Information About Andrew - London tutor - (31 reviews)
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Award-winning teacher at the London School of Economics (LSE), Graduate A Level Examiner and Up Learn Co-Founder. I was recently listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for my work in education and received the LSE Class Teacher Award for "excellent teaching" and "outstanding student feedback".
Over the last 6 years, I’ve taught 200+ students privately and 3000+ students via my online courses on Up Learn.
I graduated from LSE, achieving the highest mark in my 2nd year out of 1400+ undergraduates, winning the Economics Examiner Prize and the Rishi Madlani Award for Macroeconomics. I achieved 4 A*s in my self-studied A Levels and 98% at AS Level, winning the Harvard Prize for the highest results in the year, and offers to study at both LSE and Cambridge.
I really love learning and I’ve had some incredible success in academia… but actually a very difficult time in education.
I hated school: I hated sitting bored in a classroom, not understanding what was going on, wanting to ask questions but being too afraid of looking “stupid”. I hated that I didn’t understand the purpose of what I was studying, how little belief my teachers had in me, and that I forgot 95% of what was taught by exam time!
So, at sixteen, I dropped out of school and started tutoring part-time to support myself.
Suddenly, I was on my own, responsible for my own learning and my students'. I had to learn how to learn, and learn how to teach!
The 5 years that followed led to a powerful discovery: everything we “know” about learning is remarkably wrong.
Research from educational neuroscience shows that rereading notes is the least effective way to revise, and drawing is 9.5x more effective than rewriting for retention. The list of these counter-intuitive insights goes on, but our schools plod on as if science doesn’t exist.
I want to empower all of my students with the techniques needed to learn most effectively. I want to inspire inside them with a veritable passion for their subject. And, most importantly, I want them to achieve excellence.
I’ve now been tutoring and teaching for over six years.
At LSE, I teach 2nd year Microeconomic Principles and have received outstanding feedback in my student evaluations, praised as “LSE’s best class teacher”.
As a Graduate Examiner for Edexcel, I’ve developed a deep insight into how A Levels are really marked and I leverage this understanding to increase my students’ grades. Indeed, several of my A Level students have now achieved 100% in their exams (feel free to check out my reviews) and my courses on Up Learn have maintained an impressive 97% A*-A rate (of students who’ve completed the course).
My approach to tutoring is results-driven and grounded in the educational neuroscience behind how students really learn.
Lessons are structured as a series of Socratic questions. Students’ answers to these questions will take them to the next stage of the explanation, and eventually we reach its conclusion - which is always a wonderful “aha” moment for students.
Because I’m asking my students questions (rather than lecturing them!) I’m able to pinpoint any misconceptions in their understanding immediately, which we can dispel and move forward.
The questioning approach makes use of the “testing effect”: students who are tested (or test themselves) on what they’ve learnt invariably outperform students who don’t - sometimes by as much as 50% (the equivalent of going from a C grade to an A*). It also takes advantage of “generation”: students asked to generate their own answers to questions before being shown the correct answer, remember the correct solution more robustly than students who are just given the solutions.
After each lesson, I ask my students to create memorable flashcards, using a technique known as “visceralisation”. I teach my students how to organise their flashcards systematically so they can review them over spaced intervals - this takes advantage of “spaced repetition”, which has been shown to double retention.
I monitor my students’ progress meticulously, and adapt our lesson progression according to their learning needs. I focus on “mastery learning”, which means we devote as much time to a topic as is required for mastery - mastery is how students achieve 100% at A Level (not just A*s). Of course, if time is short, I make sure we’re prioritising the most relevant topics for examination and carefully plan out the most productive use of our lesson time.
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- London School of Economics (2016) - First Class Honours (87% average, highest in LSE) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Self-studied (2013) - 4 A*s (97% average) (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Sutton Grammar (2012) - 4 As (98% average, highest in the year) (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Sutton Grammar (2011) - 11 A*s (GCSE) (School) (✘ Not On File)
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Within the first few hours with Andrew I clearly understood what I had been struggling to get to grips with in months of lectures.
Very highly recommended.
Up Learn however, has excelled in all of these aspects. The interactive videos are excellent and teach you exactly what you need to know, making you feel confident and prepared for your exam. The availability to access feedback is also amazing.
I have only just started the academic year at school but have already learnt far more using Up Learn than I have at school, and I am now incredibly confident I'll get an A* in Economics!
Thank you Andrew!
Andrew is very talented in what he does and I do continue to praise and wish him a very successful future in this field because he is heading in the right direction - Teaching.
Andrew has patience, support, understanding and expertise on a personal and professional level when relating to a student. His response, timing and efficiency is by far second-to-none and is overall impressive. It is honestly difficult to critique Andrew, only that there is not more of him and that he is not free either.
Overall, my experience of Andrew's tuition service is that he is reliable, knowledgeable in the subject matter, dependable, never fails to deliver. He is clear and concise, organised, productive and efficiently punctual with a genuinely friendly personality. I highly recommend him with no doubt, and I wish I had found him sooner as I have been in similar situations in the past and unfortunately had to endure some pretty awful tutors that are unprepared out there.
Andrew is a true rare find.
My son has already grown in confidence and actually looks forward to his lesson with Andrew !
He has pinpointed the weaker areas and has set work to improve these .
I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Andrew as a tutor .
The programme he's on now, especially as he gets into its rhythm, will develop his accuracy, speed and retention; and I really look forward to seeing his continued development!
It is clear why he is top in his year at LSE.
Although I was knackered, Andrew was thoughtful and clarified if I didn't get something. Andrew's learning method is exceptional, providing me with notes that have recordings embedded. And we went through a step-by-step process, where I instantly became more knowledgeable about the topic after facilitating the basics.
I am really looking forward to the next lesson! My confidence has remarkably risen, too!
He provided him with a step-by-step guide to prepare him for his school interviews, which my son found immensely useful & definitely helped him to sail through the interviews. My son passed the first and second stage of the 11+ selection process and now has a place at several independent schools ( Royal Grammar school, Reeds & Hampton school) and leading grammar schools( Wallington County grammar school & Sutton Grammar school)
He has been offered an academic scholarship at Reeds.
Andrew is a wonderful teacher, full of inspiration and knowledge. He knows his subject matter & how to teach it. We would be more than happy to recommend him to our friends.