Leif

Tutor profile - Leif

Leif

Other School Entrance, French, Geography, German, History, Philosophy, Politics & RE

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Leif is a very experienced, knowledgeable and encouraging tutor. He has helped our 17-year-old daughter on her A-level History. Leif is professional and quickly identified the gap where my daughter needed help. My daughter has not only acquired the subject knowledge and skills but also been motivated to be passionate about the subject. After a few lessons with Leif, my daughter started to invite her classmates to form a group of study buddies. They worked hard and revised seriously for school tests or exams. I am so glad about my daughter's progress and would like to express my sincere gratitude to Leif's dedication and professionalism.

Parent of A-Level History student

Leif's biography

Leif has been a highly successful teacher and tutor in history, politics, geography, RS, philosophy, French and German at (I)GCSE/MYP, A-level, IB and Pre-U for more than seven years. He also has a proven track record of helping students at 16+ for some of the most rigorous schools - including Charterhouse, Oundle and City of London.

His success is based on excellent academic foundations (1st from Oxford, PhD from Manchester) and a unique approach to each student’s needs, ranging from overcoming demotivation and falling behind, through revision and essay writing skills, to ensuring that ‘sprinkle’ of stardust’ for the 8/9 at GCSE, A/A* at A-level, 6/7 at IB or Oxbridge application.

Leif is also a fully qualified TEFL teacher, able to guide students at school entrance, and IELTS/TOEFL. He worked as an English teacher for the British Council in Germany, so he has a thorough awareness of how to enable non-native speakers to express themselves in elegant, fluid, precise academic English.

Leif knows exam boards’ expectations inside and out, having examined, consulted or trained teachers for AQA and OCR history A-level, the IB and Pre-U. He currently examines history for AQA and IB, including the internal assessment and extended essay (and, for the IB, examines in English, French and German languages).

This near 20-year experience as a senior lecturer at Cambridge and Manchester (professor in the US system) also gives him unparalleled insight into the admissions system, and Leif has organised every step of the admissions process at Cambridge and Manchester. He has also been Oxbridge & Russell Group lead at a state 6th form. He knows the UCAS process inside out, from the perspective of the teacher, the sixth-former and the admissions tutor.

School entrance experience

Leif has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:

Leif has prepared students for the 16+ at a range of selective schools, including Charterhouse, Oundle and City of London. He offers clear guidance on thinking skills, verbal reasoning, essay-writing, scientific reasoning, and subject-specific tuition for history, politics, geography, sociology, philosophy, RS/ethics, French and German.

Leif's qualifications

Leif qualified to teach History in 2019, and holds a PGCE from . Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity.

University name Name of degree Year of graduation
University of Manchester PhD - History/geography 2001
University of Kent MA in History 1996
University of Oxford BA in History 1991

Subjects tutored:

Other School Entrance (16+)

French (General, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel and A Level OCR)

Geography (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP and Undergraduate)

German (General, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR and Undergraduate)

History (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP and Undergraduate)

Philosophy (A Level AQA, IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level)

Politics (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP, Advanced Placement and Undergraduate)

RE (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB MYP and Undergraduate)