• A-Level History (all boards)
• GCSE History (all boards, including IGCSE)
• A-Level Politics (all boards)
• Common Entrance History
• IB History
I have been tutoring A-Level and GCSE History and A-Level Politics since January 2012 with close to one thousand hours of individual teaching undertaken. I am particularly experienced with helping students conquer the common problem of exam technique - how to answer the question being asked and how to answer it in the manner that the examiner is looking for.
I am also extremely comfortable with teaching the content of the History and Politics GCSE and A-Level syllabuses across all boards.
I grew up in Berkshire and I went to Harrow School where I took History, Politics and Economics at A-Level. Upon leaving I felt that I needed to experience somewhere completely different so I chose to go to the University of Liverpool to study History where I gained a 2.1.
After graduating I flirted with the law before returning to my true interest by undertaking a Masters in History at UCL. Such was my interest in Liverpool the city that I am currently doing a part-time PhD in History at the University of Liverpool, but I am based down south.
I have been tutoring since January 2012.
I believe that tutoring requires the need to be both adaptable and consistent. I try to be adaptable on the one hand by recognising that not all students are the same - some struggle with content, others with essay writing and the confidence to put their ideas down on paper. The key is to be flexible, whereby one can react to these issues and keep in mind that there is no ''catch all'' approach to tutoring any subject.
On the other hand, there are certain values which should not change from student to student. I believe that communication is of paramount importance - listening to the student and allowing them to explain what their problem is and from then on, working together to find an acceptable solution. Similarly, a tutor should always be very consistent in setting goals for a student - whether they are to be contained within the lesson itself or aimed at a particular grade in an examination.
The benefit of working one-on-one is that there is very little scope for a student to fall by the wayside with any material that is not understood or techniques that fail to be grasped. The individual needs of each student that might be overlooked in a classroom will not be in a private tutoring session.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I'm not tutoring I'm writing up my PhD in History. My thesis looks at local identity in post-war Liverpool - a subject that I am only just beginning to be able to explain to people in under one hundred words! Clearly History goes considerably beyond being just a significant interest in my life and is instead something that I want to make a career out of.
Thankfully I do have many interests outside of History. I am obsessed with a whole manner of sports - mainly football, rugby and American football. I also enjoy keeping fit and I'm a terrible fair weather cyclist.
'I was blown away by David, he was just fantastic! He really cared about how our daughter got on in her exams and she went from hating History to considering continuing it on to A level' (Mother of GCSE History student)
''David is a highly professional and very engaging tutor, with a real ability to build the confidence and knowledge of his pupils. I couldn't rate him highly enough.'' (Mother of A-Level Politics student)
''David helped my son move up several grades in his AS History retake to an A. He explained the requirements of the exam extremely well and ensured that my son was superbly well prepared'' (Mother of A-Level History student)
''David was of huge help to my son with his GCSE History. My son has had a lot of tutors but it was David that he looked forward to the most. David helped him achieve a much better grade than he had been expecting a year before'' (Mother of GCSE History student)
''That my son got close to full marks on his AS Politics retake in January is a testament to David's hard work with him. He explained how to tackle the exam in a way that hugely increased my son's confidence'' (Mother of A-Level Politics Student)