History Private Tutor: William

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About Me

My specialist subjects are Maths, German, Russian and History. I studied German and Russian at university, but also took papers in the History faculty in political and intellectual History and have recently taught myself A Level Further Maths. I also offer lessons in English, French and Science to GCSE.

To my students I bring a passion for intellectual inquiry, a keen interest in the process of learning, and genuine desire to help people achieve their academic potential and overcome lack of confidence they may have in a given subject. I believe that the best way to do this is in an approachable, flexible and considerate manner, which balances the demands imposed by exam criteria with the aim of providing lessons which are stimulating and rewarding.

I have extensive experience of putting these aims into practice both in one to one lessons and in a classroom context, and work diligently towards providing lessons best tailored to a pupil’s needs and personality.

2009-2013: Cambridge University,BA Hons Modern and Medieval Languages (German and Russian), II.i,

2006-2008: St Dunstan’s College, A Levels: Mathematics (A), History (A), French (A), German (A)

2006: St Dunstan’s College, GCSEs: Mathematics (A*), French (A*), German (A*), Latin (A*), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*), Biology (A*), English Language (A*), English Literature (A*), Music (A)

Recent Tuition

I have completed over 1000 hours of 1-1 and general tuition. This includes:

– Tuition for 3 students taking GCSE German, for one of whom as their sole teacher. Results were A*, A*, A.

-Working as a teacher at the Global Young Leaders summer school. This course was aimed at teenagers interested in politics and debating.

-Working in Learning Support in Whitgift School.

-Working as an in school tutor at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, where I tutored both A level and GCSE Maths for 20 hours per week.

7+/Year 2 Maths and English: Weekly tuition for a student in preparation for his 7+ exams.

Year 4 Maths: Weekly tuition for Robert in preparation for his 11+ exams in a few years.

11+ English for Carlos. Weekly sessions to focus mostly on English comprehension and composition skills. We will also cover some maths during the school holidays when we have extra time.

GCSE and IGCSE Maths: Weekly lessons for over a dozen private students taking the GCSE or IGCSE.

GCSE History: Weekly lessons for a student in year 10 studying the Russian Revolution and international relations in the interwar period.

AS History: Weekly skype lessons for Mith, who is studying Luther and the Reformation, and Henry VIII.

A Level History: Weekly lessons for a student in year 12 taking papers in the Russian Revolution and the Women’s Movement in Britain.

English as a foreign language: Help with written and academic English for Emre, a German native speaker living in Berlin applying to study Politics and International Relations Jacob’s University, a private university in Germany where lectures and tuition are in English, and demonstration of sufficient English language fluency is a prerequisite for admission. We focused on essay writing, and developing his knowledge and use of technical vocabulary used in the political sciences. His application was successful, and he has now just finished his first year at Jacob’s University.

English as a foreign language: Weekly spoken and written advanced English lessons with Nathalie, a German native speaker starting a career as an English-German interpreter. We focused on difficulties in English syntax as well as translating and interpreting in the appropriate register.

English as a foreign language: Ongoing English lessons for Sarah, a German student looking to apply for an MPhil at Oxford. We are working towards the IELTS which she will take in October, and are primarily working on additional fluency in spoken English, as well as going through various difficulties in English grammar, with a particular focus on tense progression.

Debate coaching: Running debate workshops for the Cambridge Union introducing freshers to British Parliamentary debating. Classes focused on the format of British Parliamentary debating and on argument generation under time pressure and logical analysis. We also looked at ideas in political philosophy and economics frequently used in debating to defend or criticise topical policies.

Hobbies and Interests

Academically, I have wide ranging interests; at the moment I am particularly interested in modern philosophy and the history of ideas. I am also a keen debater, and have won several national competitions.

Aside from tutoring I have also worked as an out of house translator for a market research company. During my free time my great passions are cooking, swimming, reading and comedy.

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