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Will

Will

Private Online English and Entrance Exams Tuition

I'm a dynamic, professional and experienced tutor with a degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford. I specialise in:

  • English Literature and Philosophy, at a range of levels
  • Helping students to improve their critical thinking, and academic writing / essay technique
  • Guidance and editing for personal statements
  • Preparation for admissions tests and interviews

ABOUT ME

I take what might be described as a holistic view of learning and education. As a tutor, I strive not only to improve my students' knowledge, understanding, and abilities, but to encourage and cultivate genuine intellectual curiosity. This, more than anything else, is the foundation of academic success, but more importantly, of a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Having achieved A*AA at A-level, I went on to study English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford, where I was described by my Head Tutor, Professor Lucy Newlyn, as "a resourceful, highly intelligent student, capable of excellent work, quick thinking and flexibility".

During my time at Oxford, I was for two years President of Socrates Society - a vibrant philosophy discussion group. I was also London Editor for the Cambridge Humanities Review - a termly arts journal covering topics including literature, history, politics, music, philosophy, art. In this capacity I organised events with panels of academics at Kings College London, and at the London Review Bookshop.

Alongside my editorial and tutoring work, I also have professional interests in heritage and the arts. I’ve worked as a researcher for the Institute of Art and Ideas, and in communications for some of the UK’s leading architectural heritage conservation charities, including the Landmark Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust - secular organisations dedicated to preserving our country's most historically significant buildings.

Tutoring Experience

With hundreds of tutoring hours under my belt, I've helped more than 50 individual students to fulfil their academic potential and ambitions. Many have gone on to top schools and universities.

I've taught English & Philosophy extensively (across a range of exam boards) to KS3, GCSE, A-level, and undergraduate students, with frequently transformative improvements to grades.

One of my particular areas of expertise is in helping students with university applications. As an Oxford graduate, I offer my insight and guidance throughout the entire process, from helping to draft and edit personal statements, to preparing students for admissions tests and interviews. I've helped a number of students to secure offers from the country's top universities.

Tutoring Approach

I'm not only deeply knowledgeable in the subjects I teach, but also genuinely passionate about them; I bring enthusiasm and expertise to all my lessons, ensuring that they are both highly engaging as well as results-driven. Indeed, I see myself as a mentor as much as a tutor, truly investing myself in my students' development and progress.

My experience, both as a student and as a tutor, is that education is most effective when it speaks to our personal interests - when we are genuinely curious and motivated to learn, rather than when it is merely something we are obliged to do. That is why I work closely with my students to understand their individual ambitions and motivations (or indeed their lack of motivation in a subject), and then to find ways of making the subject relevant to their interests.

The key to good tuition - I've found - is attentiveness to the needs of one's student, and rigour and clarity in one's advice and explanations. However, a bit of lightheartedness and a sense of humour are just as essential - learning is not only more enjoyable, but also more effective, when it's fun! I seek to bring all of this to my tuition.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University of Oxford2016BachelorsEnglish Language & Literature
Godalming College2013CollegePhilosophy (A*)
Godalming College2013CollegeEnglish (A)
Godalming College2013CollegeHistory (A)

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