Subjects I teach
English Literature up to Undergraduate Level
English Language up to A-Level
I started tutoring English as a foreign language to both adults and children when studying for my MA degree in Paris. Since then, I have gained a lot of experience teaching English Literature and Language at GCSE and A-Level to both school-age and adult learners. I teach KS2 and KS3 English to a group of home-schooled children every week, and I also run a bi-weekly Creative Writing workshop in London. I am familiar with the 11+ and 13+ exams, as well as a range of exam boards including AQA, OCR, Edexcel AND Cambridge IGCSE. I have also taught Religious Studies at A-Level.
I attended St. Robert of Newminster Catholic school, where I achieved an A* in English Literature A-Level, an A* in Psychology A-Level, an A in Religious Studies A-Level and a B in Philosophy A-Level. I also obtained an A* in General Studies and studied Art at AS-Level. I have a BA in English Literature & Language from King’s College London, and as part of my degree I spent a year studying at the University of California in Santa Cruz. I have an MA in Creative Writing that I obtained through the University of Kent, during which I lived and studied in Paris. I have a place to begin my PhD at the University of Kent in The Contemporary Novel soon. I am currently working on my first novel and recently published my debut poetry collection. I also co-run and edit an online arts and literary journal called The Grapevine. I am interested in the inter-disciplinary nature of art and often collaborate with filmmakers, musicians, illustrators, photographers and dancers on poetry and writing projects.
My Approach to Private Tuition
I understand that there is an awful lot of pressure surrounding exams and I try to make my students feel more relaxed by breaking down information into small, manageable chunks. I want to help them feel confident and positive in their abilities. I have learned from experience that often students are very capable of achieving good grades but they lack self-belief. I am a creative and visual person and try to incorporate that into my lessons. I want to share my love of literature with my students and try to get them to engage with the material as much as possible. I often loan my own books to students that I think they will enjoy, and am always recommending new writers that I think they will like, depending on the things they are interested in.
My video Introduction
‘I was feeling very anxious about my A-Levels, but Jessica made me feel relaxed and confident about my abilities.’
‘Jessica’s lessons are always fun and engaging and she introduced me to lots of new writers that I didn’t know before’.
The novel I am writing is based on the journey my great-great grandfather made by boat from Ireland to America in the 1800s. I am planning on making the same journey by cargo ship as research!