- A2 and AS Geography (AQA, Edexcel, CIE, OCR, WJEC)
- GCSE and IGCSE Geography (AQA, Edexcel, CIE, OCR, WJEC)
- University level Geography
- German - all levels including complete beginners and adult learners.
I have 6 years private tutoring experience, over which I have taught, helped and inspired hundreds of students across thousands of hours of lesson time. I have taught both A-levels and GCSEs as well as younger year groups, including preparation for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. I have experience of teaching the following exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, CIE, OCR and WJEC. Importantly, I am familiar with both the old and new specifications. I have had a very large and diverse range of clients, including SEN students. I have also tutored university students in Geography and have guided them through essay and dissertation submissions and exams.
I have been working (part time) as a Geography teacher in independent schools and a university technical college in London, and an independent college in St Albans over the past two academic years, teaching GCSEs and A-Levels.
I tutored AS and A2 Geography (WJEC board) at a London state high school in preparation for their exams in June 2016.
Finally, I tutored Geography on an international level at North London Collegiate School, Jeju, South Korea and have taught English in rural Thailand, among other work experience in various fields on an international level.
I was born in Regensburg, Germany and grew up in Penang, Malaysia. After completing high school (IGCSEs) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, I worked at North London Collegiate School Jeju, South Korea for six months as a teaching assistant. After this I attended the University of Melbourne in Australia for my three year undergraduate degree in Environments, majoring in Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures. During this time period, I also completed an intensive Mandarin language summer programme at the University of Hong Kong and taught English in rural Thailand during university holidays. I am bilingual, speaking English and German fluently and also speak a bit of Malay, French and Mandarin. I enjoy exploring new places and cultures and am fascinated by languages. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring and teach with a passion.
Building a strong working relationship and trust between the tutor and student is very important, and being easily approachable is a vital characteristic a tutor should have. Some students may have just lost their inspiration to learn and so it is the tutor's job to motivate and inspire them. An important role for a tutor is to build a students confidence and acting as a mentor to them. Additionally, it is important the student is guided on an individual-based level and encouraged to actively engage and think, making links with information explained to them, and not spoon fed. Especially applicable to Geography, my lessons have a strong focus on exam technique, including essay structure and language; and effective exam preparation.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring I enjoy exploring the city, catching up with friends, relaxing at home with a good book, keeping up to date with global news and events, and travelling and exploring new places and cultures. I am proud to say that I have been lucky enough to visit 63 countries so far - a list I intend to grow in my lifetime, to over half of the worlds countries. I also love sports and consider myself a very active individual. I enjoy football, table tennis, badminton, squash, surfing, snowboarding and fishing. I am an avid hiker and have climbed South-East Asia’s highest mountain: Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Malaysia as part of a school based charity fund-raising trip.
“I employed Sebastian as a private tutor for my daughter to help with ‘A’ level Geography revision. Sebastian had a calm but systematic approach and helped my daughter to organize her notes and material thoroughly. He talked my daughter through essay questions and through discussion enabled her to reach answers logically, sealing her knowledge. He also provided a very useful list of exam tips. My daughter received an A* in the final exam and secured a place at her first choice university. Sebastian helped her achieve this. I have no hesitation in recommending Sebastian as a private tutor.” - mother of A-Level Geography student
“Our College has hired Sebastian to teach small group classes for A level and GCSE Geography. He has been very amenable and has developed a good rapport with the students. His subject knowledge is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Sebastian.” - private GCSE and sixth form college, St Albans
“Sebastian has been providing weekly support sessions, utilising Skype, for my son who is 17 for the past three months. My son advises the sessions are very worthwhile and Sebastian's infectious enthusiasm for Geography is matched by his clarity of explanation of it. My son's confidence in and otherwise little appetite for the subject, one of his 3 A Levels, has risen significantly.” - father of A-Level Geography student
“Complex and puzzling content was so well explained and all topics were revised in large depth.” - mother of GCSE Geography student
“Sebastian has been a positive support for my son's Geography A2, providing very useful revision notes and feedback on practice essays and questions. He tutors him on Skype which works well and is time efficient and we would certainly recommend Sebastian” - mother of A-Level Geography student
“He has an excellent skill for GCSE exam and flexible arranging schedule.” - mother of GCSE Geography student
“Sebastian worked for four months on both a one-to-one level and group level, teaching A level geography in a school setting. Very adaptable to varying hours. Feedback from both students and staff - outstanding. Strong academic background coupled with years of tutoring experience - highly recommend without reservation.” - tutoring company founder
“Sebastian proved to be a real treasure in our quest to find a decent and knowledgeable tutor for GCSE German. By all accounts he is flexible and accommodating and always has the student's best interests to mind. In short - highly recommended” - school teacher of GCSE German student
“Sebastian Weiss: native speaker, easily approachable, flexible with scheduling, good tutor for busy professionals.” - adult learner German
“I called upon Sebastian a couple of times to help me through an assignment I was having difficulty with. Sebastian was information and clear throughout each session. Even though my assignment wasn't Sebastian's specialty (Geo-Politics and all I only needed help with essay structure) he went above and beyond what was asked and researched my essay title in particular, he then went ahead and made suggestions on what he believed would get me the most marks. I ended up receiving a high mark for the assignment Sebastian helped me with, well above the grade I would usually get without help. I would without any hesitation recommend Sebastian to anyone looking for help or guidance.” - university student