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Religious Studies

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Primary £15.00
Secondary £15.00
GCSE £20.00

Citizenship

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Primary £15.00
Secondary £15.00
GCSE £20.00

Sociology

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Primary £15.00
Secondary £15.00
GCSE £20.00
A-Level £20.00
University £20.00
Casual Learner £20.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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Primary £15.00
Secondary £15.00
GCSE £20.00
A-Level £20.00
University £20.00
Casual Learner £20.00

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Personal Description:

Hi, my name is Ben, and in case the 'Dr' sounds scary, I have worked in both the private and public sectors, doing everything from consultancy and management to building site work. It was from being in the 'real world' that i gained a love for my subject and the process of learning, seeing education as a genuine means for change in people. I moved to Cheltenham in 2010 to complete a Ph.D… and outside of formal teaching, publishing and conference talks i would like the chance to contribute locally and maybe make a difference to someone, passing on my enthusiasm for learning and self-education.

Tutoring Experience:

After completing my Masters, I took up a PGCE in RE and Citizenship for secondary school. I taught yr7 - yr13. World Religions to GCSE and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (RPE) at A level. I also taught Citizenship (PSHE). Due to personal reasons i left secondary school teaching and changed career, which still involved teaching and mentoring, from team leader talks, to sales training, to pitching ideas and presentations in the boardroom. Eventually i returned to Higher Education, where i have completed a Ph.D. During, my time at the University of Gloucestershire i have lectured on RPE as well as Sociology modules. I have given first year seminars on essay writing, and research skills. Through the 'Aim Higher' scheme i have mentored in local schools/ academies around Gloucester, usually taking yr 9-10 pupils and looking at post-GCSE options, improving attitudes towards education by building confidence in their own abilities.

Tutoring Approach:

My tutoring style is a reflection on how i learn, which is mainly discussion based, however, not everyone learns the same way so that would need to be established in order to provide the best learning support. A learning environment is as important as the information one is being asked to learn, so however one learns best a space will need to be created. No subject is boring, there is only boring teaching, which can also be the failure to connect with an idea. So i try to make the information as accessible as possible. Of course learning is a 2-way process, so for as much enthusiasm or expertise i may bring one cannot be forced to learn and it has to be a collaboration. I am as at ease working from textbooks, e-sources or original source materials, but the other person has to be willing to work.

Qualifications:

  • The University of Gloucestershire, UK (2014) - Philosophy of Science (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
  • The University College of Plymouth, St Mark & St John, UK (2005) - Religous Education (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • The University of Exeter, UK (2004) - philosophy and sociology of culture (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • The University College of Plymouth, St Mark & St John, UK (2003) - theology, philosophy with sociology (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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