Subjects I teach
7+, 8+, 11+, Common Entrance
English up to undergraduate
I taught English and Drama for six months at the United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland. My classes ranged from Form 1 (9 to 11 years old) through to IB Higher Level (17 and 18).
I have tutored English for many years. I started with GCSE and A-Level, and most of my tutees have been at this level, but I have branched out to tutor university students and 11+ and 13+ too. I have experience tutoring AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards.
I have a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature from the University of York. I was also briefly a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where I read music before deciding it wasn’t the place for me. Before that I was a music scholar at Winchester College, where I gained four As at A-Level (English, History, History of Art and Music), and my grades would have been A*s these days! I also won an acting award for special services to the school theatre, QEII, and I was Victor Ludorum at school sports day.
My Approach to Private Tuition
There has to be a strong collaborative feel between tutor and tutee. The first stage of tutoring is establishing trust, mutual respect and – let’s face it – liking. I try to find things in common with my tutees, shared interests and ideas. The better we get on the quicker we can move forward academically.
Then I try to instill the same passion I have for my subject in my tutees. I like to keep the sessions interactive and never spend too long on the same thing. For instance a session may start with a close reading of a seemingly unrelated poem, which then leads on to a discussion of the similarities and differences between the poem and an exam text.
I also feel that a subject like English should never just be shackled to the exam specifications (though these are obviously the most important thing!). Rather it should be explored in all its various and fascinating contexts, whether political, sociological or historical. I not only want my tutees to achieve better grades, I also want them to like English more when we part ways, hopefully looking to take the subject further.
My video Introduction
“Harry tutored our 16 year old son for his GCSEs. He quickly established a rapport with Alexander, who responded to him, and they covered a lot of work in the four days he was with us. He fitted into our family life and was a pleasure to have living with us.” – Nicola
“I had a great time with Harry! He helped me enjoy my English A-Level coursework and now I like authors I never heard of before.” – George
I have recently been in Warhorse for a year in the West End!