I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate in Literature and History from the University of Oxford.As an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I am dedicated to enhancing and supporting the student learning experience. On a personal level, I am married with three children and I am a friendly and approachable person. I understand that all students have different strengths and weaknesses and my aim is to nurture and encourage my students while helping them to turn any weaknesses into strengths.
I have taught first and second year undergraduates at the University of Oxford, and I continue to teach university students privately. I also have six years teaching experience at GCSE level and above. As an examiner and coursework moderator for one of the leading exam boards (2019 will be my fifth consecutive year of examining), I have a good understanding of how mark schemes are applied and how to achieve the highest marks in English Literature examinations. I have helped students to improve by as much as four grades between AS and A Level, and three grades between GCSE mocks and final exams.
Coursework has been causing problems and anxiety for A Level students of all abilities since the specification changes in 2015, and I have enjoyed helping those struggling to achieve top level results. I am happy to help with planning, finding resources, writing skills, editing, and preparing coursework for submission.
At A Level I teach AQA Literature A, AQA Literature B, OCR, Edexcel, and Eduqas.
For GCSE I teach AQA, Eduqas and Cambridge IGCSE.
I am highly sensitive to the differing needs of each individual, and I tailor lessons to the pace and ability of each student. My focus is on nurturing each student's strengths to enable them to develop the ability to write confidently without losing their individuality. I encourage students to ask questions and offer opinions which I believe helps to build their confidence whilst at the same time developing their analytical and essay writing skills. These are skills which serve students well in all subjects and are essential to academic success.
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|University of Cambridge||2009||Bachelors||English Literature: 2:1|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||2010||Masters||History an Literature: Distinction|
|Higher Education Academy||2014||Professional||Teaching: AFHEA|
|University of Oxford||2015||Doctorate||History and Literature|
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