I graduated from Oxford in 2017 with an M.St in English, having completed my undergrad in 2016; since then I've worked for the Society for Education and Training, taught at a leading high school in New Zealand for a year, and continued freelance tutoring throughout.
As a student, I was able to learn through enjoyable, intellectually rewarding 1-to-1 discussion – where I could work through my ideas and develop my thinking freely, without fear of being outright baffled by something. As a tutor, I try to create an easy-going, stimulating environment that encourages independence and originality of thought. I’m happy to be led by your interests and ideas, to help you flesh them out further and articulate them with greater clarity; I’m equally happy, if you’d prefer, to guide more decisively your approach to a text or topic.
I’d like to help you through your study of literature in any way I can – whether that’s by aiding your essay technique, developing more sophisticated theoretical approaches to texts, finding apposite points of comparison between texts, or working through your encounter with a difficult text for the first time.
Since 2013, alongside and subsequent to my BA and M.St studies, I’ve worked as an English tutor and teacher with students of varying nationalities, abilities and ages, from pre-GCSE to degree level, and I’ve found working with these young people – accompanying them through crucial exams, setting them advanced extension work to push their learning further or to bring them up to speed, assisting them with applications and preparations for further education – to be extremely rewarding. I endeavour, as far as possible, to recognise the circumstances, needs, abilities and interests of each student, and genuinely enjoy encouraging them to consider the study of literature as an occasion for self-expression, believing genuinely that the study of English can be transformational to a person’s well-being and prospects. Language is integral to thought: the study of English language, and of the functional skills of reading and writing, enables you not just to communicate effectively but to think clearly.
Since 2016, I've worked as an academic tutor for MyTutor and First Tutors - assisting with English from pre-GCSE to University level, as well as History, Maths and Philosophy up to A-Level. I offer personal statement advice and interview practice for university applications, and help to prepare students for Oxbridge entrance exams. I've worked with young people from all over the world - Hong Kong, Russia, Germany & India, as well as from the UK.
Between July 2018 and 2019, I worked as a teaching assistant and in-house tutor at a leading high school in Christchurch, New Zealand, organising and running the Y12 & Y13 NZQA Scholarship English programme. (5 students achieved scholarships in <Phone Number Redacted>; 1 got the top score in English in the country). As well as this, I aided Y12 and Y13 candidates with prep for Level 2 and Level 3 NCEA Exams, and worked with students across school, from Y9-Y13, on an individual or small-group basis.
My tuition is geared towards securing the results you want, but hopefully it does more than that. I'll help you to hone your faculties as a critical reader of poetry and fiction, as of philosophy and history; to develop strategies for noticing things – parallels and points of connection, inconsistencies in arguments – and to use what you notice in interesting ways. I'll help you to push your thinking further and express your ideas confidently in writing: to find canny ways of shaping your points to strengthen and spice up your work.
We can also talk about why this stuff matters. Asking why something is worth reading in the first place, and sussing out precisely what’s at stake in reading it, will shine a path through to the big questions posed by a poem, play, or a work of philosophy. We’ll engage with such texts not just as cold, dissectable artefacts, but as experiences in reading, where our own confusions and uncertainties are recognised as valid within - maybe necessary for - the richness of those experiences. Having taught a range of ages and abilities, from pre-GCSE through to degree level, I recognise that certain texts and concepts are tougher to crack than others. That's what I’m here for! We can move at whatever pace you like through a topic until you feel confident with it.
Exam Board Experience
I’m familiar with AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC and CIE English GCSE and A-Level syllabuses. I’m diligent, open-minded, and resilient; eager to receive and reflect upon criticism in the interests of developing as a teacher and as a person; and genuinely enamoured with the English language, in its dexterousness and malleability, its transformative, rebellious, self-assuring potential, and excited by the prospect of accompanying students through its dizzying expanse of possibilities.