Ivybridge Tutor

Hi, my name is Andrew and I have been a History teacher for 10 years. In that time I have taught at 2 different schools, both of which have a sixth form. I love history and getting others enthused about the past. I studied History both as an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Cardiff University and completed my teaching PGCE at UWIC University (now rebranded as Cardiff Metropolitan). Before my days as a university student, I went to private school in Plymouth and completed my A levels at Exeter College. My partner and I relocated back to Devon three years ago and since then, I have been teaching at one of the top performing comprehensive schools in Devon. Besides teaching, I spend as much time as possible in this beautiful countryside we are lucky enough to be surrounded by. I love music, particularly folk music, and always try my best to find a song by Bob Dylan that relates to what we are studying...easy when learning about the Civil Rights Movement; a bit trickier when learning about the Reformation in England! I like to cook and finding ways of making vegetarian meals less boring (not by adding meat, as that's cheating, apparently).

Tutoring Experience

As mentioned above, I have 10 years teaching experience. In that time, I have consistently taught both GCSE and A level History. At GCSE, I have taught Medicine through Time, the History of Surgery, the Impact of War in Britain, the Vietnam War, Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi Party, Crime and Punishment through Time, the Normans, the Making of the USA and the Civil Rights Movement. At A Level, I have taught the Wars of the Roses, the Tudors, Sixties Social Revolution in Britain, USA 1890-1945, Twentieth Century China and the Cold War. For the younger ages, I have tended to teach History chronologically, starting in 1066 and working up to and including the twentieth century. I also have experience teaching the iGCSE History courses as well as some experience teaching the History IB syllabus.

Tutoring Approach

I believe the best learning is achieved through engagement and involvement. I very much enjoy working one-to-one with students as it allows me to gauge their understanding and comprehension through discussion and interaction. I like to set reading to be completed in advance of sessions so that we are able to discuss what was read and how this helps in terms of understanding the key concepts of the topic. It is also important to practice applying that knowledge to answer exam style questions. Sessions, therefore, are usually a mixture of developing subject knowledge as well as improving and refining exam technique. I make all my own teaching resources and like to rely on a mixture of activities that aim to consolidate and extend subject knowledge as well as helping to prioritise which factors may be more important or significant. I very much want the sessions to be a two-way dialogue so it would never be a case of me talking at you for a long period of time. I want to know what your opinion is and to hear your thoughts and ideas. Learning about the past is so incredibly interesting and I would doing it a disservice by making my own tutoring sessions boring. I like to make learning fun as well as purposeful and meaningful.

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


Cardiff University2006BachelorsHistory (2.1)
Cardiff University2007MastersHistory
UWIC2008PGCESecondary (History)
Rating from 2 references


Subjects taught
Casual Learner£28