Since June 2009 I have worked as a private tutor, mostly in history but also in government and politics, from GCSE to Undergraduate level.
As a Tutor I have taught:
* A Level History (AQA, Edexcel, OCR)
* GCSE History (AQA, Edexcel, OCR)
* A Level Politics (AQA, Edexcel, OCR)
* Pre-U History (Cambridge)
* IB various subjects
* Oxbridge and University Admissions
* Undergraduate and MA level History, Politics, International Relations, PPE (Cambridge,Oxford, LSE, etc)
As an Examiner I have assessed:
* OCR and AQA: various history modules
* Edexcel and AQA: Politics
* Cambridge Pre-U: History
I am a professional history and politics tutor with ten years' experience, in both face-to-face and online tuition.
I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2009, before completing a MA and PhD in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
I am also a historian and writer specialising in twentieth-century British history and contemporary politics.
My first book, based on my PhD thesis, *For Class and Country,* has been described by Prof Peter Stansky of Stanford University as ‘an important contribution to the ever-fascinating subject of the history of the British left with particular attention to the development of the Labor party. It is also timely as we are in the process of marking the centenary of the First World War and how it affected British society.’
My latest book, *A Left for Itself*, was reviewed in the Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-left-for-itself-by-david-swift-review-corbyn-6zhfm3rp3 and has been endorsed by several leading political scientists, including:
-- Professor Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent:
‘This book is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the contemporary state of the left'
-- Professor John Bew, author of *Citizen Clem*, winner of the 2017 Orwell Prize:
'David Swift rides a coach and horses through the self-indulgence, radical chic and bloviating of too much of today’s British left'
-- Professor Andrew Hindmoor, Head of Politics, University of Sheffield:
‘Swift stakes-out a difficult but really important political space in this book. He is of the left but launches an assault on a generational cohort of left-wing political activists and their preoccupations and prejudices. His argument is provocative and his style uncompromising. But the underpinning research is careful and his conclusions important'.
-- Professor Eric Kaufmann, Birkbeck, University of London:
‘In the sometimes febrile environment of contemporary left politics, this book is a measured and evaluative contribution. Swift cuts through the rhetoric of often violent and divisive exchanges to uncover the roots, motivations, diverse character and strengths and weaknesses of the current phenomenon of so-called ‘identity politics’…the book is an important addition and contribution to this widespread and multi-form debate over the rise, impact and reaction to a newly-emboldened and assertive ‘identity left'.’
In addition to working as a private tutor, I have also worked at several UK universities, including the University of Sheffield and Queen Mary, University of London, and I bring academic expertise to inform my A Level tuition.
You can view some of my academic writing here:
In addition to my academic articles and book, I have also written for newspapers such as *The Times*, *The Independent* and political blogsites such as *LabourList* and *the Fabian Review*
You can read some of my articles here:
Having several years’ experience as a private tutor, teacher and university lecturer, I am keenly aware that every student is an individual, and it is absolutely imperative to tailor tuition to the specific needs of the student. This has been made clear to me through teaching students from top independent schools, students from under-privileged backgrounds, and students with special educational needs.
I aim to create a bespoke programme which focuses on weaknesses (for example, revision methods, exam preparation, exam technique) and builds on existing strengths.
I believe it is important to be friendly and personable and build a close working relationship with students under my tuition, but at the same time they must be aware that they are there to learn and work. Above all I try to emphasise that there is a great deal of worth in knowledge for its own sake.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, mountaineering and rock climbing. I have climbed in the Annapurna range in Nepal and ascended the Thorong-la, the world's highest mountain pass. In addition I enjoy participating in television quiz shows and have appeared on programmes such as The Weakest Link and The Chase, as well as competing in a local pub quiz team.
'I want to thank David SO much for all his support, advice and pep talks...Thank you for being a great tutor and helping me enjoy learning History again!' 08/2019
'David was a GREAT success – [our daughter] really liked him and got a great deal from the time with him. He's clearly very bright and interesting.' 04/2018
David taught our daughters history A Level in Jan-June 2014 and we were delighted with the results; one achieved an A grade and the other a B; both of them are now studying at their first choice universities.' 10/2017
'Whilst my son was sitting his GCSEs we hired David to supervise him for revision, exam preparation and exam technique for both his mocks in 2015 and his final GCSEs in 2016. David was highly professional and I could not recommend him enough; our son eventually took an A* in history GCSE after oringinally being predicted a C.' 05/2017
'We originally hired David to tutor my son for his AS re-sits and kept him on for A2 as well. He was polite, friendly, conscientious and above all effective - my son immediately felt more relaxed and confident with the subject and his teachers noticed an abrupt improvement in his coursework and contributions to classroom discussions.' 02/2017
'David helped my daughter over both her GCSEs and A Levels - he was particularly good at reassuring her on troubling areas and improving her confidence and fluency. I would recommend him without hesitation.' 12/2016
'David has taught both of my sons history, firstly at GCSE then at A Level. He worked very effectively with both of them and quickly impressed upon them his ability and competence. They were inspired by him to take their studies more seriously and look to achieve the highest grades possible. I am very grateful to David who proved a most adept and helpful tutor.' 11/2016
'My son was taught by David through both GCSE and A Level history, achieving an A in both, and we would highly recommend him to future employers. He was professional, hard-working and reliable. This was particularly significant as my son has some mild learning difficulties, so reliability is especially important.' 09/2016
'David began tutoring my daughter in 2013 after she was awarded a 'U' in an AS history module. At the re-sit six months later she gained an 'A' grade in that paper - and I am sure we have David to thank for that! My daughter insisted we keep him on for A2 levels and as a result she gained an 'A', and achieved a place at her first choice of university.' 01/2015