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Subjects Taught

Government and Politics

Hourly Rate
A-Level £45.00
University £45.00


Hourly Rate
A-Level £45.00
University £45.00

Study Skills

Hourly Rate
A-Level £45.00
University £45.00

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Personal Description:

I am a former Oxford University tutor, lecturer and researcher. My aim is to help each student reach their potential and my experience has shown me that the tutorial method is the best way to do that.

After leaving Oxford, I ran my own social research and evaluation agency in Northern California, working with government agencies and corporations involved in community development projects.

I oversaw and trained a team of PhD level consultants, but was also enthusiastic about developing my team of research assistants that I recruited from local colleges and universities.

Whether PhD level, undergraduate or A level, I enjoy helping young adults and mature students develop their intellectual skills and capacity to express their thinking and understanding verbally and in writing.

I now teach independently. mostly via Skype, telephone and email, but also in person in Brighton and Hove where I live and at other locations by request.

£45 - 1 hour tutorial, or proof reading, copy editing
£212.50 - 5 tutorials paid in advance
£400 - 10 tutorials paid in advance - recommended.

Tutoring Experience:

My teaching experience spans seven years at Oxford teaching undergrads and post grads and 4 years as a freelance tutor teaching A level, undergrads and graduates. My subject areas are: sociology, politics, international relations and related subjects such as history and development studies.

At Oxford I taught 3 subjects: political sociology to undergraduates studying PPE; sociology to undergraduates studying Human Sciences; sociology and British social policy to graduates studying for the Master's in Social Work.

As a freelance tutor I teach social science subjects and some arts and humanities subjects. I have helped students from all the over the world improve essay writing, proposals, dissertation writing, study skills, exam preparation, and university entrance.

Tutoring Approach:

My experience has taught me that the tutorial method is the single most effective method at helping a student realize their potential and accelerate their learning. I like to collaborate with my students, discuss their goals and agree that we can discuss strengths and weaknesses openly. It is important to build trust and confidence and generate the belief that it is possible to make weekly improvements. To do this, I analyse a student's work and determine where immediate improvements can be made.

These initial small improvements and successes provide the foundation and momentum to create bigger changes. Students should expect to see immediate improvement from our work together. But the biggest gains will happen over a term. With the right commitment, students can go from average marks to producing first class or A grade essays in ten weeks.

I am approachable and we will have an engaging tutorial. Learning should be enjoyable! I will also help you find motivation if needed, and push you - nicely, of course - if that is what is needed too.

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


  • University of Oxford (1992) - M.Sc. Comparative Social Research (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Bristol (1991) - First Class Honours, B.Sc. Sociology and Social Policy (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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