Highly experienced teacher of RS, Philosophy, Critical Thinking and EPQ with many years' experience of mentoring students through their studies and university applications. My aim is to build my students' confidence so that they can really start to enjoy their work.
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I started my career working in the media, which sounds exciting but really felt like 'work' to me, and office hours used to drag. When I moved into teaching in my late twenties, I realised I'd never be bored at work again: engaging with students, watching them grow in confidence and sharing knowledge never feels like work to me. I love the 'lightbulb moment' when a student gets a concept for the first time. My teaching role is 50% academic and 50% pastoral, with an emphasis on inclusion and wellbeing, and I strongly believe that having the right support in place underpins academic progress and success.
I live by the coast, and I'm one of those 'mad' (at least, that's what I get called a lot!) people who love cold water swimming all year round. I'm also a keen baker and cook, and can't resist a new cookbook!
I am currently a Philosophy, Religious Studies, Critical Thinking and EPQ teacher at a leading public school in Kent, where I also work within the pastoral team and as a tutor in a mixed day house. Prior to this, I worked at Marlborough College and Benenden. I have over fifteen years’ experience as a subject specialist at a number of elite independent schools and am a longstanding Pre-U Philosophy and Religious Studies examiner.
I have held posts including Head of Oxbridge applications, Head of Extended Project Qualification and head of co-curricular debating and have extensive experience of preparing candidates for Oxbridge interviews and mentoring UCAS applications more widely. I have also assisted numerous students with LNAT, BMAT (Section 1) and TSA (verbal reasoning) admissions tests. I regularly interview prospective candidates for sixth form entry.
My tutoring ethos is based around my belief that a happy young person will be a successful learner. I aspire for my classroom – whether real or virtual – to be a place where every student feels supported, encouraged and challenged in equal measure. I work hard to get to know my students and their learning styles well in order to provide a tailored, effective programme of study that meets their individual needs. I am currently completing an advanced educational coaching qualification and routinely use coaching skills in sessions to unlock students’ natural abilities, boost motivation and bolster confidence.
I have tutored students online and in person in Religious Studies, Philosophy and university preparation skills and have a particular interest in improving essay technique and building academic confidence. I have created my own mnemonics to support essay technique, and these have been featured in the Reflective Project for the IB CP: Skills for Success book.
A Level: Philosophy of religion, Ethics, New Testament, Developments in Christian Thought (all exam boards)
Philosophy: Epistemology, moral philosophy, metaphysics of God
GCSE Religious Studies: all exam boards. Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam.
EPQ: essay, artefact and performance. Edexcel and AQA
Thinking Skills: verbal reasoning (Cambridge board and general)
As always very useful. Alanna is a fabulous tutor
Thank you, Alanna:)
Alanna was a fabulous tutor: really knowledgeable with excellent resources which helped my son to be confident to undertake a new a level in a couple of months which is no mean feat. Always quick to respond and be flexible around my son’s mad schedule. Thanks so much!
BA Theology and Religious Studies, Cambridge University (First-class honours with distinction)
MPhil Theology, Cambridge University