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I'm currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, working in the field of Renaissance English Literature. As well as a fascination with early modern manuscripts and history (which I have pursued through several volunteering jobs at various archives), I have a keen interest in theatre; I performed in many shows during my undergraduate degree at Oxford, as well as taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Although I'm no longer acting, I still fit in going to the theatre alongside my research and other interests, which include cooking, walking, reading, and teaching.
I have worked in education for a number of years, both as a private tutor, and within educational establishments. For the last two years I have taught at Oxford University, and have also been involved in widening participation work to encourage more students to apply to university, and especially to encourage students from state schools to apply to Oxbridge. In my most recent tutoring work I have specialised in coaching students through their GCSE exams, and particularly helping high-achieving students cross grade boundaries to get the highest mark possible. I volunteered at local primary and secondary schools for several years, preparing and delivering lessons to large groups of students, as well as working one-on-one with struggling and SEN students. As a student ambassador during my undergraduate degree I prepared and ran workshops for secondary school children of a range of ages, which aimed to encourage them to apply to university, and to help develop the skills that they would need for higher education. After graduating I worked for several tutoring agencies, tutoring a number of students through their exams (with a particular focus on English and History GCSEs and A-Levels), as well as working as a tutor and mentor for students applying to Oxbridge, coaching them in their subject area and helping them prepare for interview. I also worked as a classroom assistant and librarian at St James School in London, where, as well as delivering lessons and workshops for different classes, I mentored and coached several sixth form students through their exams and university applications. For the past three years I have also worked as a childminder for a family during all school holidays, where I have regularly assisted with schoolwork, and tutored their son through his Common Entrance exams,and also arranged a wide range of educational activities and excursions to supplement his studies. I have also taught abroad, organising and running a large summer school for disadvantaged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Central to my approach to tutoring is my belief that the key to success is confidence - but that students can only feel confident when they feel comfortable, interested, and challenged. A tutor is in a unique position to ensure that their students feel this way. First and foremost I think that a tutor should always make sure that their student feels completely comfortable and relaxed with them, because only then will the student be able to start to properly understand the material they are approaching. One-on-one tutoring allows tutors to develop a more personal relationship with students than a classroom setting, and although one-on-one tutoring can seem a little daunting, one of my priorities is always to get to know a student so that lessons can be tailored to them and they feel at ease and enjoy tutoring sessions as much as possible. This also allows a tutor to ensure that all lessons are bespoke for each student to incorporate their particular interests. And finally, students will only continue to feel comfortable and engaged if they can be challenged and stretched.
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- University of Oxford (2018) - Ongoing (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- Queen Mary, University of London (2014) - Distinction Early Modern English Literature (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Oxford (2012) - 2.1 BA English Language and Literature (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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