I'm a professional writer, with an MA and MFA with distinction. The Master's degrees were in English. The Bachelor's was Sociology. I've taught Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University and I'm qualified with a PGCE. I've worked as a supply teacher, martial arts instructor and as a private tutor with 9 years' experience in a wide range of disciplines. As well as writing fiction, I write for the video games industry.
I have published nonfiction articles and academic pieces, and apply these skills in teaching essay writing as its own unique skill, which is applicable to all subjects at all levels.
I am fully DBS certified.
2016 - Present
This company sends experts off to teach exam-oriented crash courses all over the country. My role is to teach at the whiteboard and direct a room full of tutors towards the children who need help most. This job requires a great deal of thinking on one's feet and reading the atmosphere of a room, while at the same time tailoring my courses (written by myself) to a specific exam's requirements and expectations.
2015 - 2016
Tutor at Smart Kidz, Coventry
Intensive tuition offered to small classes of between 4 and 8 students. Classes were tailored heavily to specific skills necessary to improve students' grades.
2013 - Present
Creative Writing Teacher at Bourneville College, Birmingham
Teaching outside of university gave me a strong impression of varying motivations and skill-sets and how to deal with those in a large seminar. At university, everyone has paid thousands to be there, and almost all students are motivated. At Bourneville, I learned a great deal about motivating individuals to try their best.
2010 - Present
Supply Teacher, Balfor Education
A variegate of disciplines covered dependent on the needs of individual schools and pupils. Work predominantly consists of English tuition for A-Level and GCSE students.
2008 - 2009
Seminar Leader & Lecturer, Kingston University
HE tuition (Creative Writing & English Literature) in one-on-one tutorials, large seminars and lectures involving over 100 students.
2006 - 2008
ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) Tutor
Ensured safety on field trips, taught social skills and maintained a strong academic curriculum. Trained in sessions with UK YAP (Young Autism Project) consultant every three weeks. The role involved CRB certification.
2003 - Present
Writing Workshop Leader
Story Doctor, in person and via internet
It is always possible to tailor a lesson to an individual student's needs. These needs stem from anything from personality, educational aspirations, or even long-term career goals. My job as a tutor is to be communicative and sensitive to these individual needs and goals. That's the advantage of 1-on-1 tuition.
As such, my approach to tutoring will often vary depending on the student and the subject. Creative Writing aspirations vary from fun and self-expression to being the next Charles Dickens. Creative Writing provides an extreme example, but whether one is studying English, Math, or struggling with Autism, people's needs are equally varied, and my lessons will vary depending on my student.
Part of my job as a tutor is to encourage passion for a subject. I do not believe talent or intelligence is purely innate. They are harnessed through effort and will. As such, every student can achieve an A, a 1st, or any form of excellence in any subject or art. That's why Albert Einstein said, "There's nothing special about me. I'm just passionately curious." A tutor's role is to harness that passionate curiousity, that enjoyment and fascination with a subject, and provide an environment in which it can thrive.
All lessons with young children are recorded for parents' ease of mind. Parents are welcome to sit in during sessions, too.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Kingston University London||2009||PGCE||PGCE Teaching and Learning in HE (high commendation)|
|Kingston University London||2009||Masters||MFA Creative Writing (distinction)|
|Kingston University London||2008||Masters||MA Creative Writing (high commendation)|
|Royal Holloway University of London||2004||Bachelors||BA Sociology|
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