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Government and Politics
Hi, I am Ben, a Cambridge History Graduate and the most reviewed Tutor on First Tutors with over 100 5 star feedbacks. You may recognise my face from a Sky TV documentary, "Who'd be a Billionaire".
My current availability is as follows. Monday 3-4pm. Tuesday 10am to 3pm and 4 to 5pm Weds 10am to midday. Thurs 10am to 11am and midday to 3pm. Friday 3 to 5 pm and 6 to 7pm. Saturday 10 to 11am, 1-2pm and 330-430pm.
The documentary aired on Sky Living on 14th April 2015. Anyone who wants an extended look at how I do things should tune in! (Unfortunately, I’m not a billionaire, but I do tutor their offspring!) I have also completed extensive media work on the subject of tutoring via television, newspaper and radio. As much as I enjoy it, media work is a hobby allowing me to showcase how passionate I am about my craft and my willingness to go that extra mile for your child's success.
I am a full time professional tutor, which brings with it a level of skill and dedication that part time tutors often cannot match. I graduated from Clare College Cambridge with a 2.1 in History in 2012 (making me 27). Being younger than your average tutor, I pride myself on being able to empathise with my students. I often find it helps them to know I have been through what they are going through in the recent past. Moreover, a few Cambridge horror stories usually convinces most that the exam revision timetable I make for them is actually quite generous!
It also means I have a very good understanding of the exam system, how examiners mark and what they look for. I have picked up the kind of wisdom that you won’t find in any revision guide, but will make all the difference to final grades.
My work teaching exam and essay technique alone is often worth at least one grade to any student and is usable in any arts subject. I have spent enough time over the years in boring lessons, so I aim to make mine as interesting and relate-able as possible. My real life examples have been known to cause uncontrollable laughter, but at the same time there is always a point to them. Students always seem to remember that point as well as the funny story!
I am a staunch advocate that tutoring is a completely different skill set from teaching in a class. This is what I believe has brought me my success in the last three years.
In addition to the subjects listed on my profile; I can also offer training for Oxbridge entrance exams and interviews. As a successful applicant myself with one of the highest interview scores in decades, I can fill the gaps that a college Oxbridge department cannot.
I also offer personal statement advice and tailoring to help my students´ applications stand out from the piles admissions tutors have to wade through. I have yet to have a student miss out on their first choice, despite the intense competition these days. (As much as I hate to admit it getting a university place was much easier when I was 18!)
4 years tutoring experience. Over 6000 hours.
In the 2018 GCSE exam season my best student went from a U to an Level 9 ( A**) grade in 4 subjects I taught her, another student was one of only 750 nationally to get level 9s across the board. I had a 100% of students achieve the grade they wanted or better.
For A levels all my students went to their first choice universities. I have several students go from U to a B and several go from a B to an A*
My average improvement across the board was two grades. Of course I can't take all the credit as my students all worked exceptionally hard!
I took a break from Oxbridge entrance last year year but 5 of my students got AS grades that mean they can apply this year, and so have dragged me back to teaching it! As one student put it, “Ben you have to teach me it, it’s your fault I’m applying!” What could I say ?
I understand many students are reluctant to be tutored so I try and make my lessons as engaging as possible. I use relate-able examples from my own knowledge to explain key points, on the principle that interesting information is easier to remember and more likely to inculcate. I have never failed to get even the most reluctant student onside and some of the transformations I have engineered over the last 3 years have surprised even me!
I also understand that each student is an individual and tailor my lessons accordingly. I have a skill for understanding individuals quickly and working out how to alter my methods to get the best results from them. Confidence can do wonders and I seek to instil it in my students at every opportunity. I aim to work alongside schools and parents to ascertain a student's weaknesses and build confidence and fortitude in the face of new challenges.
My work takes in to consideration the learning occurring at school so I can easily identify what needs work. I have often found fostering a collective and supportive ethos a key facet of my success. That and the focused attention 1:1 brings.
I pride myself on being available 24/7 and offering a service way beyond the level of regular tutors. This includes parents of students as well. I am always on hand to offer advice, reassurance or even direct intervention with schools or teachers personally if that is what’s needed. I am a great believer that tutoring has three participants; myself, the student and the parent / guardian.
I also teach study skills as part of my lessons. This includes a tailored essay structure program, and a personalised revision program for exam season. This gives students a plan to work towards that I can monitor and reassurance to parents that their child is doing enough of the right revision.
On average my students see a two grade improvement in the subject I’m tutoring, but can often see improvements in other subjects as a result.
I always try to respond to phone calls and emails inside 24hrs as I know the damage a festering problem can cause.
Other tutors may match my qualifications, but none will match my professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile to get the right result. A tutor’s commitment does not begin and end with each lesson. I am with you for the journey and duration.
Although my profile states that I will travel up to 25 miles. My travel policy is a little more complex than that due to the sheer volume of demand I experience. I talk to each client individually about this, but generally speaking:
1. I do not travel for 1hr lessons.
2. I don’t travel under any circumstances at weekends, as demand for those slots is such that it would be unfair to my other students to sacrifice any of that time to travel.
