Richard

Cardiff Tutor

I am the author of nine books, including John Donne (2007), Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires (2011; 2nd edn 2015); A Century of Supernatural Stories (2015), A Singing Mouse at Buckingham Palace (2017), and Fairies: A Dangerous History (Reaktion, 2018). As someone whose work has featured extensively in international press, radio and television, I have learned to excel not just as an HE lecturer and researcher, but as a communicator. Good teaching is about enthusiastic and directed two-way communication, and I am a passionate believer in this.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught English literature at 3 Russell Group universities: Southampton, Cardiff, and Durham. My teaching has involved lecturing, tutorials of 6-8 students, and one to one essay consultations and dissertation supervisions. In 2011/12 I was nominated for the award of Best Lecturer in Durham by Durham's Student Union. I have previously undertaken private tuition with both child and adult learners.

Tutoring Approach

Good tutoring needs three things: structure, encouragement, and attention to individual needs. Having taught a wide range of different students now across almost 20 years, including a number of adult learners, I have learned to attune myself to a particular students strengths and weaknesses, both those which are more obvious, and those which are less so. I believe anyone can succeed at their chosen subjects if they are encouraged and directed with sufficient effort and skill.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University of Leeds1993BachelorsEnglish Literature
University of Southampton2001DoctorateEnglish Literature
Higher Education Academy2011ProfessionalFellow

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Subjects taught
EnglishOne-to-oneOnline
A-Level£40£30
University£50£37.50
Casual Learner£40£30
HistoryOne-to-oneOnline
A-Level£40£30
University£50£37.50
Casual Learner£40£30
DramaOne-to-oneOnline
A-Level£40£30
University£50£37.50
Casual Learner£40£30