Hello, I'm Theodore. I studied at Harrow School followed by the University of Cambridge where I graduated with a BA in Music from St John’s College in 2016. During my time at University I sang in the renowned St John's College Choir, regularly touring internationally and broadcasting live on radio and television. I was involved with the Cambridge University Opera Society, singing principal roles in productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Along with music, my enthusiasm for painting has led to several exhibitions of my landscapes, and I hopes to keep up with these wider artistic interests as I pursue my vocal studies at the Royal College of Music in London over the next two years.
My experiences as a teacher have encountered students of varying levels of aptitude from elementary to undergraduate level. In the year between finishing at Harrow School and beginning studies at Cambridge I was part of the Learning Assistance team at Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford. Responsibilities included working 1:1 with numerous children facing learning difficulties, most often Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Typically I would accompany a particular pupil to all the academic lessons on their timetable, tackling class exercises together, and ensuring that a topic was fully understood before progressing further. My role was academic but also pastoral - working closely alongside my head of department and the Director of Studies, as well as the students’ parents, we were able to monitor any personal difficulties potentially jeopardising their learning. Regular meetings with parents encouraged genuine transparency, while having clear targets in place allowed many of these children to make significant progress.
More recently, since graduating from University I have been in demand as a tutor for students of various ages in English, Maths, Music Theory/Performance, Art History, and for entrance examination preparation (particularly 11+ and university entry). I enjoy working for regular clients in London and Oxford.
The challenge of teaching students with learning difficulties gave me valuable lessons on how best to captivate the children and maintain their concentration levels. Thus, my teaching revolves around the importance of striking a dialogue with the student. This is the best way of gauging how much of the material is being understood and processed, in addition to assessing which aspects need to be further consolidated.
Having been through the ordeals of 11+/13+/university entrance I understand first-hand the pressure of having to sit exams in order to progress to the next level of schooling. This gives me the empathetic quality that is often missing from tutors and is such an important aspect of effective and successful tuition.
I believe that it is this holistic approach to teaching that will prove effective in tutoring students of all ages and in all disciplines.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Cambridge||2016||Bachelors||2:i Music BA Hons.|
|Edexcel||2012||School||A in A Level Music|
|Edexcel||2012||School||A* in A Level Art|
|Edexcel||2012||School||A in A Level History of Art|