I have been teaching and tutoring for four years now, and have been a full-time private tutor since September 2016, with over 650 hours of tuition experience. I have successfully prepared students for entry to schools such as Highgate, Godolphin & Latymer, Ibstock Place and Cheltenham Ladies’.
Subjects I teach
11+ (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning)
English up to 1st year undergraduate
English as a Foreign Language
I attended Wells Cathedral School as a Specialist Musician, gaining one A* and 3 As at A Level (in English Literature, Geology, Music and Italian). I edited the school-wide annual journal, was President of the Literary Society, had an article on Hemingway published in a national magazine and was awarded the Geology Prize in UVI.
I then read English Literature at the University of Oxford where I secured a high 2.i for my Bachelor’s degree, with my dissertation specialising in theological and social intersects in 20th century opera libretti.
I am also an Associate of Trinity College London, which is a diploma (with distinction) in singing, and will be starting my Master’s in vocal training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September. In addition to this I also have an 120-hour TESOL teaching certificate.
I am also a published author and have co-written three acclaimed textbooks for English Literature at GCSE and A Level within the ‘Art of Poetry’ series. Some of my contributions were reviewed as ‘remarkable’ by the English Association.
My Passion And How I Inspire
My approach to private tuition is that all subjects, in particular English, need a methodical and de-mystifying approach to allow students to do well in the subject. I come across lots of students who feel like they have no firm strategy or process for approaching comprehension and longer essays and as a result feel at a loss for what the ‘right’ approach or ‘right’ answer is.
I work to build the students’ confidence in developing personal strategies and patterns of thought to break down texts and for 11+, in wider Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
All this is underpinned with an attitude of keen enthusiasm, fun and a sense of preserving and building a healthy and constructive attitude to work.
My video Introduction
My great-great-uncle Maynard invented Maynard’s Wine Gums, and his nephew, my great-uncle Ken Wood founded Kenwood kitchen appliances. One of his mixers is in the Science Museum!