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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 Removed, 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.Having recently completed an MBA I am now also able to offer business 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, as well as business studies. 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 easy to get along with. I believe learning should be inspiring, engaging and fun.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


University of Bristol1991BachelorsFirst Class Honours, B.Sc. Sociology and Social Policy
University of Oxford1992MastersM.Sc. Comparative Social Research

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