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University of Birmingham - English BA (hons) First Class -


Recent Students: 1 Total Hours: 68 Last Online: 29 Nov 2020
All-time Students: 14 Total Classes: 63 Signed Up: 09 Apr 2020

About me

I have always loved studying English Literature and am passionate about my subject. Having gained a First Class degree at the University of Birmingham, I stayed on to complete a Masters and then a PhD, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While at university, I became qualified to teach undergraduates, and this sparked my love of teaching. I was accepted into the highly competitive and prestigious King Edward's Consortium teacher training programme, and qualified as 'outstanding'. I have been a fully qualified teacher for 7 years now, and genuinely love teaching all levels and qualifications, as I enjoy helping pupils to make progress. Tutoring is a special love of mine, because you can help a pupil make huge progress in a short amount of time, due to the beneficial nature of one-to-one teaching.

As well as reading widely, and being experienced in teaching across different exam boards, I am an experienced GCSE examiner, which means that I can offer key insights into the exam process.

Tutor Experience

I began tutoring students to fund my PhD in English Literature, and I taught a range of syllabuses (OCR, AQA, CCEA, EDEXCEL) and levels (KS2, KS3, GCSE, A-Level and degree). In 2011, I became a Learning Mentor at a top grammar school in Birmingham - King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls - where I helped GCSE students with revision and study techniques, and supported those who had problems revising.

Fuelled by my love of tutoring, I trained to become a teacher, graduating from the King Edwards Consortium (which was rated `Outstanding` by Ofsted) in 2012. I completed my training at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, before taking up a teaching position at Oakham School in 2013. At Oakham, I have taught A-Level English Literature, IB, GCSE and KS3 classes.

I am passionate about all aspects of teaching English, but particularly enjoy helping students to develop the craft of writing in order to express their ideas and views more carefully and clearly. As an experienced GCSE examiner, I also know how to help students express their ideas in a way which will gain them valuable marks. Furthermore, I am fully trained to teach the IB, having attended numerous certified workshops.

Overall, I am an enthusiastic, caring, and motivational teacher: I inspire my students to achieve their potential, and I work hard to develop their self-confidence, which is key to success.

Topic Expertise

Having gained a PhD, I am classed as an expert in my field, and this, along with my first class degree and Masters, attests to my excellent subject knowledge. I write articles for A-Level Magazines on the texts that I teach ('The English Review' and 'EMagazine') and have presented papers at academic conferences, which establishes that my subject knowledge is both excellent and up-to-date.

Because I have tutored for over a decade, and taught in two schools for the last 7 years, I have an in-depth knowledge of a huge selection of texts, as well as knowledge of the different exam boards and question types. As previously mentioned, I am an experienced iGCSE Edexcel examiner, which has informed how I teach my current GCSE classes.

As a fully qualified teacher, who currently teaches in a school, my knowledge of pedagogical approaches, as well as exam texts, is up to date and finely honed.

For university level subject knowledge, I am most experienced in teaching Romanticism, Victorian literature and Modernist literature. For A-Level, I am most experienced in teaching the Gothic, Dystopian literature, T. S. Eliot, and 'Paradise Lost'. I have taught and tutored: AQA, OCR and Edexcel specifications. For the IB, I have taught a huge range of contemporary texts and texts in translation (e.g. 'Woman at Point Zero', 'Oedipus Rex', Wilfred Owen, Carol Ann Duffy, Angela Carter, 'The Great Gatsby'), and I have taught at Standard and Higher Levels. For GCSE, I have tutored the AQA syllabus (and so know 'A Christmas Carol' 'Jekyll and Hyde', 'Animal Farm' , 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Macbeth', and 'The Merchant of Venice', and the Conflict and Relationships poetry clusters), and I have taught IGCSE Edexcel ('To Kill a Mockingbird', 'Of Mice and Men', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Macbeth'). I am currently tutoring a student for the OCR Literature syllabus, and so am experienced with that specification, too.

I am also an experienced UCAS tutor, and can help advise on Personal Statements and SAQs, as well as interview prep. Furthermore, I am my department's Oxbridge Mentor, which involves preparing students for their ELATs and interviews.

Client Reviews

Christine Rhiannon - English

very helpful feedback and advice

Christine Rhiannon - English

very helpful feedback on my film studies essay

Lewis - English

Brilliant, I received lots of help and guidance. The tutor is clearly very knowledgable and has a great approach to teaching.

Darren - Literature

Darren did Last Duchess analysis. He is very happy with the lesson with Alice.

Darren - Literature

Darren said that he has learnt a lot in the hour lesson with Alice.

Darren - Literature

Alice gave a detailed and comprehensive feedback on a piece of writing by Darren, which compared Exposure and Bayonet Charge. Alice explanations were logical, clear to read and informative. It was great that Alice told Darren what he did well and the next steps he needs to take to improve. She also gave suggestions on how to go about doing the improvements. Darren has been more motivated to write and this is all thanks to Alice. I am very happy with the service.


My AQA student, who I am currently tutoring, went from Levels 5 and 7 in their summer exams to 8 and 9 in their December mocks, whcih attests to their superb progress following a weekly tuition slot. We are currently preparing for his A-Level in September by doing general study skills and exploration of the Gothic genre. His mother wrote to me to say: 'I know that Seb told you his mock results on Tues. I just wanted to say thank you from us. He has gone from a 5 and a 7 in the summer to an 8 and a 9 in December. A huge jump. You have made a huge difference - thank you very much." As an experienced Upper School tutor, I have overseen the UCAS process for my students and helped with Personal Statements, SAQs, ELATs and interviews. My most recent student wrote to tell me: "I thought I should pop you an email letting you know that I just received my first offer from Durham! I’m really pleased and I couldn’t have done any of this application process without tour help and guidance. " I have also finished tutoring an IOB student, and her father wrote to say: "I wanted to let you know that Karin was accepted at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK and began her studies a week ago (Bachelor of Arts Honors Psychology). She graduated high school with an Honors mention ('Assez-bien') and did well in her English language subjects, covering the required conditions for acceptance at Stirling. I would like to thank you very much for your help and encouragement, as well as for stimulating Karin to do better, I appreciate that highly. Thank you again!" Last summer, I finished tutoring a GCSE student, and I have continued to tutor him for his IB course (English at Standard Level). His mother wrote to me after his results to say: "I hope this message finds you well. Theo let you know about his GCSE results and I want to add that I am very happy for him concerning his results in English language and literature. The 9 in English literature is a remarkable achievement and I consider this is a proof to himself that he could excel in English as well. I was unable to write you earlier and now I want to let you know that I am grateful for all your help and dedication which contributed a lot to honing and enhancing his abilities in such a short period of time before the exams. Thank you so very much!" As an experienced Oxbridge tutor, I have had great success in preparing students for sitting their ELATs and Oxbridge interviews. My most recent student wrote to tell me that she received her ELAT results: " I scored 56/60 in the ELAT which actually gives me one of the highest scores in the world out of all applicants to both Oxford and Cambridge". When I first taught her, she had only managed to score in the 30s! She came to me having gained a Level 5 in her HL English IB course, and I tutored her for her resits, where she achieved a Level 7.

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GCSEs - 7A* 3 As (including A*s in English Language and English Literature)
A-Levels - 4As (including an A in English Literature)
Degree - First Class in English at the University of Birmingham
Masters - an MPhil in Literary Transitions
PhD - a study of the early works of Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene
Qualified Teacher Status - graduated as 'outstanding' from the King Edwards Constortium


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