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English

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £35.00£28.00
Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00
A-Level £45.00£36.00
University £50.00£40.00
Casual Learner £50.00£40.00

Latin

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Primary £35.00£28.00
Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00

History

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Primary £35.00£28.00
Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00

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Personal Description:

In 2017, I graduated with a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford, following my undergraduate degree, also in English, from the University of Cambridge. I specialised in 20th century British literature and Modernism, particularly T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett, and at undergraduate level I studied the entire history of literature in English from Chaucer to the present day, as well as Greek tragedy and Italian poetry. I also worked on Shakespeare extensively, and am well placed to support students at all levels looking to gain confidence both within and beyond the national curriculum.

I believe one-to-one teaching to be a unique and invaluable form of education, and my own development has benefited a lot from individual tutorials at both school and university. Personal tutoring can be the decisive factor for the progress and success of many students, and I recognise the responsibilities as well as the opportunities and rewards of opting for this method of teaching.

I am also a poet, comedian, playwright and performer, and am thus passionate about theatre. Any students who are interested in drama from a practical or academic perspective are very welcome to get in touch. I also enjoy art and music and studied the latter to A level. I have also written essays on opera, and medieval music and poetry at undergraduate and graduate level.

Tutoring Experience:

Before commencing my Masters degree, I worked for 6 months as a Specialist Graduate Teaching Assistant at Bentley Wood High School, an all girls' maintained school in Stanmore. I led English Literature and Drama classes from Year 7 through to A level, as well as an English as an Alternative Language class for students from Years 7 to 9. Outside of school hours, I tutored A level students in English Literature, Philosophy, Sociology and Art. I also founded and led extra-curricular activities, including a Public Speaking team and a Sixth Form Poetry Society.

While I was studying for my A levels, I was selected to take part in the Climbing Higher programme, where I led and supported in weekend classes for underperforming students in schools across North London across the core GCSE subjects, as well as Life Skills and Public Speaking. Similarly, as an undergraduate, I led creative writing classes for primary and secondary school students visiting the university.

Tutoring Approach:

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 needs, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses of the student, while also accounting for the input of those supporting them in their education. As such, I am not overly prescriptive in my approach, but 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.

One core feature of this approach is the student preparing work in advance in the form of essays, preparatory research and questions, short-form answers, or whatever is most appropriate to the current session's material. This may be drawn from classwork, or may be an original project arranged between the student and myself, but the opportunity to interrogate academic work in a supportive environment is one of the most valuable features of private tuition. This helps the student consolidate and expand their knowledge and expertise, while also building their confidence in their skills of analysis and communication.

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

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Keble College, University of Oxford (2017) - M.St. in English 1900-present (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge (2015) - BA in English (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys (2012) - A levels (English Literature (A*), Latin (A*), Music (A), History (A)) (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys (2010) - GCSEs (3 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs) (School) (✘ Not On File)

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