I am an English Literature graduate from Oxford University. I am passionate about educating young people and ensuring they reach their highest potential. To date I have worked as a private tutor, mentor, workshop facilitator and coach. As a private tutor I have taught English at GCSE and A-Level and have prepared Ox-bridge candidates, most of whom have been offered a place at Oxford or Cambridge. I have worked with Eton and Mactrac Digital Education to deliver the Eton X language programme, specialising in leadership and management skills for young students. In this role I have also interviewed and prepared prospective tutors, ensuring that tutors deliver the best in digital education. I continue to find new ways to encourage students to perform as their most confident selves when faced with an academic challenge or when trying to reach a specified goal, such as entry into a desired college or university. I have a body of experience as a workshop facilitator, including using creative writing and drama to help unlock student’s potential. I do this work on a voluntary basis and have used it to help foster confidence and initiative in young people and adults. My focus is goal orientated whilst maintaining a commitment to a highly individualised approach. This is powerful because the student is met on both an educational and personal level, providing an individual , allowing and em...
Ella 's last completed English Literature job with Shakurah: Intensive - To achieve an A* in Literature and to extend my knowledge which will help progress into University.
Ella 's last review in English Literature from Hwa: Justin (10:30AM your time) Best teacher ever!!!
I am a professional tutor who graduated from Cambridge with a 1st class BA degree and an MPhil in Education and Literature - I have been tutoring ever since.
I tailor my tutoring to best fit my student's needs and learning style. With extensive experience ranging from primary to undergraduate students, I am confident tutoring for students of different ability and interest levels.
As a published academic writer with experience of private school and Oxbridge admissions processes, I am further confident tutoring to an extremely high level of tuition for a number of top-level schools and universities. Past students have gone on to study at Harrow, Eton, a number of London private schools and of course Oxford and Cambridge, among other universities.
My successes with students are not only due to my own expertise, however, but to my passion for inspiring a love of English in my students as well! During our time together my students not only come to feel more confident in the subject, but also to enjoy it!
Kate's last completed English Literature job with Annie: Over 2 hrs/week - Year 10 - 1st year of IGCSE currently at home due to illness. Just started Merchant of Venice this term.
Kate's last review in English Literature from Amelia: Fantastic, really detailed discussion to help me with exam prep!
I'm currently working as a foreign language teacher for the British Council in China though I've been a private tutor now for a nearly two years - in this time I've tutored a student in both his GCSEs and AS Levels, on average increasing his grades from C to A. I have also provided tuition for other children in younger years, giving them foundational bases in English and Mathematics. These jobs were done in person as well as online, via Skype. Aside from my direct tuition experience, I have two younger brothers who often ask for help with their school work. I think that if you can deal with- and teach effectively - your own siblings, you can take on any type of person! My time at Cambridge involved high intensity of work and as such, I am used to working quickly and efficiently, developing the best possible ways to achieve the task at hand.
My focus with my tuition is not the idea of teaching being a means to an end, but rather my aim is to actually interest my tutees in the process of learning. It is when students turn up and ask me questions that I struggle to answer that really excites me - I want to promote this intellectual curiosity and be far more than someone who my student has to see every week in order to get their A*.
Gabriel's last completed
English Literature job with Olivier:
1-2_HOURS - iGCSE CIE exam May 2017
We are in China/ Hong Kong so the tutoring time has to be very early in the morning or early afternoon
Gabriel's last review in English Literature from Olivier: poetry No idea how it went as Olivier disappeared after leaving a note saying it was good......
I have experience working with students of a range of ages and abilities, helping they to prepare for GCSE and A Level in English Language and Literature. I also have experience tutoring for Oxbridge admissions for English, including assisting with personal statements, ELAT and interview practice. I am flexible with my time, hard-working, used to balancing a range of work-loads, and committed to delivering a high quality tutoring service to all students, adapting to suit each individual's needs.
Tabitha's last completed
English Literature job with Vanessa:
1-2 hrs/week - Hi,
I am looking for a tutor to help my son with his essay writing. He would like to study in Cambridge.
