Having studied Law with French Law at the University of Oxford and later completed the academic training to become a Barrister, I have been working in law firms for the past two years ahead of beginning my Training Contract to qualify as a Solicitor.
I have always been interested in languages and began learning French and Latin at school (taking both to A Level). During my degree I spent a year studying in Paris and have been studying business/legal French more recently, along with Italian evening classes.
I was tutored from the age of 10 for 11+ entrance exams. My tutor went on to become a family friend and also tutored two of my younger brothers for the same exams and beyond. The experience of studying at Oxford (which uses a one-to-one tuition system) has been hugely useful in showing me how I can improve as a tutor and how to connect with students in this type of environment.
As the eldest of 5 boys I have always been relied upon at home as a live-in tutor and was always on hand to help with reading practice and other homework. It was this that initially inspired me to begin tutoring and I took on my first roles whilst in Sixth Form by tutoring family friends in English and Maths and for 11+ exams (particularly in verbal reasoning).
Whilst living and studying in Paris I worked part-time teaching English to children from the ages of 3-11. This was an amazing experience both because it required a new skill to teach English as a foreign language (I also learnt a lot more French from the children as an extra bonus) and I learnt how to adapt lessons to tailor them towards different age groups.
To begin with, I would sit down with a student (and parents) to find out their goals and how I can help meet those. My approach to tutoring is to try as much as possible to tailor the lesson to the student. This is obviously difficult at first but becomes much easier once I get to know a student as an individual.
I was taught both by my tutor and at grammar school that basic elements of language, for example rules of grammar in English, are vital and (looking at my youngest brothers' schools) I have seen that these elements are often now removed from a curriculum. In my approach to teaching I try to make these elements (often seen as more dull) interesting and engaging. When teaching a language I also believe that vocabulary is key and that none of reading, writing, listening and speaking should be left out so I make an effort to include all four in my lessons.
When teaching in a one-to-one setting it is important that a class is not all one-sided and I would take as much direction as possible from a student so that classes would be more like a discussion than student would experience in a classroom. I have often seen that this sort of attention and allowing a student's points to be heard and questions to be answered gives them more confidence going forward.
I think that it is important not to just give students the information to pass exams but to teach students to think in a way which will help them to not only pass exams but also succeed beyond this.
|Languages||English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Colchester Royal Grammar School||2008||School||GCSE - 9A*s, 3As|
|Colchester Royal Grammar School||2010||College||A Level - 5As|
|University of Oxford||2014||Bachelors||BA Hons - Jurisprudence with Studies in Europe (Paris)|
|BPP University, London||2015||Professional||Bar Professional Training Course|