I’ve been tutoring English Literature, English Language and academic writing for over eleven years. In that time I’ve covered a variety of educational levels ranging from 11+ and 13+ entrance exams through to GCSE, A-Level, undergraduate and post-graduate students. I’ve also mentored students writing dissertations, and I’ve guided tutees through university applications. I’ve helped clients successfully apply – and thrive – at schools such as Eton, St Paul’s Girls School and City of London; I’ve also home schooled several students, predominantly for A-Level. I’m familiar with all major exam boards for GCSE and A-Level, including Cambridge IGCSE first language English.
Subjects I teach
English Literature from 11+ to post-graduate level (including PhDs)
English Language from 11+ to A-Level
Academic/essay writing from 11+ to post-graduate/professional level
Dissertation mentoring and advice
Pre-university and extended projects
PhD in American Literature, University of Wales Swansea, 2000-2004
BA Hons in American Studies, University of Wales Swansea, 1995-1999
MSc in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, 2014-present
My Approach to Private Tuition
I think of tutoring like a conversation (the fancy educationalist word is ‘dialogic), and that exchange starts before we meet. After speaking with the family I ask for writing samples before our first session so I can perform a diagnostic exercise and assess strengths, weaknesses and potential objectives. Each session is then structured around developing close reading and analytical skills as well as reviewing written work; sessions always combine something analytical and some kind of writing task, be that free writing, planning, drafting etc. I’m always available outside of sessions to proofread work, which then scaffolds the next meeting as it gives us a platform to build on. I aim to deliver a bespoke programme designed make students more confident thinkers and writers.
My video Introduction
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