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Government and Politics

Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Citizenship

Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Sociology

Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Media / Communication Studies

Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Study Skills

Hourly Rate
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

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Personal Description:

I have now been a teacher for over 13 years and as there are many tutors online who haven't taught in institutions, I strongly recommend that you consider experience as a priority when you choose a tutor.

I can objectively say that I only just became a 'real teacher' in the last few years (and by this I mean understanding that knowledge and specialist skills only work with a true understanding of young people or students).

Without experience; it is impossible to know how to meet targets, work to exam board specifications and most importantly, how to build special relationships with students of trust and confidence.

I have worked as follows:

2003- 2009 Barnet College, London (Access, GCSE, A Level Sociology, Gov & Pol, Social Sciences, Social Policy, Health and Social Care, Study and Exam Skills)
2004-Present: Dept for Education, Middlesex University (Sociology and Social Policy, Research Tutor)
2009-2011 Luton Sixth Form College (Sociology)
2011-2012 Cambridge Regional College (Sociology, International Studies/Politics)
2012-2013 North Herts College (Sociology, Anthropology)
2013- Present: Private Tutor operating a specialist mobile tuition service in Herts, Beds and South Cambs
2014: Citizens Advice Bureau Advisor
2014: PT Sociology Teacher, Tring School, Tring, Herts
2016: PT Sociology Lecturer, Stroud & Gloucestershire College

I used to work in Westminster in Politics and policy before becoming a teacher and I used to run offices for politicians and work in political research before I decided to train as a teacher and lecturer and I feel this skill set is reflected in my very managed style of delivery and my expertise and understanding of the subjects I teach.

Having a different background has made me understand the wider career based issues students and families face when leaving school and it also makes me much more focused, flexible and hands on as I am used to working hard at varying times with different demands.

I am very passionate about my specialist subjects and I'm always excited when students choose these subjects to study!

I have now been running my own tuition service for over 4 years and this was in response to the many requests for private tuition and from my experience and disappointment at the standard and quality of teaching and student care I have seen in further and higher education.

I have had a lot of success with my students overall who have all passed and improved their grades and skills (no student has passed with below a grade c with me privately for A levels and all my undergraduates have improved their grades) . 2014 has been another rewarding year with lots of wonderful success stories with students that I most proud of (please ask for the website links and information about this). But the reality of private tuition most eager new tutors wont well you is that to pass an A Level or get a good grade now is becoming harder. Exam boards and universities are being pushed to mark more harshly because of funding. So to do well, requires a strong commitment from the student in terms of being motivated to complete large amounts of revision and preparation alone. A home tutor can only do so much; success is mutual.

I really enjoy teaching and spending time with my students and more importantly, I enjoy seeing them do well and improve and forming relationships with them and their families.

I run my tuition service in a very ethical, socially aware and family orientated way and strongly believe in giving mutual respect to students and their families through an anxious period in their lives. My social and political values are reflected in the way I teach. I teach with structure, schedules, objectives and with assessment always in mind, but also with humanity and understanding for my students. A student who is relaxed, happy and feels comfortable with their tutor, will excel with confidence and go further than one who is in fear of failure.

I also work locally as a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice Bureaux that I feel heightens my awareness of social policy issues .My specialist areas are Sociology, Government and Politics, Social Policy, Study and Higher and Further Education Skills including: study skills, exam skills, essay writing skills and analytical and critical writing and communications skills .

I have a background in post graduate study and research (phd in sexual violence) I also have vast knowledge and experience of effective study skills, presentation, speaking, research skills and essay writing techniques. I am very familiar with exam board marking techniques and I have worked as an examiner in A Level Sociology in the past .

I have an enhanced DBS check and will travel to students within 20 miles of my home. All tuition I offer through this site is arranged after an initial free of charge meeting that I insist on to ensure students and parents/guardians are happy with arrangements and my style of tuition.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been teaching Sociology, Social Policy, Social Science, Political Studies and Study and Exam Skills to both young people and adults in a range of FE and HE institutions in the South East and London for over 13 years and for the last five years I have been working successfully as a private tutor.

I have had great success with all my students who have all passed their examinations with me and improved their grades. I have worked in notable institutions, noted for their examination techniques and successes (Barnet College, Luton Sixth Form College, Middlesex University, North Herts College).

I have taught /lectured sixth form students, overseas exchange students, Gcse's, A levels, access (adults), diplomas, degrees and foundation degrees.

I have become very familiar and have developed a well tuned strategy for A level exams and the requirements

I have also worked as a curriculum and course leader and manager in further education on Health and Social Care courses and worked as a personal tutor to research students on BA Education programmes at Middlesex University.


I also have experience of working with overseas students who study cross modular programmes in Sociology and Social Sciences and A levels to gain entrance to UK universities and welcome English as a foreign language learners.

Tutoring Approach:

I strongly believe in independent and innovative teaching that facilitates learning and teaches people to ask questions and discover the debates involved in academia for themselves.

Social Science can be boring and uninspiring when taught from a textbook. I enjoy making sure students try different activities: anything from looking at children's toys to understand the sociology of childhood, shopping on a budget at the local Asda, to running in a race on the sports field to understand and criticise concepts such as meritocracy.

In my professional opinion and experience , most students can do well and improve if they gain more confidence and self belief and are rewarded; I see this as central to my role as a teacher and value the use of positive teaching, positive language and routine and emphasis on personal study and revision. I am also very keen that all my private students follow a regular scheme of mock exams, essays and revision techniques and I feel that it is important that the students wants to do this and are motivated . No matter how good a teacher, a student has to want to learn and put in the hours and homework to improve grades and skills.

I go by the motto 'teach by asking'. Best practice to me is a continual assessment as part of everyday teaching that re affirms and re tests students understanding; testing the skills required for examinations.

For A Levels, I constantly assess students skills regularly with timed exam style essays, essay planning, how to decipher terms in essay questions, critical writing techniques, terminology tests, q and a, regular mock examinations and media diaries to boost essay grades. Timing techniques and skills to build ' self assessment' . Other methods I advocate and can use regularly involve: online guided research activities, web based remote learning (lectures, tutorials and support via im services and or/webcam), worksheets and mind mapping and a neutral facebook page for shared news stories.

I will always offer and insist on a free consultation and discussion prior to any tuition arrangements to discuss student needs and talk about the best plan of action and importantly, to also break the ice!

As I get very busy during the exam revision season, I also offer students the option of a 1 day, 2 day or 2 night intensive, tailor made revision course where I will design the course to suit the students specific needs. These are perfect for busy students who need to focus for the exam. The courses will be designed with a suggested mixture of content revision that fits the specification and exam and essay writing skills. The course will end with a mock exam and students given feedback.

1 Day (6 hours): £170
2 Days (12 hours) £350
2 Nights (8 hours) £300

I also offer discounts to students who wish to study in pairs or small groups.

Hourly Rates:

If I travel more than 5 miles than I will charge an extra £5 per hour (£30). Otherwise tuition within 5 miles of my home will be £25.00 p h.

I also have a fully enhanced dbs check (wont load here as too large, please ask if we meet)

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

Qualifications:

  • Southgate College, London (2004) - Certificate in FE Teaching (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • University of Westminster (2003) - Globalisation, Development & Transition (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Middlesex University (1999) - Political Studies (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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