Private Maths and English Tutor in Ellesmere

I was born in Canterbury of a French father and a German mother though I am a native speaker of English. I was brought up in Leeds (hoping they will make it to the top-flight this season!) and after gaining five 'A Levels' (AAABC) I went to Oxford University where I obtained a BA and MA in Philosophy and French. I proceeded to do Postgraduate studies in London and spent a good part of five years reading my way through the British Library (1993-1998). I directed a feature documentary film about Alain Robbe-Grillet in 1996 and a series of experimental films from 1995-2001. I moved from London to Shropshire in 2002 and have spent the majority of my time writing and editing works of fiction and non-fiction. Teaching, however, has always been a part of my life and I have had many educational placements over the past twenty years, both scholastic and private. I live outside Shrewsbury and teach in Birmingham and London. I am a senior editor at London-based publishing company LTG and I am currently the curator of the 'Nobel Prize Collection'. My wife and I have six children and due to special needs in the family I am very sensitive to autism and other disabilities. I have been a published author since 1999 and I am a member of the British Association of Journalists. I am a member of MENSA though I cannot get my head around Sudoku or Cryptic Crosswords!

Tutoring Experience

I have taught pupils from KS1 to Postgraduate level. I have done an equal amount of group-teaching (lecturing/seminars/classroom) and individual tutoring (mentoring/coaching/private tutorials). I have taught privately in Switzerland (Geneva, Basel), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin, Munich) and Italy (Milan) though I have also taught at schools in Poland (High School, Warsaw) and Slovakia (Bratislava). I am a native English speaker but I am also fluent in French and German. I have been a professional author/journalist for the last ten years so I have done a greater amount of private teaching and consultancy than previously as this fits better with my contracts and assignments. I am editor of the 'Nobel Prize Collection' for Living Time Global (Publishing) and a member of the British Association of Journalists. My parents were both lecturers themselves and this inspired me to start teaching at 17, so I have been tutoring in 'A Levels' for almost 30 years. My most recent teaching activity has been corporate and executive work (which does sometimes mean very early hours!). I am experienced in teaching children and adults with special educational needs - including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, Pathological Demand Avoidance), ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other developmental conditions. I taught whole classes of special needs pupils at a vocational college, which was probably the most demanding job I have ever done. Currrently I am authoring the English learning guide 'English In No Time'.

Tutoring Approach

I specialise in enabling students - whether for Education or Business - to apply Advanced Learning Techniques in the mastery of their subjects. These include: advanced reading skills, mnemonics, thought-mapping, accelerated learning and self-reprogramming. I adjust the program of learning to the challenges faced by the student and I commit myself to ensuring that the correct path is followed so as to succeed. A student's commitment is, of course, also essential, but as long as the student is ready to apply the knowledge and techniques I provide them with, improvement is guaranteed. I welcome students who require coaching with advanced learning techniques in any subject areas, both academic students and business executives. I have taught numerous leaders in Telecommunications, Computing, Medicine, Law and Finance how the use of accurate English can improve their success and increase their achievements, though I am always ready to take on Academic Students when they are committed and motivated. I will be happy to assist you if you feel that I can further you in the achievement of your learning goals. My native language is English, though I also speak French, German (due to my father and mother) and some Italian. If my approach is of interest to you then please get in contact.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French, German
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Oxford University1992Bachelors1 French/Philosophy
Oxford University1994MastersFrench/Philosophy
Academy of the 3rd Millennium1999DoctoratePhilosophy
Academy of the 3rd Millennium2001OtherDiploma in Advanced Reading Skills

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