I'm a friendly, positive and out-going person who is passionate about English. I greatly enjoy reading across different historical periods, genres and authors, and have a deep love for learning and scholarship. Teaching English has been my life in one form or another for over ten years now, and I love it! I studied for my BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Sussex before staying on to earn an MA in Literary Theory. I then worked at Pimlico Academy in Westminster for a couple of years as a special educational needs tutor and A-level tutor. I began my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 but am based in the UK to do my research. I live near Arundel with my partner, our cat, and a tortoise named Timothy.
I am currently studying for a doctoral degree in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Upenn, I have taught undergraduate courses on 18th, 19th and 20th century literature and film. This term I created and taught a course on the female adventure novel by writers such as Daniel Defoe, Virginia Woolf and Ursula Le Guin. This was also a research seminar in which I taught the skills necessary for advanced undergraduate study and independent learning.
Prior to beginning my doctoral degree, I worked in an inner London school as a special educational needs assistant and an A-level tutor. These roles equipped me to adapt teaching and learning styles to individuals, and to use appropriate strategies for specific learning needs such as dyslexia. I was responsible for ensuring students understood the coursework and exam requirements, at the same time as equipping them with the foundational skills necessary for high quality written communication. While at Pimlico I also co-founded a poetry reading group and workshop in which students read experimental modern poetry and workshopped their own writing. I also worked with students to compile applications to university courses, including Oxford and Cambridge. During that time I also privately tutored GCSE and A-level students in London.
My approach to teaching is flexible and student focussed, ensuring that the lesson is suited to the strengths and learning styles of the individual. Likewise, I am always open to receiving feedback from the learner to ensure that they are satisfied with the delivery and content of the work, adapting my approach where necessary. Learning should be both challenging and rewarding, and I aim to create an environment which combines open, critical thought alongside a focus on the immediate goals of the student. I create learning resources tailored to the student where appropriate. I will set work between sessions when convenient for the learner, preparing feedback for the next meeting.
I don't mind doing the occasional session over Skype but this isn't my preference.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Sussex||2012||Masters||Critical Theory (Distinction)|
|University of Sussex||2011||Bachelors||English language and literature (First Class)|
|University of Sussex||2011||Other||Highest grade in the School of English|