• 11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school exams, including pre-tests.
• 13+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• (I)GCSE Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
• (I)GCSE/IGCSE English: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR
• (I)GCSE Physics: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
• A-level English Literature: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, IB, OCR and WJEC
• A-level Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
• A-level Physics: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and Pre-U
• A-level Philosophy (AQA)
I have four years experience tutoring both in the UK and in Dubai. I have taught both Maths and English to all age groups between 11+ and A level, which has allowed me to develop a strong understanding not only of topic material but of where my students need to be heading. Having completed Keystone's rigorous training programme, I am very comfortable teaching 11+ English and Maths and have past experience helping students with both 11+ and 13+ preparation for a number of selective schools (North London Collegiate, Haberdasher, Dulwich, and Tonbridge to name a few).
During my year as a self-employed private tutor in London, my students ranged from those attempting to gain entry into selective schools and universities, to those who’s education had, for a variety of reasons, been disrupted.
When employed as a Full-Time Tutor in Dubai, my remit was both to teach Mathematics and English up to A-Level standard, as well as to head the firm’s new English department. This not only involved teaching students between the ages of 7 and 18, but sourcing material and developing teaching strategies for English.
I had something of a nomadic life before settling in London for University, which is one of the reasons I ended up with a French name, despite being an English Dane. After having been born in France, my family moved to Australia, followed by a small stint in North Kent, and on to Dubai where I completed my GCSEs. It was back to the UK for A Levels, which I took at the King’s School Canterbury.
My A levels were in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and Art. I got an A* in Further Maths and As in all the rest. This was enough to get me into Imperial College to study Physics. It was during my second year at Imperial that I discovered a profound interest in Philosophy. This led me to change direction and pursue a Master’s degree in Philosophy at University College London. I then embarked upon a more research heavy degree in the Philosophy and Poetry of T.S. Eliot at Durham University. These were some big changes but it has given me a great insight into the different ways in which we try to make sense of the world, something that has always informed my approach to tutoring.
I was a full-time tutor in London between 2016 and 2017 before heading up to Durham to continue my studies. Following the completion of my degree, I moved to Dubai for a year and was employed as a full-time tutor across both Mathematics and English. I also lead a number of undergraduate seminars throughout my postgraduate degrees. I worked freelance through Keystone before joining as a Professional Tutor in August 2020.
Many of the best thinkers have seen teaching as an extension of learning, which is something I have always tried to put into practice. And this is the wonderful thing about private tuition, with the format really allowing the tutor to be an integral part of the learning process and not just the overseer. Everyone has their own way of thinking about maths problems and physics concepts, of understanding a text, and it is so important that one moulds their approach accordingly. This is why I think flexibility is key to getting the most out of lessons and, indeed, I love finding new ways of teaching my subjects.
Of course, there are effective strategies, exam techniques, and revision plans that can all be extremely useful. Structure is also a central part of my overarching approach - I know from experience that tracking progress is essential if morale is to remain high. It's only that I am loathe to apply such tactics indiscriminately or to the detriment of fostering a love for learning.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Whilst I am not yet a published poet, this is something I would like to change. My poetic pursuits are a topic of deep bewilderment amongst my old Imperial College pals, which always makes for interesting conversations.
I am also a keen cricketer and footballer, though after numerous football related injuries I have chosen the safer option of watching more of the beautiful game these days.
“It has been a pleasure dealing with Jean-Michel and I have been impressed with his intuitive and highly professional approach to his classes with my son. Not only has he succeeded in identifying and sorting out the issues that were bothering my son in the first place, he has also stretched and stimulated his interest in other areas of the subject.” (Mother of A Level Physics Student)
''Jean-Michel was an excellent tutor, very knowledgeable in his subjects but also able to connect well with my children and make the subject matter accessible and comprehensible to them. In addition, he was personable, flexible, reliable and resourceful. Both children were very grateful for his help.'' (Mother of Students)
''Jean .. is responsible and trustworthy, constantly updating me on the progress of my son and giving input. I give credit to him for pushing my son to excel in the recent Dubai College entry assessment and he successfully got in. I have no hesitation to recommend Jean to anyone.'' (Mother of 11 year old)
''My son has had several sessions with Jean-Michel, who had an immediate impact in terms of identifying problem areas and helping to identify solutions that our son was able to implement. Jean-Michel has the advantage of a background in both science and English, which helps him to approach issues from a variety of viewpoints as well as covering multiple subjects. He has a genuine interest and commitment to helping his students.'' (Father of GCSE Student)
''It has been a pleasure dealing with Jean-Michel and I have been impressed with his intuitive and highly professional approach to his classes with my son. Not only has he succeeded in identifying and sorting out the issues that were bothering him in the first place, he has also stretched and stimulated his interest in other areas of the subject.'' (Mother of A-Level Physics Student)
It was a great opportunity for our son to receive extra support in Math from Jean-Michel, who along with his positive and engaging personality and extensive background in both Math and Science, really made a difference in our son's learning. Jean-Michel has the ability to inspire students to explore their abilities to the full and we are immensely grateful for his support. (Mother of A-Level Maths student)