I am NOT a disciplinarian. An informal, calm, undemanding atmosphere is my preference, and as teaching is my passion I often remain as long as necessary without acceleration of cost. For example, if I stay for 80 minutes then I will still only cost an hour. My teaching method includes asking what my student wishes to improve upon after identifying their strengths. I base my classes upon gradual interactive progress with You. We will delve within a diverse range of the syllabus, although I will specifically focus upon a single aspect of your writing skills e.g. essay-writing - if that's your preference. I am thankful to you for reading this, admittedly, self-indulgent piece of text. Although as genuine curiousity is rare to find, I would be grateful for any opportunity you choose to give me to assist in your education.
(The following provides some insight into my view of English).
Essay writing is a skill which isn't taught thoroughly in many schools. And when it has the opportunity to be taught - it can be taught from a very singular perspective, and therefore transcribed in a somewhat linear manner - arguably reducing an essay to a general group of collective paragraphs rather than what I believe each essay is: a story.
In my opinion, strong essays should consist of -
Balance / fluidity / coherency / context / academic colloquilisms / purposeful tangents / references / analysis / structure / examples / irony / and above all - ideas.
An essay is, essentally, a conglomeration of ideas, supported by evidence which then builds to a musically crescendo-like climax. A well-written essay is a work of art, and should be revered as such. Essayists such as Daniel Tammet reveal the true power of how impactful an essay can be upon even the most intellectual academic, when emphasis is placed upon the correct word, in the correct context. Essay writing is not simply 'analytical' writing. And it WILL take time to master. But, there ARE very slight, simple changes which will take root immediately and subsequently improve your writing, reading, and even speaking without delay depending on your enthusiasm.
I have acquired an Upper Second Class Ordinary Degree in Film and Media. Although, perhaps more importantly, a range of qualifications across both English (G.C.S.E/AS levels) and Scottish (Highers) curriculum due to residing between both countries during adolescence. I'm 25, and English is my speciality (A* and A gained at G.C.S.E, B at AS Level, and B at Higher). I also have AS Levels in Law and Film Studies, with Highers in Sociology, RMPS, Business Studies, Modern Studies, Home Economics, and Administration. I am comfortable teaching any of these subjects, although reading, speaking, and particularly writing (whether it be creative, analytical, or essay-based), are my predominant features of confidence and skill. I Coached a Men's Basketball team for two years following a near-fatal RTA in 2013 which prevents me from playing anymore. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask. I will not hide it from you.
Also, I will happily send you photographs of I.D e.g. driving license, as well as photos of my credentials e.g. scores during my degree, Highers, AS levels and G.C.S.E's etc. If you ask I will happily provide them.
My price remains at twelve pounds an hour regardless of whether you are studying at secondary school, college, or University. My preference would be to conduct one two hour session for twenty pounds, however I’m flexible to Your preferences. And if money is an issue some weeks then don’t worry, we can split costs over a month etc. If you need to cancel our session please don’t worry, although I must ask that you alert me via text or email at least 24 hours prior to our session due to scheduling conflicts etc. Otherwise, I have no further stipulations to outline here, and any others can be discussed in person or over the phone.
Queen Margaret University (2012-2016)
BA (Hons) in Film and Media
First Year – Introduction to Film Studies (A). Introduction to Media Studies (C). Media Industries (A). Narrative and Representation (B). Media Production 1 (B). Media Consumption (B).
Second Year - Film and Creativity (B). Media and Popular Culture (B). Film Genre (A). Media and Democracy (B). Media Production 2 (B). Working in the Media (B).
Third Year – Media, Culture, and Society (A). Contemporary Hollywood (B). Film and the Family (B). Screenwriting (B). Storytelling in Convergent Media (B). World Cinema (C).
Additional Notes – A letter from Queen Margaret University’s Student’s Union outlines my fortunate time as the Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team (2014-2015), as well as my time as a player.
Stranraer Academy (2010-2012)
Business Management – B
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies – B
Home Economics: Health and Technology – A
Sociology – B
Modern Studies – B
English - C
Intermediate Level Two
Administration - C
Additional Notes – Participated in leadership and teamwork via the ‘Sexpert’ presentations.
- Only student to receive a certificate of excellence and hard work for RMPS.
- RSE Business Experience – Won a competition. Created a hypothetical business model as part of a team.
South Trafford College (2009-2010)
Film Studies - C
Law - C
English – C
Broadoak School (2004-2009)
B-Tec First Diploma in Sport – Distinction (2 A* and 2 A)
English – A
English Literature – A*
Mathematics – C
Science Core – B
Science Additional – C
G.C.S.E P.E – B
Geography – C
Celica Sales (June 2017)
Customer Service/Sales Representative.
In this position I developed very strong communication skills while fundraising for various campaigns. My teamwork skills improved as I jumped from team to team yet maintained a positive chemistry with everybody in the workplace. My attitude in the workplace is consistently positive, and I have learned very much during my time at Celica – which I am very thankful for, but I am very eager to utilise my skills for Cordant.
Kura Contact Centre (July 2017 - April 2018)
Customer Contact Handler
In this position, my communication skills improved to such an extent that I could easily dictate points in which conversations became intimate but not too intimate. Speaking to so many people each day for nine months built my confidence and allowed me to explore methods of communication amongst peers and make friends that I did not have previously. I am very thankful to this ob for teaching me these skills.
Ashley is always very eager to help anyone to the best of his ability and does so wonderfully. He knows how to convey lessons to anyone and is the most patient person I know, anyone would be lucky to have him as their tutor.
Ashley is an extremely intuitive man. Who is astonishing with other people, he gives the right advice and support when and if needed.
Ashley is an extremely enthusiastic and motivated person, and has an extremely positive attitude. This is a huge benefit in tutoring, it allows him to be patient and empathetic while still focusing on success. Ashley also tends to go above and beyond the call of duty when presented with a task. I think this makes him a very reliable tutor, and would guarantee consistent improvement. He has also worked hard very hard himself, through both his education and his own hardships. This has molded him into a compassionate and intelligent person, who excels in in the teaching environment.
Ashley is a good, trustworthy tutor because he doesn't teach unnecessary things and is honest, if you're bad at something he'll tell you need to work on it but he won't belittle you for it.
I think Ashley is a trustworthy tutor as he is my older brother and was always brilliant at helping me with my highers at school. If you don't find learning fun then Ashley can really help with that.
Great teacher, friendly guy easy to get along with who has the patience for all teaching requirements.
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