As a tutor I have specialised in English with the vast majority of my students needing help with English in Y9, Y10 & Y11. In addition I have helped younger students for entrance examinations to competitive schools in London, and older students doing AS and A Level.
I have 2 years + experience with the following boards and qualifications:
• 11+ Common Entrance
• iGCSE English Language and Literature (all boards)
• GCSE English Language and Literature (all boards)
• GCSE Drama
• International Baccalaureate History
• AS Level English Literature
• AS Level Philosophy
• A2 Level English Literature
I have particular experience in the following texts:
An Inspector Calls
Of Mice and Men
All My Sons
A View from the Bridge
Inherit the Wind
Lord of the Flies
Pride and Prejudice
Romeo and Juliet
The Wife of Bath
The Handmaid's Tale
Born in London, went to Kensington Prep and then to boarding school in Worcestershire. After taking A-Levels in English, Latin, History and Art History I took a gap year and travelled in Africa, South East Asia and India. I studied my primary degree at Trinity College Dublin, and then went on to do a masters in English Literature at Edinburgh University. Since moving to London I have been involved with a number of children's literacy charities.
Tutoring is about getting a student to become inspired by a subject by really getting through to them and finding out how they can connect with it. It is my belief that if a student doesn't understand what you are saying, you aren't tutoring them properly! That said, there are somethings that usually always work. Therefore I try to keep a good balance between tailoring lessons to a student's individual needs and using the reliable tools for learning that create results.
Whether the student wants help with Literature, Language or both, certain tricks of the trade are always useful. For example the P.E.E formula for approaching linguistic analysis (Point-Evidence-Explain) is useful in comprehensions and essays. My lessons are detailed and structured, as I think a logical approach is key for students' understanding. I also think that it's important to introduce variety in order to make learning interesting, constructive and fun.
I have to admit past papers are not usually the funnest thing to do, but I do use them quite frequently as I believe it helps to be prepared. I also mix it up with exercises that I have made myself which are designed to target a specific skill (for example, embedding quotations).
What I do when I am not tutoring
I live in Kilburn with a big house of 8 other people. As a tutor I work mainly with private clients but also some government-funded placements. I also work part-time work for a small literary charity called Give a Book. When I'm not working I enjoy baking (more accurately, attempts at baking), running and reading. Any activity that can be accompanied by Radio 4 is a huge plus for me.
''I know my son has thoroughly enjoyed your lessons and found you most inspiring and fun as a tutor. This means a lot to me and to him and I really do know that you will have made an enormous difference to build his confidence this summer.'' - Amanda Selby
''We appreciate your teaching and comment on work done. Your teaching is really helpful and efficient. It helps a lot in a short period of time.'' - Josephine Li
Thank you, I got an A! I'm really pleased and thank you for all your help. - Sophie Malcolm