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David offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Rate
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £25.00

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Personal Description:

I am a Cambridge English graduate with two years' secondary teaching experience currently completing postgraduate study.

Having taught Key Stage 3 and 4 sets (mixed and lower ability) in a deprived area in the West Midlands over the past two years, I have a good understanding of the barriers and particular difficulties met by students in the new 1-9 GCSE course, including key concepts and skills. I am happy to provide tuition on specific texts for English Literature, reading and writing skills for English Language, or exam technique and understanding assessment objectives for both papers. I have been extremely privileged in that I can say I have taught a diverse range of students and am prepared to deliver a number of teaching styles.

Across the course of my English degree, and outside of it, I have gained familiarity with a wide range of modern, early modern, and medieval literature, including American and European texts, and have also had experience analysing and discussing literature at KS5 and above. For university students or casual learners, I would gladly provide sessions on themes and/or periods in literature (for example, the Gothic or Pastoral traditions), or a way into the 'canon'.

Oxbridge applicants: part of the entrance exams and course of study at Oxford and Cambridge involves analysing unseen texts (Practical Criticism). I also provide sessions supporting applicants with gaining experience at this skill, and indeed any other support and advice in the application procedure.

Tutoring Experience:

Gained PGCE (**Contact Detail Removed**) from Birmingham City University

2015-2017 English Teacher (Secondary) at an Academy (North Solihull). Responsibilities included being the lead teacher for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 classes. Last year I took a GCSE resit class for VIth form, and also delivered a number of sessions for Year 12 and 13 on Gothic literature and Romanticism.

Tutoring Approach:

For KS3/4: Assessment is key! In the first session(s), if a specific focus area is not requested, I will gauge key competencies and diagnose areas and skills for development. This will partly be done through a marked short writing and comprehension task, and a discussion around either an unseen text or a text which the tutee is studying at school. Depending on this, later sessions will be targeted to specific skills or content, with plenty of opportunity for the pupil to suggest areas for development.

Two things that are hugely important in the learning process are, firstly, the pupil's ability to assess their own understanding, and, secondly, the use of models. I will provide and deconstruct model answers and offer deep feedback on the pupil's own work. A huge advantage of tutoring is the number of opportunities you get for this!

A-Level and above (incl. casual): I benefitted majorly from the 'supervision' system at Cambridge (basically intellectual chats) and would centre tuition around this. I will bring questions and stimuli to prompt discussion around a text to tease out some of the more elusive aspects and features. Please provide own copies of whole texts - I will only provide excerpts.

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


  • Birmingham City University (2016) - Secondary English (TeachFirst) (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (2015) - English 2:1 (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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