Ciaran

Ciaran

Streatham Tutor

I'm a writer and poet with a Masters degree in English from the University of Oxford (2017) and a BA from the University of Cambridge (2015; 1st class). I've studied British and American literature and history from the middle ages to the present day, as well as Italian and European languages.

I have always been passionate about education -- both teaching and learning -- and I know how valuable one-to-one sessions can be in a student's development. I strive to tailor a course of learning around the needs and interests of each individual pupil, and to make the subject enriching and enjoyable as well as rigorous. My high level of academic expertise means I have a wealth of knowledge beyond what is typically covered in class, and I aim to cultivate independence and depth of thought in my students to make sure they fulfill their potential.

Please note: I ask for 24 hours notice for cancellations or requests to rearrange sessions. Otherwise I charge the full amount for the planned session. I also ask to be paid in cash at the end of each session, or by bank transfer by the end of the week in which the session took place.

Tutoring Experience

In 2018, all of my GCSE students achieved a Level 8 or above in English Literature and History.

I have tutored A level and GCSE English and History for two years. Before moving into private tutoring, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Bentley Wood High School in Stanmore. I taught A level, GCSE and Key Stage Three English and History, both one-to-one and in classes. Many of my students had SEN requirements and I received special training to work with students with dyslexia, autism and hearing impairments. I also ran a number of extra-curricular activities, including a Sixth Form poetry club and a GCSE Public Speaking team.

Tutoring Approach

In my tutorials, I cover core exam skills across English and History (unseen comparative text and source analysis; essay technique; knowledge recall etc.). I also offer support with coursework and independent research projects, as well as practice interviews for university admissions.

I believe a successful tutor will create a space for the student to pursue unfamiliar and provocative lines of inquiry with confidence and without fear of judgement. A tutoring programme should always be focused on the student’s needs, aspirations, strengths and areas for improvement, and should also account for the input of parents and teaches who are also supporting them in their education. As such, I work to build a programme tailored to each individual. For some, this will be curriculum-focused, designed to help them catch up or excel on their assigned projects, while others may benefit from a space to explore material outside of their classwork, particularly if they are preparing for college or university applications.

Ultimately, private tuition is about providing a space for students to grow happier and more confident in their academic work, while also encouraging them to consider how to apply their abilities in new, exciting areas.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Keble College, University of Oxford2017MastersM.St. in English 1900-present
St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge2015BachelorsBA in English
Watford Grammar School for Boys2012SchoolA levels (English Literature (A*), Latin (A*), Music (A), History (A))
Watford Grammar School for Boys2010SchoolGCSEs (3 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs)
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Subjects taught
EnglishOne-to-oneOnline
Secondary£40£36
GCSE£40£36
A-Level£45£40.50
University£50£45
Casual Learner£50£45
LatinOne-to-oneOnline
Secondary£40£36
GCSE£40£36
HistoryOne-to-oneOnline
Secondary£40£36
GCSE£40£36