TSA: I’ve tutored over a dozen students, between the ages of 17-19. I have also acted as an TSA examiner.
- 11+: Twice a week to a pair of students in a primary school. in Year 6.
- 13+: Once a week, to a small class of struggling students in a Hackney secondary school.
- GCSE (AQA): Once a week, a single student, who was behind his class.
- A-level (Edexcel): Exam preparation for an A2 student.
- A-level (AQA): Over ten weeks, I spent an average of twelve hours a week teaching a Philosophy student re-taking his A-levels. Having struggled throughout the year both personally and educationally – he was three years older than his classmates and lived alone, he got an 'E' in his last mock exam - he needed both coaching and teaching.
- Undergraduate: A second-year undergraduate, mainly on Ethics, who achieved 78% in one of her subsequent exams.
- A-level (Edexcel and AQA): As the primary Politics teacher at a tutorial college, I took four students over the academic year to their A-level exams. One scored 99/100 on a paper (unusual in a Humanities subject); another, re-taking having previously failed the papers, achieved an A overall. I’ve also provided exam support for five other students, and am currently the primary teacher for three others.
- IGCSE (Cambridge): I have tutored a student from Saudi Arabia for two months whilst he whilst in the UK.
Other: I’ve mentored and coached children and young adults on ‘The Mcguire Programme’, a speech therapy course.
I left school with my A-levels and spent the subsequent year, working first, then travelling around South East Asia and the US, with a deferred place to study Mathematics at the University of Bath in mind. However, halfway through my travels, I decided that I liked Philosophy much more than Maths, so I took another year out so that I could apply to do PPE at Oxford. I spent the extra year living and working in London.
Having successfully applied to Oriel College, Oxford, for PPE, and then three years later awarded a First, I stayed on at Oxford, moving to Worcester College to do a Master of Studies in Philosophy. I finished in September 2013, moved to London in October 2013 – to work as a tutor and to spend my free time studying Philosophy and writing fiction.
A year on, I am part of the way through my first novel, working on several Philosophy papers ultimately destined for submission to academic journals, and have over 400 hours tutoring experience.
I believe that if students see that their tutor is prepared and treats them with respect, then they respond with engagement and reciprocal respect. I always try to find the best way to teach each individual student - whether gently, or rigorously, or again with encouragement - and leave him or her in a better academic position after every lesson.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Having completed an MSt in Philosophy, I’ve taken an indefinite break from academia. I intend at some point to apply to a Philosophy PhD programme in London. In the meantime, I’m teaching, writing a novel, and studying Philosophy.