My approach to tuition is results-based. As I hope my profile shows, over the course of my academic career, I have always focused on achieving the best results. Through this experience, I have learnt the practical everyday steps which students of complex languages can take to master the basics, prepare for assessments and, ultimately, achieve results which they never thought possible, but which set them apart from their peers comfortably.
I have been offering tuition in Latin and Arabic, from beginner to undergraduate level, to clients in Manchester and London for the last five years.
In recognition of my services to education, I was asked recently to join the board of directors for a new Multi-Academy Trust alongside Tony Little, Former Headmaster of Eton College, and Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church College at Oxford University.
Last year, I delivered a guest lecture to the Classics Department at Eton College on Latin in the age of the Crusades.
More recently, I delivered a guest lecture on business ethics to the Business School at the University of Kent.
I attended Oldham Hulme Grammar School, where I served as a prefect and achieved straight As for my A-Levels in Latin, French and English Literature. As a result, I won the school prizes for French and Latin, having achieved the highest results in both these languages.
I then went on to study Arabic and Latin at the University of St Andrews, the UK’s most prestigious institution for the study of Latin at the time.
At St Andrews, I achieved high first class grades in all my honours modules. As a result, I was awarded a double first class degree and the university prize for the highest achieving Latin student in both my honours years. I was also placed on the Dean’s List for outstanding overall results. My final dissertation was awarded the unprecedented final mark of 100%.
I went on to publish the findings of my undergraduate dissertation in an article for History Today, on the importance of language skills, which became History Today’s second most popular article that year.
I then studied advanced Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where I achieved the highest final grades in two out of three taught modules and the highest grade awarded on the master’s programme for my dissertation. As a result, I was awarded a distinction and the prize for the highest achieving postgraduate student.
After my undergraduate degree, I worked for three years in the UK Parliament advising politicians on education policy and the best ways to ensure that the gaps between high- and low-achieving students are narrowed at school.