I am experienced in assessing students in relation to learners’ attributes and delivering alternative/innovative educational provision and facilitating innovation in others. I promote the use of philosophical thinking tools, argument deconstruction and identifying rhetorical 'tricks'. I find asking students to use story pitching approaches, such as loglines, and writing/pitching their ideal abstracts for essays help sharpen their focus on what is essential to their dissertations. I design programmes of study that emphasise the application of critical thinking and a growth mind-set (Dweck, 2006;2012). I promote self-regulated learning in my teaching (see Zimmerman & Schunk, 2007), which incorporates online/blended learning methods.
I teach Critical Thinking, Creative Industries, Education, Humanities, Philosophy/Politics/Theology, and Research/Social Sciences. I am a Pastoral Care specialist and scholar. I have a Doctorate in Education from UCL: Institute of Education (IOE), the world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. I have a Masters in Design from UAL Central Saint Martins, an ILM Masters in Leadership & Management, and PGCE from University of Greenwich. I am Postgraduate in Philosophy from Birkbeck College (University of London) and I studied on the Harvard Divinity School (Havard University) Religious Literacy programme. I have worked as a Senior Leadership Manager (Head of A-Levels), Lecturer/Teacher, Head of Department/Year across the school, further and higher education sectors. Prior to this, I worked in documentary and entertainment media, as director, editor, scriptwriter and video artist, for a variety of independent productions and the BBC. I have exhibited my video artwork at the BFI and I am Royal Television Society award nominee. Further, I am an active educationalist and academic researcher. I guest lecture at UCL IOE on doctoral research in education and pastoral care, and I tutor doctoral students.
I am a Qualified Teacher (DfE/UK registered), a School Governor, and Enhanced DBS Certified.
I have 23 years of experience in tutoring learners to achieve their goals. I tutor GCSE, A-Level, CAIE/CIE, EPQ, IB, PRE-U, Undergraduate, Postgraduate/Doctoral students, UCAS and Oxbridge applicants, and professional clients in Academic Research and Writing, Business Studies, Creative Industries, Critical Thinking, Cultural Studies, Drama, Education, English, Essay Writing, Film, Government and Politics, Marketing, Media, Oxbridge Entrance/UCAS, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Theology, Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts.
I combine two decades of experience in the education sector with my earlier career in the creative industries to offer engaging learning opportunities relevant to our daily lives. I am a passionate advocate of 'affective' learning and well-being through creativity, critical inquiry and philosophical reasoning. I invite you to engage in these ways of thinking that can empower you with relevant skills to support your personal growth. I have extensive experience in tutoring GCSE, A-Level, CAIE/CIE, IB, PRE-U, EPQ, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional learners. My presentation style is engaging and interactive. I convert complicated theories and paradigms into straightforward ideas, with practical worth, and impart useful advice for my clients.
Undergraduate / Postgraduate; Level 3 - A-Level, CAIE, Cambridge Pre-U; SQA Higher & Adv. Nationals; Level 2 - GCSE, iGCSE, First Diploma, SQA Nationals:
Examination Preparation: including Essay Writing Skills, Effective Revision, Managing Exam Anxiety/Stress;
Academic Essay Writing / Dissertation Writing Skills;
Education Studies: Critical Pedagogy; Pastoral Care; Personal Tutoring; Philosophy of Ed; Post-16+; Research;
English: Language and Literature;
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ);
Film Studies / Film Production;
Government & Politics;
Leadership and Management;
Marketing / Advertising;
Media Studies / Media Production;
Philosophy, Religion & Ethics - Critical Thinking, Epistemology, Ethics, Metaethics, Moral Responsibility / Free Will, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, and Theology;
Religious Studies / RMPS;
Research: Proposal/Design, Methodologies, and Qualitative/Quantitative Techniques, Primary and Secondary Data Gathering, Literature/Scoping/Systematic Reviews, Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis, incl. Coding and Critical Discourse Analysis;
Sociology / Social Sciences;
Thesis: Proposal, Literature Review, Writing, Independent Reading, Viva Preparation;
UCAS (incl. Russell Group institutions) / Oxbridge application process;
International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP, MYP, Diploma:
* Business Management: organisation/environment, human resource, finance/accounts, marketing, operations;
* Extended Essay: English, Humanities, and Social Science-related subjects.
