"Angharad is a wonderful tutor who has greatly helped my daughter with her history GCSE. She is always very organised and punctual with tutoring and supplies exceptional knowledge."
Mother of a recent tutee, 2021
Personal Statement Support
MSc International Relations, The London School of Economics, Merit (66)
BA History and Politics, University of Oxford, 2:1 (68.2)
A-Levels / Pre-U: Westminster School, History (A*), Economics (A), English (D1)
My approach to tutoring combines both assessment and engagement to motivate the student and create benchmarks against which they can visualise their own progress. Assessment might involve setting a benchmark (e.g. ‘in four lessons time, I will set you a timed task against which we will measure the skills and techniques we have been teaching’) which motivates the student in advance, and provides feedback at regular intervals rather than just aiming towards one daunting goal of a GCSE / A-Level grade. This also has the beneficial side effect of making assessment less daunting.
As for engagement, creating a genuine rapport with students is really important in motivation. I believe it is very important to use introductory sessions to understand the student’s personality and preferred learning methods (e.g. are they more engaged by discussing prior set independent reading, or by facing something new in a lesson) in order to generate the maximum engagement and motivation. This is the responsibility of the tutor to adopt an approach best suited to the student.
GCSE History and A-Level History (North London Collegiate School)
I tutored B over a 4 year period. She was very much struggling with History GCSE and translating her interest in the subject matter into the top exam results she was evidently capable of. Not only did she improve considerably through thorough focus on exam technique, achieving a 9, but she went on to secure a place at Oxford to read History as she also developed a real love of the subject.
A-Level Politics (University College School)
J had been struggling with essay writing and clarity for some time and was now quite behind this peers. Through focusing on 50/50 content and exam technique sessions we have revised key concepts alongside increasing exam efficiency. Having been working at a C grade he is now consistently working at a high B / low A with over a year to go to the final exam.
Oxbridge Applications (Stoke Newington High School)
I tutored M over a 3 month period. She was applying to read History and Politics but her school really lacked the appropriate infrastructure to guide her through the application process. Through careful focus on every stage of the process, in particular the HAT test and extensive interview coaching and confidence building, she achieved a place to read History and Politics.
Personal Statement Support for Russell Group Universities
C was hoping to gain admission to the London School of Economics for Politics-focused undergraduate course and was quite behind in terms of research and reading for the statement when I came on board. By focusing on selected readings that were highly focused, the statement came together in good time. Followed by collaborative proofreading, C achieved a place at the LSE to read Politics and Philosophy.
Politics and International Relations, undergraduate degree (Bristol University)
I tutored E throughout the first two years of her degree. She struggled with quite severe dyslexia and found it very tricky to organise and understand concept political concepts which are essential to academic success at undergraduate level. By cultivating her abilities in independent study and the structure of her learning, she has gone on to achieve high 2:1 and 1st class grades in assignments and is really enjoying her degree.
I’m a keen netball player and also really enjoy spinning and yoga; exercise is such an important part of life and my ability to focus on tasks is always greatly improved. I also really enjoy reading around my interests; I am currently reading ‘My Promised Land’ by Ari Shavit about the history of the Israel / Palestine conflict.
“Angharad has supported my daughter through the first two years of University. She has been absolutely fantastic providing guidance and helping her transition to more independent research and a structured approach to essay writing. As a direct result my daughter has gained confidence in spite of significant dyslexia and is not only achieving excellent grades but more importantly is really enjoying her degree. Angharad is organised and insightful enabling her to work out where students are struggling so her support is targeted effectively. I can’t thank her enough.”
Mother of current tutee, 2023. I have been tutoring her daughter for over a year now in Politics and International Relations at Bristol University. She has dyslexia amongst other learning issues and through careful work she has managed to achieve a 1st in her first year and grades as high as 90 in submissions in her second year.
“Angharad is a wonderful tutor who has greatly helped my daughter with her history GCSE. She is always very organised and punctual with tutoring and supplies exceptional knowledge. It is evident that she is a very talented and skilled historian. I have seen astonishing improvement in my daughter’s essay writing skills with a 9 achieved in mocks. Could not be more happy and grateful. Would 100% recommend Angharad to everyone.”
Mother of a recent tutee, 2021. Having taught her daughter History GCSE since Year 10, and then A-Level, she has now gained entry to St Hugh’s College, Oxford to read History.
“Angharad is an extremely impressive student of history at Oxford University. She has tutored GCSE history before for a local charity, which demonstrates no only her relevant experience, but also her sense of social justice. Her mature and reliable approach to everything she does meant that she was one of the few students in her school year group to be selected as a Monitor, a job in which she thrived. She is upbeat and personable and I know would be able to generate rapport with any young person. Her academic credentials are outstanding, but more importantly for this tutorial role, she doesn’t assume that others know as much as she does and she would be very good at explaining and teaching the skills needed for GCSE history to any young person. Any student tutored by her would be very lucky.”