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English (Foreign Language)
Graduate from the University of Cambridge with a BA in English Literature. Experienced ESL teacher (including a prison) and tutor, from ages 14-18 for English Literature, and a wide range of adult English learners. Writer, volunteer for the British Red Cross and was editor-in-chief of The Cambridge Student, the university's only weekly print newspaper (nominated for a Guardian Student Newspaper Award for Best Website).
I have over a year's worth of one-on-one tuition experience with English Literature and English as a second language in and around Hertfordshire. Last summer I taught English ESL to two classes of 25, in a prison to juvenile delinquents and a monastery for a month in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, both including mixed ages and abilities, with great success.
The supervision system of Cambridge requires thorough preparation each week and a strong grasp of the subject and all around it. It has taught me to be flexible, confident and engaged with the methods through which different people learn. Learning when to control a conversation and when to encourage others was excellent preparation for tutoring. My experience in teaching lower down the school has given me an understanding of some of the stumbling blocks many young students face, and ultimately how to get them interested again.
My experience as the News Editor and later Editor-in-Chief of a student newspaper for a year required me to guide the research and improve the writing abilities of 30 section editors and hundreds of writers.This has allowed me to hone my feedback skills – feedback on every article sent in being a point we consistently delivered upon. I adore the craft of writing, be it journalistic, creative, persuasive or philosophical.
My expertise is in English literature, and to gain the most from it (or to achieve the highest grades), it is necessary to begin to cultivate the big ideas about literature and for students to develop their own opinions. Why can stories make us feel sad? Why do we feel scared at stories that aren’t true? Students begin to engage with these questions at all ages and levels, and it is vital to recommend wider reading to broaden the exploration of the big questions. Every week I provide extra reading recommendations, access to critical texts, engaging homework tasks, and feedback, across the whole week - it is not appropriate to cram all of this in within an hour's tuition a week.
As a discipline, English Literature is the close analysis of the ways in which language can produce effects - whether its making us feel an emotion, or persuading us to believe in a new idea. I think it is important to dedicate time to teaching the analytical methods that schools - and worryingly, often universities - tend to gloss over. This empowers students to explore texts everywhere, and to articulate their own discoveries.
Through this students begin to build the big ideas that then inform the comparative, critical, evaluative and reflective aspects of essay writing which exam boards look for. I also dedicate significant time to essay writing technique, English Language exams, wider historical knowledge, nurturing students' own creative interpretations, and revision techniques and strategies.
For students of English as a second language, I think it is important to dedicate lesson time to speaking practice, promoting engaging conversations that explore Anglophone cultures, while encouraging students to push themselves to experiment with new structures. To balance this out I provide weekly reading and writing exercises, with feedback returned to students before each lesson, as well as deeper grammar practice and guidance with integrating new speech patterns.
I would ask that all tutees are willing to put in the effort to learn. In return I guarantee engaging lessons and that tangible progress be made within one month. Anything can be made interesting - so long as it is approached from the angle that resonates with you. It is the tutor’s role to discover this interest and tease it out – particularly when the limitations of large school classes make it difficult to provide this individual attention.
Finally I am more than happy to help with entrance exams from 11+ to University entrance. I have experience assisting with Oxbridge interviews for English Literature, and can assist with other subjects. This includes Personal Statements help and proofreading, interview practice, and any other questions you may have. Contact me for more details.
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