• A2, AS, GCSE and IB Economics (CIE, OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• A2 and AS Politics (AQA, Edexcel)
• A2, AS, IB and Pre-U Philosophy (OCR, AQA)
• A2, AS, GCSE and IB Business Studies (CIE, OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• A2, AS, GCSE and IB History (OCR, AQA, Edexcel)
• Undergraduate and A-level Sociology (AQA)
• 16+ preparation in Economics (Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, others)
• Oxbridge 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 50 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 have lived 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.
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)
"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