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Harry D

"Harry mentored my son in history and interview technique for scholarship examinations. My son really enjoyed the lessons that he had with him and we appreciated his friendly constructive approach which really engaged my son in the process and boosted his confidence for the interview when he really needed it. I would highly recommend him"

Mrs Y, 13+ Scholarship Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • Drama

  • English

  • German

  • History

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

2013-2016, Bristol University: BA German Language and Literature (2.1).

2011-2013, Eton College: A-Levels; German (A), English (A), History (A), History of Art (A).

2009-2011, Eton College: GCSEs (A*/A).

About Me

I have been working as a tutor since 2015. My main subjects specialisms are English and History. In addition, I provide support for the Common Entrance exams (11+ and 13+) as well as German, History and Drama.

I take every job as a new challenge and although the energy level remains consistent, I constantly adapt my approach according to the client’s needs. I have done a wide range of teaching work, all of which has been fun and challenging. I have tutored a GCSE student intensively, I have had great success guiding scholarship candidates (e.g. for Eton and Charterhouse), I have tutored children whose first language is not English, I have tutored children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties and finally I have had success with the ISEB and interview preparation.

I am a good tutor because I have found I can make great progress with any kind of student on any level by combining this energy with flexibility. If something is not working I move onto another angle until I develop the right approach. My goal as a tutor is to make the student feel at ease because after this has been achieved, the learning can begin. I like to combine fun and mentorship with an ability to really get things done. On many occasions I have proven that I can get a lot achieved with a student in a limited amount of time. I also really enjoy long term roles through which I can properly get to know someone. I bring a lot of energy into the room so I never lose a student’s focus in the first hour. On a 2-3 hour session I pay close attention to see if anyone is drifting off. The moment this happens I snap into something fun or something that I know the student finds interesting or enjoyable. For younger students, I will give them some short questions, they pep up when they get a string of answers right.

Recent tuition

I have over 300 hours of tutoring experience with students from 11+ to A level. Please find a snapshot of my experience below.

11+ School Entrance Exam

This student aspired to achieve entry into one of the most competitive grammar schools in Essex. I started tuition with them when they finished year 4 and spent 2 hours a week with them. I spent the first few months acclimatising the student to efficient exam techniques which then led us to months of exam practice. The student gained entry into the top grammar school in Essex, their 1st choice.

11+ School Entrance Exam

I worked with this student at the start of year 5 and spent 2 hours a week with them up until their final examination. The student was very able and showed potential but often found themselves getting distracted easily and distracting others during class at school. We focussed on motivating the student and increasing their enthusiasm for the subjects. The student gained entry into 3 top independent schools, all located centrally in London.

11+ School Entrance Exam

I worked with this student for 7 months and spent 2 hours a week with them up until their final examination. The student aimed to achieve a scholarship at one of the best independent schools in Essex. The student was a very focussed and able student, with the parents aiming for the student to perform highly enough to reach the scholarship cut off. We spent plenty of time on exam practice and refining techniques. The student went on to achieve a 20% academic scholarship at their first choice school.

11+ School Entrance Exam

I worked with this student for 3 months in the run up to their final examinations. The lessons alternated between 90 minute and 2 hour lessons. The student wanted a final push to maximise their performance in their final exam. After plenty of exam practice and emphasis on improving efficiency in their techniques, the student gained entry into one of London’s best independent schools.

IGCSE Maths and Triple Science (Edexcel/OCR)

The student attended a local comprehensive and showed potential to achieve high grades but lacked ambition and struggled to revise in an efficient manner. The emphasis, therefore, was invested in increasing the enthusiasm for the subjects and ensuring they were able to get through plenty of practice to accustom themselves to a near perfect exam technique. The student performed averagely in GCSE mocks coming up to the exam (A/Bs) but was able to achieve A* in all of the above subjects.

GCSE Maths and Triple Science (AQA)

This student attended a top grammar school in North London. They lacked interest and motivation in their studies so our tuition focused on exam technique and past paper practice. These were elements that the student began to enjoy as their confidence in the subjects increased. The student improved their results and went on to achieve A*, A*, 8 and 8.

