Three interesting things about me:
I quit my career in finance to tutor because I realised how much I loved to teach and how much I hated being stuck in the office!
I try to travel to a few new countries every summer. Last year I visit Georgia, Armenia, Israel and Jordan.
In my free time I work at an urban winery in London!
I have experience teaching over 60 students including A-level candidates and university undergraduates. I hold a First from the LSE in Economics and have been teaching for over two years.
Studying for your exams is hard work and stressful and I try to make the process a bit easier. My tutorials don’t just aim to teach economics but how to study efficiently and build exam technique.
Even for the best student, trying to guess what the examiner wants can be very hard. I use my years of experience studying and teaching economics and the hundreds of mock exam answers students have written for me to guide students towards the top grades.
I have extensive experience across a variety of A-level exam board including Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC. I am also familiar with the Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher system and the IB.
Over the past two years, I have taught approximately 25 A-level students and aim to improve their grade by a minimum of two levels.
Here are the things I find students struggle with the most and how I help them improve:
Problem: Essay Questions (especially 25-mark questions)
Solution: proper essay planning, detailed feedback, timed practice
Solution: proper essay structure, signposting
Problem: Running out of time
Solution: Timed practice questions over and over again!
Problem: Multi-choice questions
Solution: Timed practice, process of elimination
I have direct experience with introductory and intermediate economics modules across most top UK universities.
In particular, I have experience teaching microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic history, statistics, mathematics and econometrics.
I can help with providing feedback and guidance on academic writing including summative essays and dissertations.
I have extensive knowledge of the following courses at LSE:
EC100, EC102, EC201, EC210, EC220, EC311
EH101, EH207, EH237, EH240, EH304
Ms D, parent of a student at Southhampton University: "Sam tutored my son in Economics for six months. A student who had never done economics at school, had no mind for mathematical subjects and was failing in the coursework at University for this required module. Sam took this all in his stride and was incredibly patient. He began with the basics and was very thorough, ensuring that my son really understood every step and was well prepared for his exam at the end of the year. Sam has impeccable manners and was regularly in touch with myself with progress as well as his student which was valuable. The end result, entirely due to Sam’s teaching, was a 2.1 in this module. Needless to say my son was thrilled! I cannot recommend Sam more highly."
Mr N, economics student at UoL: "I was introduced to Mr. Sam Povey, and after my first lesson with him I was left with a highly positive impression of Mr. Povey and his work. Together, we've discussed our plan of action and attempted to go through some topics/problems. I immediately noticed how Mr. Povey is able to quickly get a grasp of the essence and key points of an existing problem/issue and find the most appropriate path of work and improvement based on the student's experiences and needs. Mr. Povey showed great attention to details and took the time to give any necessary explanations and offer valuable feedback, all of what made me very hopeful about our future lessons and work together. Overall, Mr. Povey leaves an impression of a highly skilled tutor, and I would most certainly recommend him as a very qualified and experienced tutor. I sincerely wish Mr. Povey much success in all of his work."
Mr G, economics applicant: "Whilst using the tutorial sessions from the Profs in the past and being absolutely satisfied with them. This time round I required their admissions services and I worked with an absolutely outstanding admissions tutor, Sam Povey! I would highly recommend using the admissions service the Profs offers, and for those who want to study Economics at university, then Sam is your guy! He has helped me create the best personal statement someone can ever make, standards wayyyyyyy beyond what colleges advise you to include."
Ms H, student at City University: "Sam is a really good tutor, he helped me understand economics in a simple and easy way. He has helped me so much and I would recommend him to anyone that's struggling with economics."
Mrs N, parent of IB economic student: "I’m so happy that I finally found someone highly qualified like Sam on very short notice. Thank you so for all your help."
Mr J, student at LSE: "Sam was a very helpful and reliable tutor. Through his help I exceeded my expectations for exam results"
Mr S, student at LSE: "Sam was extremely clear in his explanations of key concepts and patient in teaching. He was always on time and carried strong passion for the subject on hand evidently seen through his extensive knowledge. Managed to achieve solid results in the end of year examination because of him! Much thanks"
very good lesson, engaging, explained essay approach well
Very good, kept me interested in the lesson. Would recommend!
Very informative and engaging.
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
BSc Economics with Economic History (First Class Honours)
• Year Three - modules included: Econometrics, The Economic History of North America (top of class)
• Year Two - modules included: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Theories and Evidence in Economic History
• Year One - modules included: Mathematical Methods, Elementary Statistical Theory
ROBERT GORDON’S COLLEGE
• Distinction 1: Economics - Top 2.5% of students nationwide
• Awarded the Barclays Prize for Economics
• Grade A: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, History
• Awarded the Jean Jenkins Prize for Mathematics, Best History Dissertation, 1st in History