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£25/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 13h
Lessons offered by Olivia
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Test prep
  • Poetry
  • Handwriting
Levels
  • All Levels

First-class English Literature graduate offering English Literature and Language lessons in Milton Keynes

Methodology

Given my recent degree achievement, I am more than capable (and confident) to tutor students up to the age of 18, however I have most experience with younger students (aged 9-14 years). I usually spend the first lesson getting to know the student and their capabilities and listening to what they believe are the weaknesses they wish to work on (with younger students, this has often been with their parents/guardians who relay information from their school teachers). I tend to then devise topic areas we should work on specifically, using worksheets and various exercises to see which works best for the particular student. I have found, from experience (particularly with my younger students) that a reward system works well and ensures focus is maintained throughout the lesson. This has included star charts with rewards at certain markers and incentives to ensure the student's concentration remains constant. I am patient and a good listener, and I try to keep lessons fun and engaging throughout. I am also extremely adaptable and open to suggestions from students if they prefer working using a particular method or technique.

Background

I graduated from the University of Birmingham this year (2018) with First-Class Honours in English Literature with Theatre Studies. Throughout my degree, I have tutored several students aged 9-14 years, assisting with work towards their 11+, advancing their comprehension skills and ensuring they achieve their full literacy potential. My students have all excelled in their 11+ and have often moved up a set in their English classes as a result.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £25/h
Lessons offered by Olivia
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Test prep
  • Poetry
  • Handwriting
Levels
  • All Levels

Olivia's CV

Summary
I have recently gained a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Birmingham. From this I have developed outstanding literary and communication skills, proving I have the necessary qualities of independence, adaptability and tenacity as required from the demands of being a Personal Tutor. I am hoping to expand upon the experience I have already gained within the fields of PR, journalism, publishing and media.

Education
University of Birmingham, BA English Literature and Drama (4 years with a study abroad)
- Established a sense of independence and the ability to self-manage through studying at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) for one year
- Proved transferable literary skills by achieving first-class honours in each module taken at UNSW
- Demonstrated effective time management skills by upholding the status of a student athlete at the University of Birmingham’s Boat Club (as a Senior Rower), and maintaining a bar job alongside my studies

Marist Senior School
A Levels: GCSEs:
A ~ English Literature 10 A*-As ~ (including A*s in English
A ~ Government and Politics Literature and Language,
A ~ Drama and Theatre Studies and As in Maths and
A ~ History (AS Level) French)

Journalism/Media Experience
Public Relations Intern at Mercedes-Benz UK
- Given the responsibility of creating a report (that may be adapted) to effectively display all press coverage after recent PR events
- Working closely with Internal Comms to ensure the PR department’s hard work to maintain external brand coverage is well-known within the business
- Assisting Press Officers with writing and distributing press releases

University of Birmingham’s student newspaper, Redbrick (Editorial Assistant)
- Demonstrated an ability to meet regular deadlines by proofing weekly articles for print and online
- Developed communication and leadership skills by using meetings to voice opinions concerning the paper’s content and direction
- Attained the ability to self-manage by editing content independently
- Learnt the importance of social media marketing by brainstorming the most effective ways to attract readers via social media

The Telegraph Media Group, The Telegraph (Automotive)
- Developed the ability to write quickly and concisely by condensing press releases and interviews for the creation of online articles
- Developed communication skills by speaking directly with PR directors at other publications and research institutes
- Proved an ability to grasp unfamiliar web programs by using 'Chase' to write and publish content online, and web analytics program ‘Parse.ly’

Condé Nast, House & Garden
- Established excellent research and organisational skills by conducting market research (regarding possible gift and display ideas for H&G upcoming events) and summarising these into a professional report
- Advanced web literacy skills through performing general administrative tasks, including manipulation of Excel

Haymarket Media, Autocar
- Refined literacy skills by writing content for the magazine’s website and successfully publishing five articles for Autocar
- Developed effective research skills by sourcing possible article leads based on current affairs
- Demonstrated an ability to learn quickly by understanding the magazine’s unique writing style and using this to write up news leads
- Came to understand the process of editing by following the subs team through content development

Previous Employment
Coogee Bay Hotel (Sydney, Australia), Bar Attendant
- Learnt the importance of team-work by supporting other members of staff in a high-pressured environment
- Proved adaptability by learning and implementing unfamiliar drinking laws and practices

The Royal Berkshire Hotel, Food and Beverage Assistant
- Developed professionalism by meeting the requirements of VIP customers
- Established flexibility through working across several different teams in the restaurant, bar and at various events

International Experience
University of Birmingham International Study Abroad Ambassador (1 year)
- Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills by liaising directly with students and staff to improve the university’s study abroad scheme
- Employed effective literary and editorial skills by generating relevant promotional content for the university’s online portal
- Advanced web-literacy skills by launching interactive content online
- Developed problem-solving skills by using feedback from students to ensure the scheme is readily available to those students wishing to participate

InterVol Project Coordinator, Bulgaria Project (3 weeks)
- Exhibited leadership skills by acting as project coordinator for a group of four student volunteers
- Proved self-motivation by solely fundraising £1800
- Demonstrated an astute sensitivity to other cultures by implementing a child development programme that sought to improve the children’s’ proficiency in English across three orphanages

Outlook Expeditions Borneo Expedition (1 month)
- Further proved self-determination by solely fundraising £3000
- Demonstrated an awareness of the importance of international conservation by rebuilding parts of the Kinabatangan rainforest and aiding the construction of local schools
- Proved immense tenacity by successfully climbing Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-east Asia

Qualifications/achievements
I.T. Skills
OCR CLAiT Level 1 Diploma
OCR CLAiT Text Processing
Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media

Arts and Awards
Marist Senior School Head Girl
Sixth Form Drama Scholar
Associated Board of Music, Vocals, (Grade 5)
Associated Board of Music, Violin (Grade 3)
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), (Grade 6)
Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze)
Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies - Merit
Young Enterprise Scheme, Company Secretary (Merit)
School Newsletter Editor

References are available upon request

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