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Jonathan W

"I feel I have progressed so much this year down to your teaching, Thanks for preparing me for GCSE and inspiring a passion for Geography in me."

Geography A Level student

  • A Level

  • GCSE

  • Geography

  • Mentoring

Academic History

Postgraduate Certificate in Education | Secondary Geography University of Bristol 2004-2005

2:1 Bachelor of Arts | Geography University of Exeter 2001 – 2004

Awarded First Class Dissertation

About Me

I have been a secondary school teacher and form tutor for 18 years and so I have a wealth of experience in successfully supporting students through their workloads, teaching various study skills and helping students build good study habits. My aim is to listen and respond to my clients’ needs and adapt my teaching style accordingly. I support student understanding of content and revision techniques by making activities memorable and relatable, using proven cognitive skills. In addition, I teach exam technique in ways that help to build confident learners who have the tools to successfully achieve their goals.

Recent tuition

A Level Geography (AQA)

Over the summer, I tutored M in A Level Geography for about 10 hours. Despite being strong in Year 12 concepts, M struggled with 9 and 20 mark essays, earning a low C grade. I introduced a structured approach, resulting in her Year 13 retake where she achieved a high B grade, just 3% short of an A.

A Level Geography (AQA)

While E was exploring East Asia with her family during the summer, I remotely tutored her for A Level Geography resits in Year 13. E, a highly accomplished student with stellar GCSE results, faced challenges transitioning to A Levels, resulting in heightened anxiety and reduced confidence. I guided her not only in exam strategies but also in managing anxiety, culminating in successful resits and the chance to pursue prestigious courses at Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

A Level Geography (OCR)

For a span of two years, I provided tutoring support to C for her A Level Geography examinations. C, a dedicated and intelligent student, faced the obstacle of not having prior GCSE Geography exposure, resulting in gaps in her foundational knowledge and skills. Nonetheless, I diligently imparted subject expertise, revision strategies, and exam techniques. Her commitment paid off, as she secured an impressive A grade, subsequently pursuing university studies and ultimately flourishing as a Graduate Consultant at EY.

A Level Geography (AQA)

I had the privilege of tutoring J during the Easter holidays, as he prepared for his A Level Geography exams at Marlborough College. J, a dedicated and promising student, sought to enhance his understanding of complex geographical concepts and improve his exam strategies. Together, we delved into the subject matter and refined his exam techniques enabling him to go into his summer exams with renewed confidence following the progress he made during our focused tutoring sessions.

Year 7 Geography SEND

J is 11 years old, currently being home schooled, and is on the Autism Spectrum. I’ve worked on creating J some bespoke learning journeys to introduce him to Geography topics.

Year 9 Geography SEND

Currently tutoring Year 9 student, H, who has ADHD. H isn’t attending school, so we are looking at introducing her to some GCSE Geography topics slowly.

Year 10 Geography Cerebral Palsy 

K is currently in Year 10 and we’re working on taking him through his GCSE Geography content.

Cognitive training and mentoring

Upon entering secondary school, C exhibited shyness and introversion. Through a tailored year-long course of cognitive training, C underwent a remarkable transformation. His confidence soared and he nurtured resilience. Graduating as Deputy Head Prefect with stellar A Level results, C embarked on a formative European inter-railing adventure and is now thriving at a top university.

Hobbies

Park run – the broad community and opportunity to run with my sons. Puzzles – Solving Su Doku, Rubiks Cubes, riddles etc. they keep my brain active and force me to approach ideas from different perspectives. Golf – great to be able to be outside and enjoy nature whilst also focusing on a skill. Squash – competitive sport where you and your opponent occupy the same space on the court, so it is very dynamic.

Testimonials

“Jonathan is a fantastic teacher who always gave his all to help me achieve the best grades I could. He is always looking to use technology to improve his teaching methods and constantly assesses how successful these methods are for each student to what works best for them! He is amazing at getting specific, hard-to-remember details stuck in your head and I couldn’t have asked for a better geography teacher!”

Geography A Level student

“Mr. W was always full of vigour, energy and enthusiasm, exemplifying what it means to be a geographer. He had a passion for life itself, developing in us, his students, a curiosity about the world around us. Whether it was testing new tech or exploring new ideas, Mr. W continually encouraged us to expand our minds and never stop learning. One afternoon, he took us on a ‘memory walk’ around the school to learn the first ten elements of the periodic table, and I still remember them to this day! But most importantly, Mr. W taught me to notice the wonder in the world around me, and that is a lesson that will stay with me for life.”

Geography A Level student

“I feel I have progressed so much this year down to your teaching, Thanks for preparing me for GCSE and inspiring a passion for Geography in me.”

Geography A Level student

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