I have retired from full-time teaching after nearly thirty years in the classroom. Although not necessarily by design, I practised my craft in the private sector. I enjoyed every moment in the classroom. Learning a subject is a journey for both student and teacher; the interaction not only takes the student forward but it adds so much depth and understanding of the subject for the teacher. I have a deep love of Economics. It might be known as the 'Dismal Science' but that is definitely a misnomer; Economics provides a vital framework of thinking that enables one to assess and understand the complex world in which we live.

Tutoring Experience

I have some thirty years of teaching experience under my belt. The focus of my many years in the classroom was Economics, although along the way I found myself dipping into a range of social science subjects. Given the numerical aspect of the subject, I have found myself supporting students with the development of basic mathematical skills. The ability range of the students that I have taught has been broad, from those who have been marginal sixth form students - for want of a better expression - to successful Oxbridge candidates. Not only do I have experience of all three major A level boards but I also taught the Standard and Higher Level courses for the IB Diploma for several years.

Tutoring Approach

I must confess that I did not enjoy studying Economics in the Sixth Form; my love of the subject came a little later. That initial challenging experience has shaped the way I approach my teaching. I have always focused on trying to get students to establish a firm and confident command of the core frameworks or models of thinking. In other words, a student needs to know the basics well. This knowledge can be consolidated, becoming understanding, by seeing how the material can be applied to actual economic events. I believe that the best way to learn is for the student to use and apply the ideas that have to be mastered; practice makes perfect. I guide this learning process by working through sets of self-assessment questions relating to the major topics. The responses of students to these questions indicate what they know and highlights the material that is more demanding; at this point, I provide more specific support. I make use of a range of exam material to guide students in producing effective responses to questions.
It is vital that students/parents appreciate that tutoring should complement any formal course of instruction, not replace it.
With reference to session times, I am relatively flexible. Given the demands of the school week, I appreciate that it might be more convenient to meet at weekends.

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


Oxford Polytechnic1979BachelorsBA Social Studies
Institute of Education, University of London1981PGCEEconomics & Politics
Oxford University1996OtherCerificate in British Archaeology

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