Chris B

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£ 40.00-60.00 p/h

I know that engaging a tutor can be nerve-wracking. From embarking on a search, to the first session, to exam dates, it can be a fraught experience. But I have the experience and the sensitivity to make this experience smooth, engaging and even enjoyable. I have a wealth of experience, tutoring for almost 5 years, since leaving Cambridge University with a degree in History of Art. My greatest skill lies in being able to put both students and parents at ease, through a combination of engaging activities, pitched at a comfortably challenging level, and delivered with confidence. This is partly helped by the fact that I act and direct alongside my tutoring. I can transform your framework of learning to make objectives manageable and tailored, and to find ways of helping you shape and realise your own ambitions. Using a combination of tested methods of increasing engagement and a constant process of adapting my style to each student, I have achieved remarkable successes with my students. This success includes academic achievements, but I am most proud of the consistency with which I have fostered passion and confidence in the subjects we study together. I love new people, new perspectives and new ways of working, and I look forward to meeting you!

How would you describe your teaching style?

My approach to tutoring is to work with the student’s skills and passions, and bring them closer to the subject/topic at hand. I have always done this by making the topic/problem at hand more relevant and urgent. Whether this is through exercises to move and live as a book’s character, or animating views of the outside world, I’ve found that there are always ways of making a subject achievable and enjoyable. The more exciting element of this process, however, has been helping students to think about familiar problems from an unfamiliar perspective. It produces brilliantly unexpected responses, encourages them to see beyond their own viewpoint and helps them challenge themselves safely and comfortably. This is why I believe that tutoring can be such a powerful, important force in students' lives. It gives them confidence and pathways to see beyond their own point of view. It offers a unique opportunity to engage students with the material in a non-patronising, focused way. I will bring enthusiasm, sensitivity and experience with a wealth of behaviours and ability levels. I have the ease to quickly establish an environment that is comfortable, stimulating and tailored to each student. I have developed unique methods to identify areas for improvement when students themselves are unsure, and ways of tracking their improvement step by step. I can find ways of helping each student that are specific and particular to them. I look forward to working with you!

What qualifications do you have?

I have a BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge (2.i). I also have A-levels in English Literature (A*), History (A), French (A) and Theatre Studies (A).

Tell us about your experience...

4 and a half years` tutoring experience, including students with SEN requirements (this includes dyslexia, autism, ADHD and the survivor of a brain haemorrhage) and challenging behaviour. Teaching a very broad range of subjects, at all stages of education (KS1 to undergraduate level inclusive) including entrance examination/university interview preparation. Details below. (Experience also includes some adult learners.) Tutoring experience highlights: - GCSE English Language student who was retaking his exam for the third time. After a sports accident, he had suffered a brain bleed with left him with severe short term memory loss. After improved performance in his coursework he was moved up to take the higher tier paper and has passed. - GCSE English Language and Literature student with dyslexia achieving a 4 and a 5 in his mocks, respectively. Passed with a level 8 in both subjects. - GCSE English Language and Literature student predicted level 5 in both subjects. She recently passed with an A* in both. - GCSE History student who had to leave secondary school because of a nervous breakdown. Passed with a 9. - A-level Theatre Studies student who had to retake her exam. Passed with an A*. - Student who had been brought up in Italy was studying for English GCSE and was applying for the sixth form of a prestigious English boarding school. Passed with an 8 and was accepted into the school. - Student who was accepted for year 9 entry into Highgate School. - A-level History of Art student who had to retake her AS exam after failing. She passed with a B and achieved 94% on one of her papers. - A-level History of Art student accepted into the Courtauld Institute, the highest rated History of Art university in the country. - A-level English Literature student who had to retake her exam after failing. Passed with a B. - GCSE History student predicted a C. Passed with an A, and chose to pursue History at A-level. - GCSE English Language and Literature student predicted a C in both. Passed with an A in both. - GCSE English Literature student predicted a B in his mocks. Achieved an A* in 2 exams. Additional experience: - Working with The Medic Portal, a company that offers interview practice to Medicine applicants. - Working with Angel Shed, a theatre company which offers creative education and performance opportunities to underprivileged young people in Islington borough. - Volunteering with Access All Areas, a theatre company which focuses on making quality work with adults with additional learning needs. Roles included leading some creative workshopping, managing relationships with the adults and supporting performance. - Planning, executing and leading drama/English language educational workshops in Japanese schools and universities, as part of Cambridge University`s Pembroke Players programme. - Acting experience, mostly on stage, but also including a feature film due for release this year.

What locations do you tutor in?

South-east London, south London, east London, central London, south-west London (Twickenham area)

What is your personal message to students?

I don't know what your ideas are about teaching but if you're reading this, then you're at least interested in the idea of tutoring. I'm a young, energetic and I can make even the most boring subjects relevant to you. I like to come up with my own methods for teaching and working on familiar material so it seems urgent and give you a purpose to studying it beyond the grades. Full disclosure: I am very easily bored. So I am constantly thinking of new ways to teach, improve your skills and build your confidence in whatever you want to focus on. That is the guiding principle of the way that I teach - I will take my cue from you and shape lessons around your interests and skills. Anyway, I'm not going to keep going on about me - get in touch and tell me what I can help you with!

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes, Enhanced DBS
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: Central London, East London, South-east London, South London
Online tutor: Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts
Subjects: Art History Degree, A-level
  English A-level, GCSE, KS3, KS2
  Drama A-level, GCSE, KS3, KS2, KS1
  History GCSE, KS3, KS2
  Maths GCSE, KS3, KS2, KS1
  11 Plus KS2