Goldsmiths College University of London (English Literature)
I started tutoring while I was still an undergraduate, studying English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After graduating with a first-class degree, which is the highest possible grade achievable in England, I took up tutoring more seriously and worked with several of the most better-known agencies in London. I am a writer, and taught English in a series of different modes to students between the ages of three to twenty-one, but predominantly prepared children for highly competitive entrance exams to the most selective public and private schools in England. I was also given several clients who were foreign (often Russian or Turkmen) who were moving to England and who wanted their children schooled in the written and spoken English, in certain cases preparing lessons to be delivered online. At times the job involved an element of cultural education; one Russian mother asked me to organise trips for her son to see London’s cultural and educational keystones, including the art, science and natural history Museums.
Over these years, I learnt to listen carefully to the needs of both the student and the parent, and then went on to design engaging lesson and homework plans which would bring about tangible results. I taught students who beat hundreds of others to enter the best schools, and those who started the year predicted a B or a C and finally went on to get an A. Obviously I cannot take the credit for this, but my lessons were certainly a factor which contributed to the student’s success. As a goal-oriented person, I enjoy motivating the children to achieve their own goals, and using a series of different approaches to help them on this path. I have a system of lesson-planning and a wide pool of resources to draw from.
I am a published fiction writer with a proven record of academic and teaching excellence. I have experience teaching of all kinds to many different types of children and adults. I take a creative approach to teaching, helping students orient themselves towards their own strengths, motivations and goals.
I believe, with Plutarch that 'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited'.
Get in touch! I started tutoring while I was still an undergraduate, studying English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After graduating with a first-class degree, which is the highest possible grade achievable in England, I took up tutoring more seriously and worked with several of the most better-known agencies in London.
Pelham is a wonderful tutor. I highly recommend him for writers of all ages. My 8 year old daughter connected with him immediately. She is a reluctant writer, but Pelham's lesson worked magic. The moment he left, my daughter sat down (without being asked) and completed her writing homework. I'm delighted with the progress she has made and she has only had one lesson!
I have training in all forms of written and spoken English, as well as art history, and a record of excellent results with many different kinds of students.