I have worked in my home area of Gloucestershire since I was 16, tutoring several different students in Common Entrance and GCSE examination practice, in particular AQA and Edexcel subjects. One student obtained very high marks in his CE examinations to gain entrance to a top-level public secondary school, whereupon I continued to give tuition in his 1st and 2nd years at the school.
I was a tutor for an online tutoring company in my 1st and 2nd years at Oxford University, where I conducted many sessions over their video conferencing service, teaching the French and Spanish AQA GCSE syllabus to students in need of extra language help. All students reported increased marks in their internal school examinations.
More recently, I have been working for a company who specialise in the teaching and preparation of foreign students for entrance to British secondary schools. There, I have been teaching English online to several students based in China, with a particular speciality in speaking and comprehension practice tailored to the school’s entrance requirements.
Subjects I teach
11+ Humanities and Sciences
13+/Common Entrance Humanities and Sciences
GCSE French, Spanish, Classics, English, History, Geography
A level French
CHELTENHAM COLLEGE: AAAA at AS level, in History, French, Spanish and Latin
A*AA at A level, in French, Spanish and Latin
– Head of House and Senior College Prefect
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD: BA with Upper 2nd Class Honours in French and Linguistics
Editor of College Magazine
Senior Member of University French Society
My Passion And How I Inspire
After having been lucky enough to receive a good education, my inspiration for wanting to give back stems from a desire to teach others the methods that I was taught myself. Many children do not get the chance to study as I have done and I have therefore committed to passing on this knowledge and methodology to a younger set of students. Languages are my speciality and my love for them originates from language exchange programmes that I completed as a child that gave me the linguistic tools to thrive in these countries. I aim to convey this in my sessions with students and hope to inspire them in return to study the subject as I did myself.
I believe motivation and inspiration are the key to eliciting the best response from a tutee – and this comes from having the tools to adapt to what the student responds to best. After an initial session where I meet the student to understand what they want to get out of the teaching and what their natural style of working is, I start with interactive games to begin many of the memory-recall tasks that are so important at CE and GCSE level. For older students, I begin with an in-depth look at their course content, followed by sessions which explore the material in a way that differs from their school environment, so as to allow them to see and experience their content in a new and refreshing way.
My video Introduction
At one time, I was captain of 5 college sports at my university!