I have a year's teaching experience at Harris Academy Tottenham, focusing on the Edexcel English Literature A-level course. In addition, I act as our school's Academic Mentor for UCAS, and have extensive experience in supporting students with every stage of their university applications. Given the extraordinary foundation that Durham provided me with (ranked as the top UK university for English Literature from 2013 until 2019), as well as the formal training I have received at Harris Tottenham and my prior tutoring experience, I am more than confident in my ability to tutor students up to the age of 18. At Harris I have been primarily focusing on A Level students, whose studies have been most severely affected by COVID-19, but am more than happy to tutor younger students as my previous tutee was eleven years old. I would like to spend the first lesson getting to know the student and understanding which areas of their study require the most attention: potentially the sections where they have so far received only online teaching. I will then break down these sections into key topic areas, using worksheets to ensure both the student's comprehension of the subject, and ultimately so that all criteria of the mark scheme are met. Having received a raw mark of 197/200 in my English A Level I am extremely familiar with the examination process and the best ways to approach an essay question in a set time period. But most importantly, I want to make the lessons fun and to instil a genuine enthusiasm for the subject in the student. I understand that GCSE students may have no desire to continue English at A Level, so I hope to make the sessions as enjoyable as possible for those whose interests lie elsewhere. I am more than open to suggestions from both the student and family if they have a particular preference regarding teaching methods.
I have a year's experience in small-group and 1:1 tuition at Harris Academy Tottenham, covering all aspects of the A-Level English literature course. In addition, I act as our school's Academic Mentor for UCAS, and have extensive experience in supporting students with every stage of their university applications. By way of example, I supported a student in her application to read Medicine at university, making her the first student in our school to have done so. I graduated from Durham University last year (2020) with First Class Honours in Liberal Arts, majoring in English Literature. During the summer of 2018 I worked as an English tutor for the daughter of an Italian family based in Sicily, teaching both English as a foreign language and the cornerstones of our literature.
I have a year's experience in small-group and 1:1 tuition at Harris Academy Tottenham, covering all aspects of the A-Level English literature course. In addition, I act as our school's Academic Mentor for UCAS, and have extensive experience in supporting students with every stage of their university applications. Last year I graduated from Durham University with First-Class Honours in Liberal Arts, majoring in English Literature. I have previously worked as an English tutor for an Italian student, from which I developed outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
University of Durham (2017-2020)
BA (Hons) Liberal Arts
Classification: First-Class Honours
Major: English Literature
Dissertation: ‘Oscar’s Darwin: Evolution, Degeneration and Duality in Wilde’. Grade: First.
Monmouth School for Girls (2006-2017)
A Levels: English, German, Philosophy (A*AA)
EPQ: English Literature (A*)
AS Level: Biology (A)
GCSEs: 10 A*s (including English Literature, English Language and Maths)
Employment and Work Experience
English Tutor, Harris Academy Tottenham (09/20 - present)
- Working full-time within a team deployed as part of the Recovery Curriculum for post-Covid-19 lockdown. Work includes small-group tuition and large-group interventions.
- A year’s experience teaching the Edexcel English Literature A-level course.
Front of House, Ambassador Theatre Group (07-09/19)
- Delivering the optimum customer experience for clients at the Piccadilly and Phoenix Theatres, developing strong interpersonal skills in a fast-paced environment.
- Rising to added pressure in particularly sought-after and therefore busy shows, such as Sam Mendes’ The Lehman Trilogy.
English Tutor, AuPairWorld, Sicily (08-09/18)
- Developing oral and written communication skills teaching English as a foreign language to a young student, explaining complex concepts using clear and simple terminology.
- Rapidly improving my Italian whilst living with a family who spoke no other language.
Assistant Director, Durham Student Theatre (2017-2020)
- Directing productions such as Jez Butterworth’s 'Mojo' and Jonathan Harvey’s 'Beautiful Thing' for student theatre companies based in Durham.
Playwriting Workshops, Durham Student Theatre
- Participating in a four-week playwriting development scheme, led by award-winning freelance director and screenplay writer Jake Murray.
- Attending a series of workshops aimed at developing playwriting talent amongst students.
Skills and Achievements
- Achieving a mark of 54/60 in the Oxford English Admission Test (ELAT), placing me in the top 5% of applicants, and a raw mark of 197/200 in my English A Level.
- Working proficiency in German and Italian.
- Exceptional time management skills developed whilst rowing twelve times a week from the ages of 13 to 21. I medalled in national competitions throughout this period, and in the summer of 2015, rowed internationally for Wales whilst achieving 10 A*s in my GCSE exams.
Josephine is driven, hard-working and extremely competent. We were both in the sixth form pod bubble at Harris Academy Tottenham this past academic year. I am a science teacher, including Chemistry A Level.
She demonstrated her ability to teach, counsel and advise students academically with English Literature in both Year 12 and 13. Her responsibilities included setting and marking homework, guiding study sessions, making coursework and teaching study skills. Josephine expertise and ability was evident when she was included in the standardisation and moderation of this year’s A Level assessments with the English department.
Josephine also supported the all the Year 13 students with the editing and submission of their UCAS profiles. She reviewed several drafts in some instances and demonstrated patience, diligence and care with every pupil beyond the scope of what could be reasonably expected.
Josephine frequently used her initiative to decipher and tackle difficult tasks. She was tenacious in her determination to learn and excel in the new administrative tools and programs she encountered at Harris Academy Tottenham.
Josephine’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of her role as a form tutor was evident every day. She was always at her most energised when she was in her form class or interacting with her form students. She was proactive in engaging with the parents of her tutees that needed extra support and was diligent with keeping those channels of communication on pupil progress open between them, class teachers, pupils and the sixth form leadership team.
Josephine was a cheerful and positive member of the sixth form pod. She was well liked and respected by everyone. She tackled the challenges of the lockdown and the academy’s ransomware attack practically and professionally using her instinct and creativity to determine how to deliver the best teaching and support to the students.
I have worked with Josephine, who was an academic tutor within my Sixth Form, for the past 12 months. Her knowledge of KS3, KS4 and KS5 English literature and language content is outstanding and she has provided excellent bespoke tuition for students varying in ability levels. Josephine is a highly approachable tutor who can work alongside you / your child to bridge any gaps in their English curriculum knowledge. Students she has worked alongside have made excellent progress academically and have also improved their confidence levels in this subject.
Josephine is not just a gifted tutor with a first class degree in English from Durham University, just as importantly she is a consummate professional who takes her work extremely seriously. Yet on a personal level she is warm, kind and caring. It is to me inconceivable that anyone offering her tutoring work would ever be less than delighted to hire her.
Having worked with Josephine at the Harris Federation, I can attest to her enthusiasm, exceptional degree of knowledge, and ability to instil confidence into each one of her students.
One of her many strengths is the way she tailors her lessons to each of her student’s needs, ensuring topics are explained and taught in a way that maximises the pupil’s understanding.
Her friendliness, intelligence, and passion for education makes her a perfect candidate as an English tutor.
One of the loveliest tutors I’ve ever come across. Very knowledgeable and caring and made a real difference to my education. Could not recommend more!!!
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