I am a Masters graduate from the University of East Anglia, as well as having received my bachelors from The University of York. I work as a professional actor and playwright, but teaching supplements my desire to educate and learn in a way performing just can't. I don't believe you ever stop learning, it's imperative that any vocation doesn't become stagnant. Teaching is unique in that fact that you have such a diverse array of pupils, no day is ever the same. I am from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, coming from working class seaside town means I understand the value of hard work. I don't doubt my upbringing means I empathise with a lot of the families I work with in North London. I am a keen athlete and have completed a marathon and several half marathons. I have a great passion for art and after winning my college's award for Fine Art. I am also a recently published playwright with Bloomsbury/Methuen.
During my six years as a tutor, every student has accomplished at least a grade above their beginning attainment. This year saw my most successful set of students, with all my A-Level students receiving places at their first choice Universities. I work mostly with GCSE and A-Level English students, from a variety of different backgrounds. I have a firm grasp of the majority of key texts and exam boards work schemes. I am particularly proficient in teaching poetry, Shakespeare and creative writing.
I also work as a visiting practitioner in theatre at many schools and colleges around the country as well as being a visiting lecturer at Syracuse University, specialising in Shakespearean Verse Speaking.
One particular highlight was a male GCSE student of mine going from a D to attaining coursework grades at A, finishing with an overall grade of a B. I currently work as a visiting lecture for both Fordham and Syracuse Universities, lecturing in Shakespearian verse. As well as my lecturing work in London, I am a visiting teacher at Scarborough 6th Form College.
While working at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow as a Learning Consultant the college received an overall 'Good' by OFSTED, my particular department received an 'Excellent'. While at George Monoux I worked with several children with learning difficulties, whether it was dyslexia, aspergers or autism, all the students showed improvement in their grades and attitude after they had worked with me. I also worked in the Drama department as an Teaching Assistant and director, all the students at BTEC performed to an incredibly high standard, some going on to study the subject at Drama School or University.
My approach to tutoring is very simple, it has to be engaging. My manner is relaxed and jovial, the reason tutors are effective is because they offer an infinitely more bespoke service than students' school teachers. I try to make my sessions as personable as possible, taking on a seminar format, as opposed to you paying me to watch them write for an hour.
I am however incredibly competitive and I pride myself on my results. I always ask my students to push themselves to the best of their ability - more than anything, it is effort that I will commend, not grades (although that's what we are after).
When it comes to English, I hope to expand a student's verbal and written skills, while also developing a sense of the culture and socio-political themes that surround a text.
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|University of East Anglia||2012||Masters||Performance (Distinction)|
|University of York||2011||Bachelors||Writing, Directing and Performance (2.1)|
|Scarborough 6th Form||2008||College||Art, Drama, English Language (AAB)|
|Graham School||2006||School||English Language (A*) 8 Other GCSEs (3A* 3A 2B)|
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