I am a University of Cambridge graduate and native English speaker. I've tutored English for over 15 years with all my long-term students attaining A-A* grades at GCSE, A-Level and equivalent. Under the new 9-1 GCSE specifications, 100% of my pupils attained 9-7 grades (A/A* equivalents) in both 2017 and 2018.
I have experience of teaching English Literature and Language to GCSE level in the independent school sector, and I also run my own tutoring company as well as being a (now non-practising) UK Solicitor, having spent several years working in the legal field before choosing to focus exclusively on teaching. My classroom teaching at secondary school level was consistently verified as 'Outstanding' and 'Excellent' in formal observations for Ofsted by the school's Headteacher.
After graduating from Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, I initially worked in Canary Wharf at one of the top two 'magic circle' law firms, before I moved to Berkshire to work for a major UK charity and then the legal non-profit sector. In my spare time, I've served as Editor and Copy-Editor for a variety of publications, websites and magazines over the years. In addition to my love of teaching, I also enjoy reading, yoga, meditation, walking, the English countryside, and quality time with friends and family.
I have a particular passion for teaching English Literature and Language. I specialise in teaching and videotutoring exam technique for pupils aged 12-18 and adult learners. I have plenty of experience of teaching English Literature at GCSE, iGCSE, A-Level, Pre-U, & their equivalents. I additionally help pupils prepare for 14+ SATS English exams, the Common Entrance tests, university entrance requirements, BMAT and LNAT, Driving Theory tests, and a wide range of other written tests. I also continue to teach Law from undergraduate/postgraduate to professional level. My pupils include a range of LLB and other pupils from Russell group and other leading UK universities.
I personally attained nine A* grades in all of my GCSE examinations, and scored four extremely high A-Grade results in all of my four A-Level subjects, both at AS and A2 Level. The A* level grade for AS and A2-Level was, of course, introduced several years after I obtained my qualifications. I also scored the highest results in my school and was awarded local prizes for three of my four A-Level subjects, namely English Literature, French, and Government & Politics.
I believe there are particular secrets to success that can be acquired and taught. A great personal tutor with a proven track record of success will help the pupil to enjoy the subjects they currently find difficult, whilst simultaneously maximising the pupil's potential and exam performance, regardless of the quality of teaching at school or the pupil's previous performance in tests and examinations.
I have been teaching a number of subjects (including GCSE English, Maths and French) since the late 1990s. I commenced teaching at A-Level and beyond in 2008. I also have ample experience of teaching Law to pupils attending Russell Group universities such as LSE, Edinburgh University and others. I also teach pupils studying Law and postgraduate Law at other well-established universities across the UK. I understand that increasing confidence in a subject and attaining higher grades or a better pass mark is often a key motivating factor for seeking tuition. Some of my more interesting pupils' accomplishments include an A-Level student who sought lessons to help with her AS English Literature resit and, following less than a year of lessons, improved from a U Grade to a high A-grade in both her resits and her A2 (A-Level) English exams. Another such pupil seeking help with resits improved from a D-grade to an A-grade at A2 level within one year of lessons.
My longterm GCSE & AS/A2 and equivalent level students almost always score A*-A passes and their equivalents on the new 9-1 exams, regardless of initial ability or examination grades prior to commencing lessons.
As a lawyer and qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, I have been teaching and training lawyers and other professionals at charities and not-for-profit sector organisations for over five years. I tutor Law up to and beyond postgraduate level, including a wide range of Law undergraduate, LPC & GDL subjects. I have recent experience of working as a secondary school English teacher and of teaching GCSE year groups and Key Stage 3 pupils. I also have experience of teaching younger pupils including KS2 pupils and pre-school children. I have ample experience of teaching pupils who are learning English as a second language, including experience of teaching classrooms with up to 45% of pupils learning English as a second language, and I am experienced in working with pupils with special educational needs. One of my notable accomplishments with young children was teaching a 2 year old how to read independently in English using phonetics. I am always delighted to hear from parents who would like to give their children an early head-start.
At Cambridge University, I was Editor of the Law Society Magazine for almost three years, President of the CUPS, and I was also an Access Officer for Gonville & Caius College, which provided me with a unique insight into the Oxbridge admissions process. I feel privileged to be able to impart these insights to my pupils. I have been offering assistance with UCAS personal statements and Oxbridge applications, as well as general education consultancy, for over 13 years with approximately 75% of my mentees securing offers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and approximately 100% securing offers from Russell Group universities. My mentees have successfully secured places to study Medicine, Law, Economics, Engineering, Humanities and a wide array of other subjects.
I specialise in teaching exam preparation and exam technique, as well as re-sit preparation, using a variety of interactive methods suited to the individual student. The most popular methods I use include online tuition, and face-to-face tuition, both of which my pupils find highly effective and enjoyable. Facetime lessons are currently a very popular choice with pupils and parents with busy schedules, as these save on travelling time.
I have a friendly and approachable outlook, and believe in offering a tailored programme combined with a flexible and compassionate approach, assessing each pupil's individual needs at the outset. I enjoy seeing my pupils making remarkable progress not only academically, but also in their confidence and enjoyment of their studies.
I also run Summer and Christmas holiday revision intensive courses, on a first come first serve basis.
All UCAS Personal Statement and University Interview packages:
CV and Interview Skills training packages:
£249 Bronze - CV Review
£499 Silver - CV Review
£649 Gold - CV Review & Interview skills
£749+ Platinum - CV Review & Interview skills.
I also offer Business Development, Practical Contract Law & Leadership training, for both individuals and companies. Please enquire for details.
All other lesson rates are available to view opposite.
Most of my pupils choose to attend lessons online (currently the most popular method) or face-to-face at my home-office in the quaint, historic village of Colnbrook. I do also offer to travel to local locations for lessons for a small additional fee. Colnbrook village is served by good public transport links to the Piccadilly Line into London and surrounding areas. It is also easily accessible by car from the M4, and is close to Windsor and Slough.
I have a recent, valid Enhanced DBS/CRB certificate for the last few years, and parents are most welcome to request to view these and any of my Cambridge degree certificates or A-Level/GCSE transcripts. I understand that finding a new tutor can be a challenging process; parents of younger children may sit in and observe the first lesson, and I warmly encourage parents to ask any questions!
|Languages||English (British), French, Hindi, Urdu|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Solicitors Regulation Authority||2014||Professional||Qualified as a UK Solicitor|
|University of Cambridge||2009||Masters||MA Law Cantab|
|University of Cambridge||2006||Bachelors||BA Law Cantab (Hons)|
|Dartford Grammar School for Girls||2002||School||A-Levels (All four at A-Grade, including English Literature).|
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|Government and Politics||In-person||Online|