- 11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance tests
- 13+ English, History and Religious Studies (Common Entrance and entrance examinations).
- 16+ English, History and Government and Politics: public school entrance exams and interviews.
- (I)GCSE History (Edexcel, OCR and AQA)
- A-level History and Government and Politics (Edexcel, OCR and AQA)
- IB History (SL and HL)
- PreU History
- Oxbridge preparation
- UCAS advice
- Undergraduate examination and dissertation preparation
I specialise in and have worked as a tutor for: preparation for 11 and 13+ examinations in English, Maths and History; preparation for English, History, Politics and Religious Studies for public examinations; and in mentoring and tutoring for the Oxbridge admissions process (including applications, admissions tests and the interview).
I also have experience of online tutoring.
In terms of pre-tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English syllabus and focussing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar and cloze procedure and mental arithmetic and word problems. I use a variety of activities to target the time pressured nature of the tests and problem solving.
My childhood was spent mainly in rural Cheshire, where I went to prep school. I completed my secondary schooling with A ‘Levels in History, French, Politics and Spanish. As an undergraduate I read History and Politics at and was a scholar of Christ Church, Oxford. I have worked as a Professional Tutor at Keystone since 2015.
The common thread to my tutoring is that it is individual-based; it is geared around a recognition that ability, circumstances and character differ from student to student.
The methodology and pace may sometimes vary, but the constant in my tutoring is a sympathetic, calm but challenging manner. My tutoring aims to instil confidence, both in the subject I am working on with a student, but also in their general educational and personal development. The aim of my approach is not just to tick boxes on a syllabus or repair specific faults, though both are often necessary components of my work: I set out to not so much teach my students, as to work with them.
The Oxford tutorial system in particular, but also my relationships with some teachers at school, formed a significant role in my own personal development. I developed a rapport with my teachers and tutors, and this helped me to progress educationally, cultivate various skills and map out my future. It is with a similar temperament that I approach one-to-one professional tutoring.
I also offer an approach that is family-based: that is, I work with multiple siblings in many families.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Besides tutoring, I am pursuing a career as an author of biography and history and working on the research for my first book, which will be published next year. As an undergraduate at Oxford I often came across tedious, heavy tones, which were far from accessible to the ordinary reader, and often of little interest to most well-educated readers, too. I want to write history that is simple and clear, and which picks up on the human, funny, exotic and vivid. I think that it is such history that can have most impact and teach us lots about ourselves.
I am a contributor to national newspapers and recently edited the collected journals and memoirs of Princess Josephine Loewenstein. Wind in My Hair will be published by the Dovecote Press in November 2016.
Alongside my writing work I enjoy travel, particularly to the Middle East, Spain and Italy. I am an avid reader and listener to music, but, being a firm believer that a tired, solitary mind makes for an inefficient man and, most importantly, for tedious company, I enjoy going to and giving parties for friends, eating in my favourite restaurants and escaping London for quieter places.
My recent blog posts
12/11/2015: How to Succeed at Essay Writing
''I do want to say that I think Tom has been a 'gift' - aside from his obvious ability as a tutor, his real skill likes in his ability to understand the whole child and to have a holistic view of the task at hand within the overall context of family values and life's day-to-day challenges. We are very much enjoying having Tom work with our son.''(Mother of year 5 student)
"Tom was really great and really helped me get a hang of the TSA. His comments and suggestions were very useful." (TSA Student)
"Tom is a great tutor and my son is working really well with him. We are all very thankful. My son says he is the best tutor he has ever had and enjoys very much working with him. They spend the whole day together. He is also helping my daughter to prepare her SCAT test. Again thank you. We hope to be able to have Tom again in the coming months." Mother of previous student (residential position).
"I am delighted to report that after a couple of months of great tutoring Gabe has managed to get into Colet Court, which is fantastic news. Thank you for all your help." Mother of 11+ Student
Tom Perrin was simply outstanding. Passionate, engaged and very encouraging. Fantastic tutor and a very lovely person. (Mother of GCSE student)
"My daughter thinks that Tom is very helpful and encouraging of the work she completes. He explains everything clearly and is patient when she is unable to understand anything. Her self confidence has increased greatly." Mother of previous student.
"The lessons are going well! My son really enjoys having Tom. Tom is really well-organized and pitches everything perfectly to the right level so I am very glad that he ended up being my son's tutor." (Mother of Year 5 student)
11/01/2016: ''Thank you very much for the good luck and training! You are my favourite teacher! I will tell you how it went on Wednesday'' (11 + student).
02/03/2016: ''Today we handed the offer acceptance form to Ibstock Place School. This marks the end of a long journey on a hard road in which you were the guide for him. Thus, it would be our pleasure to celebrate this success over dinner with you sometime''. (Father of 11+ student).
02/03: 2016 ''I thought you would be pleased to hear that X received an A* grade on her mock history exam. I'm sure she will take your advice as stated in your report. I will be in touch if she needs more support in the future.
Thank you for your help.'' (Mother of GCSE History student).
03/04/2016: ''Thank you for all your help and support for Archie, he's really enjoying the lessons.'' (Mother of GCSE History student).
19/02/2016: ''Thank you so much for helping me prepare for my mocks because I don't think I would have achieved that grade without your help. I now feel slightly more confident for the finals, and I think that in the finals I want to try an aim for a level 7 overall''. (IB History student).
06/01/ 2016: ''I am unbelievably pleased to tell you I got an offer from Harris Manchester College. They sent me off to the old people! So, so happy, I’m in tears. Thanks again for your help, I literally walked into the interviews with your voice in my head saying ‘make sure you answer the question’!'' (Oxford History applicant).
09/12/2015: ''I want to thank you for everything over the past few months, I have really enjoyed our sessions''. (Oxford P.P.E. applicant).
13/03/2016: ''I read [my son's] thesis following your input. It is looking much better and I’d like to thank you for all the work that you put into giving him the guidance that he needed. Thank you very much.'' (Father of undergraduate History student).
01/04/2016: ''Des got a great deal out of the three sessions''. (Father of A'Level History student).
12/03/2016: ''Tom, great news! Lukas was offered a place at Whitgift! Thank you very much for all your help. Lukas is very excited....'' (Father of 13+ student).
01/03/2016: ''... desperate to tell you he got in... Miracle dictum as my grandfather used to say. Owe you a bottle of fizz!'' (Mother of 10+ Colet Court applicant).
07/07/ 2016: ''I just got my results and I got a 6 in History with 40 points overall!!!!! When I saw my grade I was so happy, overjoyed and surprised!! I never thought I could actually pull off a 6 in History,but now that I have I am so so so so so so happy. Thank you so so so so so so so so much for all of your help and support!!! Not just in the History exam, but in other exams and in the days and hours leading up to results the phrase that you told me before my exams just ran through my mind - ''Have confidence'', and I know that this phrase will continue to stay with me throughout my university life, career and beyond. I am happy to say that I have met the grades for Bristol and will be starting in September! Thank you so much for your help and encouragement!!!'' (IB student).
09/06/2016: ''Tom, thank you for everything! We will miss your bi monthly visits'' (mother of Common Entrance History student).
17/06/2016: ''I got my results back today and I'm really happy, everything went really well and I got an A in history. Thank you so much. (Common Entrance History student)
10/06/2016: ''Hi Tom, just wanted to say thank you for your help during the year, been great, with everything, not just the Politics!'' (AS Politics student).