I am a goals-focused English teacher who will:
LISTEN to your questions, concerns, and needs
EVALUATE your level and requirements
PROVIDE exercises, materials, and feedback
SUPPORT you as a unique learner
ADVISE you on how to develop further
I'm in London. (My students tell me that I speak clear, British English.)
Depending on your needs, I can help you with:
* Workplace and business writing
* Academic English
* Coursework and exams (school, undergraduate and up to PhD)
* English for non-native speakers
* Grammar and accuracy
* Structure and persuasiveness
* Creative writing and writing for publication
My students have gone on to pass exams (e.g. GSCE and A Level English and English Literature), gain places at top schools and universities, obtain degrees (e.g. BA, MA and PhD) in numerous subjects, write with more confidence at work, and publish books.
All lessons are via Zoom (or Skype or FaceTime if you prefer). I look forward to meeting you!
Over 26 years, I've taught teenagers, college and university students, and adults of all kinds (students and professionals, native and non-native speakers). I'm still excited by the prospect of meeting new students and helping them achieve their targets.
My specialism is in helping people express themselves clearly, accurately and fully in writing. The best way to do this, I have found, is through individual tutorials.
I have probably spent more than 7500 hours teaching students individually. I'm happy to draw upon my extensive experience to help you improve your English.
First lesson free: 30 minutes. During this time, you can tell me about your situation and needs, and ask me any questions you have. I'll listen carefully and outline how I can best develop your learning. You'll get a good sense of me and how I work.
Can you send work for Dr Adrian to read prior to your online meeting?
You can. However, if the reading involved is going to take me more than half an hour, I'll schedule a time for it and treat it as your first (free) session. In such cases, you get feedback on your writing in the next session, which will be for an hour and will require payment.
A PhD (from UCL) and two University of London English degrees, plus a teaching qualification (Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching).
* How long have you been teaching? Where have you taught and at what level?
Since 1994 I have taught mainly at university level (e.g. UCL, Roehampton University, Open University, the University of Notre Dame) but also at school (A Level and GCSE) and college level. Now I teach English Literature and Writing to undergraduates on the London programme of Florida State University.
* SUBJECTS TAUGHT?*
BA and Post-Graduate Courses: English Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric, Psychology, History, Academic English.
English as a Foreign Language/English for Speakers of Other Languages.
GCSE and A Levels: English & English Literature.
Individual Tutorials: Over 7500 hours' experience supporting adult and teenage students to improve their writing in a wide range of contexts (for school, university, business and pleasure).
I have written about literature and mental health, the 1960s, and the history of psychiatry for peer-reviewed scholarly journals (e.g. Literature and Medicine, The Journal of Medical Humanities, and The Sixties).
I have also had poetry published by The University of Glasgow, and short stories published by journals and websites.
In the early 2000s, I wrote for The Guardian, The Times Educational Supplement, and various lifestyle magazines.
*For teaching children and vulnerable adults, do you have an up-to-date DBS certificate?
Yes. I can send it to you.
I'm writing a book at the moment. Research and writing take a long time. I'm happy to have some tutoring work to distract me!
Perfect! Great experience! Adrian helped me a lot to improve my English writing skills by providing interactive sessions rather than tick box exercises.
I've been enjoying lessons very much. Keep up the good work!
Perfect! Adrian is extremely attentive to each individuals needs.
Perfect! I highly recommend Dr Adrian. He is friendly, flexible, and he really helped me with my essay and writing style.
I very much enjoyed working with Cris, a dedicated and clear-thinking student.
Dr Adrian is a kind, approachable, interesting and excellent tutor. His lectures at university were very inspiring and he helped me improve my writing skills. Anyone who has the opportunity to learn from Dr Adrian is very fortunate.
Adrian provided such fantastic support while I was writing my book (published since!) and I much enjoyed our stimulating conversations during and about the writing process. He gave me excellent advice on how to structure and present my material and his comments on my introduction and prologue were a great help. I am grateful for all his feedback, which he always delivered in a respectful and encouraging manner. Adrian is a dedicated teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience - I wholeheartedly recommend him as a tutor.
Adrian was my tutor during my first year of a history degree. Among many fine tutors at the university, Adrian's diligent, and patient teaching, and his perceptive feedback for my essays, were absolutely instrumental in my gaining a First Class Honours. What really sticks is how his cultured, humourous and enthusiastic tutorials really inspired a lifelong love of learning for me.
Adrian is simply an excellent teacher, and one with a perfect grasp on English. He really helped me when I was writing my PhD dissertation in English literature and needed help with everything from language, incl. grammar, to literary analysis and theory. As a non-native speaker myself, Adrian was perfect for my needs and he benefited my writing process a lot. I know he has helped countless other students – all ages, the majority in their teens and 20s. He’s also a very engaging speaker (I’ve heard him speak at 3 conferences). And finally, he’s always relaxed, reliable and friendly. 5 out of 5!
A people person through-and-through and an authority on literature, history, psychology, and the relationships between the three.
More than that, Adrian is kind, personable, and extremely generous with his time. I've learned a great deal from him and always look forward to any opportunity to have a cuppa and enjoy his infectious enthusiasm for his work.
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