• A2, AS, GCSE and IB Economics (CIE, OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• Undergraduate, A-Level and AS Politics including IB Global Politics (AQA, Edexcel)
• Undergraduate, A-Level, AS, IB and Pre-U Philosophy (AQA)
• Undergraduate, A-Level, AS, IB, Pre-U, and (i)GCSE Religious Studies (OCR, AQA)
• Undergraduate, A-Level, AS, (i)GCSE and IB History (OCR, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• Undergraduate, A-Level, AS, (i)GCSE and IB English Literature (OCR, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• Undergraduate, A-level, and AS Sociology (AQA)
• 16+ (including scholarship) preparation in Humanities and Social Science subjects (Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, UCS, and many more)
• 13+ (including scholarship) preparation in Humanities and Social Science subjects (Westminster, King's College Canterbury, St. Paul's, CLC, and many more)
• Oxbridge application preparation.
I have worked as a professional tutor and educational consultant for six years. I have taught dozens of students for thousands of hours in total. I have also worked as a teacher in a leading independent school in North London. I teach all subjects up to age 13, and specialise in humanities and social sciences, including economics, above that level. I have taught political and social sciences up to undergraduate level, and I regularly read academic journals on philosophy, theology, history, and politics.
I have had many successful students; a few examples include:
>Three admitted to study HSPS at Cambridge.
>One who received offers from all three of Westminster, Winchester, and St. Paul's for 13+.
>One who gained 84/84 marks in his A-Level Politics Paper 2 (Edexcel), which is now being used as an exemplar.
>One who gained an A in A-Level History after being predicted a C.
I grew up in Oxfordshire and read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford. I have lived in Uganda, China, and Morocco, where I worked as an English language tutor. I work as a full-time tutor and education consultant.
I believe that the most important virtue in a tutor is the ability to empathise with a student's cognitive position. When teaching I aim to guide a student through the mental steps needed to accomplish the goal of the lesson.
I typically spend much of a lesson in dialogue with the student. I break this up with exercises to embed and reinforce key points, but I always end the lesson with a call to reflection on what the student has learned. I emphasise that knowledge is open-ended and interconnected.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am studying a part-time MA in Religion at KCL. I am learning Arabic, and I enjoy travel, literature, and art. My writing has been published in several magazines.
I am pleased to say my son got three A’s and secured a place to study international relations and economics at Birmingham Uni - his first choice! Many thanks to Jacob for all his support. (Mother of A Level student)
''I would like to thank you for helping my son gain a prestigious scholarship at Harrow School. You were engaging, sympathetic, and able to make the History, Philosophy, and Geography requirements very clear to bring out my son's full potential. This is a great achievement and we are very thankful for your help in bringing it about!''
''I’m still trying to peel my son off the ceiling. He got 3 A*s! His politics marks were ‘off the chart’ and his papers are being used as exemplars for next year; he has been advised by his politics master that his marks for Paper 2 were 84/84...he is thrilled with the achievement and we would like to thank you for helping him achieve it''
Mother of an A-Level Student
''Jacob was a great help in clarifying my A Level History personal investigation. I was very unsure about how to proceed, but with his help was able to complete it to a high standard.''
Viveka, A Level History student
"Jacob was a great help with Economics. He made the concepts very clear and I gained a place at Monkton Senior School. I very much recommend him."
"We just found out that my son's resits went really well. He got an 8 in English, which he is so happy about. We all wanted to say thank you so much for your help and patience through this difficult time. He has never found History easy, so all 8s is just so wonderful!...thank you again for all your support."
Mother of an iGCSE English student
''Jacob has been a tremendous help with my IB studies. He can explain the content clearly and has a detailed understanding on the syllabus and assessment requirements. He has also provided very focused and helpful feedback on my internal assessment working, which has really helped me to understand how to increase my marks''.
''Jacob has been most helpful in assisting my son with the first year of his A level Economics studies. He had struggled with some of the terminology and principles and after his sessions with Jacob he had a good understanding. He is very patient and engages well and so my son was motivated to try hard and to do well.''
Mother of an A-Level Student
''Jacob was a great help for my daughter when preparing for her 16+ exams in Economics. She passed all of her tests and got offers from King's College Canterbury and Cheltenham Ladies College. He really helped her understand the material and build her confidence for the exams. Thank you so much!''
Mother of a 16+ applicant
''Jacob is a very knowledgeable and understanding tutor. With his help, I have been predicted an A grade for my Extended Essay in IB Philosophy.''
IB Philosophy student.
''Jacob was a great help for my son during his A-level studies. He was able to make the topics simple and easy to understand and had a wealth of knowledge in the subject, which he communicated with patience and empathy. My son was very pleased with his final grade.''
Mother of an A Level Student
''Jacob was a tremendous help with my son's A Level Politics. He had been predicted poor grades by his teachers and was feeling extremely confused at the feedback he had received. Jacob was able to help him organise and structure his revision and make the essay-writing process clear and transparent. I am delighted that my son was able to get an A in his final exams with Jacob's help.''
