I began tutoring students to fund my PhD in English Literature, and I taught a range of syllabuses (OCR, AQA, CCEA, EDEXCEL) and levels (KS2, KS3, GCSE, A-Level and degree). In 2010, I became a Learning Mentor at a top grammar school in Birmingham - King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls - where I helped GCSE students with revision and study techniques, and supported those who had problems revising.
Fuelled by my love of tutoring, I trained to become a teacher, graduating from the King Edwards Consortium (which was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted) in 2011. I completed my training at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, before taking up a teaching position at Oakham School in 2012. At Oakham, I teach A-Level English Literature,IB, GCSE and KS3 classes.
I am passionate about all aspects of teaching English, but particularly enjoy helping students to develop the craft of writing in order to express their ideas and views more carefully and clearly. Reading is my lifeblood: it inspires and enthuses me, and I love to be able to share my knowledge and passion with pupils, and to encourage them to read widely.
Overall, I am an enthusiastic, caring, and motivational teacher: I inspire my students to achieve their potential, and I work hard to develop their self-confidence, which is key to success.
Between 2006-2012, I funded my PhD by tutoring all ages (from KS2 up to degree learners), and I taught a range of exam boards (OCR, Edexcel, AQA, CCEA). From 2010-2012, I trained to become a teacher and taught KS3, KS4 and KS5 at the grammar school. I then moved to Oakham in 2012 and have taught IGCSE (Edexcel), A-Level (Edexcel and OCR), as well as the IB (at Higher and Standard Level).
I have also been an Edexcel examiner for the IGCSE English Language paper, which proved to be an invaluable learning experience.
As well as helping my students to achieve superb results, I have helped five students get accepted onto English courses at Oxford and Cambridge (and know the admissions process in detail), and I have helped my tutees with their successful UCAS applications.
As a tutor, it is incredibly fulfilling watching your student develop their skills, gain self-confidence and achieve their goals. For me, the key to good tuition begins with establishing a nurturing environment, as I aim to build a student's confidence, and encourage them to find their 'voice': to feel confident in expressing their views and ideas.
I am supportive, methodical and thorough in my approach to tuition. Because my pupils trust me and feel secure in my presence, they can ask questions, admit when they don't understand something, and be honest about what they are struggling with.
I know that my passion for reading inspires my tutees: I adore analysing poems, discussing plays, and delving into novels, and this enthusiasm is infectious. Alongside my literary expertise, I am also exam savvy: I believe in making the marking criteria transparent and in helping students to understand exactly what is expected of them in their exams, and how they can fulfil these expectations.
Overall, I aim to inspire my tutees to work hard and to build on their skills; I do not tell them what think and what to write, but instead strive to help them to develop their own ideas so that they can express them with skill and confidence.
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|University of Birmingham||2012||Doctorate||Pass|
|University of Birmingham||2007||Masters||Pass|
|University of Birmingham||2005||Bachelors||First Class Honours|
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