10+ English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning & Interview Techniques
11+ English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning & Interview Techniques
Pre-Test: English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning & Interview Techniques
13+ English, Maths & Interview Techniques
iGCSE - English, Maths, Fine Art, German (Edexcel, AQA)
BTEC Level 1,2 & 3 - Mathematics
QTS Numeracy Examination
First Year Degree - Engineering Maths Mechanics (Open University)
Architecture, Sculpture & Installation - Foundation & Undergraduate Degree
Proof reading - Undergraduate / Graduate Degree Thesis
I have aided thorough preparation for entrance examinations, interviews and subject revision for numerous students targeting, or already within, many top independent day and boarding schools including, Westminster, Latymer Upper, UCS, Channing, Northbridge House, City of London, Uppingham, St Pauls, Harrow, Eton, Charterhouse, Oundle and Stowe, along with highly competitive Grammar Schools, such as Queen Elizabeth Barnet, around the London catchment area.
I have facilitated numerous students towards A* grades in GCSE Maths and English, along with other high targets specific to each individual student.
Previous Experience Examples
Residential Private Tutor, Mediterranean
- Governor role aiding a VIP Client’s son with gradual building of his confidence and enjoyment in core subjects and hobbies, which he recently found to be quite challenging due to a change of school and disagreement with their teaching methods.
- Facilitating the son on his future transition to the English educational system.
11+ CE & 13+ Pre-tests (English and Maths)
Goal: Westminster, St Pauls, Highgate, UCS
- Assisting a student in year 6 with low confidence in Maths, providing context in areas he missed out on whilst at school.
- Thorough practise through previous entrance papers, gaining context in correct methods, along with focusing on particular topic areas where necessary.
11+ CE (English and Maths)
Goal: Latymer Upper
- Aiding a high achieving boy towards his Latymer School entrance exam.
- Developing his English ability, dedicating time on strengthening his grammar, vocabulary, sentence & clause structure and punctuation. I helped improve his comprehension of a variety of texts, carefully answering questions accurately and articulately.
11+ CE & 13+ Pre-Test (English, Maths, Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning)
Goal: Eton, Harrow, Westminster, City of London
- Facilitating a year 5, now year 6, student’s all round English, Maths & Reasoning ability.
- Concentrated on improving his handwriting and spelling, carefully working through exercises to improve these vital aspects of communication. Attention also given to his creative writing and comprehension of set texts, helping him better articulate his ideas and responses to questions, making sure to be specific and concise.
I read Architecture at the University of Bath, attaining a high first class honours & winning the course award for Thesis Excellence, along with receiving the second highest score ever to be awarded of 82. During my degree, I completed an Erasmus Diploma at the Technical University of Munich and a Leonardo da Vinci Diploma in Berlin. At the same time as my Bachelor, I learned German to a professional proficiency. I have experience working in a variety of vocations in countries including Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Turkey and the UK. Prior to Architecture, I received a distinction in Foundation Fine Art, along with As and A*s throughout A-Level and GCSE.
After completing my degree in 2011, I gained vocational experience collaborating with the globally renowned architects, Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, after being offered the position prior to completing my degree. I predominantly worked on the Stirling Prize nominated Blavatnik School of Government for the University of Oxford. At this extremely thorough Architecture Practise, Maths & English, for logic-based resolution of technical issues & clarity of communication, were always a necessity.
In 2013, I moved back to the UK to pursue my passions that lie within art, long form writing and education.
I believe one-to-one tutoring to be an incredibly important aspect of education. Tutoring offers a great environment in which to learn & for confidence to grow, allowing the student to quickly gain a strong development in the specific subject area. For each student, I design the tutorials to best develop their specific learning and concentration ability, with a view towards gaining context and understanding of the subject in preparation for exams. I am an understanding, empathetic and fun tutor who is patient and able to vary the ways in which to learn, from quick memory games to thoroughly breaking down certain subjects into their component parts.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Tutoring is given full priority over my other activities. Though, when not at work, I focus my attention towards writing & fine art. I am currently writing a set of short stories with a view to publication. I intend to take an MA in Fine Art in the 2016/17 academic year to develop my practise in teaching, art & writing.
I volunteer regularly at a community garden & a food bank, something that I find thoroughly rewarding. I enjoy being busy & in particular being productive; whether that entails swimming in London Fields Lido to improvisational comedy workshops to spending time with friends.
"Thomas was really brilliant with my son and had the perfect personality for him - calm, reserved and positive." Mother of previous student.
"Thomas tutored our daughter for her iGCSE Maths exam and we can't recommend him enough. He was enthusiastic, clear, kind, thoughtful, reliable and incredibly helpful for our stressed daughter.
We had tried a couple of maths' tutors in the run up to GCSE's who just weren't that helpful for her. Thank goodness for Thomas, who we luckily found a month before the exam!