* Global Politics,
* Social and Cultural Anthropology,
* Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay and Presentation,
* Visual Arts: Comparative Study and Folio,
* World Religions,
* UCAS (incl. Russell Group and International Institutions), Oxbridge and American College Application Process.
I have a strong knowledge of qualification and assessment frameworks, and curriculum developments.
I am an Examination Board Assessor. I have experience of numerous exam boards/regs, incl. AQA; BTEC/EDEXCEL; C&G; CAIE/CIE, Cambridge Pre-U; EDUQAS/WJEC, JCQ; IB, NCC; OCN; OCR; OFQUAL; SQA; UAL, etc.
I have an excellent knowledge of the UCAS/Oxbridge and American College application process. I have helped thousands of students gain placements at excellent universities. Indeed, I have knowledge of both academic and vocational processes as I tutor across GCSE/Nationals, A-Level/Higher & Adv. Nationals, CAIE/CIE IGCSE & IA-Levels, Pre-U, IB, EPQ, Degree / Undergraduate, PGCE, Postgraduate / Masters, and Doctorate programmes.
I am a Qualified Teacher (DfE/UK registered), a School Governor, and Enhanced DBS Certified.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tyra, A-Level Politics Student
"I wanted to thank you for everything. I learned so much from you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia, IB English Literature Student
"Without your help, I would not succeed!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Peter, UCAS (Successful Russell Group University Applicant)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scarlet, A-Level Business Studies Student
"Really Good!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Harry, GCSE English Langauge/Literature Student
"Very enjoyable and fun... learning new concepts about essay writing." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tim, GSCE English Langauge/Literature Student
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Albin, IB Extended Essay Student
"Very knowledgeable, good detailed feedback on essay." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Juliet, IB Extended Essay Student
"Excellent, well structured, informative classes" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Elizabeth, Philosophy Postgraduate
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jade, GCSE Religious Studies Student (Attained Grade 9)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kai, IB Philosophy Student
"Helpful in developing my idea for my TOK essay" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oli, IB Theory of Knowledge Student
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arjun, GCSE Business Studies Student
"I am very impressed with my lesson, extremely professional manner and really kind, friendly tutor. Highly recommended." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Eva, Medical Research Postgraduate (successfully completed QIP module).
"I got a D2 [A*]...! Thank you so much for all your help- hero!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Niamh, Pre-U Philosophy and Theology Student (attained D2/A* grade)
"Thank you so much! Your analysis was really helpful..! Constructive ideas in improving my essay writing." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Saskia, Pre-U Philosophy and Theology Student
"Many thanks for your help and... for the extra sources. They are hugely helpful." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kally, Theology Undergraduate
“Great session… five stars.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joseph, A-Level Politics Student
“Amazing… was able to clear all my doubts.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Yurdhan, A-Level Politics Student
“Very helpful" 👍 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Natasha, A-Level Politics Student
"Gave me great insight into the current exam... as well as reassuring me of where and what to do next." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Will, A-Level Politics Student (attained A grade).
"Very helpful! He helped my grade to steadily improve." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tingyu, IB Philosophy Student
"Positive, straight to the point and very helpful in planning my essay. Thank you" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aurore, Postgraduate in Education Studies.
"I would 100% recommended to anyone in need of help with a personal statement to use him." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amaury, UCAS (Successful Russell Group University Applicant)
"Great..! We went over an essay I wrote and we formulated a plan to improve and organise it. Learned where I went wrong and how to improve." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Zack, A-Level Politics Student.
"Very helpful, I had the guidance that put me on the right track!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia, IB Visual Arts Student
"With every step I took in writing this essay there was always helpful information and feedback given... Super helpful class!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia, IB Theory of Knowledge Student (attained Level 5: Excellent)
"Great teacher...Very understanding and good at analysing key points of focus." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Semilore, A-Level Religious Studies Student (attained A grade).
"Thank you very much for your help" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Josephine, IB Theory of Knowledge Student
"The tutor was excellent. Structured the class very well. Thank you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ibrahim, Sociology Student.
"Really good feedback on EPQ" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lula, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Student.
"Excellent support, I couldn't wish for anyone more supportive and professional with my work - I am very lucky to have a very honest, positive and supportive tutor who understands my needs and ambitions... you are able to direct me in the right direction again. Thank you so much :)" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rifat, Education Studies Postgraduate.
