I have taught everything from music theory to English as far afield as New York and Madagascar, in classrooms, 1-to-1 and online. I have a Congratulatory First in Modern Languages from Oxford and have been tutoring a range of subjects for the last 9 years. I also have experience of living, working and studying in both France and Germany. Although my style of teaching is friendly and laid-back, I take immense pleasure from academic achievement and from inspiring others to achieve their academic goals.
I enjoy breaking down complex concepts into digestible bites and communicating it to others. I have practiced this skill throughout my career as a researcher and writer. This, combined with a passion for academic achievement, makes me an ideal tutor. I enjoy working with younger people and students and having had tuition while I was at school, feel eager about helping young people reach their full potential. I have experience teaching primary and secondary school children Maths, Science and English. I have also taught English as a second language. Having gained a BA degree from the University of Cambridge and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and being one year through a PhD at the LSE, I feel that I can offer excellent advice regarding university applications, personal statements and interview preparation.
During my PhD studies I taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses pertaining to the broad fields of Government and Politics, including among others, International Relations, Foreign Policy, Politics, Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Institutions and Policies of the European Union, Emerging Market Economies, European Security, Sociology, and Qualitative Methods. Based on the excellent feedback I have received from students, both inside and outside the university, and their request to help them with other modules I have also taught courses on History (e.g. History of the Soviet Union, Cold War, etc.) and Culture (e.g. Russian Cinema, European Literature, etc.) thus broadening my teaching area expertise.
I tutor History, Politics, Human Rights and Law. I have over 300 hours experience tutoring students at GCSE, A-Levels, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and employ customized approaches to meet everyone's needs. I have elevated student performance by at least 1 letter grade.
COURSEWORK & DISSERTATIONS
Due to my academic achievements, I was selected to become a Teacher's Assistant during my undergraduate degree. For this position I completed a 3-month course in pedagogy. I spent a year tutoring first year undergraduate students in their coursework, helping students with their writing and comprehension by developing techniques to improve textual analysis and idea development.
I developed my expertise in this area tutoring undergraduates and postgraduates in Law and Politics. In addition to helping students improve comprehension and analysis, I help students conduct research. My students have exclusively achieved First Class and Higher Second Class marks in their coursework and dissertations.
APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS
I am experienced tutoring university applicants. Whilst studying at the University of Cambridge, I conducted practice interviews for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Working closely with my Dean of Studies (who ultimately selects incoming students) I provided feedback and helped students improve their interview skills.
I applied my knowledge in this area helping students apply to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. I helped students draft personal statements, prepare for the LNAT (national admissions test for law), develop CVs and practice interviews. My students got in to their first or second choice university.
EXAMS & STUDY SKILLS
I have extensive experience helping students prepare for exams. In addition to providing tutorials to improve comprehension of the subject, I teach evidence-based exam techniques like 'spaced-repetition' and 'active-recall' to help students better demonstrate their talents under exam conditions. I have helped students improve their marks by at least one letter grade/level, frequently helping students achieve Firsts.
Higher Education - Experience in teaching, marking and moderation on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes including supporting thesis writing. Subjects taught include Sociology, Social Policy, Education Studies, Teacher Training, Teacher Education, Family and Community Studies, Childhood Studies, Research Methods, ESOL, English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I have supported students studying at University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Warwick University, DeMontfort University LSE, UCL and IOE amongst a number of other institutions around the UK.
I have a great passion for the subjects I teach and a love for passing that enthusiasm and interest on to others. I have tutored students from all ages, from Key Stage 3, and common entrance, through GCSE, A-level to undergraduate level. History is a wonderful subject that offers perspective and challenges you to put yourself ‘in the shoes’ of people in the past; as such this approach is also a useful way of writing thought provoking and successful exam and dissertation answers. I also tutor in Politics, Geography and English as a foreign language. Indeed, having a good grasp of the political, geographical and historical conditions that shaped past events and decisions is essential to answering a question successfully.