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History

Hourly Rate
Primary £20.00
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00

Geography

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Secondary £25.00
GCSE £30.00

Religious Studies

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Primary £20.00
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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Primary £20.00
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00

Classical Civilisation

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GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00

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Personal Description:

Coming from a background of studying Classics, History and Study of Religion (completing a B.A. in 2003 and an Honours degree in 2004) I completed an 18 month intensive Bachelor of Education (Graduate entry) degree at the University of Queensland (Australia) in June of 2006. My areas of expertise developed in the education field encompass the Social Sciences and Humanities - with a focus on the teaching of History (ancient and modern), Geography, Philosophy and Study of Religion. This expertise has been furthered and strengthened in the professional environment of the teaching workforce in Australia and the UK as a full-time teacher.

Tutoring Experience:

Moving into the teaching profession in 2006 I became the Religious Studies Co-ordinator at Sherfield School in Hampshire, England (an independent school), where I worked for three years (finishing in August 2009). I also taught and tutored History and Geography classes (& individual students) for Years 7-9 and in GCSE (Years 10-11). In the 2009/10 academic year I worked at the Abbey School (an independent girls school in Reading, England) as a contracted Philosophy of Religion teacher and as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Lecturer in the Theory of Knowledge subject (Years 12-13). For the 2010/11 academic year I was engaged in a contract position at the Denefield School (Reading) as an English and History Teacher (Years 7-9 & GCSE); my first experience in the state sector. For the 2011/12 to 2013/14 academic years I was engaged as an Education Professional by Monarch Education, offering my Humanities teaching expertise to schools (through contract positions) in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire regions. This has involved History and Philosophy of Religion teaching positions at the Henry Box School (Witney), the Oxford Academy (Oxford), St Crispin's School (Wokingham), the Matthew Arnold School (Oxford), the Crypt Grammar School (Gloucester) & the Warriner School (Bloxham). In the 2014/15 academic year I accepted a contract position in the independent sector, teaching History at Gordonstoun School (Scotland). Since returning to Oxford in 2015 I have been focusing on tutoring GCSE & A Level students through a combination of tutorial college work and private tutoring. This has included periods at Oxford Science Studies, an on-going evening tutorial commitment through the tutorial college Teacher's to Your Home (Oxfordshire) and academic curriculum development work at All Nations Tutorial College (Oxford). To supplement this tutorial work I have also re-engaged my teaching services to Monarch Education (Oxfordshire) as a supply and occasional long-term cover teacher.

I have other tutorial experience from throughout my nine years as a teacher. In 2011 I was employed for 2 weeks by the Davies Laing And College (London) to cover A Level Religious Studies classes. Subsequently I spent 2 weeks with the Cherwell Tutorial College (Oxford) in 2012 and 2 weeks with the Bath Academy (Bath) in 2013 doing Easter Revision sessions. Outside of the school or college setting I have also worked with GCSE and A Level students as a private tutor for Ancient History, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy and English students, helping each one to achieve more ably in their GCSE and A level exams.

I have worked with secondary students on a range of topics, including world religions, ancient, medieval and modern history, philosophy of religion, epistemology and broader social issues related to ethics and societal studies.

This academic and professional path has fortified an array of skill sets in research and planning capabilities within the social sciences and humanities. These are skillsets that I aim to pass on to and help inculcate in students that I tutor.

Tutoring Approach:

As a teacher and lecturer I have learnt much about the way students see teachers, the types of explanations they need, and methods that I as a teacher can use to engender respect and co-operation from my students. In my time in the profession of teaching I have been able to gain valuable experience from a variety of class settings and types of students.
My foremost approach with tutees is to understand and learn from their style and approach to learning. I seek to work with the students skills and build - step by step - deeper analytical skills and critical faculties through the use of subject material and activities. Questions, ideas, pulling apart issues and thinking about steps taken help students to grow in their abilities. Above all, dialogue and discussion and help with exam practice is at the heart of my methodology.

Qualifications:

  • University of Queensland, Australia. (2006) - Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • University of Queensland, Australia. (2004) - Honours Thesis (B.A.) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • University of Queensland, Australia. (2003) - Bachelor of Arts (Classics/History & Religion) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Moore Theological College, Australia (2002) - Certificate of Theology (College) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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