Jude W

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£ 30.00-30.00 p/h

I am an experienced tutor in English and have worked as Tutor Experience Lead, managing hundreds of tutors, at the Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative (now Tutor the Nation). I like to prepare students for their English studies by going above and beyond their normal curricula and introducing them to concepts, ideas and methodologies that will stand them in good stead for further study; be it at GCSE, sixth form/college level, or at university. I aim to find ways of studying literature that will appeal to the tastes and enthusiasms of each individual student, ensuring that each lesson is as much an enjoyable experience of literary art as it is a rigorous study in preparation for exams or school work. I have also worked as a professional actor and drama teacher, so I have a particular interest in literary drama and can assist with drama studies across all secondary school levels. I am also keen to help students build strong university applications, particularly for competitive English courses at institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I teach using a mixture of my own resources and past paper resources, ensuring the 'soft skills' of literary study are well established with unseen poetry and prose before moving on to apply those skills to past exam questions. I also place great emphasis on developing a student's written style, working on argumentation and clarity in their essay writing from the beginning. I aim to spend as much time as possible working on texts that my students find interesting and engaging; reading literature should be pleasurable as well as educationally edifying. For drama, I specialise in both theoretical frameworks (including writing drama essays) and performance, as I have worked as an acting teacher and director.

What qualifications do you have?

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 43 Points, 776 at Higher Level (English, History, Spanish) 11 A* Grades at GCSE

Tell us about your experience...

I have worked outside of my degree (BA English, Oxford) as a private tutor for three years. I was also a tutor at the Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative, a charity set up to provide free tutoring to disadvantaged students during the initial school closures. Whilst there, I progressed in the organisation to the position of the Tutor Experience Lead, in which I oversaw 20,000 hours of tutoring provided by a team of excellent volunteer tutors (most of whom were university students). This experience allowed me to tutor at all academic levels and abilities. Now entering my final year of study, I hope to tutor students over the summer--particularly in the lead up to UCAS applications, with which I feel I can be of great help.

What locations do you tutor in?

The London area, particularly South London.

What is your personal message to students?

I hope that together we can enjoy the wonders of reading--learning as we go to read closely and critically, and write clearly and concisely. In becoming a literary critic (and if you have written about literature, you are already on your way to that goal) I hope you can develop a lifelong love for reading and, ideally, a set of critical thinking skills that will serve you well in any walk of life or field of study.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: No
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: Streatham, Balham, Wandsworth, Clapham, Dulwich, Central London, South London, Croydon, Bromley
Online tutor: No
Subjects: English GCSE, A-Level, International Baccalaureate
  Drama All secondary levels