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M
Martin
« Teddy is an excellent tutor. I was struggling with my studies until I met Teddy; his warm and friendly approach made me feel confident and at ease and he was able to bring me up to scratch really quickly. Teddy saved my GCSE English! »
£40/h
1st lesson free!
Tutor profile verified
Response Time 14h
Lessons offered by Teddy
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • School Entrance Exams
Levels
  • Primary
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

MA Modern Literature graduate offering 1on1, insightful English tuition in London area

Methodology

I take a student-centred approach, encouraging students to identify areas of weakness so that we can work on these together. I also focus on exam rubric to ensure all essential skills are covered and practiced. Feedback is given at all times.

Experience

I am an English Literature postgraduate from Goldsmiths, University of London, working as a tutor and as a freelance copyeditor. I have a background in schools, where I have taught as a teacher and as an assistant teacher. I am also a published writer of poetry and a committed writer of prose. Literature is a vocation for me, and I therefore understand the subjects of English language intimately and can help people with confidence.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £9/h

Details

I am happy to travel anywhere in London to teach, however if a lesson is cancelled up to three hours before I require a £20 payment.

Lessons offered by Teddy
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
  • School Entrance Exams
Levels
  • Primary
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

Teddy's CV

Teddy McDonald, English Tutor

PERSONAL PROFILE:

I am a graduate from Goldsmiths University of London, and Newcastle University, in Modern Literature (MA) and English literature (BA). I am a skilled writer of academic and journalistic content, a published writer of poetry and a committed writer of prose. I have a vocation for literature.

I currently work as an English language tutor and part time as a freelance copyeditor. I have a wealth of experience working in schools.

I’m committed to helping you learn, friendly and dependable—and, ultimately, passionate about English language.

Employment and achievements

1. Freelance Copy Editor

- I work as a freelance copy editor of fiction and non-fiction publications.
- My current jobs are a Burmese dictionary and a cookbook, which I am editing for Tuttle Publishing. Before that, I edited a Burmese Phrasebook in its entirety, and prior to that a collection of short stories set in Tokyo, by a Tokyo-based American author, called The Mad Kyoto Shoe-swapper, both also for Tuttle Publishing.
- I have a deep understanding of the English language, grammar and syntax, and an intimate relationship with literature, strengthened over the course of two degrees. I have a keen eye for detail which enables me to finely hone a piece of writing, whether this means tightening up on grammatical or syntactical mistakes or editing a work to have a more appropriate economy of expression.


2. Communication, time management and people managing skills, working as a teacher at Tic Tac Talk language school, Logrono, Spain, September – January 2017

- I worked for several months teaching English to Spanish classes of all ages—from small children to classes of mature students—at a language school in Logrono, Spain.
- I had to plan my own lessons, which involved developing my organisational and time management skills; and I had to ensure the smooth running and effectiveness of my lessons, as I was often preparing students to pass important exams.
- The role strengthened my ability to communicate my ideas to groups (I had to work across a language barrier). It also involved a level of responsibility, as I had to supervise classes of small children.

3. Writer and photographer for Newcastle University Newspaper, The Courier, September 2012—June 2015

- Throughout my degree at Newcastle, I wrote constantly as a film, art and music journalist for The Courier, strengthening my journalistic style and thriving being immersed in my work.
- I also took photographs for some of their features, including gigs and interviews.
I have an online following for my photography, and it is an interest I have pursued for nearly ten years. (Examples available on request).
- Besides writing for The Courier, I also keep my own online blog, where I write essays and content about cinema, art, literature and other topics that concern me.

4. Other positions and skills

- I worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at Halstow Primary School from September 2016 until July 2017; I led focus groups of maths, literacy and story-time; I supervised children in the playground and on school trips to ensure their safety.
- I was a shop manager at McColls, West Kirby, from June until September, 2015. As shop manager, I opened and closed shop, ran the shop entirely alone and cashed up at the end of the shift.
- I have written poetry and prose for nearly ten years, and have had two poems published, with another soon to be published, in volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Toothgrinder Publishing’s Away With Words.


Education

MA Modern Literature – Goldsmiths, University of London (Merit)

BA English Literature – Newcastle University – (2:1)

A-level – Art, English literature, History – (A*, A, B)
AS level – Philosophy (A)
10 GCSE’S – 4 A* (English Lit; English Lang; Art; Physics), 6 A’s

References

 Cathy Layne, Tuttle Publishing, (concealed information)

 Luisa Machado, General Manager at Greenwich Picture House,
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2 reviews on Teddy
  • 5/5

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2 recommendations

M
Martin

Teddy is an excellent tutor. I was struggling with my studies until I met Teddy; his warm and friendly approach made me feel confident and at ease and he was able to bring me up to scratch really quickly. Teddy saved my GCSE English!

G
Gina

Teddy is a reliable and extremely knowledgeable person, who will ensure you are fulfilling your upmost potential.
I couldn’t recommend a kinder or more helpful person.

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