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Qualifications:

A Levels in English, Classics and History (ABB);
BA English with Philosophy (First Class Honours);
MA Twentieth Century Literature and Theory (Distinction);
PhD English (ongoing);
ATAP qualification (Associate Tutor Accreditation Programme);
CELTA qualification (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Experience:

For the past two years I have taught English Literature modules to undergraduates at the University of Kent as an Associate Lecturer, planning all of my own sessions, holding separate tutorials and marking all course work. As a teacher of English as a foreign language from 2005-2006 in Spain and Finland, I taught 7-8 year olds, teenagers and adults. I also held in-company lessons for business people.

Furthermore, from 2009 until 2011, I volunteered at the UK Refugee Council at a weekly social evening for young refugees, most of whom were Key Stage 3, where we would do activities and help the young people with their homework and literacy.

Prior to returning to university in 2012 to pursue my doctoral studies, I worked in publishing for six years in editorial departments, where I developed a strong attention to detail and the ability to work with a wide range of people on many high profile and demanding projects. This included working for the chef Jamie Oliver editing his cookbooks (2006-2008), as well as Random House (2008-2010) and Hachette (2010-2012), both leading international publishing houses.

Why I tutor:

I have chosen to become a tutor because I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and inspiring young people to learn. I would not be where I am today if it wasnt for the teachers and tutors that have encouraged me along the way, whether at primary school, after school, or at university. I see teaching as my way of repaying that huge gift of encouragement and I feel really rewarded each time I help a student follow their own path of learning.

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