Thomas had the ability to teach, the patience to listen and clarity when explaining. Our daughter received an A on the exam. She was just a couple of points away from an A* and said to us, "If only we'd found Thomas a few weeks earlier!!" If only indeed... She'd been predicted a B/C!
We couldn't be happier to recommend him!"
(Parent of year 11 student who attained an A in iGCSE Maths)
"Thomas helped us tremendously in teaching study habits to our son, revising to prepare our son for the range of maths and English questions required of 11 plus exams, and helping him find his strengths. Each week Thomas was encouraging, patient, and sophisticated in his approach and told us about a lot of study tools that we did not know about. After seeing Thomas for 1.5-2 hours each week for almost a year, our son was admitted to his two top choices of schools, one of which has also offered him an arts scholarship and he has since been selected for a top group of kids preparing for maths SATS.
Our son has dyslexia and dyspraxia and mild ADD, so school work takes him longer than most children, but he doesn't often have the attention span required to persevere. We knew that spelling was always a challenge for him, but that was the only area of learning that had ever been identified as a problem by any of his teachers. Thomas was always patient and positive, and used consistent, even tones in their work together. He arrived on time 100% of the time, always got straight to work, maintained focus for the entire time, and gave homework each week. As the weeks passed and our son saw for himself how his abilities improved, his self-confidence also improved and he was moved up in his English group at school. He also learned how to avoid distractions and how to motivate himself.
We are very grateful to Thomas for all of his help. Every aspect of studying has improved in our home, and our son's relationship to schooling has improved. We are leagues ahead of where were one year ago in terms of discipline and focus, and now have the pleasant and very fortunate task of deciding which secondary school to select."
(Parent of year 6 student who successfully was offered several places, and on scholarship, at their desired schools.)
"Thomas has tutored my daughter for over a year for the 11+ examinations. He has been a fantastic tutor: patient, knowledgeable and friendly towards my daughter. She developed so much in the time he help her in Maths and English, and she passed the 11+ for Channing School, which was no easy feat. We are very great full to Thomas and I would recommend him to anyone."
(Parent of year 6 student who successfully was offered a place at their school of choice.)
"Thomas has been a real help with his teaching and our son has enjoyed his sessions with him. His confidence in Maths and English really shot up since your tuition, particularly in Maths. He struggled with understanding some of the main areas, but after your sessions he managed to make sense of what was quite hard for him before."
(Parent of year 6 student who successfully entered his school of choice at 11+.)
''Although an able student, my daughter lacked confidence in some areas of the curriculum and also wanted to improve the consistency of her performance. Thomas’ approach was calm and supportive and tailored to her individual concerns and ability. He was approachable and empathetic as well as skilled in explaining relevant concepts. As well as covering key areas of the curriculum, Thomas also provided useful advice about exam technique, which my daughter also found valuable. Working with Thomas on a weekly basis, her confidence and technique improved and I am delighted to report that she achieved the A* grade that she was aiming for.
I have no hesitation in recommending Thomas.''
(Parent of year 11 student who attained an A* in iGCSE Maths)
''Thomas has been an excellent tutor. He can explain complicated ideas in a manner which makes them easy to comprehend. He is attentive, can spot any particular problems that I encounter within the work and is patient throughout my tuition.''
(Mature Student, Open University First Year Engineering attaining 95% average)
''We are very grateful for all the work you have done throughout your tutorials with our son. He genuinely looked forward to your tutorials and has noticeably grown in confidence under your care.''
(Parent of year 6 student preparing for High School in both English & Maths)
''All your hard work, support and care during the school year have been much appreciated by the whole family. Both the twins enjoyed your tutoring sessions and have improved hugely, particularly in English. My daughter gained a lot of confidence in her comprehension and started to get marks in the region of 90%.''
(Parent of twins, boy & girl, in year 5; both preparing for pre-tests and Common Entrance in all subjects)
''Thomas helped my daughter to achieve an A* by being clear and patient and by understanding what help she actually needed. She found his explanations and advice very useful and reported that he was encouraging and easy to communicate with. ''
(Parent of year 11 student who moved from a B to an A* in iGCSE Maths)
“We could not be more grateful to Thomas for the tuition he provided our daughter. She was sceptical of tutors and of her own ability to pass the subjects she had recently failed. Thomas patiently built up her confidence and encouraged her to learn and give the extra effort required to get her the vital passes in English and Maths GCSEs that she needed.”
(Parent of GCSE student who moved from a lower grade to a C in both English and Maths)
‘I have lacked confidence to overcome my fear of Maths since leaving school; having one to one tutorials with Tom has been extremely helpful and I believe I would not have passed my Level 1 Functional Skills course last year without his help and guidance. His calming and supportive approach has been crucial towards my progression and I now feel much more confident in achieving what I’ve always dreaded – an A grade in GCSE Maths!’