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Subjects Taught


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00£24.00
A-Level £30.00£24.00
University £30.00£24.00
Casual Learner £30.00£24.00


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00£24.00
A-Level £30.00£24.00
University £30.00£24.00
Casual Learner £30.00£24.00

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Personal Description:

Since finishing my joint honours in English and History at Aberdeen University, I have been a part-time private tutor and a part-writer.

Reading and the creation of narratives have been my passions for as long as I can remember. Sounds cliché and trite, but it's just the only way to put it. I am invested in literature and poetry: from epics and plays to sestinas and iambic tetrameter. I love to over analyse the creative process and I genuinely enjoy the debate that can be had with a student discovering a text or period of history for the first time.

As I've mentioned, aside from writing, tutoring takes up my full time. This is not just an add-on job for me, I am dedicated to ensuring that I help any tutee under my wing.

I don't wear a suit: as a writer if I did it would just become crumpled in a matter of minutes, it is the curse of our kind. See Neil Gaiman for details.

If you're interested in Creative Writing lessons, please consider that in the same subject band as English.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been tutoring privately for four years at Higher and Degree level and for the last two years I have also worked through a local company to tutor Nat 4/5 and Higher.

I am also capable of converting to A-Levels, as I have kept up to date on both curriculum.

As far as I'm aware, most of my students (over 30 in the last two years) have either seen a big jump up or a reasonable grade improvement over weekly lessons.

Tutoring Approach:

I'm not trained as a teacher and there are elements within my style of tuition that would not be considered conventional.
Still reading? Good. What I've just said is not a bad thing.

When it comes to English and History there are two things I consider fundamental.

The first is creating a meaningful dialogue which is centred around understanding rather than teaching the test. In total I have five years of study in English and History, and a broad experience across a lot of mediums. Approachability and respect is key in this regard, there are topics in the syllabus (depression, suicide, sexuality, morality and genocide) which are generally quite difficult to discuss in a large group. Especially to get a deep understanding of those issues. When I teach a subject, I cover the basics and the contexts, and only then proceed on to the complicated debates at the heart of these subjects. Often I've found this is what my students find most engaging and different. I've even had some students begin enjoying poetry: this is perhaps my best recommendation.

Secondly, I do not coddle any student and tell them they're doing well if they're not. I'm never harsh but I will always tell a student the absolute truth as I see it. However, I'll also tell them what they need to do to improve. I am not afraid of the red pen and students shouldn't be either. It was only by having all of my mistakes pointed out to me repeatedly that I was able to make serious progress at University.

Although I aim for a student to improve their grade, my main concern is outfitting my students with transferable skills* from both subjects. One of the most gratifying moments in this line of work was when a student told me, my help with their writing had allowed them to get into a coveted Art program.

Outside of the subjects themselves, my main selling point is that I can improve essay/writing style and research methods. I'm fastidious and obsessive in both regards and I like to push students to reach their full potential on every essay.

As part of any contract/agreement, I will be happy to proof-reading and advise on all essays/creative pieces a tutee may have. As long as they get them to me within a reasonable time-frame and don't mind the aforementioned, yet beneficial, dreaded red pen.

There is no student I have had where there has not been potential for improvement. Even if I find a student is already capable of an A, I aim to push them at a higher level. If a student is capable at Nat 4/5 or Highter, I begin to prep for the next year or beyond. On that note, I am also available for University prep over the summers… If you're interested in coming to an arrangement, we can meet first and get coffee/juice and see if we would be a good-fit. If I feel I cannot help, I'll be the first to tell you and give you my earnest recommendations on where to proceed.

If any travel will regularly take over twenty minutes, I will ask to meet half-way at a neutral location; Or be paid in increments based on my hourly rate eg. 20 minutes = £6.30

*(you know I haven't read/typed that sentence since I was at school, "transferable skills", my inner-teenager just cringed)


  • Online Course (2013) - Writing For Fantasy (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Aberdeen University (2012) - English-History (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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