Information About Dominic - Canonbury tutor - (12 reviews)
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Government and Politics
Award winning former Head of Politics (and teacher of History) at Merchant Taylors' School in London, one of the top twenty schools in the UK.
When I was a full-time teacher, my students consistently gained some of the highest grades in A Level Politics in the country, with A* percentage above 50% in some years (national average is 7%). My last class of GCSE History students had 100% A*/A success rate (national average 27%).
Since becoming a full-time tutor, I have helped a student win a Queen's scholarship to Westminster School, and guided hard working Politics 'A' Level students to improve on their AS results by three grades from C to A* and D to A, while also helping them through the UCAS process get to prestigious universities. Two of my AS students went from Us in their mock to A grades in the final exam in 2017. In addition to tutoring, I am an election observer for the Foreign Office. I am writing a book on electoral fraud based on my many missions overseas. I also provide inspirational Sixth Form talks at dozens of schools about international and British politics.
Ten years of teaching experience at one of the best schools in the UK. Trained in teaching at the University of Oxford. Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and in International Politics from the University of Edinburgh. My undergraduate degree was in Politics from the University of Exeter.
I have been an Examiner for the Government & Politics 'A' Level, and been involved in training for the new 2017 Politics A Level.
Winner of a national prize (the Paul Hope Award) for one of the most inspirational extra-curricular activities in England.
I have also taught English as a Second Language in Egypt, South Africa and Romania.
Exam technique, as well as knowledge, is key. I specialise in how to communicate knowledge and deploy skills in ways that enable the examiner to award top marks. I am particularly good at stretching academically gifted students towards the top grades and preparing them for the next level of their studies. My students frequently gain full UMS. That said, behind the professional exterior, I am passionate about Politics and History, and enjoy sharing my passion to those starting out in these fascinating subjects in a relaxed and approachable way.
I also provide Oxbridge and Russell Group Personal Statement advice and proof-reading as well as interview preparation.
I know that I am not the cheapest tutor here - but you get what you pay for. I'm highly experienced at teaching and tutoring, and charge high rates because in addition to being a professional expert in my field, I seek to work with those determined to make progress.
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Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Oxford (2005) - History Teaching (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Cambridge (2004) - International Relations (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Edinburgh (2000) - European & International Politics (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Exeter (1994) - Politics (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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What you get with Dominic is not just exam technique or facts, but a real understanding of what makes Politics an interesting subject. You learn about how to present a good argument, how to write an excellent essay and the history and philosophy behind ideologies and political positions. My daughter partly credits her success to the number of real-world examples she was able to quote in her papers. Developmental marking of answers to a really high standard is key, and my daughter's essay writing (for all her subjects) improved as a result of this tuition.
When looking at costs of tutors, do bear in mind value for money as well as basic cost. Dominic's time is worth every penny.
He is extremely knowledgeable, both in terms of academic content but also exam technique – how to communicate with the examiners.
I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Our son took his A2 this summer and not only achieved an A* in politics, he also achieved 100% in one of the papers and has a confirmed place at Warwick to study politics and history.
It is impossible to say just how excellent Dominic is, all we can say is that our son was able to apply the techniques to his other subjects and without Dominic, definitely would not have achieved the same success.
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