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Religious Studies

Hourly Rate
A-Level £50.00
University £50.00

Government and Politics

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A-Level £50.00

Entrance Exams

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University £50.00

Sociology

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A-Level £50.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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A-Level £50.00

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Personal Description:

Cambridge graduate. Full time tutor since 2010. Thousands of hours of tuition experience. Dozens of letters of recommendation. One of London's most experienced super tutors in philosophy, RS, politics and sociology.

* 75% students taught last year received A or A*.
* Dozens of letters of recommendation available.
* Taught hundreds of students since 2010.

* Extensive digital archive of handouts for all subjects and all exam boards.
* Specialise in teaching Politics, Religious Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, Cambridge Pre-U Theology & Philosophy course and IB.

RATES

If a job requires lots of regular hours or there is a results-based bonus I am happy to negotiate the hourly fee. I am also very happy to teach students over **Contact Detail Removed** at a reduced rate.

APPROACH TO TUITION

Tailoring tuition to suit the student
The advantage of one-to-one tuition is that I can assess what specific needs a student has, and organise my lessons around those needs. Some students need essay technique help some have a specific set of topics they want to go over others might need an entire course taught to them as they have left school or are being home educated.

Knowing the syllabus
All GCSEs and A Levels follow a national syllabus, and I know them all very well. In my first lesson with any student I will make sure they are aware of the overall requirements of the syllabus, on a topic-by-topic basis. I will always stick to what the student needs to know to pass that particular syllabus I do not needlessly make students learn things they do not need to know.

Digital handouts
In my years of tuition, I have built up a cloud-based digital archive of hundreds of handouts. Say a student is learning about arguments for the existence of God for RS A Level - I have handouts very clearly outlining the Ontological, Teleological and Cosmological arguments and all relevant criticisms. These handouts are a great extra help alongside my teaching.

Tutoring Experience:

I have thousands of hours of tuition experience and dozens of letters of recommendation. Some of the specific subjects I have taught include:

Government & Politics (Edexcel and OCR)
Cambridge Pre-U Theology & Philosophy
Philosophy A Level (AQA, OCR and Edexcel)
Religious Studies (OCR, AQA and Edexcel) GCSE, A Level
Sociology (AQA) AS and A2
Theology and Religious Studies at degree level
Oxbridge applications and interview practice

*REFERENCES*

In addition to the below, I have a written reference from a doctor of Philosophy and college chaplain at Cambridge University.

Extracts from letters of recommendation (all available in full on request):

“… we found James to be incredibly reliable and professional… James’s teaching techniques were flexible depending on the specific needs of our son. He had a lot of pre-prepared resources which he had created himself and my son found these particularly useful… James’s superior knowledge and passion for his subject resulted in my son gaining both in confidence and ability and led him to succeed in achieving a Distinction grade when his school had predicted a Merit.”
Mother of Pre-U Philosophy & Theology student (Cambridge), 2013.

"Mr ’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and ability to make the lessons interesting and absorbing has paid off… I cannot recommend Mr highly enough. He is punctual and thoughtful and I would not hesitate to hire him again in the future."
Mother of homeschooled A2 candidate taught full time for a year in History (Edexcel), Sociology (AQA) and Religious Studies (Edexcel), **Telephone Number Removed** A great source of help to my daughter over the past two years; making smooth preparations for her to retake her AS level, alongside her continuing work towards her A level. He contributed invaluably towards her outstanding AS level pass mark of 100% . For her A2, Olivia received an A."
Mother of Philosophy A Level (AQA) Candid**Telephone Number Removed** James was an excellent tutor. He explained complex ideas clearly and tailored his tutoring to suit my son. Importantly, he acted as a strong motivator and made sure rigourous revision notes were made… humourous, friendly and a good natured motivator. My son received an A*".
Mother of GCSE Religious Studies student (OCR), **Telephone Number Removed** He immediately established a very good working relationship with my daughter which encouraged her to really engage with the subject and plan and think about the topics in depth. He helped her with the structure of her essays and how to build up a coherent and well thought out argument… I would highly recommend James as a Philosophy tutor."
Mother of Religious Studies (OCR) student, **Telephone Number Removed** James was very familiar with the curriculum and both his discussions with my son and the work set were of an appropriate and challenging level, set work was always marked and discussed at the following tutorial. My son received a good Distinction in his exams."
Mother of Pre-U Philosophy & Theology student (Cambridge), 2013.

