• A2, AS, GCSE and IB Economics (CIE, OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• A2 and AS Politics (AQA, Edexcel)
• A2, AS and IB Philosophy (OCR, AQA)
• A2, AS, GCSE and IB Business Studies (CIE, OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• A2, AS, GCSE and IB History (OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• 16+ preparation in Economics (Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, others)
• Oxford application preparation
I have worked as a private tutor since December 2013 for a number of agencies as well as on a freelance basis. I have taught approximately 30 students in total, most for GCSE and A-Level and equivalent examinations, either as a long term tutor or for revision courses. I have guided students through entry to high-profile independent schools such as Harrow, Wellington and Rugby.
I grew up in Oxfordshire and graduated from Exeter College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2016. I spent much of the last year travelling, and spent time in Uganda, China, and Morocco, where I worked as an English language tutor. I hope to study the traditional religious disciplines in the future.
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 currently learning Arabic. I spend time reading and researching academic work in topics that interest me, and I run a blog where I write about philosophy, culture, and current affairs. I also enjoy visiting galleries and museums and working out at the gym.
''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)
“Jacob was a hit with my son, who very much enjoyed talking to him.
I think Jacob understands how to approach the future sessions very well.'' (Parent of Oxford applicant)
''Jacob has the sessions planned in advance, makes the topics interesting and is covering the work required.” (Parent of GCSE RS student)