My approach to tutoring is shaped by my experience working with young people both inside and outside academia. Getting to know the young person behind the student is key to understanding how best to engage their interest in the material. From the outset I create a friendly atmosphere that emphasises the importance of dialogue to the teaching process.
I encourage my students to actively ask questions and not be afraid to make mistakes. This develops their confidence, as well as nurturing their intellectual curiosity and passion for the subject. Rather than lecturing them (and quickly losing their attention!), I try as far as possible to guide their understanding from what they already know to more challenging material - encouraging them to share their own thoughts and ideas. I challenge them to explain what they think and why they think it, offering constructive feedback throughout this learning process. This Oxbridge-style tutorial format, leads to deeper understanding of assessed material, as well as developing the crucial ability to think critically. This approach lays important foundations for students to be proactive, independent thinkers in academia and in later life.
These advantages are complemented by a clear, bespoke plan of action with a rigorous focus on results. Lessons are thoroughly prepared in advance and tailor-made to the academic needs of the individual student. These include regular verbal and written exercises that hone in on particular areas of weakness. This allows us to quickly identify, talk through and rectify misunderstandings together. This not only develops a watertight foundation for future learning, but leads to fast progress. This provides the student with a sense of achievement and pride - which in turn motivates them to strive towards even greater success!
I have worked as an online professional tutor for the past 6 years, alongside my undergraduate and post- graduate studies at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge. I am currently working towards a PGDE and hold Qualified Teacher Status. My teaching approach is informed by the latest research on pedagogical best practice, as well as a wealth of cross-disciplinary experience.
I have successfully offered bespoke tuition to over 100 students at undergraduate, Sixth Form and (I)GCSE level in the listed subjects; across AQA, EdExcel, OCR and Cambridge syllabi. I have also supported 8 students in getting into their schools of choice at 7+ and 11+ level, including Dulwich College, City of London and JAGS.
I have a range of experience and expertise across a wide range of subjects.
In particular, I specialise in offering structured support for coursework essays, longer research projects, as well as exam preparation and technique up to undergraduate level. Whether you need support with content retention and understanding, or structuring and expressing your arguments in a more sophisticated way, I can help you achieve your goals.
'Rahul has been of great help in preparing the GCSEs with our 16 year old son. He stayed with us at home in Germany for two weeks in 2019 during Easter Holiday and covered most of the required subjects (History, Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics), which was of course a great help. He meticulously organized each day’s work between all the different subjects and also could change the focus when needed. He was working around 6 lessons per day. His enormous effort with Philipp paid off as his GCSE Grades in these subjects all went up from the mock exams results (especially in English from 3 to 7, Maths from 4 to 7, History 4 to 7). His focus was from teaching/revising content to also improve the subject related techniques to collect the important points during the exam. Rahul has an amazing way to stay friendly and patient and be helpful - he is such a kind character. And he is really trying to understand the child and his specific situation. He is really engaged to get forward and motivate and assist wherever he can. And he has his tricks and timings to make even the reluctant child work during these long days. He was always fun to have in the house and around, and most wonderfully he played tennis as well, so they could have fun on the court from time to time. Thank you Rahul for your great work and help!' Tina (Parent of GCSE student/mentee)
‘Rahul was a very positive influence on our daughter. He was methodical, explained his plan to us clearly and conducted his lessons in a manner that was enjoyable for a young child as well as honed her skills that would be helpful in the longer term. He was very knowledgeable about the expectations from that age group and the overall subject matter. With his help, our daughter did very well in her 7+, receiving offers from JAGs, Alleyns and Eltham College.’ Sarika (Parent of 7+ student)
“Rahul has a real passion for teaching and has been truly exemplary. Having used a number of tutors in the past it was clear to immediately identify Rahul as a stand out tutor who is very committed. His natural ability to engage his students and build their confidence through his lessons is second to none. He is organised and able to identify key areas of improvement and instil confidence. As a result we’ve seen a substantial improvement in our son’s school work and engagement, and he is well placed to tackle his 11+ exams at Dulwich College” Akin (Parent of 11+ student)
'Rahul helped me enormously with my writing and analytical structure. He was friendly and attentive, tutoring me over FaceTime, and was very helpful when it came to organising material and knowledge for exams. I would be very happy to use him again for help with university history and politics, and thoroughly recommend him.' Matt (Undergraduate History and Politics)
https://1drv.ms/v/s!AmGJ5Rqj1D9viRGLXheDWmJ_RIEm?e=fubU1c Link to Video Testimonial from Matthew (Parent of a Maths GCSE student)
'Rahul harbours an obvious passion for learning and sharing knowledge. He was always enthusiastic and accommodating when it came to discussing essay plans, supporting my revision, and clarifying various academic debates. He has a talent for making learning enjoyable and memorable.' Jess (Undergraduate History)
'Rahul has been a massive help in supporting me - I don't think I would understand half the stuff my English teacher talks about without him!' Elliot (English GCSE student)
'Rahul is an inspirational and accomplished tutor. He immediately gave Sophie some much needed confidence in her ability to tackle source work, and I am very pleased with how sessions are going'. Vicky (Parent of History A Level student)
Rahul has been extremely helpful in developing my understanding of challenging assignments. He has a brilliant way of simplifying complex materials while providing ways to improve my writing skills. I am very pleased with my sessions so far and consider Rahul to be a great teacher.
University of Cambridge, MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (74%)
Durham University, BA in History, 1st Class Honours (73%)
Sheffield Hallam University, Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Pending)
Manchester Grammar School, IB, 44/45 points (Total):
Higher Levels: French (7/7), HL Latin (7), HL History (6) Standard Levels: English (7) Chemistry (7) Maths (7) Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay: A, A (3/3)
IGCSEs, 10 A*s in History, French, Latin, English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Classical Civilisation