"Awesome! Really know what I should be doing after I have talked with him… Thank you so much!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Teddy, IB Student: Theory of Knowledge
"Dear Steve, thank you very much!! I successfully submitted the essay. I really appreciate your help!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Taisiia, International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge Student.
"Brilliant! I am very happy with the support I am receiving for my studies... I appreciate having access to Steve's expertise in the subject and in academic writing... This has helped to push my academic skills to a higher level. Thank you!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dee, Postgraduate in Theology.
"Very good... I enjoyed how Steve explained things very thoroughly." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Holly, Cambridge Pre-U Philosophy and Theology Student
"Thanks so much... and looking to work with you again" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arianna, Postgraduate in Education
“Awesome... very helpful and insightful... Thank you!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Andy, Marketing Postgraduate.
"Great session, step by step explanation for every essential point in the required part/tasks for my post-graduate research. I’m so grateful for your assistance and support... Thank you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Haya, Medical Research Postgraduate.
"Thank you so much for your help. It made it much clearer to me how I should be writing and approaching this assignment." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carli, Medical Postgraduate.
"Brilliant, so helpful, would definitely recommend." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joe, Marketing Undergraduate.
"Excellent help and arranged at short notice." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sarah, Undergraduate in Marketing.
"Thanks for being such a good teacher - you truly are the Socrates to my Plato! Spread the knowledge!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Max, Philosophy Student.
"Thank you for all your teaching and insightfulness... been deeply inspired by you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ James, Philosophy Student.
"Thanks for all your help and knowledge." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hayley, Philosophy Student
"Thank you very much for your support and guidance this year... sharing your intellect with us. You're definitely among the most talented and intellectual teachers." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mawuli, Philosophy Student.
"So grateful to have had you as a teacher." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Samyah, Philosophy Student.
"Amazing teacher and person. You always go above and beyond... Thank you for all the support." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nyrose, Philosophy Student and Pastoral Care Tutee.
"Thank you... learnt so much from you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rebecca, Philosophy Student.
"Thank you for being my teacher and the best tutor as well... really enjoyed your lessons... they were really fun." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Zara, Philosophy Student and Pastoral Care Tutee.
"Thank you so much for teaching me and helping me with all the issues I had subject-related and not. I'm truly grateful." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rahid, Philosophy Student and Pastoral Care Tutee.
"Learnt so much... always enjoyed your lessons." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bleona, Philosophy Student
Great lesson. Went over homework answers and received feedback. Focused on pilgramage and focused on Lourdes and Iona
Very good class talking about worship, the structure of the church and variations in different denominations.
Dr Steve is amazing and very knowledgable about film and beyond. He is very kind and patient. Thank you Dr Steve for your help and support. Looking forward to having classes with you.
Thank you Steve. I am so grateful I had met you. I have learnt much more about ToK in the past month than I have at school. You are always so encouraging and friendly. Thank you, thank you so much for your help with ToK. I could not be more grateful.
Dr Steve is a fantastic tutor. I was having a lot of difficulties with formulating my arguments and understanding TOK but after meeting Dr Steve everything changed. Debating and discussing my ideas with Dr Steve gave me a clear idea of what I needed to do and what TOK is all about. After not being in school due to COVID-19, Dr Steve has made a huge impact on my TOK learning and appreciation. Many thanks Dr Steve, much appreciated.
Helpful in developing my idea for my TOK essay
Thanks Steve! Your feedback was very helpful and I am thankful as always.
Very useful first session - explained and clarified a lot of things for me. Thank you very much!
Dr Steve helped me so much with my work. He went through my essay piece by piece and made sure I understood everything. He was also very patient with me and made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend him and will be definitely be using him again.
Learned a lot in a short amount of time. Great in depth conversations to help with my TOK essay. :)
UCL:Russell Group-Doctorate in Education/Social Sciences
Birkbeck College:Uni of London-Postgrad in Philosophy
Harvard:Ivy L. Postgrad-Theology-Religious Lit/Scripture
Columbia:Ivy L. Postgrad-Leadership and Decision-making
ILM-MA in Leadership & Management
Central Saint Martins:UAL-MA in Design
HND in Design and Communications