-Successfully preparing students for (i)GCSE exams in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
-Successfully preparing students for A-Level and IB exams in Biology and Chemistry
-Successfully preparing students for 11+ and 13+ entrance and scholarship exams at a range of leading schools.
-Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and English tuition for 5-11-year-olds.
-Successfully engaging 5-11-year-olds with introductory Science, giving them a solid foundation to build on for 11+ and 13+ entrance and scholarship exams.
-Working with students with a huge variety of special educational needs, chronic illnesses or mental health and anxiety issues. One of my real passions is acting as a mentor as well as an academic tutor, and I remain in touch with many of my students long after they no longer require my tutoring services.
-Planning, creation and delivery of fully bespoke home-schooling curriculums, including the setting up of (sometimes mobile) classroom spaces, planning field trips and practical lessons, and developing schemes of assessment and reporting.
-Delivery of home-schooling curriculums in parallel with the curriculum of a particular school, including regular discussion and planning with subject teachers to ensure that (re)joining the school at a later date is as seamless as possible.
-Conducting comprehensive assessments for students and assisting in school selection, application and preparation.
-Individual and group interview training for school and university admissions interviews.
-Communicating effectively with parents on the best ways that they can support and nurture their children’s education and personal development, particularly in the case of students with special educational needs.
-Delivery of a stable and consistent learning environment in situations where a family’s lifestyle includes a lot of travel, last minute changes to plans and the ability to improvise around the schedule of the students or parents.
-Working as part of a small team of tutors to plan and deliver an integrated curriculum where each tutor’s lessons complement the others to educate the student(s) on a wider area of learning.
-Commissioned to create of all of the content for an iGCSE Science revision app, with over 1000 questions of different styles across the Edexcel, OCR and AQA syllabi for Biology Chemistry and Physics.
I have been a professional tutor for over ten years, helping students with a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds. As well as teaching Science and Maths to older students as a specialist, I also work with younger students on a wide range of subjects. I have particularly in-depth experience with students with Special Educational Needs and in providing bespoke home-schooling curriculums.
In the last ten years, I have provided over 4000 hours of tuition to students from ages 5-18, ranging from hourly after-school support or preparation for specific exams, to long-term residential positions that require the creation of bespoke curriculums and learning environments for home-schooling. I am a specialist in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and also provide support in other subjects such as French, Latin and English.
I have worked with hundreds of different students with a wide range of abilities, interests and learning styles, and this experience has taught me that each student requires a unique approach in order to bring the best out of them. I try to tailor my approach, therefore, on the students' needs, and not on a preconceived plan.
However, no matter the age or ability level, one of my main goals is always to encourage and teach my students the independence to attempt to solve any problems or questions they may have themselves, and prepare them for the world ahead. I do this through ensuring that core concepts are properly understood, as well as helping them with study and research skills that best suit their learning style.
Maths and Science can be seen by some students (and parents) as somewhat stuffy subjects, but I think that one of my main strengths is to teach these subjects in contexts that people find engaging, exciting and more applicable to their daily lives and interests than they first realised.
One of the most rewarding parts of private tutoring is seeing a student that had previously struggled with a topic suddenly have a breakthrough moment or achieve exam results that they hadn’t previously thought possible. Indeed, some students that enlisted my help in their GCSE years due to the sciences being their ‘weakest subjects’ have gone on to study them further at A-level and University. There is one young man in particular who is currently studying to be a doctor that ‘hated Science’ the first time I met him.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am always trying to learn something new myself, and have a wide range of interests and hobbies.
Music plays an important part in my life, and I enjoy producing for other artists, composing to picture, and writing and playing for my own project. I play guitar, piano, bass and a few other instruments (to varying levels of ability!) and can often be found making various field recordings of interesting sounds and music from the variety of places I am fortunate enough to visit.
I am also a keen photographer and videographer, and often end up becoming the de-facto documentarian when travelling with families, providing them with an album of high quality photos and videos at the end of their trip.
I enjoy staying active however I can, and regularly practise yoga as well as enjoying skiing, snowboarding, diving and hiking, as well as the occasional game of footie in the park.
My father, stepmother and sister are currently residents in Borneo and I am involved in a number of Wildlife Conservation projects there:
-Kudat Turtle Conservation Society
-Lok Kawi Nature Reserve
-Campaigning for the creation of a Marine Conservation Area in Sabah to reduce the impact of shark-finning and unsustainable fishing practises.
I am also a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction, avid watcher of movies and documentaries and a keen cook.
My daughter benefited greatly from her classes with James, who was a most excellent tutor. He imparted his wisdom with passion and enthusiasm, which resulted in a boost in her confidence, as well as a much clearer understanding of the subject. She now feel ready to tackle science GCSE’s, and hopes, as we all do, for the best! (Mother of GCSE student)
''James was excellent in every way and Rosie thinks she got a lot out of her sessions with him. He was also very efficient and punctual and of course, very charming and good company. Would highly recommend him.''
''I wish we had had James last year!''
''We would certainly recommend you and James to other people. He was right on my son’s wavelength, and very clear.''
" 'W' has finished his Chemistry work with James. I would just like to say whatever the result, how very pleased and impressed we were with James. William said he was a great help and found it invaluable. He has an interview at Brighton and Sussex medical School next week, the first we have heard from – much earlier than we thought, in fact. I will also let you know what the IB result is when it comes. We would heartily recommend James to any other boy we hear of who needs help with IB.''
''James is super!''
" ‘A’ benefited greatly from her classes with James, who was a most excellent tutor. He imparted his wisdom with passion and enthusiasm, which resulted in a boost in [her] confidence, as well as a much clearer understanding of the subject. She now feel ready to tackle science GCSEs, and hopes, as we all do, for the best!"
"James is absolutely brilliant. The lessons have been a real success, and ‘A’ has insisted we add two more."