3. I usually only travel to the extremities of my range when I have several students one after the other in a library or some such place typically 4-5hrs +
4. I do not travel during term time holidays (Half term, Christmas and Easter) as typically the demands on me during these times for lessons mean it's not feasible.
5. If in doubt please message me and ask.
I also have a cancellation policy that any lesson missed or cancelled inside 24hrs is charged. Obviously, there are occasional circumstances where it is unavoidable and I apply my policy with common sense.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Clare College Cambridge (2012) - 2.1 BA HONS CANTAB History (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Peter Symonds College (2011) - History A-level (College) (✔ On File)
- Peter Symonds College (2011) - Geography A-level (College) (✔ On File)
- Peter Symonds College (2011) - Government and Politics A-level (College) (✔ On File)
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My daughter very much enjoys working with Ben and will continue to do so through out this academic year.
Very happy so far, thank you.
Ben is also very devoted to helping his students and is usually always willing to give out of hours advice via email to those in trouble with a task. During his lessons one might often encounter many of his eclectic **Web Address Removed** which have been skilfully turned into an analogy relevant to helping explain the work at hand.
Would thoroughly recommend!
He has really helped with essay techniques as well as knowledge and my son really enjoys his sessions with him.
Ben has some really useful advice and gives me as a parent a lot of feedback.
I cannot recommend Ben highly enough.
He has helped my son in Geography with exam technique, in particular in understanding and interpreting questions, and answering them in a way that can help achieve the best marks.
I had Ben as a tutor for the whole of my A2 year in College and he made a massive difference to my grades in Geography. In GCSE I was only a few marks shy of an A* so naturally I picked it as one of my 4 AS year subjects. I only managed an E at AS, but I did worse in AS maths so I had to keep Geography for the next year. Within my second college year Ben got my grade up to a middle C, which was exactly what he and I had predicted for myself at the start of his sessions. E to C may not sound like much but the jump from AS to A2 is almost as big of a jump from GCSE's to AS.
I could not be happier with Ben's tutoring as I got into my first choice uni. He is also a very personable character and it would be difficult to find someone he can't get along with; in my opinion this is great as it meant I never dreaded a session with him, even if I knew it was going to be 90 minutes of exam practice.
I would be interested to know if there was anything I could have done better to merit 5/5.
He has stepped in at the last minute to help Sam with her Geography A level and gone out of his way to make sure that she has been as prepared as possible for her exams, which were last week!
Thank you so much Ben
With very best wishes
Sarah and Sam
He used good examples that I could relate to and understand.
I would defiantly recommend Ben to anyone to needs extra support.
Ben has provided excellent tuition - our daughter says: "He's helped me to understand how to answer questions in the manner an examiner is expecting, improved my confidence and given me many techniques for completing my homework assignments".
As such I have no hesitation in recommending Ben as an English tutor.
He is an excellent interview teacher as well.
Very well recommended!
Communication and teaching skills are super so my son gets what he hopes from the tutor.
Ben also supported my son to prepare personal statement for UCAS application. Ben is a brilliant tutor. It was a good luck for us to find him last year!
We are very hopeful for a better outcome this year with Bens help.
I would definitely recommend him.
However, I can already say with confidence that we’re really pleased to have found Ben! He’s professional in his comms with us, is very structured in his teaching style, is trustworthy, and a friendly chap. He immediately put us as ease with arrangements and ground rules, and quickly found common interests with our son, establishing a positive working relationship from the start. He quickly understood my son’s needs and requirements (i.e. that the biggest issue isn’t the technical knowledge, but revision and exam techniques and how to apply the knowledge).
As a parent, I’m happy with the arrangements and thankful we’ve contracted Ben to help my son this year (and regret not having done it last year!).
The best judge of Ben is probably my son, who says his confidence in the subject has been restored and is learning stuff he didn’t previously understand. That’s what we want. And Ben’s a big part of that. Thank you Ben !
Ben really focuses quickly on the needs of his student and has a very logical and systematic teaching approach. His lessons are highly contextual and enjoyable. I wound recommend Ben without hesitation.
A professional safe pair of hands.
He is an amazing tutor who is one of a kind, who puts in more work and effort than any other tutor I have had, I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Thanks so much, Ben.
Demonstrates good subject knowledge in both English and Geography
Very structured in teaching methods
Has shown a level of flexibility in supporting sessions
I am however disapointed at the implication of a lack of flexibilty which I can only assume is the reason behind the loss of a 5 star record over a year in construction.
I had already moved 2 students to meet a request for weekday sessions near the students college, to prevent the students mother having to bring her to me on a saturday.
When a further request for a 1 off change was made I had no choice but to suggest a weekend session to catch up the time. With 36 students on my books I simply could not find a 2.5hr slot that I would need to comute to our meeting place and teach for an hour.
I have given and continue to give my students all the flexibility that is within my power.
With only having two sessions my daughter has settled and is enjoying her tutoring
I would recommend Ben to anyone needing help with English, especially if your child has special needs, as mine does.
Big thanks to Ben
Ben knows his subject matter hence trust in how he conducts his lessons.
Sticks to dates and times.