I am an experienced, enthusiastic and highly competent tutor. I have degrees from Oxford, Edinburgh and Durham Universities, and I have also studied at Bologna University in Italy.
In addition to A Level and University level tuition, I offer academic courses for independent learners in traditional and interdisciplinary areas of the humanities, as well as more unusual topics. I have pre-written academic courses in philosophy, politics, anthropology, classics, history or religious studies. You can specify the duration of the course, number of contact hours per week, independent study time and level of difficulty and request additional content. Students may also request a course to be specifically designed for them.
Intellectual sparring sessions can be incorporated into any tutorial. These are designed to sharpen your ability to develop and defend an argument, examine the arguments of others and to scrutinise your own ideas.
Dissertation and Research Project Feedback and Supervision: I have previously assisted with dissertations and independent research on the treatment of minorities in Burma, Donyipolo practice in Arunachal Pradesh, UK pressure groups, the rise of China, Islamic architecture, political realism, the global arms trade, prostitution in postcolonial China and indigenous religion in Sikkim among other subjects. In addition, my own research has included projects on Himalayan folklore, Classical Greek political philosophy, animal symbolism in Tibetan Buddhism, the development of ancient geometric proofs, and the anthropology of Berghain, Germany.
On a personal level, I love adventure in remote places and I ride a Honda CB600F Hornet.
November 2013-Present: Private tutor
Here are some examples of courses offered to independent learners:
Religious Studies: Philosophy of Religion; Religious Language and Argument; Religious Ethics; Christian Theology; Catholicism; Buddhist Theology
Politics: Comparative Politics (UK, US, China, France, Germany, Russia, India, New Zealand); British Politics; French Politics; Chinese Politics; US Politics; International Relations History; International Relations Theory; Contemporary Issues in International Relations; The Global Order; The Cold War; Introduction to International Relations; Foreign Policy and Security Studies; History of Political Philosophy; Political Ideas; Political Ideologies
Anthropology and Folklore: Introduction to Anthropology; Himalayan Folklore; Tibetan and Himalayan Studies; Himalayan Religion
History: History of Ideas; Ancient History; Martial Arts History; History of Science; The Tudors; Russian History; The French Revolution; American Political History; British Constitutional History; The British Empire; The Stuarts; The Wars of the Roses; History of Transport
Classics: Ancient Greek Philosophy; Ancient Greek Warfare; The Late Roman Republic; Augustus; The Roman Empire; Roman Britain; Platonic Dialogue Studies: The Republic; Platonic Dialogue Studies: The Symposium; Platonic Dialogue Studies: The Meno; Platonic Dialogue Studies: Phaedo
Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy; Mathematics and Philosophy in the Ancient World; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Economics; Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Metaphysics; Epistemology
Interdisciplinary courses: How to Take Over the World; How to Steal the Mona Lisa: Paintings in the History of Art Theft; How to be a Warrior; How Music Changed the World; The Secret History of Cities; Folklore of Ballet and Theatre; Epic Battles and Game Changers in Academic Discourse
July-August 2014: English Teacher, Brillantmont International School, Lausanne
• Summer course in English at one of Switzerland's most prestigious boarding schools.
September 2011-November 2013: Private tutor, Leicestershire
• Undergraduate level Politics/International Relations, History, Philosophy and Economics; A Level Religious Studies, English and Politics; GCSE Religious Studies; English as a foreign language.
January-March 2011: Undergraduate Tutor, Edinburgh University (History of Philosophy)
• Conducted tutorials on Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Berkeley.
January-March 2011: Tutor, Edinburgh Office of Lifelong Learning (Philosophy of Science)
• Designed and taught this ten-week course. Each two-hour class required me to give two forty-minute lectures and a forty minute tutorial.
August-September 2010: School Teacher, Lingue senza Frontiere in Como (English)
• Prepared and taught activities to teach English to Italian school children.
Summer 2002: Education Ranger, Conkers, National Forest
• Devised and delivered educational programs for schools and members of the public; researched and monitored forest wildlife and communicated findings to the public.
Summer 2001: Tour Guide and Collections Officer, Tamworth Castle
• Devised and delivered history workshops for school groups; conducted children’s guided tours; created educational displays for visiting schools.
I believe that education should be empowering, not intimidating, so I try to tutor in a way that builds confidence. Learning can be as much of an adventure as climbing a mountain or discovering a new place, so I encourage challenge, asking questions and a sense of discovery. Progress is much easier to make when the student is engaged, focused and relaxed, so it's my job to make sure that happens.
|Languages||English (British), Italian|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Edinburgh||2014||Doctorate||PhD Classics/Philosophy|
|University of Oxford||2007||Masters||MSt Oriental Studies|
|University of Durham||2006||Masters||MA Political Philosophy|
|University of Durham||2004||Bachelors||BA Politics|
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