I have an inclusive, empathetic, and engaging pedagogical style that is not overly didactic, and which makes the learning style of the pupil and the idiosyncratic way they assimilate and contextualise information the fulcrum of the learning process. I would hope that my passion for teaching is self-evident. If not, I would humbly request the opportunity to prove it.
An experienced Academic Writer and Tutor, I possess excellent communication skills, as well as a First Class Honours Degree in English, Creative Writing and History. I have been tutoring for a few years now and specialise in helping secondary age learners achieve their scholastic potential in English Language and Literature, as well as in History. I also have extensive experience in teaching Academic Writing skills to learners of all ages up to undergraduate level. Finally, I have some limited experience teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Any teacher or tutor worth their salt (parenthetically - hence the parentheses - our word salary derives from the Latin salarium, which was the money paid to Roman soldiers which was allocated for the purchase of salt. Apologies, I do that a lot)... any teacher or tutor worth their salt lives for the Aha! moment, that Eureka moment when a pupil catches hold of something and it makes sense for them, and they understand, even if only ephemerally, why you're so passionate about what you're trying to share with them. Partly through altruism, and partly for selfish reasons related to my own integrity and self esteem, I want an opportunity to be a part of helping someone experience that Eureka moment as often as I possibly can.
Professional Summary Erudite, professional, capable, and extremely talented writer, tutor, and all round academic professional. Highly experienced in all aspects of writing, editing, and tutoring, and with a background in business development, PR, and digital marketing.
Freelance Writer January 2016 - Present Producing various bespoke pieces of writing work to order for a various and varied clientele. Staple work provided by academic writing institutions such as Clever Networks, and through online forums such as StudyBay, Edusson and Freelancer, whilst simultaneously managing various personalised writing contracts for several clients at once. As well as academic and content writing, I also craft crisp advertising copy that is persuasive, engaging, results-oriented, and tailored to suit clients’ requirements.
Freelance Tutor January 2010 - Present
Have provided one to one tutoring for learners of various ages for several years now. Specialize in teaching English Language and Literature, and History to students aged 14-18, and Academic Writing to both undergraduates and those intending to study as such. However, also have varying levels of experience in other subjects and with other age ranges.
Operations Manager – Allsop Construction, Lewes January 2015 – December 2016 Took over the overall operation and management of a medium sized construction and environmental clean up company due to my best friend suffering an industrial accident and thus becoming temporarily unable to maintain the company himself. Took responsibility for the completion of all duties pertaining to the successful management of the entire company. Managed company accounts, invoiced customers, produced detailed bids and quotes, managed relatively large and diverse portfolio of projects, controlled new business development and customer relations management, contracted, supervised and remunerated staff.
PR Manager & SEO Content Writer – National Homebuyers, Burgess Hill Aug 2013 – Jan 2015 Oversaw all aspects of business development, marketing and public relations for a nationally recognised fastness purchase property company. Duties included, but were not limited to: drafting, proofreading and publishing website content, press releases and advertising copy; ensuring all aspects of the company’s website, including landing pages, metadata, backlinks, keywords URLs, etc. were fully optimized in order to command the highest SERP placement possible; conducting appropriate research using relevant programs and analytical tools; evaluating and managing the company’s brand performance across all online channels; producing daily blog posts and relevant news articles; managing PPC campaigns; and conducting appropriate competitor analysis
Freelance Academic Writer Sep 2009 – Sep 2013 Worked as a freelance academic writer in order to pay my way through university. Wrote in several academic fields, including English, History, Education, Media Studies, Film Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and Psychology, producing bespoke academic materials of various kinds according to strict specifications.
Business Development Manager – Home & Gardens Ltd, Herstmonceux March 2007 – July 2009 Began working for Home and Garden as a Business Development Assistant and progressed to managing all aspects of new business development for the entire company. Generated new business through both face-to-face and telephone meetings with potential customers, took ownership of marketing and brand distribution, maintained the company web site and took responsibility for the company’s online image, produced all promotional materials, and liaised with existing customers to ensure they were completely satisfied and that they were using the full extent of the company’s services.
Drainage Ganger – M. Holleran Ltd, New Cross, London May 2004 – March 2007 Key responsibilities included; team management and practical, hands on project management; supervising both small and large gangs of utility workers in both planned and emergency maintenance of the East Sussex foul water network; managing various sites and procuring all requisite permits, equipment and materials; logistical planning, traffic management; and completing all relevant paperwork
Highways Response Co=ordinator – Task Security Limited, Eastbourne March 2002 – May 2004 Promoted internally and offered position as part of a team responsible for the co-ordination of the Highways Agency’s response to various incidents on the South East road network. Duties included liaising with and between the police, the public, and Highways Agency crews in order to provide the most appropriate and effective response to any and every situation; general administrative duties tasks such as filing, data entry and the production of spreadsheets; as well writing and presenting comprehensive, detailed, and accurate reports to various key stakeholders.
Security Officer – Task Security Ltd, Eastbourne Sep 2001 – March 2002 Securing and safeguarding various premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points; permitting entry; providing visible security presence; and maintaining accurate records and reports.
Field Sales Operative – Frontline 2000, Eastbourne August 2000 – Sep 2001 Cold calling door-to-door and convincing people to switch telecom providers. Networking, generating and following up new business leads. Achieving and excelling sales targets.
Catering Assistant – Palms Coffee Shop, Denton September 1998 – August 2000
Kitchen Porter – The Sheffield Arms, Newhaven July 1996 – September 1998
University of Chichester 2009 – 2013 BA Hons English, Creative Writing & History First Class Seaford Head Community College 1998 - 2000 A-Level: English Literature - A Sociology - B Psychology - C Seaford Head School 1993 – 1998 GCSE: English Language - A*, A English Literature – A Mathematics - A History – A Geography – B IT & Business - B Double Science - C, C Statistics – C Graphics - E
DBS Full Driving License Certificates & Diplomas Introduction to Computer Science Harvard University Writing for the Web Open 2 Study Online Advertising Open 2 Study Critical Thinking in Global Challenges University of Edinburgh Writing in the Sciences Stanford University Web Science University of Southampton The Secret Power of Brands East Anglia University Management for a Competitive Edge Open 2 Study Modern Economics Alison Online Learning Basic First Aid University of Reading Print & Publishing Media Studies Alison Online Learning Diploma in Legal Studies Alison Online Learning Community Journalism Cardiff University Programming Using Python MIT HTML 5 Coding & Best Practices W3 School
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, etc.), HTML, Python, Wordpress, Adobe Suite, Google Analytics, mailingmanager, Google Adwords, MOZ, Wordstream, CMS
Hobbies, Interests & Community Activities
While it may appear somewhat axiomatic, I am a feverish reader and prolific writer. Interested in history of every manifestation, I also have a fervent interest in all things internet, and a love of learning anything and everything possible. Disce quasi semper victurus; vive quasi cras moriturus
I have always had a keen interest in boxing and, though I no longer box myself, until recently I volunteered as an assistant coach at a local amateur club. I also volunteer my writing services for a well-known charitable organization and regularly offer my time on one-off occasions for various charitable events. For instance I regularly organise and facilitate a drive to provide care packs to the homeless on special occasions, such as St Valentine’s Day. In addition I produce copy, content and various marketing literature for a small charitable organisation that campaigns for increased road safety.
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