Daniel F

My Passion & How I Inspire

My first rule when approaching a tutoring job is creating an environment in which the student feels comfortable and where we can build a trusting relationship. Trust is not only vital for ensuring a student feels able to freely discuss areas of their work which they think they need to improve on, it is vital for unlocking a student's potential and building confidence.

In my time teaching students at A level and undergraduate level, I have found that, beyond trust, the other key factor is the ability to adapt my methods to each individual student's needs. Being able to bring different approaches to a problem is hugely important for developing a student's critical capabilities and teaching advanced methods for argument construction.

Training students for exams, particularly standardised tests in the UK or US, comes down to two things: strategy and practice. I use a combination of well-defined methods and exam strategies which, once mastered, and used alongside a solid practice regime, have proven successful on a number of occasions.

Teaching is always a two-way process and I am always amazed about the things I learn from my students. For me, this feeling of learning together, and the transformation you see when a student finds new confidence, are the two most rewarding things about being a tutor.

My Experience

I have been working as a tutor and writer for the last 5 years. In that time I have tutored both A level and undergraduate students in Philosophy, History and English Literature both in one-to-one tutorials and in seminar workshops. More recently, I have also tutored a number of students in the US for university entrance exams, in particular the GRE and GMAT.

In my professional life I have worked as an editor for a major publishing house, a copywriter, and currently work in the University of London mentoring postgraduate students in the humanities. I have 4+ years of experience invigilating secondary school and university level examinations.

I am also a published journalist, poet, author, and peer-reviewed academic, who has been invited to speak at several international academic conferences.

Subjects That I Teach

  • English
  • English - GCSE
  • English - Undergraduate
  • English - SAT
  • GMAT
  • GMAT - Undergraduate
  • GMAT - SAT
  • GRE
  • GRE - GCSE
  • GRE - Undergraduate
  • GRE - SAT
  • History
  • History - GCSE
  • History - Undergraduate
  • History - SAT
  • Maths
  • Maths - GCSE
  • Maths - Undergraduate
  • Maths - SAT
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy - GCSE
  • Philosophy - Undergraduate
  • Philosophy - SAT
  • Science
  • Science - GCSE
  • Science - Undergraduate
  • Science - SAT

My Qualifications

MA Modern European Philosophy, CRMEP Kingston (Distinction)

MPhil Film Theory and History, Trinity College Dublin (II.i)

BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Leeds (II.i)

A Levels: Film Studies (A), Chemistry (A), Biology (B) (A represents the highest achievable grade at the time)

AS Levels: Maths, Further Maths

GCSEs: 10 Subjects, all A* to B incl. Science Double Award (A*A*), Maths (A), English Literature (A), English Language (A), History (A)

Fun fact

I am a published poet and author. Ask me how creative practices can improve critical thinking and even exam performance.