• GCSE/IGCSE English
• GCSE Drama
• A-level English
• A-level Drama and Theatre
I began teaching in my spare time while I was working for the Royal Shakespeare Company, helping students who were applying to drama schools with Shakespeare and performance skills. This was when I realised how much I enjoyed being a teacher and decided to take up tutoring on a part-time basis.
I have been tutoring for over a year, teaching a dozen students across a range of subjects including GCSE English, Drama and History, and A-level English and Drama. I have also tutored an 11 year old in English for the 11+ entrance exams. The student achieved a place at Westminster School, which was her first choice. In addition, I have taught English as a foreign language both to adult learners and to students aged 13 to 17.
My speciality is in English Literature and Drama tutoring. In the last year I have tutored five students for their English GCSEs and two students for Drama GCSE and A-level. One of my current students, who takes his GCSEs next year, was struggling with English and needed extra support with structuring essays and exam technique: he is now achieving top marks in his end-of-year tests and is first in his class.
I continue to teach Drama and Acting professionally. Most recently I have taught on the Foundation Acting Programme at Mountview Academy in South London and on the MA Acting Course at Drama Studio London.
I was born in Surrey and went to Whitgift School in Croydon. I took A-levels in English Literature, History, Latin and Theatre Studies, achieving four A*/A grades. After Whitgift, I studied at Durham University where I gained a degree in English Literature (2:1). I spent a large portion of my time at university involving myself in the student theatre society, and after graduating went on to do a Master's degree in Theatre Directing at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Since graduating from LAMDA, I have worked with some of the most exciting companies in the UK, including Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recently, I decided to take up tutoring alongside my theatre work and have taught students in AS-level English Literature and English as a Foreign Language.
I understand that many students find English difficult and can become bored quickly by the challenging language of novels and poetry. That is why I believe in an active and energetic approach to the subject. I like to encourage students to read the texts aloud, to practice their own creative writing and engage with multi-media forms such as audio-books and films to help their learning.
Most importantly, I understand that each student has different needs and objectives. Having an initial consultation with both parents and student before starting a course of learning is vital for setting appropriate goals and anticipating challenges. I like to maintain feedback throughout the teaching process to ensure the lessons remain effective and enjoyable.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently developing projects for theatre on a part-time basis. As a director, I have significant control over my schedule for the year, which allows me the flexibility to take on tutoring clients.
When I am not directing or tutoring, I pursue my hobbies of writing and film-making. To relax, I like to play tennis, watch films and spend time with my family and friends.
Matthew tutored my son in GCSE English, Drama & History. According to my son, one of Matt's strengths is his ability to explain information in a clear, patient and helpful way. As a parent, I was particularly struck by Matt's patience and continued support during the COVID19 lockdown. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and wish him all the best. I would highly recommend Matt. (Josie, mother of GCSE student)