Welcome to my academic & study skills blog
My name is Nafisa Baba-Ahmed, I write and design academic and study skills material to help you develop your writing skills at university level.
In October 2014, I decided to start blogging about my PhD pursuits and career in teaching so I started blogging as MissPhDiva which evolved into blogging about many things including advice on teaching and learning, important life skills.
Not long after, this turned into my academic and study skills blog LearnWithNafisa.co.uk alongside my online store where you can find my books for digital download.
In May 2020, I decided to give the blog a new name, The London Writing Academy.
Behind the blog…
I’m a lecturer in lifelong learning with 9 years’ teaching experience and experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes in leading UK Russell Group universities since 2015.
I have a first degree in Law LL.B (hons) and a master’s in International Law L.LM. I’m also a CELTA qualified English language tutor with a PGCE in English Language Teaching which awards me the full Diploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTTLS).
I’ m currently a PhD candidate at the department of Education Research at Lancaster University.
You can read more about my teaching experience here.
As part of an initiative to build an evidence base for suggesting a restructure of the Nigerian education system, my research interests draw upon theories of critical pedagogy and the capabilities approach to analyse the poor state of the current system and in turn address social injustice in a wider context.
I’m particularly interested in the theoretical framework of Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach, in particular Martha Nussbaum’s triadic model in order to establish an educational system with teaching and learning for development of better political will. I also advocate for a better student-centred curriculum with fairer assessment practices for both primary and secondary school, based on qualitative research on SMART learning strategies.
My current doctoral research looks at the tripartite interrelations between the UK government policy, teacher and adult ESOL learners with literacy needs in assessing who SMART target driven individual learning plans benefit the most.
My consultancy works in engaging collaborative partnerships with international education agencies, in addition to both state and federal Nigerian government policy makers.
Work with me…
I work with both students and education professionals through consultations, workshops, seminars, presentations and online forums.
I welcome collaborations on any education research and/or projects from teachers, educators and other professionals with a particular interest in the synergy of business, education and entrepreneurship for global development – in particular education systems and models in developing countries, i.e. Nigeria, India, China.