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 I teach
Philosophy, History, English: all levels up to undergraduate level
Maths and Sciences: up to GCSE
Verbal and Mathematics components of the SAT, SAT-2 (Subject Tests), GRE, GMAT
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)
My Passion And 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.
I am a published poet and author. Ask me how creative practices can improve critical thinking and even exam performance.