Seán

Seán

South Croydon Tutor

I hаve bаchelоr's аnd mаster's degrees in English frоm Queen Mаry, University оf Lоndоn. I speciаlised in mоdern literаture during my mаster's аnd my dissertаtiоn wаs оn Jаmes Jоyce.

I tutor at GCSE, AS, A and university levels, and am available on weekday evenings/weekends.

I am always amenable in accommodating new students to ensure that both parties are satisfied with the arrangement.

Tutoring Experience

I have been tutoring since January 2012.

Tutoring Approach

I believe that it is important to engage a student's interest in the texts being studied. Once a student is engaged, they will be motivated to discover more for themselves which is vital because a tutor is often only seeing a student for an hour each week. My role as a tutor is to facilitate that initial engagement, as well as simultaneously helping the student to improve the quality of their work by discussing texts together and utilising a combination of relevant resources, written exercises and practice papers.

I would tell any parent or guardian the most effective way to improve a student's English is very simple - get them to read more! This is best achieved by finding something that they enjoy reading - whether that's a Dickens novel, a broadsheet newspaper or a magazine on a subject they are interested in. This fulfils many functions - it expands a student's vocabulary, helps them improve their writing, and hopefully engenders a habit (even a passion!) for reading. It is also extremely important for students at any level to improve the way they plan and structure their written work. A high-quality essay will have a clearly delineated structure and use well-chosen quotations and strong contextual information to supplement its main argument.

I currently tutor students who are undertaking the AQA, Edexcel, IGCSE and OCR syllabuses. The majority of students whom I have tutored have been AQA students. I have a comprehensive knowledge of English literature and can provide a student with a strong understanding of the content and context of any text, tailored to meet the syllabus requirements and Assessment Objectives.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
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Qualifications

Queen Mary, University of London2010MastersMA English (Distinction)
Queen Mary, University of London2009BachelorsBA English (First Class Honours)
Whitgift School, South Croydon1992SchoolEnglish (A) History (B) Mathematics (B) A-Levels
Whitgift School, South Croydon1992School13 GCSEs

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GCSE£30
A-Level£30
University£30
Casual Learner£30