Alistair

Alistair

Solihull Tutor

Experienced, energetic and approachable private tutor in Latin, English (literature and language), and Politics.

I enjoy working with students, from 11+ to adult learners, in building subject knowledge and developing learning skills. I specialize in coaching students through GCSE/AS/A level courses and preparing them for public examinations.

I graduated with a 1st class degree in English from the University of Cambridge (Girton College) in 2008 and recently completed a Masters in Medieval Literature and History at the University of York.

During both of my degrees, I took a number of papers in Latin language and literature. I also have 'A' grades in A-level Latin and A-level Politics.

I currently work in publishing.

Tutoring Experience

Since moving to London in 2010 I have tutored students preparing for GCSE, A Level, and IB examinations in Latin and English, helping them to achieve the very best grades.

I have also supported students throughout the school year, building the confidence and knowledge which are crucial to both enjoyment and academic success.

Seeing my students flourish and get the results they deserve is a source of great pride.

During the academic year 2008-2009 I worked as a boarding house tutor at Sherborne International College. My duties included aiding the students with their academic work, P.E. teaching, English language teaching, and general pastoral care.

Tutoring Approach

Latin:

Puzzled by perfect participles?
Confused by conjugations?
...and what on earth is a gerundive?

Let's face it, studying Latin can be difficult, but it is the challenge which makes it such a rewarding subject.

My approach to teaching Latin is to develop translation skills whilst reinforcing the key building blocks of grammar. I endeavour to work at the student's own pace and tailor my sessions to complement school work.

English:

I hope that my passion for English will encourage students to develop their own skills in the subject. I have spent the last 5 years of my life studying and responding to texts and enjoy sharing my knowledge and insight.

It is difficult to offer a single "approach to tutoring" as I believe the right teaching method depends entirely on the interests, level, and personality of the individual student.

I am happy to accept students preparing for GCSE, AS, or A level examinations. My philosophy is that exam success relies on a combination of close understanding of the text, ability to respond independently, and proper exam technique.

Interviews:

I am also available to tutor students preparing for university entrance interviews (in particular Oxbridge). Having experienced the process first-hand, I feel I am well positioned to offer meaningful advice on how a candidate can impress during the application and interview process. I am willing to conduct mock interviews.

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

Qualifications

University of Cambridge2008BachelorsEnglish
University of York2010MastersMedieval Studies

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Subjects taught
English
A-Level£50
University£50
Latin
Secondary£40
GCSE£40
A-Level£45
University£50
Government and Politics
A-Level£45