• 11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-tests
• 13+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
•(I)GCSE/IGCSE English: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR
•(I)GCSE Religious Studies (CIE, AQA, Edexcel, OCR)
•(I)GCSE Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
•(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 Further Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
•A-level Physics: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and Pre-U
•A-level Philosophy (AQA)
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. Importantly, I have helped a number of students prepare for both 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations into selective schools including North London Collegiate, Haberdasher, Dulwich, and Tonbridge.
I have also worked in Dubai, where I was employed as a Professional Tutor. 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.
Before going to Imperial College to study Physics, I was at the King's School Canterbury for my A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and Art. I had always thought of myself as a scientist, but, in my second year at Imperial, I discovered a rapidly growing interest in Philosophy. With this, the seeds were sown for my pursuit of an academic career.
And so, from Physics to a Master’s degree in Philosophy at University College London, I followed this up with a more research heavy degree in the Philosophy and Poetry of T.S. Eliot at Durham University. These were some big changes but my varied academic history is only a result of my deep love for learning, something I have always wanted to share. It was on this basis that I began tutoring almost 4 years ago now.
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. In short, I have built up a great deal of experience teaching everything from Romeo and Juliet to differentiation and integration, as well as to every age group between KS2 and undergraduate.
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 if tutees are to get the most out of their lessons and, indeed, I love finding myself confronted with the need to find new ways of teaching my subjects.
Of course, there are effective teaching 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.
I do understand that not everyone gets along with every subject and, despite my own varied academic background and enthusiasms, I have first-hand experience of this feeling. However, I maintain that there is always a way to get excited about a subject and I am constantly searching for ways to engage my students. I still remember the teachers that inspired me and, without trying to sound too conceited, I do hope I can have this effect.
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 buddies, which always makes for interesting conversations.
I am also a keen cricketer and footballer, though more often a watcher of the beautiful game these days. Now that I am back in London, I look forward to following my beloved Charlton Athletic again.
''Both Jean-Michel and David were excellent tutors, very knowledgeable in their subjects but also able to connect well with my children and make the subject matter accessible and comprehensible to them. In addition, they were personable, flexible, reliable and resourceful. Both children were very grateful for their help.'' (On the Anchor Tutors website).
''Jean is tutoring my son English 11+ since September last year. He 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.'' (Alma, 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.'' (Neil, father of GCSE Student)