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Maths

Hourly Rate
GCSE £35.00
A-Level £35.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

English

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GCSE £35.00
A-Level £35.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Craft and Design

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GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

History Of Art

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GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00

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Hi!

I'm Philip, a fully qualified architect with extensive private and classical tutoring experience.
Students, friends and professional contacts all know me as patient, knowledgeable and a great listener. As a person I am calm, not lethargic; introspective, not shy; a slow talker, not a slow thinker. All these, in my experience, are qualities that help with tutoring.

I have a particular interest in design education, and am currently completing a doctorate degree in architecture education. As it happens, architects are expected to know a little bit about everything - from geometry to geology, from finance to fine arts. I have a keen interest in the breadth of the world, from current business events to arcane facts. I soak up knowledge and enjoy sharing it with others: it's in my nature, as well as part of my education and professional life.

I'm also lucky to have had a bilingual upbringing (English and Dutch), and speak several other languages, which has helped me develop communication skills. I am also musical, highly numerate and I enjoy (advanced) maths and sciences.

In my free time, I swim and run, write books and blogs, I travel, design, visit museums and bookshops, and see my family and friends whenever I can.

I'd like to be able to cook better, climb a few mountains, and one day run an architecture school. All in good time.

Tutoring Experience:

At university, I taught English, mathematics, science, history and art history in a one-to-one setting to a range of students.

Upon graduation and with practical experience, I lectured to groups of bachelor's and master's degree students, focusing on architecture, and architecture & design history. I've always enjoyed the art (and science) of communicating essential knowledge from one person to another - in particular the moment that someone's face lights up as they register understanding of the subject.

In the past, I have worked mainly with adults, and generally feel more comfortable teaching adults than children. I've taught one on one and in small groups, and will tutor groups of up to three people upon request.

I am also a confident and experienced public speaker, having spoken and debated at seminars around the world in a professional capacity. This experience has taught me a huge amount about communication, in particular to people who may not share a native language, or who come from an entirely different cultural, professional or educational background.

Tutoring Approach:

I find it crucial to tailor the tutoring process to each individual. I listen and observe and will rework my tutoring to an individual. Using the Socratic method of asking questions to determine the individual's range and depth, I then steer the individual towards the core issue. Whether this is a lack of comprehension, knowledge, or experience, I focus on demonstrating what the individual is missing, and providing the tools for him or her to solve the problem with confidence and accuracy.

Also, I try to avoid words like 'student' or 'pupil'. Learning is something we all do, every day, so we're all on the same team. Consequently, I refer to people as people or as individuals - I find it helps break down the inevitable barriers that can make the tutoring experience awkward and less effective.

As a designer by profession, I find it easy to communicate and teach visually as well as verbally. I use mind-mapping, simple diagrams, flow charts and sketches to illustrate intellectual and academic concepts. Current research shows that visual communication methods work especially well with people who are otherwise less confident. In one on one situations, people generally find their academic confidence grows with me. I am a sounding board for ideas and will gently but firmly guide the individual towards academic success.

In stressful situations, I am calm, organised and focused, and I do take time to understand an individual's problems. Listening and responding to them sympathetically, I am usually able to steer the conversation back towards the subject at hand.

Qualifications:

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2016) - Architecture History & Criticism (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
  • Delft University of Technology (2007) - Architecture, Building Technology and Urbanism (Masters) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Dutch
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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