I have a very friendly manner for teaching my students. As a father of five teenage and twenty something daughters I know what is needed to foster success in education. I find that encouragement can help build confidence that is so often absent in very capable students. Finding this avenue to foster achievement is what I do best when tutoring.
I use a variety of techniques to stimulate creative thought and do my best to avoid repetitive lecturing to impart subject knowledge - for too much of this is seen in the classroom. My business experience as a former solicitor helps me with the Business Studies curriculum as I am able to provide real world examples to enhance the often mundane and dry textbook materials. I have had the great fortune of having had some excellent teachers throughout my life and try to follow the path they have set for me.
I am an examiner for history and business studies for the OCR and Cambridge exam boards. In 2017 I marked OCR iGCSE and A level history exams and Cambridge Pre-U history. I am a father of five girls who have gone through the system with my eldest now in her second year of a PhD in counselling and psychotherapy. I was a commercial solicitor for twenty years in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa after gaining my MBA from McGill and LLB from Western. I recognized my calling as a teacher five years ago and retired from the practice of law to retrain as a teacher. I am presently pursuing a PhD at Oxford examining medieval church architecture and society. My plans are to tutor full time after completing my degree in 2020.
University of Oxford Balliol College PhD History 2017-2020
University of London Birkbeck MA Medieval History Merit, with High Distinction on thesis 2013-2014
University of Western Ontario LLB Merit 1986-1989
McGill University MBA 1984-1986 Merit Double Major: Finance and Marketing
Concordia University B Commerce 1981-1984 Merit
My kids say I tell too many 'Dad' jokes