I love my subjects, and enjoy finding different, engaging ways through which to help my students grapple with them. This is why I started working for Spires and other tutoring companies just over 3 years ago now, helping school pupils and adults alike with everything from A Level English to Greek language learning. I currently work as a research assistant in Oxford University's Phonetics Laboratory, but before this I worked for seven months in a girls' boarding school in Oxford providing Sixth Form students with academic and pastoral support, coaching many through their Oxbridge applications. I have also volunteered over the years in primary and secondary schools, helping students who are on the autism spectrum with their work and communication skills. This has given me experience with pupils of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Clio's last completed English Literature job with Lotte: 1-2 hrs/week - Currently in year 12, need some extra help in preparation for my exams, especially with the actual essay writing and Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)
Clio's last review in English Literature from Elizabeth: all the last bits and bobs very helpful and efficient
I always build a completely unique scheme of work for each individual client and I pride myself on a creative and colourful teaching style which employs tasks and assignments to engage my students with complex ideas in a clear and accessible fashion. I always keep my lessons interactive and use visual stimuli such as images and videos to support my tutee's learning process...
I have achieved excellent results with numerous clients receiving the esteemed 8 // 9 Grade in their English exams.
In the five years since I began tutoring my work has mostly centred on helping A-Level English students with both coursework and exam prep. I have worked with some of London's leading agencies including Bonas Macfarlane and Craig De Silva and have undertaken in depth work-experience at Grafton Primary School, London. I have also tutored students at some of the UK's leading independent schools including Harrow and Westminster.
Nick's last completed English Literature job with Isla: 1-2 hrs/week - I am currently at a grade 6. I missed a lot and am just trying boost my grade. Aiming for an 8- that’s my target
Nick's last review in English Literature from Osian: Coursework plan Brilliant!
I have been tutoring in French and German since I was in sixth form and spent six months in Vienna as a teaching assistant in 2014/15. I have taught a range of students between the ages of 11 and 18, both individually and in groups of up to 30. Therefore, I am well versed in planning and adapting lessons to focus on a student's strengths, weaknesses, requirements and interests.
Working as a translator in Paris has given me a breadth of French vocabulary that spans beyond the classroom and literature course. My students will thus get the chance to stand out from the crowd and impress with their diverse knowledge of colloquial and technical idiom.
Both of the languages I studied were learnt from scratch at secondary school, and the methods I devised and skills I trained throughout my schooling and time at Oxford are relevant and applicable to anyone wishing to improve their fluency and command of French and German. I am currently teaching myself Spanish, Danish and Swedish using the same techniques to build up my proficiency quickly as well as sustainably.
Daniel's last completed English Literature job with Taimur: Intensive - I am looking to complete my English Literature AS Level with an A. My weak area is lack of critical analysis in essays.
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.
Sasha's last completed English Literature job with Osian: 1-2 hrs/week - I would like some help with the John Keats poems so I become really familiar with them by the time of my exam. I'm currently sitting on a B grade, and need to pull this up to an A :)
I'm an enthusiastic teacher with lots of experience working with young people of different ages and abilities. As well as tutoring English, Latin and Classics to students from primary to degree level, I've taught drama to teenagers and English at IB summer schools. I'm familiar with the AQA, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC exam boards. I believe that I've got the creativity, organisation and communication skills that make a good tutor, as well as specialised knowledge and heaps of enthusiasm!
Stephanie's last completed
English Literature job with Bilal:
Occasional - I am a y13 student currently doing EDEXCEL coursework. I am hoping to get as high a grade as i possibly can and need some help if the books Handmaids Tale and Never Let me go are ones you are familiar with can you please help me in regards to my coursework.
The question is According to April Spisak, ‘Dystopias are characterised as a society that is counter-utopia, a repressed, controlled, restricted system with multiple social controls put into place via government, military or a powerful authority figure… as a consistent emphasis that is not a place where you would want to live’.
Compare and contrast how the writers of ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ restrict the protagonists through the societies they exist in.
Many Thanks, Bilal
Stephanie's last review in English Literature from Osian: Super interesting class. Thank you Stephanie!
I've been teaching with Spires for over a year, and I've had several long- and short-term clients over this period. All my students have made highly encouraging progress and have given me very positive feedback.
Off Spires, I have a wide range of teaching experience, both paid and volunteering, in a variety of languages and to both adults and children. I am a CELTA-certified teacher of English to students of other languages, and have outstanding academic credentials (A* at A-level in English Literature and Distinction in both French and Italian in my Preliminary Examinations at Oxford).
I teach English, French and Italian literature and language, to both native English speakers and foreign learners. I encourage my students to be scrupulously accurate when it comes to the finer points of language and creative and imaginative when it comes to studying literature. I am happy to conduct lessons in English, French or Italian.
I have a detailed knowledge of the UCAS system, and of Oxford and Cambridge application procedures in particular. I'm happy to offer help with personal statements, interview practice and preparation for the MLAT or Cambridge MML admissions test and advice about written work to be submitted.
Jessica 's last completed English Literature job with Jo: 1-2_HOURS - English literature Aqa board and history