• I have successfully supported applications to the following schools: Hotchkiss (Connecticut), Thatcher (California), Eton, Winchester, City of London School for Boys, King’s Wimbledon, Hampton, Sevenoaks, Harrow, Highgate, Putney High, Kew House, Malvern, St Benedict’s, Epsom, Emanuel, King’s Canterbury, Concorde College.
• 11+ English, Maths & Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-test
• 13+ English, Maths & Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• I/GCSE English Language & Literature (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• I/GCSE Biology (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• I/GCSE Chemistry (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• I/GCSE Maths (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• SSAT Preparation (Quantitative, Verbal and Comprehension)
• A-level & PreU English (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• A-level Biology (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• A-level Chemistry (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• English Language Aptitude Test Preparation
• Online tuition for students based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Turkey.
• I have successfully supported applications to the following universities: Cambridge, Queen Mary’s, Leeds, Newcastle, Brown (Rhode Island).
While Keystone marks the beginning of my professional tutoring career, I have experience working with children of all ages across a range of subjects. For two years I conducted weekly tutoring sessions for students in years 7-11 at my school. I assisted with homework and revision for English, Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. I have also received Keystone's training for tutoring 11+ English and Maths.
In my final year at Oxford, I provided free tutorials to first year English students, reviewing their coursework and discussing possible emendations, for which I received resoundingly positive feedback. Additionally, through Vacation Project, I have gained some experience working with children who have SEN and ASD.
My father served in the Armed Forces, so I spent my childhood jumping between various schools and countries, including a two-year stint in Kuwait. Eventually I joined Wycliffe School as a boarder, remaining there until I completed my GCSEs.
By sixth-form, my parents had settled permanently in Stratford-upon-Avon. I attended the local state grammar, King Edward VI School, renowned for its pedagogical contribution to the genius of William Shakespeare.
Surrounded by the RSC's vibrant theatrical productions, my interest in literature superseded my scientific curiosity; alongside Maths AS (A), Biology (A*), and Chemistry (A*), I took the Cambridge Pre-U in English (D1), which I went on to read at Lincoln College, University of Oxford.
While at university, I received the Lord Crewe Scholarship for consistently producing work of a high standard. I later received a first-class mark for my dissertation, which fused my literary and scientific knowledge by exploring Donne's poetry in relation to Early Modern cosmological theory. I also flexed my creative muscles, winning a college poetry competition, and writing various miscellaneous pieces in prose and verse.
Having now graduated with a 2.1, I very much look forward to passing on my range of skills and knowledge to budding tutees.
My blog posts
17/02/2021: Applying to Study English at Oxford University
22/11/2017: Top Tips For Oxbridge Interviews - English at Oxford
To my mind, interaction and discussion are prerequisites to a successful tutorial. A lesson is not a lecture; rather, it is an opportunity to inform and consolidate understanding through active engagement in a specific topic. Having worked with students of all ages, I have come to notice a common trend: often, the basic knowledge of how to answer a question or solve a problem is present, but the student lacks the skill-set to confidently perform this in an exam scenario. My interlocutory approach will encourage critical investigation into a topic, resulting in a more complete understanding and improved confidence.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Unsurprisingly, I'm a big fan of books. I'm currently reading Philip Eade’s biography of my all-time favourite author, Evelyn Waugh. It’s been amusing to learn that a novel so perfect as “A Handful of Dust” was penned by a man who spent his childhood tormenting the intellectually weak, and his uni days avoiding his obligations as a history scholar and getting hopelessly drunk.
I also occasionally try and put pen to paper. A smattering of articles and poems can be found on my blog (www.shorterpoems.com), and I’m now at work on a real novel.
Outside of words, one of my greatest loves is the humble pull-up. I’m currently building endurance through use of a weighted vest, and hope one day to have attained the strength of a heavily-armoured hoplite marching upon the doomed city of Troy.
''We want to say a big thanks to Rory for being extremely supportive and encouraging to my son and daughter. He guided them appropriately and also gave them the support they needed. He is an excellent tutor and guide.'' (Mother of Year 8 students in Hong Kong)
"I'm delighted to be able to let you know that my son received an offer this weekend from Kew House, which was his first choice school. We are all delighted (and very relieved), given how popular Kew was this year.
So, I just wanted to say thank you for all your work with my son, especially for strengthening his maths and for helping him with his last minute wobble on comprehensions. He is very excited at the prospect of starting his new school, so thank you for helping him achieve the result he wanted." (Mother of 11+ student)
''My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson with Rory. She learnt a lot, likes his teaching style, enjoyed talking with him and felt motivated to do the homework he has set her. I can see how Ed thought that he would have quite a positive influence on her approach to English. I appreciated the update from Rory after the lesson. She is looking forward to her next lesson with Rory tomorrow.'' (Mother of 13+ English student)
“Our son absolutely adores his lessons with Rory which is fantastic news. I really hope Rory can stay on long term, he’s a great teacher and is a very good influence on our son. He’s also very professional, we especially like his daily reports on our son’s progress. We are all very impressed. Thanks a million.” (Mother of Year 6 boy)