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Andrew

Andrew

Latin and Greek (Ancient) Tuition in Dulwich

I am passionate about passing on my enthusiasm for my subjects to today's young people, and I try to engage every student in a way that draws the best out of them, while encouraging students to develop their own academic interests.

As well as subject content, I develop a student’s skills in exam and revision techniques, essay planning and writing, and time management; all of which are necessary to tackle a particular syllabus.

I tutored throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and have been working as a professional tutor ever since. I have a love for English, Latin and Greek literature, particularly poetry, which I thoroughly enjoy teaching. Whilst at university, I was awarded the H J Rose Memorial Prize by the University of St Andrews for my dissertation on Homer's Odyssey, and was shortlisted for best Classics essayist at the International Undergraduate Awards 2015.

As a qualified barrister due to undertake pupillage next year, I also offer specialist help with Law to undergraduates and A-Level students.

In my spare time I am an artist, illustrator and enthusiastic baker!

Tutoring Experience

I have experience tutoring individuals from primary school age through to undergraduate and beyond. In the past five years I have helped students surpass their predicted grades, achieving As and A*s at GCSE and A Level, and Firsts and 2:1s at university, which has provided many with the confidence to pursue their studies at the next level.

English Literature:
Texts and topics I have taught recently include:
Poetry - All poems included in the Anthologies for AQA GCSE: Power and Conflict, and Love and Relationships; EdExcel iGCSE Anthology; collections of Keats, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth, Heaney and the First World War poets.
Plays - Shakespeare (in particular: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Winter's Tale) The History Boys, An Inspector Calls, the Importance of Being Earnest.
Books - Victorian Literature (in particular: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Jekyll and Hyde, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol), Dystopian Literature (in particular Animal Farm, Brave New World, 1984, The Handmaid's Tale); Crime Fiction; Unseen paper skills.

I find students struggle with analysis and exam technique the most, so I help students with these through close reading of texts, identification and discussion of language techniques and exam preparation, right from the start.

English Language:
I cover all aspects of English Language, including grammar, comprehension, creative and descriptive writing, non-fiction writing and unseen exams. I have particular experience in teaching the AQA English Language exams and the Edexcel IGCSE.

Classics:
I hold a Masters in Classics and Classical Languages, having thoroughly enjoyed a holistic education in the Classics at university.

Classical Civilisations/Studies
Greek texts (in Greek and English) - Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, Greek Tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides), Greek Comedy (Aristophanes and Menander), Greek History (Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon), Women in Athens, Ancient Athens and Ancient Sparta.
Roman texts (in Latin and English) - Virgil's Aeneid, Latin Poetry (including Ovid, Horace, Catullus), Roman History (including Caesar, Tacitus, Suetonius, Livy), Roman City Life, Roman Britain, Women in Rome.

Ancient History
I have experience teaching the OCR A Level Ancient History History syllabus, which includes the period studies of: Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC; and The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC–AD 68; as well as the depth studies: The Society and Politics of Sparta, 478–404 BC; The Culture and Politics of Athens, c. 460–c.399 BC; The Rise of Macedon, c. 359–323 BC; The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88–31 BC; The Flavians, AD 68–96; Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43–c. 128.

Latin
I can offer tuition and extra support in Latin for primary (particularly students preparing for common entrance), secondary, GCSE, A-Level and Undergraduate levels. I use a combination of courses, depending on the level, and I focus on vocabulary and grammar. So many people think of Latin as a system of learning by rote, but my style could not be further from this! Latin is such a beautiful, expressive and deeply interesting language- I try to convey this by explaining the intricacies of such a foundational language and its connections to English, ultimately to keep what is viewed as a 'dead' language alive!

Greek
I offer similar tuition to Latin, focusing on the vocabulary, translations and grammar needed to excel at GCSE and A-Level. I use a range of courses to take students through to the exam. As much as I love Latin, my real favourite of the two is the language of Homer!

