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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. At Oxford, I taught over 1,000 1-on-1 tutorials. My passion is to help each student reach their potential. I can do that with the skills I have developed as a teacher, coach and mentor over many years.

After leaving Oxford, I ran my own social research and evaluation agency in Northern California, providing reports to government agencies and corporations involved in community change and improvement, policy and politics.

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 enjoyed and still do enjoy, helping young people and adults develop their intellectual skills and abilities and to be able to express their thinking and understanding verbally and in writing.

I now teach independently. mostly via Skype, telephone and email, but also in Hove and at other locations by request. I charge the same rate for travel time. Single tutorials are charged at £45 for an hour. A term time commitment is £400 for ten one hour sessions.

I also offer the following customized special packages:


-Study skills for mature students. Get all the help and guidance you need to start your university career successfully. This course includes how to read academic literature, the correct way to note take so you can recall what you read and what you listened to in lectures, as well as preparing that first essay. £397

-Study skills for success at A level. Expectations are different now you are at A level. On this course you will learn how to master your course curriculum, how to study effectively so you retain what you learn, how to prepare essays, reports and assignments to meet those higher expectations and get the best grades, plus effective exam preparation. £397

-How to prepare, write and complete your dissertation. This course is directed at undergraduates and Master's students at the beginning of the dissertation process. Take this course and you will avoid the minefield that awaits you and be able to map a straight line to a completed dissertation. £497

-How to apply to and get into to Oxford, Cambridge or a top twenty Russell Group University. On this course you will receive personal coaching on how to choose the best university to meet your needs, prepare your application, and prepare for and sail through the interview process. £397

Call me now for a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs and how I can help.

£45 - 1 hour
£400 - 10 hours paid in advance - recommended.

Tutoring Experience:

I have experience and success teaching students at A level, undergraduate and graduate level in the following subjects: sociology, politics, international relations and related subjects such as history and development studies.

As mentioned above, I am a former Oxford University Tutor, Lecturer and Researcher. At Oxford, I taught over 1,000 1-on-1 tutorials.

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

I have been an independent tutor for 3 years, helping students from all the over the world how to 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. Students 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.


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

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