English tutor in West Surrey

Thomas W.

location_on West Surrey, England

£ 35 / hour

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About me

I am a great tutor because I really enjoy sharing and passing on information and learning to others. I like to structure lessons by varying activities throughout, discussing with the student what works well for them. I measure progress by keeping records of past lessons; using them to create appropriate future lesson plans and demonstrate progression to the students themselves. I have a real interest in literature, particularly the works of Tolkien - my undergraduate dissertation was on his middle-earth mythos and gained the highest mark in the year. I also like team sports such as football, rugby, and cricket, though I now only play the latter. Furthermore, I enjoy comedy and films - particularly historically-based dramas - and visit museums in my spare time.

Education

UniversityCourseQualification
Royal Holloway Medieval Studies MA
University of WestminsterEnglish LiteratureBA (Hons)

Tutoring Experience

I have tutored around 15 English students of varying abilities across the secondary school age range, from high-achieving GCSE students to struggling year 9 pupils. I have also tutored GCSE History and R.E. Furthermore, I have proofread successful economics Ph.D applications for a student for whom English is a second language. This involved meticulously correcting errors of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, as well as shortening the pieces without losing significant information. I tailor tutorials to the needs of the student(s) by asking what works for them. In one instance, an English GCSE student wanted to work on his close reading of poems for exams, so we would analyse poems together then discuss the notes. Starting with one poem for the hour, I increased the workload gradually to four poems in an hour, to imitate exam conditions. When tutoring a group of year 9 students I would facilitate discussion between them to create an engaged learning environment.

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