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English

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Secondary £30.00£28.50
GCSE £30.00£28.50
A-Level £30.00£28.50
University £35.00£33.25
Casual Learner £35.00£33.25

French

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Secondary £30.00£28.50
GCSE £30.00£28.50
A-Level £30.00£28.50
University £35.00£33.25
Casual Learner £35.00£33.25

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University £35.00£33.25
Casual Learner £35.00£33.25

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Hi there!

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate and Benjamin Franklin Fellow in comparative literature at the ivy league University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A. In 2016 I received my Masters degree from there, having graduated from Trinity College, Oxford with a first class degree in English and French literature the previous year. Though I am primarily based in Philadelphia, my summers are spent in Oxford from May through to the end of August, and I am happy to tutor online throughout the year. I work my own hours and so can be very flexible. When I am not teaching and talking with people about all aspects of literature, you will probably find me watching football, cricket, rugby or any sport I can find, out hiking, at the theatre, or settled in with a new book.

Tutoring Experience:

My teaching experience ranges from tutoring in intimate one-to-one sessions to co-ordinating and participating in lecture series for hundreds of high school students.

Furthermore, I have spent each of the last three summers working at a rigorous academic summer school called Oxbridge Academic Programs. The program brings together students aged 12-17 from over eighty different countries to study and learn in Oxford for one month.

In August I will be taking up a position as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching undergraduate courses in comparative literature with a focus on how narratives travel across cultures.

My interests are broad and I have a passionate desire to develop teaching methods suited to the needs of particular students.

Tutoring Approach:

The greatest thing about tutoring is that it can be tailored to fit any scenario. When working one-on-one with someone, every teaching project can and should be unique. When tutoring, I aim to adapt my lesson plans and teaching methods to suit the specific needs of the individual, and also to recognise that those needs might change with time. Certain moments, such as when preparing for exams, for instance, call for intensive, knowledge-based learning, targeted towards particular results. At other times, however, students can benefit from a more liberal and exploratory approach to learning that can pay dividends later. I know that it was these times, rather than any exam successes, that really fuelled my passion for my subjects, but both have an equally important place within my pedagogy.

In a first lesson, I would examine a sample of a student's work in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and I would point to things they have done well and areas where they could improve. I would then set up a tailored and clearly structured program that would allow the student to view their own progress with each successive lesson. I encourage students to help set the pace and aims of their tutoring, so they have a strong sense of direction and investment in the work we are doing together. I believe this helps develop both self-confidence and self-determination, two factors which are key to success in any subject. If preparing for specific exams, I would attempt to use as much past paper and exam practice material as possible, in order to ensure familiarity, instil belief and develop exam technique.

Finally, I strongly believe that a tutoring relationship must be personal as well as pedagogical. I try to develop a good relationship with my tutees and to maintain frequent contact with parents, guardians and other teachers. I feel we get the best results when everybody is on the same page and we can work together as a team. That is also why I offer a first lesson free. If you are not happy with how the first lesson goes then there is absolutely no pressure to continue, but I am also more than happy to talk to you about it and to try a different approach.

I look forward to meeting you!

Qualifications:

  • University of Pennsylvania (2020) - Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Expected Completion) (Doctorate) (in progress)
  • University of Oxford (2015) - B.A. (Hons) English and French Literature, 1st Class (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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