Hi! My name is Sara and I am a current student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School studying a Master's in Drama Directing. I am also a First Class Honours graduate in English Literature from King's College London. I am a committed, enthusiastic, and friendly tutor in English, History, and Latin.
I have always excelled academically, gaining 9 A*s and 2 As at GCSE, and A*AA at A Level (English Literature, History, Latin). I am organised and positive, understanding that these two factors are the key to success!
At the heart of my academic studies is a deep passion for literature; although I enjoyed my other A Level subjects - History and Latin - English literature remained the deepest and strongest passion. It was at University that I fully pursued my interest in literature and was able to develop my intellectual curiosity, independence, and conviction.
On top of studying a BA in English Literature, I explored my interest in literature at King's by directing four theatrical productions. To me, theatre and the arts is about interacting with our current society, reflecting and critiquing politics in order to socially engage and therefore make a difference. I exercised this belief by directing four politically driven productions with the view to socially engage the audience and think more deeply about the world we live in.
I analysed the texts, created political concepts, directed short films and trailers to accompany them, artistically directed photoshoots, and led rehearsals. It taught me how to prioritise many tasks and how to deal with different groups of people - from student actors to professional cinematographers.
As a graduate, I am now pursuing a career in theatre directing at drama school! And as I do so, I will continue to closely engage with texts in a refreshing and exciting manner.
I have had the joy of teaching since I was 16! I started teaching through the 'Minimus Project' at Secondary School in which I taught a group of Year 4 Students Latin in a fun, accessible way. When I started University, I started tutoring privately in Primary and A Level English Literature and History, creating my own lesson plans tailored to each student.
I also mentor in the Debate Mate program, in which I run an after school debating club in areas of low income. I act not only as a teacher, but also as a mentor to encourage students to aspire to bigger and greater things. It was a turning-point for me not only as a teacher but also as a person, and I cherish my mentor role deeply.
I also tutor for a West London based tutor agency, Explore Learning, in which I teach a group of up to 6 students Primary and GCSE Level English and Maths. I was promoted to Head Tutor at the branch, the responsibilities including running the branch by monitoring the length and quality of lessons, assigning students to tutors, and registering students in and out of the centre. This required an understanding of each student and tutee, and also a confidence in meeting with parents to discuss academic feedback.
Over the past 5 years, my approach to tutoring has become refined and thoughtful. I believe every student requires an individual, tailored lesson plan to optimise their potential.
At the same time, I ensure lessons are engaging and fun so that learning becomes an enjoyment rather than a chore!
I am an approachable, warm tutor who hopes to build positive, supportive relationships with my tutees.
I only tutor from my home on weekday evenings (5pm onwards) and weekends. I'm happy to try my best to find a time that suits you.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|King's College London||2017||Bachelors||English Literature, First Class Honours|
|Notting Hill and Ealing High School||2014||College||History, A*|
|Notting Hill and Ealing High School||2014||College||English Literature, A|
|Notting Hill and Ealing High School||2014||College||Latin, A|
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