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Maths

Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00

English

Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £35.00
A-Level £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

History

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Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £35.00

Religious Studies

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GCSE £35.00
A-Level £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Entrance Exams

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11 Plus £30.00
13 Plus £30.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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GCSE £35.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

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Personal Description:

I've been a private tutor for the past four years, alongside teaching Maths and History weekly at a supplementary schools project in London organised by the think-tank Civitas. I've previously worked at TSL Education, publishers of the Times Higher, and regularly edit academic literature. I have degree in Philosophy from Pembroke College. Cambridge (2006).

Tutoring Experience:

I've extensive experience tutoring English Literature to GCSE and A-Level. This has included long-term help with particular areas such as poetry and essay-writing over a number of months to short-term preparation for exams. I take care to ensure candidates develop a real interest in their set texts and in meeting the challenges set for them by their exam. I ensure they have have a full grasp of the technical terminology and regular practice in writing exam scripts, One of my previous tutees had his exam scripts for A-Level appear as exemplars the Exam Board's written material.

I've also been asked to teach English as a foreign language to a range of mature students who want to deepen their grasp and use of the language. I've worked with those who want a refresher in certain areas to beginners who need guidance in their learning. I use an approved text book to work carefully through all aspects of grammar, supplementing this with pronunciation and conversation practice. Previous tutees have come from places as diverse as Lithuania and Bulgaria to Holland and Japan.

My tutoring of Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) and Philosophy tends to focus on the more difficult areas of the syllabus - often the trickier areas of philosophy - to allow students to develop a deeper grasp of the technical requirements of the discipline and foster a genuine interest in the ideas. I've tutored both for re-sits and helped with preparation for exams, alongside being happy to give a little extra help on particularly problematic topics.

I've been a Maths Teacher for small classes of 7-11 year olds for the last three years at two supplementary schools in London run by the think-tank Civitas (Institute for the Study of Civil Society); this role has recently been expanded in the last year to include being History and English Teacher for an advanced class of 11-14 year olds.

I do on occasion take on 11+ preparation for both Maths and English, depending on my availability. Do get in touch to discuss further if you require more information and a quote.

Other previous work includes:
Member of the Research and then Project Teams at TSL Education, publishers of TES Magazine and the Times Higher (over two years).
Research Assistant and Editor for an Investigate Journalist (six months).
Teacher at **Contact Detail Removed** Maths and English (twice a week over one year).
Freelance Editor, working on a range of material from PhDs to public-facing reports and thinkpieces.

Tutoring Approach:

For GCSE and A-Level English and Philosophy, I first look over a piece of written work by the student and we have a brief chat through a particular issue or poem so that I can evaluate their particular skills and ability. This allows me to develop a tailored plan of study. In general, we first aim to establish the basic technical skills and ideas necessary for a firm grasp of the subject. In English, this involves revising grammar, technical vocabulary and the basics of analysing a poem, play or novel. In Philosophy, it means revising key concepts and terminology and a brief historical sketch of the issues at hand (usually not examined, but very useful in understanding why particular questions are being asked at certain times). We then move onto responding to the specific needs of the individual student. This may be a specific area of the syllabus, a particular skill such as essay-writing or an overall project of revising for an exam or re-sit.

All my lessons are time-sensitive, so how we approach the subject varies depending on the aims at hand - tutoring one month before an exam will differ greatly from general support to help a candidate get up to speed, for example. Sometimes going back to the basics of an issue or skill is what's required, and this takes more time. I have, over time, developed a number of written exercises and other resources which help present the material - be it poetry or arguments for the existence of God - in a way that clearly connects to the heart of the ideas at hand, helping students to take their own ideas seriously and have the confidence to develop them.

For younger children, I take a more 'traditional' approach to tutoring, being a firm presence in lessons and building up their ability and confidence in subject-specific knowledge. In Maths, this involves learning times tables off by heart and working on mental arithmetic to improve their grasp of the subject, before going onto carrying and borrowing, fractions, decimals and so on. In English, this involves a focus on grammar, practice with more sophisticated sentence construction, spelling tests alongside comprehension and writing exercises. I also work on reading out aloud different kinds of text the children may not have ordinarily come across yet which spark a real interest. Younger children (up to around thirteen) have benefited especially from a structured approach, actually becoming enthusiastic about weekly times tables tests and excited at the prospect of learning how to write out large numbers or pepper their everyday speech with new words.

Qualifications:

  • Cambridge University (2006) - BA Hons Philosophy (2:1), Cambridge University (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Six Form College (2003) - A-Level: English Literature (A), Music (B), Latin (B) (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Secondary School (2001) - GCSE: 10 (A*-A) inc. Double English, Maths and Music. (School) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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