My approach to tutoring is highly personalised. I begin all my sessions with an initial consultation – identifying the student’s strengths and weaknesses as well as discussing the academic goals they are working towards and what they hope to achieve through private tuition. As a tutor, I am patient, engaged and friendly – my students know that they can ask me about anything they are having difficulty with and we will work towards a solution together. I like to approach my sessions in a structured way, while also allowing time for open and interactive discussion. I am genuinely passionate about the study of English Language and Literature and I aim to pass on the same enthusiasm and love of learning to my students.
Most often, I find students struggle due to a lack of confidence or because they are not being sufficiently engaged by the material as it is taught in school. I thus always try to connect text-book material to their own personal interests and work to create an environment where students are unafraid to challenge themselves. I try to instill in my tutees a positive and determined attitude towards learning that will help them succeed at all stages of their academic journey.
I graduated in 204 from the University of Oxford where I read English Language and Literature. My degree spanned a wide range of literary texts and periods, from Beowulf up to the 21st century, but my specialist areas of interest are Modernist poets, American women writers and the postcolonial. The following year I completed a PGCE in Secondary English at UCL Institute of Education and then finished a Masters in Contemporary Literature and Culture at King's College London, graduating with a Merit. I achieved 2A*s and 2As at A-Level in English, History, Economics and Drama. Outside of working as a Teacher of English at a top London independent school, I write a column for the Malay Mail Online focusing on political and educational issues affecting the youth.
I I have taught English to secondary school students in a range of both independent and state schools, including Forest School, St Paul's Boys Schools and St Marylebone Girls' School. I also have work experience outside the mainstream system as a Learning Support Assistant at the St Marylebone Bridge School, working closely with students with Special Educational Needs including dyslexia, autism and speech and language impairments. Since 2012, I have also worked as a private tutor in Oxford, London, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, tutoring students in A Level and GSCE English, English Literature and Creative Writing from the ages of 6-18. I have successfully tutored Singaporean students for entry to Harrow and most recently tutored a boy for the 11+ entry to Highgate and City of London, helping him secure offers for both. I have also completed residential tutoring in Turkey for entrance to Marlborough.
Rates vary according to the age of students and the distance required to travel.
King’s College London— MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory
SEPTEMBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2018
UCL Institute of Education — PGCE in Secondary English
SEPTEMBER 2015 - JULY 2016
Awarded Qualified Teacher Status
‘A’ grade in final dissertation
University of Oxford — BA in English Language and Literature
SEPTEMBER 2011 - JUNE 2014
Upper Second Class Honours
First in final year dissertation
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, Malaysia — IGCSE and A’ Levels
SEPTEMBER 2005 - JUNE 2011
A*A*A at A-Level in English Literature, History and Economics
8A*s, 2 B*s at IGCSE
UCL Institute of Education, London — Teaching Fellow in Academic English
JULY 2019 - SEPTEMBER 2019 (Fixed Term Contract)
Teaching English for Academic Purposes to students preparing to embark on postgraduate studies in the field of Education
Responsible for providing academic and pastoral support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials
Marking and assessing students in the field of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening
Assisting in organising cultural visits on the university’s Social Programme
Acting as mentor and pastoral support for international students
Forest School, London — Teacher of English
SEPTEMBER 2018 - JULY 2019
Responsible for delivering and devising independent schemes of work in English Language and Literature to pupils in KS3, KS4 and KS5
Acting as supervisor for Edexcel’s Extended Project Qualifications to students in Year 12, including marking and assessing final projects
Devising and delivering the Wellbeing curriculum covering a range of issues relevant to student wellbeing
Serving as Year 9 Girls form tutor providing pupils with academic and pastoral support
Leading on extracurricular activities for pupils in Y11-13
Hackney New School, London — Teacher of English
SEPTEMBER 2017 - JULY 2018
Responsible for delivering the National Curriculum in English Language and Literature to pupils across KS3 and KS4
Marking and grading work in order to give pupils written, verbal and diagnostic feedback
Serving as Year 10 form tutor providing pupils with academic and pastoral support
Responsible for leading the school’s Gifted and Talented programme
St Paul’s Boys School, Barnes, London — English Teacher (PGCE)
JANUARY 2016 - JULY 2016
Responsible for devising and delivering independent schemes of work to pupils across the year groups (Years 9, 10 and 12)
Working collaboratively with the English department to plan, develop resources and review the curriculum
Assisting with extracurricular activities, including delivering consent workshops
Served as Assistant House Tutor to boys in Y9-Y13
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