My name is Josephine. I have recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in English Literature. I have experience in dissertation writing, editing, workshops and peer review, academic essays, creative writing, poetry analysis and eighteenth century - contemporary literature and history. I have previously tutored a GCSE student in 2015 who achieved an A grade for her English studies.
I structure my lessons with a variety of close reading, writing and creative tasks to motivate and inspire my students. I set homework based on the subjects of my lessons, such as poetry research and close readings, example essay questions and creative writing practise for GCSE students. I have experience in undergrad and postgrad peer review and I can tutor A Level as well as undergrad Literature students. I can teach research skills and methodology for university students and I have a broad knowledge of eighteenth century history and literature, having produced high merit and first grade essays and dissertations on this topic.
I am based in London and available for tuition support evenings and weekends. I can provide an hour or two hours of tuition per session. I am a friendly teacher and eager to progress my own skills by listening attentively to my students, suggesting areas of improvement and helping to solve any academic struggles.
My rate remains the same for GCSE, A Level and undergrad tuition. I will not charge more for students living within a 10k radius of Eltham, London - my home address. My first lesson to each student will be held for free, with the hope of student satisfaction and a continuation of my tuition and academic support.
GCSE: I have previously tutored for GCSE Edexcel and AQA English studies. After the academic year 2015, this student progressed from a C to an A grade.
Undergrad: I have participated in editing workshops and writing groups for creative writing and English Literature, providing suggestions of improvement for my peers.
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Since graduating with an MscR in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh (November 2016), I have spent my time travelling the inspirational island of Skye in Scotland, working voluntarily in an Oxfam book shop (Greenwich branch). I have successfully co-founded a poetry society with fellow graduates to maintain my studies and interest in this subject.
I am now eagerly searching for a graduate career that reflects my skills, experience and passion for English Literature. I have previously tutored GCSE students, one of whom achieved an A from a C grade during the period of my tuition, and I thoroughly enjoyed this job. I believe that teaching is the right path for me and I look forward to the opportunity of guiding further students through their English studies.
• I am an outgoing and social person with previous experience in English GCSE tuition.
• I have been involved in peer review groups throughout my undergrad and postgraduate degrees which have taught me the fundamental skills of proof reading, editing and constructive criticism for improving writing projects.
• I have over five years of customer service experience in retail and hospitality and I have subsequently gained the confidence to communicate clearly and effectively to the public, my peers and colleagues.
• I communicate clearly and concisely over the phone.
• As part of my role as a Lloyds bank cashier, I was responsible for filing, organising and responding to the branch’s post. I can operate a fax machine and multi-task printer to communicate with customers and various departments of the company.
• I have received service awards for my friendly and approachable behaviour at Lloyds bank, Chelsea branch. I achieved 10/10 customer feedback (April 2015) and this score helped our branch to achieve an outstanding performance rating as part of the West London group.
• I am a conscientious team member. In my previous roles, I have guided new colleagues through their daily duties and helped to train them and improve their knowledge and comfort using the banking software and databases (Lloyds bank 2010-15).
• My degrees have guided me through an impeccable writing practise including MscR level essays, dissertations and research projects.
IT and administrative
• I am a proficient Microsoft software user.
• At the National Art Library and at university, I navigated databases and catalogues to find academic journal articles for essay research.
• At Lloyds, I processed cash and card payments and balanced my till at closing time.
• I promoted company offers and exciting new products to eligible customers in branch and over the phone.
Research and academic achievements___________________________________________________
• My MscR degree gave me the opportunity to complete an extended research dissertation project of 15,000 words for which I achieved a high Merit grade in 2016.
• I won the English department prize for the best undergraduate dissertation of my year group in 2014.
• As a freelance English GCSE tutor, one of my GCSE students achieved an A grade on her exams and course work after my guidance over several months.
Customer service achievements________________________________________________________
• At Lloyds, I organised bake sales and raised money for Children in Need in 2015.
• I won a customer service award for consistent, positive customer feedback during the 2012 Olympic campaign. This award contributed to the overall performance and review of the Highstreet Kensington branch, earning further recognition and rewards for my colleagues.
Intern at the National Art Library at the V and A Museum (June – August 2010)
Customer Assistant at Lloyds Bank PLC (September 2010 – September 2015)
Freelance English Literature GCSE tutor (January – August 2015)
Waiting and Bar Staff at the World’s End pub, Greene King (September – November 2015)
Graduated from the University of Edinburgh (August 2016)
Voluntary work at Oxfam book shop, Greenwich (November – present)
Waiting and Bar staff at the Eltham GPO, Antic (January - February)
MscR Romanticism (Merit) University of Edinburgh – November 2016
BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing (2:1) University of Roehampton – August 2014
• Since November 2015, after my MscR graduation, I have co-founded a poetry society with my peers. This society meets every other week to discuss contemporary and 18th C poetry.
• After joining the team at the Oxfam book shop, I participate in an Oxfam book club that meets every other week to discuss bestselling and award-winning literary works.
References are available upon request from:
. Previously tutored GCSE students
• Lloyds Bank HR on (concealed information)
• Academic lecturers from the university of Edinburgh and Roehampton university (via university email)
• Oxfam book shop, Greenwich on 020 8305 1656
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