Dr Steve

Online Tutor

Dr Steve

University College London: Institute of Education; Postgraduate in Philosophy: Birkbeck College, University of London; MA in Design: UAL Central Saint Martins; - Doctorate - in Education/Social Sciences (UCL); Professional Researcher

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I have 23 years of experience in tutoring, supporting learners to achieve their goals. I have a strong knowledge of excellent academic practice, in particular, developing your understanding of the arguments, and sharpening your subject comprehension, critical thinking, and essay writing skills for examination and assessment. I convert complicated theories and paradigms into straightforward ideas, with practical worth, and impart useful advice to my clients.

I tutor KS3, GCSE/IGCSE, A-Level/IAL-Level, CAIE/CIE, EPQ, IB, PRE-U, SQA, Undergraduate, Postgraduate/Doctoral students, Oxbridge, UCAS and US Common / Ivy applicants, and professional clients.

Recent Students: 56 Total Hours: 2429 Last Online: 30 Jul 2021
All-time Students: 200 Total Classes: 2051 Signed Up: 13 May 2019

About me

I am experienced in assessing students in relation to learners’ attributes (incl. dyslexia), 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.

Tutor Experience

I have 23 years of experience in tutoring learners to achieve their goals in Academic Research and Writing, Business Studies/Management, Creative Arts and Industries, Creativity and Critical Thinking, Cultural Studies, Drama, Education, English, Essay Writing, Film, Government and Politics, Leadership and Management, Managing Exam Anxiety/Stress, Marketing, Media, Oxbridge Entrance/UCAS/US Common App, Philosophy, Qualitative Research, RMPS, Religious Studies, Theology, Theory of Knowledge, Social Sciences and Visual Arts. I tutor KS3, GCSE/IGCSE, A-Level/IAL-Level, CAIE/CIE, EPQ, IB, PRE-U, SQA, Undergraduate, Postgraduate/Doctoral students, Oxbridge, UCAS and US Common / Ivy applicants, and professional clients.

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 to my clients.

Topic Expertise

Undergraduate / Postgraduate; Level 3 - A-Level, CAIE, Cambridge Pre-U, SQA Higher & Adv. Nationals; Level 2 - GCSE, iGCSE, First Diploma, SQA Nationals:

Academic Essay / Dissertation Writing Skills: Phrasing, Structuring, Analysis, Literature Reviews, Proofreading;

Examination Preparation / Revision : incl. Effective Essay Writing and Revision Skills, Managing Exam Anxiety / Stress;

Business Studies / Managment;

Creative Arts / Industries;

Critical Thinking / Engagement;

Cultural Studies / Critical Theory;

Drama / Creative Writing;

Education Studies: Critical Pedagogy; Pastoral Care; Personal Tutoring; Philosophy of Ed; Research;

English: Language and Literature;

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ);

Film Studies / Film Production;

Government and 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 Reviews, Scoping and Systematic Reviews, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, incl. Coding and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA);

Sociology / Social Sciences;

Theology;

Thesis: Proposal, Literature Review, Writing, Independent Reading and Proofreading, Viva Preparation;
UCAS (incl. Russell Group and Oxbridge), and US Common / Ivy Application Process.

International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP, MYP, Diploma:
* Business Management: Units 1 to 5; HL/SL IA & EA;
* English A: Language and Literature: SL/HL IA & EA;
* English A: Literature: SL/HL IA & EA;
* Extended Essay (EE): English, Humanities, and Social Science-related subjects.
* Film:Textual Analysis, Comparative Study, Film Portfolio, Collaborative Film Project (HL)
* Global Politics: Core Units, EA, Exams, and GPC
* Philosophy:Core/Optional Themes, Prescribed Texts, IA, Exploring Philosophical activity,
* Social and Cultural Anthropology,
* Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay - November 2021 Prescribed Titles, Exhibition, EE, and PPF,
* Visual Arts:Comparative Study, Process Portfolio, and Exhibition,
* World Religions,
* UCAS (incl. Russell Group and Oxbridge), and US Common / Ivy Application Process.

