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Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00


Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

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Personal Description:

I am currently studying for a PhD in Drama at the University of Hull, although I am based in Gateshead. My subject specialisms include English Renaissance and Greek and Roman theatre. I received a First for my BA in Drama & English at Hull University in 2009, along with the Departmental Prize for Drama (2009) and the Margaret Espinasse Prize for English Language (2008). I also received a Distinction for my MA from Durham University in 2010, and completed a PGCE in 2013, with all 8 of my observed lessons earning Grade 1 (Outstanding).
In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and swimming. I also have experience as an actor, and have performed in professional and amateur productions for about 15 years (my most recent roles include Feste in 'Twelfth Night', Irwin in 'The History Boys' and an Ugly Sister in Middlechild theatre's Christmas Pantomime).

Tutoring Experience:

I taught A Level English Language & Literature and A Level English Literature for two years at Cardinal Newman College, Preston; both courses focused on the literary and linguistic analysis of a range of texts, including poetry, drama and novels. The texts covered in classes include poetry by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Wordsworth, Bronte, Hardy, Larkin, and a wide range of others from the English poetic canon; novels by Fitzgerald ('The Great Gatsby'), Capote ('In Cold Blood'), Barnes ('Sense of an Ending'), and Shelley ('Frankenstein'); and plays by Shakespeare ('The Tempest,' 'Othello'), Marlowe ('Doctor Faustus'), and Williams ('A Streetcar Named Desire').
In both years my two English Language & Literature classes achieved ALPS grades 2 and 1, which placed them respectively in the top 10% and 1% nationally in terms of attainment, and my English Literature class received ALPS grade 4, placing it in the top 20%.
I also have experience as a teaching assistant for TEFL classes, and in my role as a second year personal tutor I delivered General Studies classes and oversaw students' UCAS applications for university.
Over the two years I successfully coached a primary school student in the verbal and non-verbal elements of the entrance exams for a prestigious private school in the Hull area. In addition, I tutored another student for the AS and A2 AQA examinations in A Level English Literature, also with success. I currently tutor students in A Level English Literature and GCSE English Language and Literature. I also have an up-to-date DBS check (issued August 2016).

Tutoring Approach:

I appreciate that every student approaches their studies in a different way, and I will try to tailor my tutoring to suit the individual student's preferred learning style, as well as paying attention to their strengths and areas for improvement. I am used to delivering lessons that makes use of a variety of approaches - including close reading of texts, revision activities and mindmap work - with the aim of making the study topics as varied and stimulating as possible. In my experience, the best results are achieved by those who push themselves by studying outside of the classroom, so I would also encourage students to complete work outside of contact time which can then be used to complement the work we do in tutorials.


  • Edge Hill University (2013) - Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • Durham University (2010) - Medieval & Renaissance Literature (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Hull University (2009) - Drama & English (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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