I am a journalist, writer and former commissioning editor for a global academic publisher. After graduating from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in English I worked for the Science journal Nature, before moving into journalism, where I cover breaking news for one of the UK's leading agencies.
I am a passionate theatre-goer, literary enthusiast, and writer, and I have written two plays for theatres in Nottingham and for the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe festival. I have learned, first-hand, that a great teacher can be the key to unlocking one's potential, and I believe everyone can achieve great things if they are allowed to learn in a way that resonates with them.
I have helped two younger siblings through their A-Level and AS level exams in English, and directed numerous theatre shows, explaining the basics of Shakespearean verse, and approaches to script in practice. I'm excited to be moving into structured tuition, where I hope to instill the same enthusiasm for English as I was lucky enough to feel after guidance from some brilliant teachers.
Early in the tutoring process I like to find out about my tutee's relationship with their subject and approach to learning in general. If someone struggles with particular aspects of a subject, it's important to know why before steps can be taken to address the issue. Some people learn best by writing; others by reading, or watching, or listening. Many don't know how they learn best, so teaching them is as much about listening in the early stages, as it is about talking.
With regards to discussing texts, A-Level and Higher Education demand different approaches, but both require certain subjects to be discussed with evidence of independent thought applied appropriately. Knowing the texts intricately is the first step towards this goal, so I encourage tutees to explore the subject as much as possible before applying their knowledge in written form.
I encourage debate and discussion as much as possible and have strong journalistic training in the use of grammar, punctuation and structuring for those who require extra attention on their written style.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Press Association Training||2016||Professional||NCTJ Diploma Multimedia Journalism|
|University of Nottingham||2011||Bachelors||First - English Studies (BA Hons)|
|St Martins School||2006||College||A-Levels (A, A, A)|