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Rob A

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Subjects I teach

English KS3-GCSE
History KS3-Undergraduate
Essay writing, personal statements, interviews, university entrance exams

My Experience

I have taught English to Chinese students living in Shanghai, focusing on vocabulary, memory training, writing in good sentences and using English in practice. This was particularly challenging because many of my students lacked a good level of English and some found learning foreign languages difficult and dull.

I have also tutored English and History in the UK, focused on improving essay writing and exam technique for GCSE and A-Level students and inspiring tutees to read and learn more about their subjects. These are particularly strong areas of expertise for me, as I have recently come through the British exam system and know exactly what examiners are looking for. I was also fortunate enough to benefit from excellent tuition in both of these subjects while at GCSE – so I know what good tuition should look like! Each student is different, but everyone can connect with English and History in some way, whether through how they relate to current affairs, their family life or celebrity culture.

Some of my tutoring in the UK has been carried out online, though the majority has been face-to-face. However, I have also been training professionals in how to use computer software for the past two years. So, I am extremely experienced in using online tools like Skype and screen-share. My professional training experience has taught me to take it slow, personalise and be ready to answer questions when needed.

My Qualifications

Somerville College, University of Oxford
>BA (Hons) History, First Class, 7th of 234.
>Recipient of 5 awards, including Gibbs Prize, Eileen Gonner Prize, Mary >Somerville Prize, Principal’s Prize and Exhibition Award

Silverdale School, Sheffield
>A-Level: Physics (A*), Geography (A*), History (A), French (A)
>GCSE: 11 A*s including English Lit, English Lang, Maths, Statistics and History

My Approach to Private Tuition

I know from experience that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. The teaching style at school didn’t always fit my own style of learning so I believe in understanding my student’s needs and personal learning style, and adapting my teaching to them. In my opinion, a personal tutor should always go above and beyond the kind of unpersonalised lesson plans used in school.

For students studying at KS3, GCSE or A-Level, I work on building confidence in their subject, helping with critical thinking and essay writing, understanding basic concepts and more. I like to use games, practice questions and a number of other techniques.

For students who are looking to study at Oxford, I will guide them through the entire application process: running mock interviews, helping draft personal statements, preparing for the various Aptitude Tests and writing the obligatory submission essay.

I love the challenge of helping students reach their true potential and learn to love learning!

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Fun fact

I DJ and produce electronic music in my spare time.