I have a strong knowledge of qualification and assessment frameworks, and curriculum developments.

I am an Examination Board Assessor. I have experience with 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 am experienced in 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.

Client Reviews

Oliver - Religious Studies

Good session, looking forward to the next ones.

Oliver - Religious Studies

Really good session with discussing the concepts for life after death including purgatory as well as whether or not life is worth living if we are a blip within time with no meaning before and after death.

Lynnrae - Theology And Religious Studies

really great and detailed feedback!! 100% recommend

Natasha - Global Politics

Brutally honest... in a good way!

Lilliana - Extended Essay

Fantastic feedback for Philosophy EE. Very knowledgeable on the EE process and provided in-depth feedback.

Harpreet - Religious Studies

Brilliant lesson. Revised Zakat, Hajj, the festivals and Jihad and had an interesting conversation over them.

Isabelle - Visual Arts

Very useful and insightful.

Tammy - Sociology

Great insight and very knowledgeable on the subject, allowed for open discussion and helped with my engagement massively.

Mingjie - Language A: Literature

I learned a lot from Dr Steve and he explains well on deconstruct the text.

Ayesha - Essay

Dr. Steve has been extremely helpful. It was appreciable how he took me step wise with my proposal, while answering my queries and giving constructive feedback. The experience was pleasant and was an opportunity to learn.

Testimonials

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ James (China) MA in Education (attained A Grade/Distinction)

"Very useful discussion on critical engagement and commentary. Found it really helpful to rethink my critical commentary" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cid (UK) Critical Thinking

"The lesson was fantastic. Thanks a lot for your feedback." Jin (Turkey), IB English A: Language and Literature; TOK

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aashi (UK) A-Level Sociology

"She is having a great improvement! Thank you so much" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Elena (Spain), mother of IGCSE Business Studies student

"A really informative experience, full of knowledge, encouragement, and direction, highly recommended." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Phil (USA), Postgraduate, Academic Writing and Research.

"Dr Steve is such an insightful and engaging tutor. He helped me tremendously with my exhibition and I will definitely come back for more assistance in the future!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kiana (UK), Theory of Knowledge

“Dr Steve gave me extremely detailed feedback on my TOK exhibition and helped me improve it. I am very happy with the result and the class! Dr Steve is a wonderful teacher and classes are very productive.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Trisha (Thailand), TOK Exhibition: Awarded 10/10!

"Dr. Steve is wonderful. He went over all my work very carefully… He was very focused throughout the entire lesson and... He is the best tutor I have ever had!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Alicja (Poland), IB TOK Ehibition

"Outstanding tutoring...! Dr Steve helped me through my essay from A to Z." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Moe (Saudi Arabia), IB Business Management (IA)

“We have been so fortunate to have found Dr Steve… he is one of those rare individuals who has an excellent in-depth knowledge across a lot of subjects and also has the talent of explaining difficult concepts in easily understandable ways. He was immediately able to provide invaluable feedback on how to improve a specific essay in higher-level philosophy without having the chance to know the title or see the essay prior to the lesson. I can honestly say that he is the best tutor that we have ever used by a long shot and is one of the most intelligent and empathetic individuals that I have encountered. I would highly recommend him to everyone. Thank you for everything Dr Steve.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kay (UK), Parent of an IB Philosophy Student

"Fabulous- Dr Steve really helped me feel confident in my argument and raised questions that I had not considered. Overall really very useful and super helpful!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Millie (UK), Theology And Religious Studies Undergraduate

"Dr Steve is extremely knowledgeable... a lot of constructive feedback to work on for my essay! Really enjoyed this class!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Petty (Singapore), IB Philosophy

"Excellent... great teaching style" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jibril (UK), GCSE English Language

"Amazing tutor. My daughter absolutely loves every lesson with Dr Steve." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ranbeer (UK), Parent of an IB Philosophy Student

