• (i)GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Maths: Edexcel, CIE, OCR and AQA
• A-level Biology & Chemistry
• IB Biology and Chemistry
• 11+ English, Science, Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• 13+ English, Science, Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
I have been working for Keystone Tutors since 2008, with over 1000 hours of tuition booked so far.
My primary subjects are the Sciences, with experience from 11+ up to undergraduate level, and across a variety of exams and examination boards, including 11+ and 13+ entrance exams, GCSE, A-Level and IB.
I also tutor Maths and English up to GCSE level, and am happy to provide (less specific) guidance in other areas in addition to the core subject(s) we are focussing on.
I have particularly in-depth experience with students who (for whatever reason) have missed a large amount of school and require intensive tuition to catch up, as well some general mentoring and motivation or confidence boosting.
I also have extensive experience in residential tuition, having worked with students all around the world, including Italy, Ukraine, Mallorca and The Bahamas. A particular focus of this work has been preparing students who speak English as a second language for school in the UK.
I was as a double-scholar at Stamford Endowed Schools, Lincolnshire, where I attained 8A* and 3A at GCSE level and 3A (Biology, Chemistry, English Literature) and a B (Music Technology) at A-level. I subsequently spent a year on the side of a mountain in Alberta, Canada before studying Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham, where I achieved a 2:1 BSc (Honours).
Since leaving University I have been working in the music industry, running a record label, and working as a songwriter, producer and recording engineer. I have been tutoring at Keystone since 2008 in addition to my work in music.
I believe that all students need individual focus on their strengths and weaknesses, which is one of the major benefits of private tutoring. I try to tailor my approach, therefore, on the students' needs, and not on a preconceived plan. One of my main goals though, is 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 teaching them some study and research skills.
I have considerable experience in residential placements, particularly helping students prepare for entrance examinations, GCSEs and A-levels. In a setting such as this, I feel that one of the most important aspects is to keep the lessons as fresh and engaging as possible, particularly after a full day at school. I think that one of my strengths is being able to tailor my approach to each student, and find what it is that keeps them engaged. My students have had a 100% success rate in school entry examinations.
What I do when I am not tutoring
As well as tutoring, music takes up a lot of time in my life, be it writing, playing, listening or studying the craft. When I have some free time I love cooking for my friends and family and trying to stay active in some way, whether it be meeting some friends on Regent's Park for some football or doing some yoga. I'm also a voracious reader. I'm currently reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books for the third time, and have recently finished The Martian by Andy Weir.
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 (particularly the expansion of the Clouded Leopard Rescue Centre and protection of Elephants affected by palm oil plantations)
-Orangutan conservation and education
-Campaigning for the creation of a Marine Conservation Area in Sabah to reduce the impact of shark-finning and unsustainable fishing practises.
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 has been a real success in many ways, not only in that my son likes him and doesn't grump when he is due to see him. He says he likes him too which is also essential." (Mother of GCSE Science 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.''
Wils 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!''