Whilst studying Classics at University, I was part of a nationwide team called the Iris Project, that taught Latin and Classical Studies to primary and secondary schools around the country, on a weekly basis. My work with the St Andrews branch helped instil a renewed passion for Classics into the schools of Fife, and our classes were recorded and featured on a BBC Radio 4 programme titled “Latinists in Fife”.

Law:
I was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 2017 on a full scholarship and will complete my pupillage in 2021 at a leading common law set. I have earned numerous academic prizes and scholarships for my own work, published legal articles and completed research on behalf of several well-known legal charities. I have hundreds of hours of county court advocacy and advice experience through my work in legal advice centres. All of my experiences have made me into one of the leading law tutors in London.

At A-Level, I have recently helped a number of students achieve As and A*s in their papers to achieve their conditional offers to study Law at some of the UK's top universities. I also offer specialist training to succeed in the LNAT exam for entry onto many of the UK's undergraduate Law courses.

At undergraduate/GDL Level, I have helped undergraduate students surpass their predicted grades, achieving Firsts at university, which has allowed them to pursue the next professional stage on the way to a successful legal career. Because I hold a LLM in International, Public and Property law, I offer particular experience in Land, Tort and Public law. I can also provide tutoring in the following areas: Administrative/Judicial Review, Contract, Crime, Employment, Equity and Trusts, EU, Evidence, Insolvency, Housing, Human Rights and Police/Prison Law.

I am happy to help those seeking advice to begin their legal careers, particularly at the academic stage. I provide specialist advice and consultancy for applications to chambers and firms, gaining legal work experience and succeeding in interviews. I have recently helped several students to acquire mini-pupillages, marshalling experience, vacation schemes and placements in law centres.

Religious Studies:
I offer specialist tutoring in most Religious Studies syllabi, with a particular emphasis on the Christian syllabus, which includes the philosophy and ethics of Christianity. I recently took a student from GCSE through to A Level, and the student achieved the top grades at every stage.

Personal Statements and University Preparation:
I have recently helped students successfully apply to a Cambridge, St Andrews, Durham, Kings College London, UCL and Manchester Universities for a variety of undergraduate courses. I am able to give specialist advice and assistance in preparing personal statements and required written work for any of the subjects I offer to tutor. Please feel free to contact me if you are considering applying for courses not offered on my profile.

Tutoring Approach

All of my sessions are tailored to a particular student, and I will always address the weaknesses in a student’s understanding of a subject, through a discursive and reassuring style. If a student needs help with particular topics, those are always my priority and I use a combination of exercises, exam questions and discussion to overcome any anxiety and to achieve the desired outcome.

School/College students:
I am a friendly and approachable tutor, who tries to engage students as a role model as well as a teacher. I feel it is important that parents are involved in the tutoring process, so that they can help support the student and encourage their studies beyond the classroom. I keep parents informed of progress and problems at all stages.

Undergraduates:
I appreciate that life at university is stressful, particularly if you're undertaking part time work at the same time. As I am a full-time tutor, I have daytime availability and, except during busy periods, I keep a flexible timetable- so can be available for essay crises/exam prep at short notice.

Homework:
I often set homework to supplement my sessions, though I always check this with parents first. I regularly check progress through assessments and tests during the lesson.

Cancellation:
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, unless in medical circumstances.

Session type and length:
I offer 1 hour, 1.5 and 2 hour block sessions, weekly or fortnightly; online or in person.

Travel:
During busy periods (such as exam or revision seasons), I may have to ask for a contribution for travel by taxi, to ensure that I can fit supplementary sessions into my schedule. This will be discussed in advance.

Payment:
If sessions are in person, I ask for payment to be made before or at the end of each session. If sessions are online, I ask for payment to be transferred before the session or immediately after the session. If I work remotely, I ask for payment to be transferred before I return any work to the student.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

City, University of London2017ProfessionalBar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
UCL2016MastersLLM Law
City, University of London2015ProfessionalGraduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
University of St Andrews2014MastersMA (Hons) Classics

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