Ciao! I'm Esmond. I'm a writer, composer, director and artist, and prizewinning History finalist at the University of Oxford, with experience of a broad range of learning environments and teaching styles, and substantial industry experience in music and the creative arts. Deeply passionate about my subjects, I'm dedicated to each of my students and enthusiastic about sharing the joy of learning with them. I have extensive knowledge across the Arts and Humanities, especially in history, music, art and literature. I tutor History, Music, History of Art and Latin to A-Level and IB, and English, Design and Technology (Graphic Design route) and Maths to GCSE/IGCSE. I also provide mentoring, including guidance on personal statements, submitted work, admissions tests and interviews, for students applying to study History and related subjects at both Oxbridge and other universities. More broadly, I work with students at all levels to develop essay writing, research, problem-solving and study skills. Taking a student-centred approach, I place emphasis on developing a deep-seated intrinsic passion for learning in my students and on encouraging them to think independently, critically and originally.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I have substantial experience of a range of learning environments and teaching styles, including home education, project- and inquiry-based learning, the Oxbridge tutorial format, and classroom-style teaching in both the private/grammar and state/academy sectors. My own teaching style is greatly influenced by my own fruitful experiences of home education and the Oxbridge tutorial format. I prioritise the greater scope for intellectual flexibility and curiosity, intrinsically-motivated learning, and heightened freedom to range across subjects and pursue individual topics in greater depth according to each student’s interests characteristic of both of these learning environments. I combine these foci with rigorous, comprehensive attention to exam syllabi to ensure that teaching and learning remain carefully targeted towards my students' desired grades in any traditional summative assessments such as school entrance exams, GCSEs or A-Levels. All my tutoring is student-centred, guiding and facilitating my students in their own learning, in contrast to traditional teacher-centred instruction. I work with each student to tailor lessons to their individual learning style and priorities (whether understanding subject material, exam content, or honing particular skills such as analysis or argument). I place particular emphasis on developing a deep-seated passion for learning in my students and on encouraging them to think independently, critically and originally. I am, moreover, dedicated to seeing tangible improvement in each and every one of my students and will always put in extra effort to achieve this end.
What qualifications do you have?
Exeter College, University of Oxford (2016-20): BA (Hons) Modern History. Distinction (First) in the First Public Examination, ranking equal fourth in the main school of History. Royal Grammar School, Guildford (2008-14): A2-Levels in Music (A*, 99%), History (A*, 95%) and Latin (A, 92%). AS-Levels in Music (A), History (A), Latin (A), Maths (A). 11 A*s at IGCSE and GCSE in Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, English Language, English Literature, French, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics. Research-level proficiency in French, Latin, Italian. Full CV available on request.
Tell us about your experience...
I have substantial experience of a range of learning environments and teaching styles, including home education, project- and inquiry-based learning, the Oxbridge tutorial format, and classroom-style teaching in both the private/grammar and state/academy sectors. // I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Chelsea Academy, London, in 2013-14, as part of RGS Guildford’s Outreach Scheme there. I have led and assisted classes for year groups and ability levels from year 7 to GCSE and top to bottom sets, and previously provided mentoring to Oxbridge applicants. I have further developed creative teaching methods in the course of both musical directing and stage directing work, and clear and engaging communication of content and ideas through seminar talks and presentations in the course of my own studies. I'm currently a final-year historian at the University of Oxford, where I hold both academic and music scholarships. I attained a Distinction in the First Public Examination, ranking equal fourth across the University. Besides history, my degree has also involved considerable interdisciplinary work in the visual arts, literature, music and folklore, and substantial language work in Latin, French, Italian and Middle English, in which I have research-level proficiency. I have A-Levels in Music, Latin and History (all above 90%), an AS-Level in Maths (A), and 11 A*s at IGCSE and GCSE. I have extensive knowledge of a broad range of history, music, art and literature, with particular expertise in the medieval, Renaissance and early Modern periods, the eighteenth century, the European folk revival, and – in music – post-tonal and contemporary composition, although I also teach more broadly, including on modern topics. // My teaching in Music and Design and Technology is further underpinned by extensive industry experience in music (as a composer, director, producer and singer), graphic design and the creative arts more broadly. I produced and artistically directed my first opera production, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in 2016, with an international cast of singers from several leading British and European conservatoires, and I’m currently Artistic Director and co-Musical Director of the semi-professional early music and early opera ensemble, Theatron Oneiron, which I founded as a first-year undergraduate. As a freelance composer, my compositions have won competitions at a national level and been performed by such artists as the BBC Singers. I’m also a classically trained, semi-professional singer, currently a Choral Exhibitioner in the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and formerly a Choral Scholar at Guildford Cathedral and Exeter College, Oxford, and member of the Iken Scholars among many other ensembles; and I frequently perform as a recitalist and as a soloist in oratorios and opera productions. I previously studied both piano and violin. In art and design, my experience encompasses both artistic and technical drawing, product design, poster design, and production design for the stage, and my previous work includes an award-winning scaled model and card model kit of Guildford Cathedral.
What locations do you tutor in?
I'm based between Oxford and the Surrey/West Sussex border. I tutor in Oxford, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and, occasionally, London.
What is your personal message to students?
See above! I look forward to working with you to fulfil your academic ambitions, while developing your enjoyment of, and exploring new and exciting ways in which to conceptualise, your subject(s) and the learning process. I offer my first lesson free, to assess your needs and ensure compatibility, so get in touch to find out more.
|CRB/Disclosure Certificate:||I have a DBS certificate.|
|Travelling tutor:||Oxford, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex|
|Online tutor:||I tutor via Skype and Zoom.|
|Subjects:||History||13 Plus, Primary, KS3, GCSE, A-Level, University Entrance|
|Art History||KS3, GCSE, A-Level, University Entrance|
|Music||Primary, KS3, GCSE, A-Level, Theory grades 1-8|
|Latin||13 Plus, Primary, KS3, GCSE, A-Level|
|Design & Technology||Primary, KS3, GCSE|
|English||11 Plus, 13 Plus, Primary, KS3, GCSE|
|Maths||Primary, KS3, GCSE|