My daughter was unable to attend school due to illness, and so James was entirely responsible for her preparation. She received a Distinction in her exams. James was a diligent tutor, who managed to convey this difficult subject with a lightness of touch. I know that my daughter enjoyed her lessons enormously, and that she found it easy to learn from James. He not only imparted the necessary knowledge but also inspired her with confidence."
Mother of homeschooled Pre-U Philosophy & Theology student (Cambridge), who I taught the entire syllabus to in **Telephone Number Removed** James was brilliant. Despite tutoring my two twin daughters at the same time, he adapted his teaching style to suit both of them differently. He made the whole course much easier for them to understand than they had found at school. Beyond this, he boosted their confidence and increased their essay writing skills. He provided a large amount of digital handouts which they also found useful. Both girls ended up with very high As in all the topics he taught them in."
Mother of twin daughters taught in Religious Studies (OCR) and Philosophy (AQA), **Telephone Number Removed** hellip; James covered far more content than the school had taught in a whole year and to a greater depth and understanding. His knowledge of the syllabus and ability to explain complex philosophical arguments and content, in a way that my daughter could understand, was second to none… put back a confidence in my daughter that had been partly destroyed in this subject due to poor teaching at school. I have never seen my daughter so relaxed and happy after taking an exam than she was after re-taking these two."
Mother of homeschooled candidate in Religious Studies (Edexcel), **Telephone Number Removed** “My son was predicted high grades and he achieved the highest possible, securing a place at Cambridge. James was encouraging and stimulating, thorough and clearly extremely well prepared and knowledgeable about the course requirements and content. I was impressed with his capacity to be flexible and his quick understanding of how this particular young man worked, and what he needed… I have no hesitation in recommending him as a teacher and have no doubt that these intensive sessions contributed to my son's success.”
Mother of Pre-U Philosophy & Theology student (Cambridge), 2013.

Tutoring Approach:

*Tailoring tuition to suit the student*
The advantage of one-to-one tuition is that I can assess what specific needs a student has, and organise my lessons around those needs. Some students need essay technique help; some have a specific set of topics they want to go over; others might need an entire course taught to them as they have left school or are being home educated. I have done all three countless times in my three years, for all the subjects listed above.

*Helper, not lecturer*
I am generally not hired to give students lots of extra work and homework. I always say "it's me and you against the examiner". I am there to bring clarity, understanding, confidence and motivation. I will very happily help with homework assignments or create new handouts for my students. Equally, depending on the needs of the student and parents, I will push students to be confident and reach for grades they never knew they could get. I have successfully increased the grades of so many students before that I know this is almost always possible.

*Knowing the syllabus*
All GCSEs and A Levels follow a national syllabus, and I know them all very well. In my first lesson with any student I will make sure they are aware of the overall requirements of the syllabus, on a topic-by-topic basis. I will always stick to what the student needs to know to pass that particular syllabus; I do not needlessly make students learn things they do not need to know.

*Digital handouts*
In my three years of tuition, I have built up a cloud-based digital archive of hundreds of handouts. All I bring to a lesson is my iPad, through which I share digital handouts (I can print them if the student does not have access to a computer). Say a student is learning about arguments for the existence of God for RS A Level - I have handouts very clearly outlining the Ontological, Teleological and Cosmological arguments and all relevant criticisms. These handouts are a great extra help alongside my teaching.

*Keeping parents updated*
Usually, parents like to stay in the loop about how their child is getting on. As a rule I send regular updates to the parents of my students, letting them know what we've covered, what weaknesses the student may have and how I will go about improving on them. A good tutor- parent relationship is vital to keeping student motivated and on track, I find.

Qualifications:

  • Cambridge University (2010) - BA (Hons) Theology & Religious Studies (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Haywards Heath College (2007) - A Level History (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Haywards Heath College (2007) - A Level Politics & Government (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Haywards Heath College (2007) - A Level English (College) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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