Subjects I teach
Business Studies up to Postgraduate
History up to Postgraduate
Economics up to A-Level
Politics up to A-Level
I am an examiner for history and business studies for the OCR and Cambridge exam boards. In 2017 I marked OCR iGCSE and A level history exams and Cambridge Pre-U history. I am a father of five girls who have gone through the system with my eldest now in her second year of a PhD in counselling and psychotherapy. I was a commercial solicitor for twenty years in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa after gaining my MBA from McGill and LLB from Western. I recognized my calling as a teacher five years ago and retired from the practice of law to retrain as a teacher. I am presently pursuing a PhD at Oxford examining medieval church architecture and society. My plans are to tutor full time after completing my degree in 2020.
University of Oxford Balliol College PhD History 2017-2020
University of London Birkbeck MA Medieval History Merit, with High Distinction on thesis 2013-2014
University of Western Ontario LLB Merit 1986-1989
McGill University MBA 1984-1986 Merit Double Major: Finance and Marketing
Concordia University B Commerce 1981-1984 Merit
My Approach to Private Tuition
I have a very friendly manner for teaching my students. As a father of five teenage and twenty something daughters I know what is needed to foster success in education. I find that encouragement can help build confidence that is so often absent in very capable students. Finding this avenue to foster achievement is what I do best when tutoring.
I use a variety of techniques to stimulate creative thought and do my best to avoid repetitive lecturing to impart subject knowledge – for too much of this is seen in the classroom. My business experience as a former solicitor helps me with the Business Studies curriculum as I am able to provide real world examples to enhance the often mundane and dry textbook materials. I have had the great fortune of having had some excellent teachers throughout my life and try to follow the path they have set for me.
My video Introduction
My kids say I tell too many ‘Dad’ jokes