My specialist subject is English - Literature (up to and including university level) and Language (up to GCSE) - and I also teach Essay Writing and Study Skills, including revision skills and exam technique for my specialist subject.
My tutoring style, although rigorous, is friendly and informal. I strongly believe that students achieve their best with a tutor around whom they feel comfortable enough to be open and honest with regards to what they find difficult, confusing, or anxiety-inducing about their studies. Trust really is crucial for a successful student-tutor relationship. I treat each student individually and ensure that I take care to adapt my tutoring style to their own style of learning.
I try to identify problems, issues and barriers to learning early on and often find that the main barriers to academic achievement are lack of enthusiasm for the subject and low self-esteem - and all too often these factors are inter-related. I have enthusiasm for my subject in abundance and I break concepts and ideas down simply - whether it be do with textual analysis, essay writing or revision techniques - to build confidence and understanding.
Having completed my PhD in English Literature, since September 2014 I have been employed as a Teacher of English at The Harrodian School, Barnes, where I primarily teach KS3, AS and A Level. However, I have a vast amount of teaching experience at all levels including KS3, KS4, KS5 and undergraduate. Following my undergraduate degree, I was employed as a Teaching Assistant in a High School where I worked with pupils of a range of abilities. For much of this time, I supported pupils with behavioural issues or special needs, including students with autism and dyslexia. Although I helped pupils of various ages throughout the school from Years 7 through to 10, my job focused on supporting pupils in Year 7 to improve their literacy skills and to help with the transition from Primary to Secondary school.
For two years (2011-2013) I taught weekly undergraduate seminars on a number of BA literature courses at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary (both colleges within the University of London). I have also supervised students on the MA in Creative Writing programme at London South Bank University and taught part time at Blythe Hall School in Kensington (English GCSE and A Level).
I worked as a Private Tutor throughout the course of my doctoral studies. Having tutored students in both Literature and Language, I have taught a variety of course texts and exam boards in addition to controlled assessment preparation, coursework, essay writing, study skills and exam technique.
Sept 2010-2014 Goldsmiths College, University of London. PhD in English and Comparative Literature (Caribbean Literature)
Sept 2011-2013 Goldsmiths College, University of London. Post Graduate Certificate in The Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Sept 2009-2010 Goldsmiths College, University of London. MA (Distinction) in Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas.
Sept 2005-2008 University of York. BA (high 2.1) English and Related Literatures.
Summer 2005 The Bishop of Llandaff High School, Cardiff. 3 A Levels. English Literature (A, 98%), English Language (A), History (A).
Summer 2004 The Bishop of Llandaff High School. 1 AS Level. Religious Studies [Philosophy and Ethics] (A).
Summer 2003. The Bishop of Llandaff High School. 11 GCSEs. Science Double Award (A*, A*), English Literature (A*), English Language (A*), History (A*), Information and Communication Technology (A*), Religious Studies (A*), Mathematics (A), Welsh Second Language (A), Religious Education (A), Music (B).
Summer 2002. The Bishop of Llandaff High School. 1 GCSE. Statistics (B).
Cambridge IGCSE Literature with a focus on the poems of Thomas Hardy.
AQA GCSE Controlled Assessment preparation: A comparative essay on Macbeth and a selection of Literary Heritage poems. Student achieved 38 out of 40 (A*).
GCSE Controlled Assessment preparation for an essay on Mister Pip. Student achieved a high A grade.
A Level Literature Coursework (exam board Edexcel). Texts include Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye and A Town Like Alice.
A Level lessons on Chaucers Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale
working towards exam with Edexcel.
Series of lessons for a 14 year old student studying Romeo and Juliet and working towards controlled assessment for AQA board.
GCSE Spoken Language Study controlled assessment tuition (exam board AQA - student achieved full marks)
GCSE English Language lessons focusing on presentational features and language techniques in non-fiction texts (exam board Edexcel - student achieved full marks)
GCSE Literature Controlled Assessment preparation -Journeys End and Macbeth
Sessions with Year 10 student on studying poetry with particular focus on reading unseen poetry and analysis of form and poetic technique.
GCSE Controlled Assessment Preparation (Edexcel) for pupil studying A View From the Bridge. Focus on revision of text including dramatic and literary techniques, character presentation and development, in addition to working on essay writing and structure. Student achieved full marks scoring 16/16.
Creative Writing Controlled Assessment Preparation (AQA) with Year 10 student. Focus on improving originality and variety of structural and linguistic features in fiction writing. Results achieved in top band (band 5).
GCSE English Literature. Worked with student from end of Year 10 through to GCSE exam on controlled assessments and study of set texts. Taught drama, poetry and prose including Shakespeare, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, and Woman in Black. Achieved a B grade in mocks. Final result after just over a year of regular weekly tuition was an A*.
GCSE English Language. Worked with student from end of Year 10 through to GCSE exam. Focus on confidence building and original writing skills. Taught creative, descriptive and non-fiction writing. Achieved a C grade in mocks. Final result after a year of regular tuition was an A.
GCSE English Literature. Worked with dyslexic Year 11 Student from Oct through to GCSE exam. Taught set texts including Macbeth, To Kill a Mockingbird, An Inspector Calls and Animal Farm. Predicted C by teacher. Achieved C in mock. Final result after approx. 7 months regular tuition was an A.
GCSE English Language.Worked with dyslexic Year 11 Student from Oct through to GCSE exam. Predicted C by teacher. Achieved D in mock. Final result after approx. 7 months regular tuition was a B.
Hobbies and Interests
I grew up in Cardiff and moved to London in 2009 to commence my postgraduate studies at the University of London
I have since obtained an MA and a PhD in English Literature, having completed a doctoral thesis on Caribbean womens writing in 2014. I now teach English full time at The Harrodian School in Barnes. When not teaching or tutoring I can often be found reading for pleasure as opposed to reading for work. Unsurprisingly, I am an avid reader with very diverse reading interests.
To unwind I enjoy playing my piano and exploring Londons green spaces - living in south west London I am perfectly situated for long walks and bike rides around one of the many commons and parks. I love to explore new places and took a gap year to go travelling between my undergraduate and postgraduate studies - although more recently my doctoral studies have kept me closer to home. When I get chance for a holiday now I really enjoy going skiing with my family
since I have relocated to London from south Wales, family ski trips give me an opportunity to spend some rare quality time with my parents and siblings.
I also recently took up baking. I am very much a beginner baker but I find making cakes, biscuits and brownies a very therapeutic way to relax on days off.. I plan to improve my baking skills with lots of practice!