Teaching is my passion and I think that tutorials are one of the most stimulating and enriching ways to be taught. Also passionate about history, I hope to be able to pass on my enthusiasm for the subject, but I also have a great love for literature so would be eager to tutor in English as well. My undergraduate degree was in ancient history so I can also teach classical civilization.
I'm a relaxed and laid-back guy, outside of my studies I spend my time listening to and playing music (when not teaching or preparing lessons I'll mainly be practicing or writing songs with my band), reading science-fiction literature, following my football team, and going to the cinema.
I have been providing private tuition for over four years and during that time have taught pupils from a wide range of different levels - from eight year olds looking to explore their enthusiasm for history, to sixth formers preparing for A-level exams. I have experience of most boards and exam structures, including Edexcel, AQA, CIE and the IB.
Additionally, I have taught within the Oxford tutorial system as a tutor, and developed a working knowledge of how to apply the methods of that prestigious institution, which help foster a deep rather than surface understanding of the key themes. I also have experience of preparing school students for Oxford admissions tests and interviews.
I have also undertaken work experience at a primary school so have experience of how to teach younger students.
My approach to tutoring will be to focus on core skills, such as essay structure, writing style, and the critical thinking demanded of humanities students. Within that I will aim to be flexible, always responding to what you, the tutee, most want to get out of a session. I would rather you arrive at the answers yourself through my direction, rather than me just telling you what you need to know, but if I feel I need to be more direct I don't hesitate. As I have mentioned, I am generally laid-back and will be accommodating of all skill levels and will by and large suit my pace to what you are comfortable with.
This makes it all sound quite serious and sombre, I've just realised upon re-reading my profile! In reality I want my pupils to be relaxed and enjoy what they are doing, even if it is something unthinkable like the Weimar Republic as part of a History GCSE (shudder). Bad jokes are my main weapon to make pupils relax, be warned...
The ideal would be for my lessons to sit comfortably alongside your main avenue of education, be it school or university, and enrich your understanding and enjoyment of your subject. I would also be more than happy to give more specific tuition, for example interview practice for university, or on the historiography or literary approaches to a particular period or genre, and I would read up on that subject if I didn't have knowledge of it beforehand.
|Languages||English (British), Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Oxford||2013||Masters||Pass|
|University of Oxford||2010||Bachelors||BA (Hons) Ancient & Modern History - First|
|University of Oxford||2017||Doctorate||Pass|
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