"Ed tutored my daughter in history from Common Entrance level to GCSEs. Ed’s ability to calmly and clearly express complicated ideas throughout multiple periods of history was fantastic - from Elizabeth I to Weimar Germany his knowledge was extremely consistent. As someone who initially struggled with exam technique, Ed made my daughter feel confident in both understanding how to answer questions, and actually enjoy doing so. Ed’s sessions were brilliant, filled with debate and crucially developing her critical analysis in ways which prepared her for university. The consistent top results she achieved in her history exams are a total credit to his fantastic teaching."
Parent of 11+ - GCSE History Student
2017-2022 PhD (History): Queen Mary, University of London
2014-2016 MA Historical Research: Birkbeck, University of London – Distinction
2007-2008 PGCE Secondary History Education: Oxford University
2002-2003 MA Modern East Asian Studies: Durham University – Distinction
1997-2000 BA (Hons) History: Cambridge University – First Class
A Levels: English Literature A, Geography A, History A
GCSEs: Design Technology A*, English Language A*, English Literature A*, Geography A*, German B, History A*, Maths A, Media Studies A*, Science (Double Award) A* A*, Social and Religious Studies A*
As a tutor, I’ve always sought to build my teaching around the individual needs of each student. I believe it’s essential to begin by first taking the time to understand these needs, alongside the expectations and hopes of parents and guardians. This also requires taking a flexible and holistic approach to tutoring, adjusting my teaching style accordingly. Many of the students I have worked with have, for example, required help with the writing of exam-style answers, others with the process of revision itself. In other cases, I’ve been tasked with teaching large sections of the essential content of GCSE or A Level courses, or with reinforcing a student’s weekly in-school learning.
Whatever the required approach, I build my tutoring on the same basic foundations – individually tailored lessons, clear explanations, and the building of skills and knowledge to leave the student confident of their own potential success. I think it’s also essential that the act of learning be an enjoyable and positive one. With the right approach and enthusiasm, even the most complex course of study or revision can be made more accessible – and final grades improved.
I have provided tuition for both the Oxford HAT and Cambridge HAA exams, as well as providing interview preparation.
School Entrance Exam
EU arrived in the UK from overseas for an intensive period of study prior to entering senior school. I worked with him for over a year to introduce him to the study of history in the English curriculum. We also worked on improving his written English, especially his extended writing. In the space of time available we were able to cover not only much of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, but also a substantial amount of GCSE material. He went on to obtain a place at Winchester College.
Year 9 Home schooling
CM was being home schooled in preparation for entrance to a new senior school, and I took responsibility for teaching him history, geography, and elementary Japanese. Part of the way through the school year, it was decided that he would enter a school following the American curriculum (TASIS). I was asked to adjust my teaching accordingly, covering those elements of the syllabus which his future classmates were studying. CM responded enthusiastically to the challenge this presented.
Difficulties with her short and medium term memory and concentration meant that E was struggling with the content of the GCSE History syllabus. I worked with her on a weekly basis for a year to create condensed notes on each topic, and to practice her general revision technique. We also used her weekly homework to practise exam technique, and to reinforce her understanding of the topics we had covered. She became an enthusiastic student of history, and went on to gain an A* in her final examination.
A Level History
W had lost their enthusiasm for their A Level history course. I tutored them over two years, initially helping them to revisit those elements of the course which they had not fully understood. Much of my work with W involved building up a relationship of mutual respect, and trying to restore their interest in the study of history itself. A vastly improved grade in their final exam, far above that predicted, was proof of the progress they had made.
A Level Politics
C was an able student who at times found structuring her arguments a challenge. Alongside focusing on her written work, I also made sure that our tutoring sessions included a large amount of debate and discussion surrounding the questions which we were studying. This not only aided C with her exam technique, but also provided a degree of stretch and challenge which prepared her for university. After achieving an A* in her examination, she went on to study politics at undergraduate level.
Common Entrance History, Geography and Religious Studies; GCSE History and Geography; A Level Politics
H was an enthusiastic student. However, his dyslexia meant that organising his written work and structuring his revision were proving to be a challenge. I introduced him to techniques to help build his notes in the run-up to his Common Entrance exams, and helped him to break down each syllabus into manageable chunks. I also provided him with techniques to support the paragraphing of his essays. I continued to provide study support right the way through his secondary school years. Straight A*s at A Level and a place at a Russell Group university reflected the progress he made during this time.
Hobbies and Interests
I’m a keen hiker, and have walked extensively throughout the UK, in the mountains of Japan and, more recently, in the desert southwest of the USA. Having grown up in the country, I still need the regular fix of nature which hiking gives me! Alongside this, I really value the camaraderie and sense of achievement that completing a long hike with friends can bring.
“Ed tutored my daughter in history from Common Entrance level to GCSEs. Ed’s ability to calmly and clearly express complicated ideas throughout multiple periods of history was fantastic – from Elizabeth I to Weimar Germany his knowledge was extremely consistent. As someone who initially struggled with exam technique, Ed made my daughter feel confident in both understanding how to answer questions, and actually enjoy doing so. Ed’s sessions were brilliant, filled with debate and crucially developing her critical analysis in ways which prepared her for university. The consistent top results she achieved in her history exams are a total credit to his fantastic teaching.”
Parent of History student – Common Entrance to GCSE
“Ed tutored my daughter in IGCSE History for a little over a year. His lessons were always well prepared and the homework assignments were tailored to meet the requirements of the specific exam board used by the school. My daughter very much enjoyed her lessons with him. He not only motivated her but also provided the frequent revision necessitated by a student with memory problems. My daughter obtained an A* on her history exam. In summary, I highly recommend Ed as a history tutor.”
Parent of IGCSE History student
“Ed has worked with two of our sons. The first, a reticent history A Level student who was taking AS and A2 levels all together at the end of his sixth form. Ed visited regularly for individual tuition sessions in London and helped our son to achieve a much higher grade than either we (or he) expected! Ed showed both patience and determination and managed to keep our son organised, motivated and focused. Above all our son really liked him and wanted his help and advice. Most recently Ed came to stay with us for a period of two days to complete our younger son’s GCSE history revision and concentrate largely on exam technique. 96% in the final GCSE exam and a very keen History A Level candidate says it all! Ed knows the syllabus he is teaching inside out and prepares thoroughly before his tutorials. This gives his students the utmost confidence that he knows what he is doing. Ed is also extremely patient and understanding with his students and works his teaching around their abilities. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Ed most highly as a really top, professional and reliable tutor who both enthuses his students and produces the results.”
Parent of GCSE and A level History students