Benji

Benji

Holland Park Tutor

Cambridge Educated tutor with 10 years experience.

My professional career has covered 13 years as a political advisor, parallel to several years in start-ups and finance, as well as work with the Church of England. More recently I lived in Iraq, working on a political contract there for several months of 2017.

This experience, combined with more recent intensive training in Method Acting has equipped me with a unique 'tool box' of methods and techniques to release students into their full potential, as well as a useful array of real world experience that allows me to help students understand the ultimate point and potential of academic study.

I am an active, engaging and enthusiastic teacher who seeks to create a love and enjoyment of the subjects alongside the hard-skills necessary for success, and focus especially on bringing a subject to life in a way that encourages the student to take ownership of his/her own development.

Tutoring Experience

I have been tutoring students for 10 years now, from GCSE to Postgraduate level, with essays, exams, long essays and dissertations, and university applications. As such I can adapt the principles of my methodology to a wide array of subjects, topics and contexts to help you whoever you are in succeeding in your chosen field.

Further to this I have also been involved in the mentoring of young people for the same period of time, coaching and encouraging young people in order to help them progress. This experience influences my approach to tutoring considerably as it is my experience that a confident and happy student is a successful one.

Please read the feedback and reviews below to see the track record of success that my methods have achieved for students from a wide range of backgrounds. The process has been proven to work for students whose studies have lost direction as well as for those already succeeding and looking for that extra boost.

Tutoring Approach

My approach is focussed on essay-writing techniques, content-coverage and revision strategies, and wider intellectual development.

The first priority is always to establish a clear diagnosis of a student's individual needs, and then to create a strategy for success with them so they have a strong sense of ownership of the process.

Rigour and hard work are a critical part of the process, but I also firmly believe in bringing a subject to life by teaching it through the world of the tutee so as to ensure its relevance. While firmly committed to achieving the curriculum's requirement, I am also a strong enthusiast for supplementing the learning process with non-curricular matierials such as private reading, films, excursions, and personal research. Helping the student find the joy in the subject and the process is the surest route to success, so it is central to my approach that learning should be relevant, fun, stimulating and productive.

Alongside my core subjects, I am available to assist with University applications, personal statements, UCAS selections and Oxbridge applications in particular.

Occasionally throughout the year, I run group workshops for my students to allow them to dive into debate and discussion together, stretch and challenge one another's ideas and push beyond the limits of A-Level boundaries to further their intellectual development.

In addition to academic tutoring, I am also available for mentoring or coaching sessions for students struggling in matters beyond mere technique. This can be done instead of academic work, or in addition to it, and the two often feed into one another - confidence, clarity and contentment are a vital part of academic success.

NOTE ON BOOKING AND PAYMENT POLICY (PLEASE READ):
- please note that a minimum of 24hrs notice is required for the cancellation or rescheduling of any session, if less than 24hrs notice is provided the session is chargeable as usual, as at this point it is not reasonably likely that the session can be given to another student. The same applies in reverse, that if I cancel with less than 24hrs notice, the rescheduled session is free of charge.
- typically payment is made on a session by session basis, by BACS or cash in person, unless we both agree to an alternative payment schedule

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Kings College, University of London2013MastersConflict Resolution in Divided Societies
Trinity College, University of Cambridge2011BachelorsHistory (2.1)
Cambridge Centre for Sixth-Form Studies2007SchoolA-Level (A grade), History, Economics, Govt & Politics, & 3 Advanced Extension Awards at Distinction or Merit level in History, Economic and Critical Thinking
GFCA, Trinity College, London2016ProfessionalFoundation Degree Diploma, Method Acting (Merit)

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Subjects taught
History
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Government and Politics
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Economics
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Entrance Exams
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Study Skills
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55