- 11+ English: ISEB and public school exams, including pre-tests
- 11+ Maths: ISEB and public school exams, including pre-tests
- GCSE/IGCSE English (All exam boards)
- AS/A-level English (All exam boards)
- AS/A-Level Religious Studies (All exam boards)
During my second year at Oxford, I volunteered to teach a disadvantaged group of GCSE students in English, at Oxford Spires Academy. These sessions proved invaluable in bolstering confidence and equipping the students with practical techniques to boost their English grade. This provided me with the opportunity to not only develop my interest in teaching, but help those less privileged than myself.
I have also undergone rigorous preparation in the nuances of the 11+ syllabus, to ensure my tutoring toolkit encompasses the full breadth of age-specific techniques and requirements.
Growing up in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, I attended my local grammar The Skinners' School and achieved A*A*A* in A-Levels of English Literature, Economics and Religious Studies, alongside 10 A*s at GCSE. I then continued my studies at the University of Oxford having been awarded the Thomas William Thomas scholarship, graduating from Jesus College with a 2.1 in Philosophy and Theology. After a brief dalliance with the world of marketing, I swiftly realised that a teaching role would best combine my strengths and professional interests.
In particular, my experience at Oxford demonstrated the significant advantages of one-on-one tutoring, and ignited my interest in pursuing this in my own career. The opportunity it provides for in-depth discussions and student-led questioning facilitates high levels of comprehension and retention, as well as the invaluable boost to student confidence. Within this field, Keystone's meticulous approach and core principles ally perfectly with my own.
As an enthusiastic and personable tutor, I look for every opportunity to engage students with their work and ensure their potential is being fully realised. I believe there's no such thing as a stupid question, and teaching students to be comfortable in uncertainty is an integral part of properly learning a topic - very often, a tentative response will be on exactly the right path to the answer!
No two students are the same, and so an individualised approach tailored to each child's strengths and areas of focus is not a bonus in tutoring, but a necessity. Through this, alongside a detailed knowledge of the curriculum and exam specifications, I aim to fully equip each student with the confidence and know-how to not only achieve their goals, but crucially keep an eye on the 'bigger picture' and enjoy the learning experience!
What I do when I am not tutoring
Outside of tutoring full-time, I am a keen sportsman - especially those involving racquets - although my competence varies wildly! Another of my passions is reading; books on psychology, neuroscience, fantasy, history and sci-fi populate my rapidly-warping bookcase. I can always be found with a minimum of two books in my bag at any one time; even narrowing it to two can be a real challenge!
I also harbour a long-term ambition to complete a Masters degree in Psychology, having always been fascinated by the interplay between the mind and brain both scientifically and philosophically. However, fascination doesn't necessarily entail understanding, and so I can commonly be found poring over the latest articles in philosophy of mind with a look of thorough befuddlement.
On a less cerebral note, I enjoy exploring the many cultural sights of London - particularly gigs, theatre and museums.