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English

Hourly Rate
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Religious Studies

Hourly Rate
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Psychology

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University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Government and Politics

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University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

English (Foreign Language)

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A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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Personal Description:

I am a Cambridge graduate in Philosophy, with a Masters degree at Distinction level, and am currently a PhD student at the University of Leicester. My research spans Philosophy, Political Theory, Sociology and Psychology and has been presented at numerous academic conferences and in academic publications.

I am passionate about sound thinking and developing knowledge in myself and others. I have enjoyed working with students of all abilities, as a private tutor, in academia and as a full time mentor with students of all ages. I can provide online tuition to help with understanding your course or help you maximise the quality of your written coursework.

I have taught Masters level students at my university, worked for two years as a full time mentor in two different schools, and privately tutored over 80 students (in subjects including English, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, General Studies, Geography, English as a second language and interview preparation), ranging from GCSE to Masters level. I have also helped students with dissertation topics ranging from ICT and Development, to British tax law to McTaggart and Sufi poetry and Italian immigration policy.

I also have experience working with students on the University of Cambridge student access program, worked for a youth-centred social enterprise and founded and ran an essay competition for young people.

Tutoring Experience:

University of Leicester, Masters level course on The Internet and New Media.
Expert Marker for MarkedbyTeachers (2012-14)
Private Tutor in English, RS, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, General Studies, Geography, EFL, GCSE->Masters level (2011->)
Improving Choices Learner Mentor at Easton College, Norfolk (2011-2012)
Academic Learning Mentor at The Folkestone Academy mentoring Sixth Form students (2010).

Worked for Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, Student Access Program (2008-2009).
Worked for youth social enterprise (2010-2011).
Founded and ran online youth essay competition 2005.

Tutoring Approach:

It is important to tailor one's approach to tutoring to the individual being tutored. I intuitively follow a critical conversational approach to tutoring: I engage the tutee in conversation about the issue to be taught, probing their understanding of the area through hypothetical questions and challenging them to think abstractly by posing problems to be solved. In this way I teach in much the same way that I was taught, following the Oxbridge 'tutorial' system of in depth discussion, which moves the tutee to develop their own understanding rather than trying to convey facts for memorisation.

Nevertheless, my recent and personal experience of the British examination system has taught me that intellectual understanding is no guarantee of success. Integral to my tutoring then is an attempt to train the student for the particular demands of the examination room. My job, as I see it, is to hold in mind the content of the course specification from day one and attempt to demystify what gets marks and what doesn't so that my student can tick all the boxes in the exam room, as well as develop an intellectual understanding of the topic.

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

Qualifications:

  • University of Cambridge (2009) - BA(Hons) Philosophy (2.1+) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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