I was educated at Westminster School and Oxford University so I've been lucky enough to be taught with rigour and enthusiasm and the insight I've gained has stayed with me ever since. I have gone on to work creatively in television and have a career as a writer and published novelist.
I enjoy tutoring immensely, finding it very rewarding to teach a variety of abilities and temperaments and see my students gain in confidence and do well.
My first student I worked with between April and June 2014 for A Level English. It was an intensive condensed time as he had been suspended from school for some months and had to catch up with texts that had not been covered or not been taught well. We did a few drafts of his coursework essay together and he achieved full marks (40% of the final grade). He also made impressive progress in his essays for school. He achieved an A grade and was offered a place at the LSE. Texts covered were King Lear, Jane Eyre, Yeats' poems, and Milton's Paradise Lost.
Academic year 2014-2015: I tutored several students weekly on a variety of texts. They all surpassed their predicted grades, achieving A and 3 Bs. I also worked on Easter revision with a History of Art student whose grade went up from a B to an A and is going to her chosen university. One English student got 96% for the coursework essay I helped her with.
Since February 2015 I have tutored on an individual basis as well as at Collingham Sixth Form College; one student - despite being dyslexic - received an A* on one of her papers, an overall A grade and a place at her chosen university.
I have also taught Collingham's Easter revision intensive courses on both text and unseen prose.
I am now Deputy Head of English at Collingham. Over the last year I have taught A level one year classes, AS and A2 two year courses as well as individual so I am available after school and at weekends.
English is not about reeling off ordered lists of themes. It is about close attention to text, detail and thought. So it's important to be receptive and able to think clearly and in detail about what you are reading.
Essay structure will fall into place once the text has been grasped.
And when the text is clear any essay question can be answered. This is beginning to sound very zen! What I mean is there are no short cuts but it is a wonderfully rewarding subject.
I have a rigorous approach but I also think that the experience of being tutored should be fun.
For History of Art once again it is about looking. Results will follow.
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