My approach to tutoring will be to focus on core skills, such as essay structure, writing style, and the critical thinking demanded of humanities students. Within that I will aim to be flexible, always responding to what you most want to get out of a session.
I've been a tutor for eight years now, teaching alongside my graduate studies. I've taught for over 1,000 hours and more than 100 students. I also have experience teaching tutorials within Oxford University. I've helped A-level students improve their grades from an E to an A in that time, and got students into first choice universities, including Oxford, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Bristol.
Oxford University (2007-2010 and 2012-Present)
• First Class BA (Hons) in Ancient & Modern History (New College, 2010)
• MSt in Modern British and European History (New College, 2013)
• Currently working towards a DPhil at St Cross College.
Leeds Grammar School (2000-2007)
• A-levels – Medieval History, English Literature, and Philosophy and Ethics, Grade A
• AS-levels – Classical Civilisation and French, Grades A and B
• 10 GCSEs including English and Maths, Grade A*
Private Tuition - self-employed (September 2011-Present)
As a self-employed tutor I help school students prepare for school exams, advance in their studies and explore their passion for History, English Literature or Classical Civilization. I have experience of all major exam boards, including Edexcel, AQA, OCR, IB, and CIE. I am punctual, always thoroughly prepared and will work hard to know everything I need to to help my students. Listening well and responding to the needs of the student is a core part of my teaching methodology, and I am able to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances and objectives.
Oxford University – tutor in History (October 2015-Present)
During my doctoral studies I have worked within Oxford’s History Faculty both to teach undergraduate tutorials and to assist in the admissions process. I taught the first year paper ‘Conquest & Colonization: Spain and America in the Sixteenth Century’ and was a teaching assistant for the second year paper ‘Representing the City, 1558-1640’. I also presented papers in my specialist field of early modern Spain. I completed the Faculty’s PLTO (Preparation for Learning to Teach in Oxford) course, which provided me with insights into how to teach in the one-to-one format. Teaching undergraduates required me to develop an agenda of work across a term, and think about how students grow into an understanding of their subject and make connections.
Shakespeare Primary School, Leeds – work experience placement (2005)
I worked in an inner-city primary school as a teaching assistant, including working with students who had just arrived in the country and spoke minimal English. This work helped me be comfortable teaching students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) – Gallery Assistant (2013-2016)
I worked on the museum floor helping visitors with enquiries, ensuring they respected the rules of the museum, and providing further information about objects on display. I enjoyed engaging with visitors to help them explore the museum and sharing my passion for global history.
Oxford University, History Faculty – HAT marker (2016-present)
As part of the admissions team for the History Faculty, I marked History Aptitude Test (HAT) papers. I familiarised myself with the priorities of admissions tutors and what they look for in candidates. As a result of this work I am better able to help students with Oxford admissions.
Oxford University – Exam Invigilator (2015-present)
I invigilate Oxford exams for papers to be sat within colleges, typically students with additional requirements due to specific learning difficulties or disabilities.This work necessitates a responsible but flexible approach, to balance following the procedure of the exam with an awareness of the needs of the student.
Oxford University Peer Supporter (2008-2010)
I received training in helping fellow students cope with both emotional turmoil and the academic pressures of being an Oxford student. The training helped me hone communication skills that I have been able to apply broadly to other areas of my life, including tutoring.
Perfect! Awesome tutor. Helped me prepare for A-level History.
Thanks Anna, hopefully all your hard work will pay off!
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