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Oliver F

“Olly is hands down the best tutor we have had. He was superb in preparing all three of our boys for their successful tests in ISEB 11+, 8+ and the private school-specific exams. Their success in getting into Eton, St Paul’s Juniors and Sussex House were very much aided by Olly’s attention to their specific and different characters and learning needs. Olly is warm hearted and fiercely intelligent. He crafted lessons to captivate their interests and made it a pleasure for the boys. We cannot recommend him more highly.”

Parent of three school-entrance students

  • Classical Civilisation

  • English Literature

  • History

  • Senior School Entrance

  • Spanish

Academic History

2013-2017 St Cross College, University of Oxford Dphil History

2012-2013 New College, University of Oxford MSt Modern British & European History (Pass)

2007-2010 New College, University of Oxford BA (Hons) Ancient & Modern History (1st)

2002-2007 Leeds Grammar School, A Levels: English Literature (A), History (A), Philosophy & Ethics (A). AS Levels: Classical Civilization (A), French (B). GCSEs: English Literature (A*), English Language (A*), Maths (A*), Dual Award Science (A*, A*), Religious Studies (A*), French (A*), Spanish (A*), History (A*), Art (A*)

About Me

I am an experienced tutor in History (to degree level), English (to A-level), Maths (to 13+) and Reasoning (for school entrance) with a passion for helping students meet their goals whilst enriching their enjoyment in their subjects. I have experience of school entrance exams (7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+, including the ISEB Pre-Test and CAT4 Reasoning), GCSEs, A-levels and helping younger students explore their interests. I also coach students for Oxbridge admissions, including preparation for entrance exams and interview practice.

Much of my teaching is now done online. I enjoy the format as it allows me to share new resources quickly with students, so the lessons can be very interactive, and using programmes such as Google Docs provides flexibility when working on notes and essay plans together.

Recent tuition

I have over 2,000 hours of 1-to-1 teaching experience. I have experience of all major exam boards, including Edexcel, AQA, OCR, IB, and CIE. I have helped students get places at schools including Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s, and UCS. My approach is patient, empathetic and positive, responding to the student’s own needs and learning style. I prioritise giving simple advice to develop confidence and help students feel empowered to keep improving.

Please find below a snapshot of my tuition experience. 

GCSE English – I worked with a student sitting the new spec English GCSE exams. During our time together they moved up from scoring 7’s to achieving a 9 (the highest mark) in their exams this year. I also worked with a Chinese student who had only recently arrived in the country. He was consistently being marked at a 6 in his English, but after tuition attained a 8 (English Literature) and 9 (English language) in his final exams.

GCSE History – I worked with a student from Wimbledon High school who was struggling to unlock her potential when it came to History. With hard work she attained an A* grade in her final exams.

AS History – I supported a student in the final months leading up to his exams. When we started working together this student was achieving E’s and D’s in his mocks and homework, by the time of his exam he was consistently achieving A’s.  

Undergraduate History – During my doctoral studies I have worked within Oxford University’s History Faculty both to teach undergraduate tutorials. I taught the prelims paper ‘Conquest & Colonization: Spain and America in the Sixteenth Century’ and was a teaching assistant for the finals paper ‘Representing the City, 1558-1640’. Teaching undergraduates required me to develop an agenda of work across a term, and think about how students grow into an understanding of their subject and make connections.

Oxford applications – I work with students for Oxbridge entrance, with a particular focus on Oxford. I offer personal statement advice and support, training and preparation sessions for the HAT, and coaching/practice sessions for the interview. My focus is to draw out what is unique in a candidate’s application and encourage them to broaden their academic thinking. I believe that imagination, creativity and open-mindedness are traits undervalued by schools when preparing their students to apply. There are plenty of academically gifted students applying to Oxford. What admissions teams are looking for is originality of thought, allied to a willingness to be flexible when confronted with new evidence, or alternate perspectives.

Hobbies and Interests

I am a keen writer, currently working on novels and short stories for younger readers. Although this is a new pursuit for me, I hope to publish in the coming years.

Outside of work, I am a keen musician (playing the electric guitar), a football fan and a runner. I’m also an avid reader, and I enjoy using my various interests to inspire students and make lessons more engaging.

Testimonials

“Oliver tutored both our sons. Our eldest was accepted at 8+ at Westminster Under and Sussex House, and at 11+ was accepted at Westminster, Eton and Winchester. Our youngest, at 7+, was accepted at Westminster Under. Oliver is a truly outstanding tutor across all disciplines, has a great sense of humour and is very easy for parents and children to work with. We look forward to continuing to work with him in the years to come.”

Parent of two school-entrance students

“At the beginning of year 10, I was struggling with both English Literature and Language, scoring 5s and 6s. Oliver’s sessions were both very enjoyable and equipped me with the confidence and skills I needed! At the end of Year 11, I managed to achieve 9s in both English subjects.”

GCSE student

“Oliver worked with me for over five years on undergraduate coursework and exam essays for history. With his help, I was able to achieve a First at university and his passion for the subject made the ‘dry’ theoretical aspects of my degree more enjoyable. Oliver is hard-working, patient, adaptable to different learning styles and is genuinely interested in his students. He is extremely knowledgeable about history and has even helped me with other subjects including philosophy and political theory. I am grateful to have had him as a tutor.”

Undergraduate student who received a First in History from the University of Edinburgh

 

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