Former Swindon student Shefali Singh, who is now attending high school in Seattle following her family’s move to the United States in 2012, is studying Maths A/S level, with support from her Swindon-based tutor.
Shefali is receiving tuition from David Parkinson, right, of Aspire at Basepoint Centre, and is proving that for her long distance study doesn’t pose a problem, as her Maths GCSE grade A shows.
Explaining her experience Shefali said: “I took my Maths GCSE in June 2012 at the end of Year 9, a couple of months before we moved to the States.
"It was a bit of a challenge persuading the exam body to send my certificate in America. I had to prove I was not just someone trying to get an easy GCSE!”
Shefali aims to take the A/S exam next year, and will then embark on a full A level.
Assessing the benefits of long distance study, she said: “The study books are incredibly helpful and I think it was only once or twice that I had to email David about certain tricky questions.
"I try to dedicate at least an hour or two each weekend for Aspire studies in addition to my programme of high school work.”
• Shefali has written several articles for Swindon Link about comparing education in India and the USA. They can be found at www.swindonlink.com