I am completing a PhD in the Department of History at UCL, so am well placed to offer tuition in History at: A or AS level and GCSE.
I previously studied in the English department at Queen Mary, University of London, so can also offer tuition in English, also at A or AS level and GCSE.
In addition, I am a fluent French and German speaker and am available to tutor students at: A and AS level, GCSE and lower secondary.
I am currently based in the Department of History at University College London, where I am completing a PhD on seventeenth-century optics under the supervision of Angus Gowland.
Previously, I read French and Arabic at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating with a First, and gained a Masters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, awarded with Distinction, at Queen Mary, University of London.
Before all that, I attended Acle High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College, gaining A levels in French, German and History, with an AS level in Maths (all at grade A).
My aim is to build a program of study that is tailored to the individual character of the students that I teach. People think in different ways and the challenge for a tutor is to broaden and develop the talents of the student as an individual.
A solid grasp of the requirements of a course of study is an essential foundation for success, but effective learning can only take place in an atmosphere of engagement: those who are enjoying what they do tend to remember it.
As such, my tutoring seeks to bring together the demands of the curriculum with the particular interests of my students, wherever they may lie.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When not tutoring or working on my thesis, I can be found swimming, learning Italian or watching House of Cards. I am also a fan of informal DVD film seasons and am currently working my way through the oeuvre of Jean-Pierre Melville.
"My son said the he found it very helpful to have extra practice and coaching in French. He enjoyed his one-on-one contact with you and looked forward to your lessons. Chatting in French helped his fluency and certainly boosted his confidence. As a result he was in a very good place when he did his AS and A2 orals which he said went very well and from what he could tell the teachers were happy. From my part I found your approach very professional - always punctual, well-presented and very polite. I noticed that you only spoke to my son in French and I liked your relaxed but firm and encouraging teaching manner. So thank you James." (Mother of A Level French student)
''I really enjoyed my sessions with James. If all my school History was taught by him I have a feeling I'd be carrying it on to university. I've never had a teacher who made me enjoy my work and helped me learn as much as he did'' (Mikey, A level History student).
''James tutored my daughter Emma in French in the run up to the A2 exams. He was highly successful in raising her self-confidence in her French writing. He gave her a better understanding of what the examiners were looking for and little tips to pick up extra marks. She was delighted with her A grade and we would recommend James without reservation'' (Kate, mother of A level French student).
''James did a great job of helping Isabel plan her revision. In particular, his advice on exam technique and structures for her answers has really helped. He had a great rapport with Isabel from the very start and quickly saw where the tuition would add value'' (Sam, father of GCSE History student).
''Luke enjoyed his one-on-one contact and looked forward to his lessons. Chatting in French helped his fluency and certainly boosted his confidence. As a result he was in a very good place when he did his AS and A2 orals which he said went very well'' (Laura, mother of A level French student).