Guy

Online English Tutor

Guy

5.0 5 classes

University of Bristol - English Literature - Ph.D.

I’m a creative, enthusiastic private tutor, with a Ph.D. in English literature, 8 years’ experience lecturing at the University of London, and over a decade of practice tutoring students from Year 5 to MA level.

Recent Students: 1 Total Hours: 7 Last Online: 22 Oct 2021
All-time Students: 1 Total Classes: 5 Signed Up: 30 Mar 2021

About Me

I divide my time between lecturing in literary and cultural history at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary colleges (University of London), private tutoring, writing essays for magazines like the Times Literary Supplement, and composing music. These different pursuits inform my teaching style. My lessons bring together intellectual rigour with a relaxed and fun approach to learning. Using my knowledge and expertise as an academic, along with 10 years’ experience private tutoring students from primary to postgraduate level, I make sure students receive the tools they need to achieve high grades while remaining relaxed, engaged and excited by the subject. I am up to date with the current secondary curricula (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB), have three years’ experience using Skype, Zoom, Teams and other online platforms to deliver lessons, and have a background coaching EFL students in a range of subjects also.

Tutor Experience

For over a decade I have coached pupils for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams – with success at Westminster, City of London, St Paul's and Highgate – as well as for GCSE, AS and A Level (in English and History, and with a record of prepping for University interview also). My teaching approach is fun but intellectually rigorous – focused on making sure students have the tools to achieve high grades but remain relaxed, engaged and excited by the subject. I am up to date with the current secondary curricula (for boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and IB), have three years experience using Skype, Zoom and other online tools to deliver lessons (privately and in my role as online tutor for the University of London’s International Programme) and have a background coaching EFL students in a range of subjects. Based on my experience as an academic – as a lecturer, seminar leader, marker, and MA dissertation supervisor – I also offer one-to-one tuition and advice at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Topic Expertise

Teaching Jobs:
2012-Present: Lecturer & Teaching Fellow in English and American Literature, Goldsmiths & Queen Mary Colleges, University of London (Years 1-3 and MA
2006-2011: Teacher of English & History, London Brooke’s College (independent GCSE & A-Level College)
2007-2008: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, ELT School, London

University Subjects:
- English (all aspects, but with a specialist focus on 20th century English and American literature and culture)
- History (all aspects)

University Entrance Experience:
- Interview Practice (UCL, Oxford, Cambridge)
- Entrance Exams (Oxford, Cambridge)

GCSE and A-Level Exam Boards:
- AQA, Edexcel, IB, OCR, IELTS, Pre-U, Sat

Secondary Entrance Exam Experience:
- 10+ English, Verbal Reasoning (City of London Boys), 11+ English, Verbal Reasoning (City of London Boys, Dulwich College, Highgate, Westminster), 13+ English, Verbal Reasoning (City of London Boys, Dulwich College, Highgate, St Paul’s Boys & Girls, Westminster)

SEN Experience
- Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia,

Client Reviews

Exciting improvements, I can see not only my assessments improving, but my writing becomes so much better after just one lesson too.

- English

The lesson was an incredibly informative revision of my essay draft, and I am constantly surprised by Guy’s literature knowledge.

- English

Testimonials

11+ 13+ ‘Guy taught both my sons in 2019; one was in year 7 and the other year 5. He was preparing the older one for his resit for a place at St Paul’s school and preparing the younger one for his pretest. Personally I found him approachable, understanding and friendly. My sons enjoyed their lessons with Guy and made huge progress towards their respective goals. Overall, I found Guy to be an excellent tutor with a fantastic connection with children.’ ‘Guy helped my Y6 son to improve his creative and persuasive writing, and to develop his comprehension skills. He was well prepared for the 11+ and 13+ pre-tests. Guy’s friendly manner and enthusiasm for the subject definitely helped him build confidence in his written work.’ GCSE ‘Guy helped my daughter consolidate her knowledge and focus her writing to achieve an A* in English at GCSE. We took him on because she was underperforming in exams, despite enjoying and doing well in the subject throughout the year. And we found Guy’s friendly approach to be calming and effective.’ ‘In 2016 Guy worked with my son to achieve a B in History despite his struggles with dyspraxia and dyslexia and some poor results before. He brought much-needed order to things, and talked my son through how to cope with revision and exam conditions.’ A Level & IB ‘Guy tutored my daughter in A-Level history in 2017. He helped improve her source work and essay writing, which contributed to her final mark of an A overall. He was easy-going and amenable, but on top of the materials.’ ‘We were very pleased with Guy’s tuition of our son for IB English. He was sensitive to our son’s mild autism, which has been a barrier to his learning in the past, and he guided him towards an A in his final independent project.’ BA ‘Guy gave me excellent one-to-one guidance with my third year dissertation [on modern American fiction]. He was very attentive to the areas I needed to improve. His wide knowledge of the subject meant he was able to give me a long reading list to work from, and valuable tips on writing.’

Price: $55-65/hr

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Qualifications

2015 Ph.D. in English Literature, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
2015 Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching, Goldsmiths, University of London
2008 M.A. in English Literature, ‘Issues in Modern Culture’, University College London, University of London
2006 B.A. (1st) in English Literature, University of Bristol

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