IGCSE Maths and Triple Science (Edexcel/AQA)

This student attends a private school in North London. Upon meeting the student, when they were in year 10, it was clear to see that the student was bright and had the potential to achieve very high scores. However, they lacked confidence due to series of average scores throughout the years of secondary school. The tuition focused primarily on subject areas the student had low confidence in and ensuring the student increased their understanding of these subject areas. Over time, their confidence in the subjects increased and this started to show in their marks. For their recent IGCSE mock examinations, they managed to improve from 5/6s to 7/8s in these subjects. The student recently sat their final examinations and are waiting on results.

A Level, Biology (OCR A)

I worked with this student for the best part of the academic year when they were in year 13. The student attended a grammar school in London and was a very able student. However they were unable to convert their hard work into good performances in examination settings. With the student, we worked on maximising efficiency when revising and focussed a lot on exam technique and practice. With this the student grew in confidence and the performance followed. The student went on to achieve an A at A-Level.

A Level Biology (Edexcel)

This student attended a grammar school in Essex and struggled with learning the content of a demanding subject. Working together with the student, we identified the main gaps in knowledge that required addressing and focussed on splitting the syllabus into retainable sections. The student began to feel more confident in class and participated more, increasing their enthusiasm for the subject as well as motivation to succeed. The student went on to achieve an A during their AS year.

UKCAT Medicine Entrance Exam

I worked with this student for 2 hours a week for 2 months. They required assistance with exam technique and aspired to gain entry into one of the best medical schools in London. We initially worked together on high yield questions and how best to efficiently answer the tougher questions, gaining an advantage in the examination. The student was also given ample time to practice these techniques and become comfortable and confident with them. This showed in the student’s mock exam scores. The student went onto achieve a score of 720, top decile for their cohort and entered the medical school of their choice.

Hobbies and Interests

Although much of my time is consumed by teaching and I do make time for lots of other things. Seeing friends, exercising and reading are probably the big ones. I read obsessively and am interested in almost everything. I also love to travel, Recently I’ve been to India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.

My production company is very important to me as I get to channel a lot of my passions and interests into it, our product is extremely diverse which I love. I enjoy spending lots of time with different people as it broadens my understanding of things, which is vital as a tutor!

Client Testimonials

“Harry was extremely helpful and had very well-prepared interview topics.”

Parent

“Harry  came to us in the Easter holidays this year to work with our son , Cal, who was preparing for Common Entrance. Cal and Harry worked together for a couple of hours per day, three times per week.  I think it is quite hard to engage some children at this age, especially one who is dyslexic and therefore struggling with English. The brief to Harry was to try and increase Cal’s confidence as much as his actual output as we believe that is half the battle. Harry definitely succeeded in achieving this goal.  Cal was engaged throughout the holiday period and didn’t even moan when he had to do extra work! The Common Entrance exams have just ended and on speaking to Cal he feels they went really well and we are confident that his performance was due largely to Harry’s patience and determination. It goes without saying that Harry is consistently reliable and punctual.”

Parent

“Wonderfully fun and engaging.”

Parent

“Harry mentored my son in history and interview technique for scholarship examinations. My son really enjoyed the lessons that he had with him and we appreciated his friendly constructive approach which really engaged my son in the process and boosted his confidence for the interview when he really needed it . I would highly recommend him.”

Parent

“Harry was excellent and George really liked him and found the lesson very helpful. George was pleased with the interview. He found the test challenging, but said that Harry had been a great help and in particular had taught him a maths ‘trick’ that proved very helpful! Harry was excellent and George really enjoyed working with him. ”

Parent

“I want you to know, that if we hadn’t had your support, I believe his results would have been as predicted, no doubt about that in my mind.  In fact, maybe even worse, due to all that was going on at school, and the erosion of his confidence as a result. You can take direct credit and huge pride in what you have done for him, not only in achieving this stellar set of results (in his words, the best he could possibly have hoped to achieve) but also in a huge course correction of his perception about what he is capable of academically.  This will be life changing for him. Thank you, not only for your hard work, but for your belief in him and the personal care you put in to helping him achieve his true potential, despite the fact that the system and circumstances were not in his favour. As you can imagine, he is in an ecstatic place right now. There will be a glass of bubbly on ice for you next time you are passing, so please drop by whenever you can! Meanwhile, congratulations to you on a magnificent outcome!”

Parent

 

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