmental Delay, Dyslexia and behavioral, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).

SEN Teaching Assistant
Highgate Wood School, London. Agency: Middlemanagement

Highgate Wood School Arts College is a secondary school located in Crouch End in the North London borough of Haringey. This role involved working one to one with four children including a KS3 EAL Russian child with Down’s syndrome in a Geography lesson, a KS3 child with dyslexia in a maths lesson in which I supported the child with reading and writing, and two KS4 children with verbal and behavioral SEN in an ICT lesson and English lesson.
17/09/13 SEN Teaching Assistant
The Village School, London. Agency: Middlemanagement

The Village School is a special educational needs community school. I worked in a behaviorally challenging KS3 class of children with severe ASD. These children had speech and language disabilities with only one child able to use some words in order to communicate. I supervised them during play activities, Art and Yoga lessons and used simple cognitive tasks in one-to-one taught sessions with the most disabled children.


SEN Tutor
Autistic 16 year old, Queenie, London. Agency: Smart Teachers

This was a short role as Queenie was soon placed in social housing due to the severity of her condition, as she was prone to violent behavior. She was excluded from her special educational needs and placed in the Brightwell Respite Centre where I was to tutor her with the supervision of a LSA. I prepared resources for simple cognitive tasks appropriate to her learning level. These involved copying the alphabet and fine motor activities such as drawing and copying patterns. I also supervised her during play activities and prepared her meals.

02/2013 – 05/2013 Student Teacher
Gladesmore Community School, London
Institute of Education, PGCE School Placement 2, London

Teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics to 11-16 year olds.

10/2012 – 02/2013 Student Teacher
St Thomas More Catholic School, London
Institute of Education, PGCE School Placement 1, London

Teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics to 11-16 year olds, this included pupils with special educational needs. Collaborated with other PGCE students in completion of a School Based Study about how gender affects learning and attitudes towards core school subjects English, Science and Math.


08/2008 Volunteer with CAST UK (now known as the LIFE Foundation)
Slatina, Romania (10 days)

Working with post-institutionalised autistic orphans in care homes and with adults with neurological conditions at two institutes. I was trained in the method “Intensive Interaction” in order to interact with the post-institutionalised children, many of which had speech/language difficulties.

06/2008 Shadowing the Psychiatrist Dr Vedat Sar
CAPA, Istanbul University Medical Faculty Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
Istanbul, Turkey (1 week)

I attended Dr Vedat Sar’s interviews with patients suffering a range of psychiatric conditions including bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. During the interviews I was given the opportunity to ask patients questions. After each diagnostic session I would have discussions with the psychiatrist about the symptoms of the patient and the patient’s possible diagnosis. I learnt about the symptoms of various psychiatric conditions and acquired some insight into a psychiatrist’s method of diagnosis. Furthermore I observed a schizophrenic patient’s development at the psychiatry department from their first day at the hospital. I observed the differences between their untreated and medicated state, gaining a clinical insight and perspective of the effects of anti-psychotic drugs.

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