Mother of an A-Level Student
''[Our son] was predicted a C to begin with - and then an aspirational B and with your outstanding tutoring - received an A! It was one of ours and his highlights of 2019!
We have spoken to Edinburgh and they said his A-levels (AAB) were def. strong enough to now get an offer at Edinburgh.
Again, thank you for all your help! We have 2 more boys coming up the ranks and will def. be reaching out again for your tremendous tutoring.''
Parent of an A-Level History student
''I really do not know how to thank you enough. I have never done so well in Politics; I am truly over the moon. You did not just help me achieve this but you also made me develop a passion for it, I have grown strong convictions for my views and am able to justify them...I am forever indebted to you''
''Jacob tutored myself and my friend together. We would not have been able to get into our chosen university without him! He had a wealth of knowledge and communicated it brilliantly to help us ace the exams needed for admission. Thanks again!''
''Your tuition for my A-Level studies was extremely beneficial both for understanding the content to a high level and for maximising performance on the AQA mark scheme. Thank you so much for your help, which has made huge difference to my performance and academic confidence!''
''Jacob has a fantastic knowledge of the UK education system and his advice is invaluable. He was a great help in securing places for my son at his first choice of the most exclusive schools, and he really understands the subtle things that distinguish a good candidate from a great one''.
Mother of applicant to elite schools at 13+
''Jacob took the time to understand our son's needs in the context of the schools we are applying for and their entry requirements. He did an excellent job at filling the gaps in our son's knowledge and boosting both his academic attainment and his confidence. Not only did our son receive offers from all three top tier schools that we applied for, but he is now thriving at school. Jacob was instrumental in helping our son achieve this.''
Parent of applicant to several elite schools at 13+
''We have been very pleased indeed with the work [Jacob has] organised and carried out with Chris both in his subjects for A Level and in his application to read PPE at Oxford.
We have been lucky to have met [Jacob] and we appreciate enormously the work he has provided and the manner in which he provided it.''
(Father of Oxford applicant)
''Jacob provided focused, engaging mentoring in preparing for my son's Oxbridge application, and in helping him finish an essay to be entered in a major competition. He found Jacob's lessons to be extremely stimulating and greatly enjoyed talking to him. I would very much recommend.'' (Mother of Year 11 student)
''Jacob reliably prepared well-planned and creative lessons for my four children, and was an invaluable help in preparing them for 13+ scholarship, GCSE, A-level, and undergraduate exams. I would very much recommend!''
(Mother of four students of different ages)
''Jacob really helped with analysis of sources and developing a critical argument for my pre-university History dissertation and had a range of academic sources at his fingertips'' (A-level history student)
''Angelika has really been enjoying her lessons with Jacob – she has made huge progress, and received an A in her recent exam. We are very thankful to Jacob for his dedicated and enthusiastic tutoring. Thank you!''
''Jacob has been the most amazing, and inspiring tutor for my daughter for her A-Level Economics. I cannot recommend him highly enough for his total dedication and ability to tutor in an encouraging and confidence-building way. Anna seems to really enjoy their sessions and even asked for more sessions over the holidays. I really believe Jacob is going to push her toward A* in her final exam this year.''
Mother of an A-level student, London
''Jacob has been helping my son with his personal statement this year. His feedback and comments were very valuable, and I found Jacob to be a very conscientious and knowledgeable tutor. He has given my son so much helpful information regarding the application process and interviews that now my son feels much more confident. Jacob put in a lot of effort and we are now waiting for the last offer from university!''
Parents of A-levels student, London
''I am very grateful for your help in improving my son's English comprehension and writing. He made great progress in a short space of time and is far more confident.''
Father of 10-year old boy, Hong Kong
''I got everything I wanted – 3As – so very happy! But I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your help and guidance! So thank you very much, I really appreciate all the time and effort that you put in. You were an excellent teacher and really helped me stay on top of all my studies!''
A-Level student, Singapore; gained a place at St Andrews University.
''I received A* politics, what a relief. I met my offer for LSE Law. I am very grateful for your help this past year, you definitely helped me massively to achieve this grade.''
A-Level Politics student, Hong Kong
''[My son] got an A in economics, which was his predicted grade. His essay scores improved significantly...He is very happy and he got into Imperial College which was his first choice. Thank you very much again for your help.''
Parent of an A-Level Economics student
''[My son] got A* ( Politics), A ( Philosophy) and B (Business Studies). Thank you for everything you did for him, as I have no doubt all your help contributed hugely.''
Mother of an A-Level student
''Thank you very much for your brilliant lessons and setting [my son] up for his new chapter. This is the first time he has had tutoring...and it’s certainly a gift that he has been tutored by you. Thank you very much.''
Mother of a Year 12 History and Economics student
''I wanted to say thank you for all the TSA advice and support that you have given [my son]. He says your lessons have been really helpful (and he is not a boy given to effusiveness about teachers). He told my dad that he couldn’t understand how anyone passed the TSA without this kind of support. So a big thank you from us both.''
Mother of an Oxford PPE applicant
''It was pleasure to see my grade for RS: a grade 8! I think our tutoring lessons definitely helped me a lot on receiving this grade!''
GCSE RS student