Nicholas C

My Passion & How I Inspire

In general tuition should be an antidote to school teaching. I offer a non-school approach that treats the student as an individual.

There is no one method of one to one tuition because every student is unique. The right approach is to work with the student to find a method that works for them and I enjoy the puzzle of working with an individual. I create many of the resources I use in the lessons myself, and often they are in response to a specific difficulty a student is having.

I have an understanding of both the mechanics of the language (EFL) as well as the creative possibilities of language and literature. My work is often skills-based and I try to equip students with the tools they will need both for life and for school exams. This is particularly useful for the common entrance exam at 13.

My Experience

I have worked for the last 10 years as a full time tutor of English and Literacy Consultant. I have over 7000 hours of one to one teaching experience. In addition to this I am a published and prize winning poet.

I have taught English (as a Foreign Language) around London and internationally, training both individuals for language exams like IELTS and the Cambridge Board exams. I have taught EFL to business and worked as a language consultant to several companies.

From 2009 onwards I have offered tuition for school entrance exams at 11 and 13 for both entry to private schools and Grammar Schools. I have tutored pupils who have gained entrance to Charterhouse, Harrow, Dulwich, Alleyns, Wellington, Westminster, Marlborough as well as many local private and grammars schools in London.

I have combined my EFL approach with literacy and worked as a tutor and mentor internationally, teaching many pupils from Russia and Slavic countries. This has given me an insight into the particular language and cultural associations of those countries.

I have taught for English school exams at GCSE, iGCSE, A-Level and IB level using CIE, Edexcel, OCR and AQA.

I have produced literacy resources for several companies including the Oxford University Press and the Ministry of Stories including papers closely associated with the Common Entrance exams. I am an Associate Consultant with the National Literacy Trust and have produced materials for their Prisons Reading Group project as well as McDonald's Secret Seven Happy Meal promotion and many other resources for literacy websites.

I have written two books of educational resources; one in association with the NLT, the other through my own company Prompt Arts, who also produce creative writing workshops, seminars and events, as well as educational materials.

I often mentor pupils over a number of years, producing individual lesson materials, curating schemes of work, providing interview training and support and accompanying families on cultural visits.

Subjects That I Teach

  • Motiviation
  • Motivation
  • English
  • English - A-Level
  • English - GCSE
  • English - Common Entrance
  • English - 11+
  • Mentoring
  • Mentoring - A-Level
  • Mentoring - GCSE
  • Mentoring - Common Entrance
  • Mentoring - 11+

My Qualifications

Hymers College, Hull where I studied A-Levels in English, Economics and History.

I then did a Degree in English Literature at King's College, London.

My teaching certificate is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is certified by the University of Cambridge.

My Video Introduction

Fun fact

I listen to music all the time! I have seen over 100 operas and have written articles on 1990s Grunge rock. I like music to be loud!