"Thank you very much for this session... very helpful!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jacy (Singapore), IB Philosophy

"For my first meeting with Dr. Steve I found him really supportive. He was able to guide me on some material that we had discussed. Listened and responded to my questions, and offered his knowledge about the subject area. I will definitely schedule more meetings with him." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aaron (Scotland), Postgraduate MEd Dissertation

"Thank you so much for all your excellent teaching and help! From a 3 to an 8!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ela (UK), GCSE Religious Studies (Awarded Grade 8)

"Thank you so much for all your help...absolutely delighted to have found you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stephanie (Scotland), SQA Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (Awarded A)

"Dr Steve is a great tutor, gained so much information and guidance to work towards my IA" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amanda (Kuwait), IB Business Management

"Really informative and helpful." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beth (UK), GCSE English Literature

"Great first impression with Dr. Steve, he understands what the examiners are looking for very well and is a great guy!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ian (Hong Kong) IB Theory of Knowledge

"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." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amber (China), IB Film

"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." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Noah (Australia), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Very professional and helpful... such a relief to finally find someone that can actually help in the area I am struggling with." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carolina (UK), Education Studies Postgraduate

"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." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Emily (UK), Undergraduate - Academic Writing

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kai (Canada), IB Theory of Knowledge

"He is very good at teaching the topics and helping me understand anything." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thrishanth (Wales), GCSE Religious Studies (Awarded A*)

"Dr Steve is an excellent tutor,... Everything becomes clearer, it made me confident to do my research and I got the best results from my studies because of this guidance." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gusti (Indonesia), International Politics/Relations Postgraduate Researcher

"Really helpful" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mahrukh (UK), IB Global Politics

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oscar (UK), IB Global Politics

"Thank you Dr Steve. I am so grateful I 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 so much for your help with ToK. I could not be more grateful." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cindy (Australia), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Very good, helps a lot" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Celia (Spain), IGCSE Business Studies

"Whatever your academic level may be, Dr. Steve can bring you to the top! His classes are very insightful and honestly, he is the most amazing teacher as you are being taught with such joy." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sonika (Scotland), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Always answers my questions with loads of depth and knowledge and brings my essays to a high standard" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Avantika (Singapore), A-Level Sociology: Awarded A*

"Brilliant tutor" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amrit (UK), IB Philosophy and TOK

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Zayed (UAE) iGCSE Business Studies

"Thank you for helping me so much!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Avantika (Singapore), US Common / Ivy Application

"Great lesson, very informative was able to understand research methods in much greater detail :)" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Angel (UK), A-Level Sociology

"I have found our lessons extremely valuable... you have helped me enormously." Eloise (UK), A-Level Business Studies

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tyra (UK), A-Level Politics

"I wanted to thank you for everything. I learned so much from you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia (Netherlands), IB English Literature

"Without your help, I would not succeed!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Peter (Russia), UCAS (successful Russell Group applicant)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scarlet (Hong Kong), A-Level Business Studies

"Really Good!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Harry (Mongolia), GCSE English Language/Literature

"Very enjoyable and fun... learning new concepts about essay writing." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tim (Mongolia), GSCE English Language/Literature

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Albin (Sweden), IB Extended Essay and TOK

"Very knowledgeable, good detailed feedback on essay." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Juliet (UK), IB Philosophy and Extended Essay

"Excellent, well structured, informative classes" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Elizabeth (Greece), Philosophy Postgraduate

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and support." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jade (UK), GCSE Religious Studies (Awarded 9/A*)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kei (Japan), IB Philosophy

"Helpful in developing my idea for my TOK essay" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oli (Australia), IB Theory of Knowledge

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arjun (India), GCSE Business Studies

"I am very impressed with my lesson, extremely professional manner and really kind, friendly tutor. Highly recommended." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Eva (UK), Medical Research Postgraduate (successfully completed QIP module).

