I have experience with AQA and Edexcel exam boards gaining many tips and techniques to collect the easy marks, as well as tapping into the hard ones. Exam preparation is critical to achieving high marks and has consistently been the primary issue for all of my students. Understanding how to prepare and approach an exam question can allow students to jump at least one if not two grade boundaries and be awarded the marks the deserve. I also expect the student to study as much as possible in their own time allowing our session to explain more complex theories or delve into more detail. This context is key to understanding a topic and will rarely be covered in class or in a text book.
For the last three years I have tutored several students on History, Politics and English. I am very pleased with the progression all my students have made, normally jumping at least one if not two grade boundaries and are now all looking seriously at universities to continue the subject. We have also been able to establish a strong academic understanding of the subject matter, rather than simply passing the exam. Hopefully this will serve them in good stead for future education, career development and most importantly their personal interest in the subjects.
I am currently studying for a PhD in Ancient History and Classics, spechilizing in political philosophy and 'institutional' education. I am comfortable tutoring History, Politics or Philosophy up to MA level.
My previous areas of research revolve around the political and social developments of classical
Greece with focus upon literary criticism. I am also interested in the educational and ethical background to the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, with comparison between philosophical and rhetorical sources. I have studied economic factors as well as the religious dimensions to the period but primarily from a macro position. Finally, I have considerable experience in the critical analysis of contemporary sources particularly with the major historians, philosophers and poets of the period.
Currently studying for a PhD in Ancient History and Classics at the University of Exeter.
Supervised by Lynette Mitchell and Neville Morley
MA in Ancient History from Royal Holloway University
(Sep 2014- Sep 2015)
“An assessment of the Thucydidean representation of Aegina during the 5th century BCE.”
- Focused on the political situation of Aegina in relation to Athenian imperialism
Modules and skillset:
The intercollegiate programme offered at RHUL allowed for a huge selection of modules. I took this opportunity to study the more obscure topics that I had not had the opportunity to study before. These include:
- Athenian imperialism
- Late antique magic
- Greek Religion
- The Greek identity
- Finley’s economic theory
- Roman identity through ‘humanitas’
- Thucydides (political, particularly his speeches)
Royal Holloway provided a great step forward in my academic understanding providing a broader context to my studies:
- I became far more confident in my arguments and suggestions.
- I gained a far broader understanding of the social, religious and economic underpinnings of the periods.
- I identified that one of my strengths was within scholarly criticism and historiography and produced first class essays in both my assessment of Thucydides and Greek identity.
- Acute critical assessment of sources including Thucydidean rhetoric, the motives and methodology of his work and thus, his ultimate reliability within certain contexts.
- Efficient and expansive research skills often in highly theoretical topics such as Greek Religion; assessing the diversity and importance polytheism played in Greece.
- Ability to work with different sources as displayed in studies of the Athenian economy assessing the necessity of trade imports based on questionable demographic studies and archaeological evidence.
BA (Hons) Degree in Ancient History. From University of Wales, Lampeter
Achieved a 2:1 (68)
(SEP 2011 – June 2014)
Dissertation grade 69:
“To what extent can a parallel be drawn between the naval empires of Athens and Venice in regards to the influence of supply upon the cities foreign politics?”
- Working knowledge of Greek (basic/intermediate standard)
- Working knowledge of Latin (basic)
A-levels: Bluecoat school (2010-2011)
- Music technology
- AS level Sociology
- Research Project
GCSE: Bluecoat school (2008-2009)
12 GCSEs including maths, English and Science
Private academic tutor:
I have three years experience tutoring students from GCSE up to undergraduate and have been very pleased with the progress they have all made. The primary focus was generally on essay writing and exam technique, although the A2 and undergraduate students also received help with independent research skills.
To oversee and manage all production from Windsor, Slough, Weybridge, Uxbridge and Staines areas. I lead a small but highly experienced team with a variety of skills and backgrounds to achieve a fast and high quality printing service.
- Hiring, training and overseeing up to 10 temporary staff members
- Communicate accurately and professionally with other departments
- Remain calm and focused during a very stressful environment and to problem solve issues quickly and effectively
- Prioritise and delegate a varied and fast paced workload
- Organising and overseeing drivers schedules and delivery priorities
Research and Evaluation volunteer
Working at the Guild Hall London for the art exhibition ‘No Colour Bar’ alongside a small team of other volunteers and paid staff to assess the impact and success of the exhibition upon the visitors.
- Collating and assessing questionnaires
- Holding phone interviews and focus groups
- Quantitative and qualitative research experience outside academia
- Direct experience within an exhibition environment and within a prominent role
Archive assistant - 2014 Aug
Paid, short term placement as an assistant archivist for Joe Cribb, retired keeper of coins and medals at the British Museum. Experience entailed archiving correspondence and material concerning the artist Eric Gill and his apprentice L. Cribb.
- High levels of organisation
- Research of material found
- Personal design of the database
- Conservation experience
Events team member - 2014 June-Sep
Employed as a private dining and events member for Coombe Abby Hotel experience included:
- waiting and basic silver service
- motivating other team members through long shifts often between 10 and 16 hours
- retaining a good serving manner and attitude with both guests and colleagues during these long shifts
- direct contact and communication with guests
- basic food preparation
- porting and other manual removal duties
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