I have been passionate about all of the humanities subjects since the start of my A Level year, when I was captivated by the importance of English, History and Philosophy to enriching one’s understanding of the world we live in and deepening one’s engagement with both the nature of human experience and the fundamental forces and ideas which have shaped it over the centuries, in comparable as well as entirely different societies. I was inspired both by the inherently fascinating nature of the subject matter which came with the study of these subjects, as well as the good fortune to have had excellent teachers and classmates with who to develop and grow my interest.
I see tutoring as a vocation because I have experienced the transformative power that good teaching can have on the lives of young people to both enhance their experience of the world as individuals and in doing so make the world a better place more generally. Having benefitted from the fortune of having been taught well, I see it as a duty to pass what I have gained from doing so onto the next generation in the hope that I can enhance their experience of education in the way that my own was enhanced by the good teachers that I had.
I inspire my students by relating to them in the way that I would have liked to have been related to at their stage of life: with empathy and understanding which recognises their strengths and weaknesses, tailors the teaching to their interests and passions as far as possible, and recognises the unique challenges they face with particular areas, in a non-judgmental way.
Much of my teaching experience comes from my time in sport, where I spent large parts of my youth playing and coaching high-level tennis, both throughout my time at school, and while an undergraduate at Durham University. This included both individual instruction and running camps in the holidays, coaching responsibilities for the university team, and a six-month project working as a sports psychologist for a professional player, where I was responsible for all aspects of his mental preparation and performance both on and off the court.
Since leaving the world of competitive tennis and turning my focus back to academic work in preparation for my Masters degree (in Philosophy at King’s College London), I have worked as a private tutor teaching English Common Entrance, GCSE and Pre-U, RS GCSE and Philosophy Pre U. I have also helped a number of students with the writing for their UCAS Personal Statements.
9 A* at GCSE (English, Maths, Biology, Ancient Greek, Latin, French, History and RS)
4 A’s at AS (English, History, RS and Latin)
3 A’s at A level (English, History, RS)
BA in Combined Honours in Arts and Humanities from Durham University (English and Philosophy); 2:1 (69% average mark, 71% in dissertation)
Qualified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) tennis coach; LTA tennis rating of 1.2 (second highest possible, equivalent to plus figures golf handicap)
Member of National University Championships winning tennis team while at Durham University
Qualified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) practitioner
I once tried to be a professional tennis player, spending a year travelling the world and competing on the international circuit.