"I got a D2 [A*]...! Thank you so much for all your help- hero!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Niamh (UK), Pre-U Philosophy and Theology: Awarded D2/A*

"Thank you so much! Your analysis was really helpful..! Constructive ideas in improving my essay writing." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Saskia (UK), Pre-U Philosophy & Theology: Awarded A

"Many thanks for your help and... for the extra sources. They are hugely helpful." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kally (UK), Theology Undergraduate

“Great session… five stars.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joseph (UK), A-Level Politics

“Amazing… was able to clear all my doubts.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Yurdhan (UK), A-Level Politics

“Very helpful👍" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Natasha (UK), A-Level Politics

"Gave me great insight into the current exam... as well as reassuring me of where and what to do next." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Will (UK), A-Level Politics (Awarded A).

"Very helpful! He helped my grade to steadily improve." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tingyu (Japan), IB Philosophy

"Positive, straight to the point and very helpful in planning my essay. Thank you" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aurore (UK), Education Studies Postgraduate

"I would 100% recommended to anyone in need of help with a personal statement to use him." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amaury (Belgium), UCAS (Successful Russell Group 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 (Scotland), A-Level Politics

"Very helpful, I had the guidance that put me on the right track!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia (Netherlands), IB Visual Arts

"With every step I took in writing this essay there was always helpful information and feedback given... Super helpful class!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Malia (Netherlands), IB Theory of Knowledge (Awarded Level 5: Excellent)

"Great teacher...Very understanding and good at analysing key points of focus." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Semilore (UK), A-Level Religious Studies (Awarded A).

"Thank you very much for your help" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Josephine (Switzerland), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Excellent. Structured the class very well. Thank you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ibrahim (UK), GCSE Sociology

"Really good feedback on EPQ" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lula (UK), Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

"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 (UK), Education Studies Postgraduate.

"Awesome! Really know what I should be doing after I have talked with him… Thank you so much!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Teddy (Hong Kong), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Dear Dr Steve, thank you very much!! I successfully submitted the essay. I really appreciate your help!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Taisiia (Russia), IB Theory of Knowledge

"Brilliant! I am very happy with the support I am receiving for my studies... I appreciate having access to Dr 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 (UK), Theology Postgraduate

"Very good... I enjoyed how Dr Steve explained things very thoroughly." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Holly (UK), Cambridge Pre-U Philosophy and Theology

"Thanks so much... and looking to work with you again" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arianna (UK), Education Postgraduate

“Awesome... very helpful and insightful... Thank you!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Andy (UK), 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 (UK), 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 (UK), Medical Postgraduate.

"Brilliant, so helpful, would definitely recommend." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joe (UK), Marketing Undergraduate.

"Excellent help and arranged at short notice." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sarah (UK), Marketing Undergraduate

"Thanks for being such a good teacher - you truly are the Socrates to my Plato! Spread the knowledge!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Max (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"Thank you for all your teaching and insightfulness... been deeply inspired by you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ James (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"Thanks for all your help and knowledge." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hayley (UK), A-level Philosophy

"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 (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"So grateful to have had you as a teacher." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Samyah (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"Amazing teacher and person. You always go above and beyond... Thank you for all the support." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nyrose (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"Thank you... learnt so much from you." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rebecca (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"Thank you for being my teacher and the best tutor as well... really enjoyed your lessons... they were really fun." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Zara (UK), A-Level Philosophy

"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 (UK), A-Level Religious Studies

"Learnt so much... always enjoyed your lessons." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bleona (UK), A-Level Philosophy

Price: $58/hr

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Qualifications

UCL:Education/Research Doctorate
Birkbeck:Postgrad Philosophy
Harvard:Postgrad Theology, Religious Lit/Scripture
Columbia:Postgrad Leadership & Decision-making
ILM:MA Leadership & Management
UAL Central St Martins:MA Design
QTLS/QTS
PGCE
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HND in Design & Communications

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