Tim – 396


11 Plus, 13 Plus and English

School entrance experience

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

School entrance examination experience includes: - Sevenoaks School - Eltham College - Whitgift - Dulwich College - Emanuel School - Hampton Court House

Tim's biography:

Throughout academic study, Tim has continually set himself high expectations: he achieved nine A* grades at GCSE and performed well enough in the International Baccalaureate to meet his offer to study English Literature at the University of Exeter. He fully applied himself at degree level, enjoying the diverse and challenging modules (including a year in Canada where he focused on North American literature), and he was very pleased to graduate with First-Class Honours. Shortly after graduation, Tim was accepted onto the widely respected Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and this teacher-training opportunity allowed him to share his enthusiasm for English in a challenging school. With invaluable experience and a PGCE in hand, Tim moved down to Sevenoaks School where he taught from Year 7 entry level up to Year 13 IB Higher Level. He then spent two terms teaching English at St John's School in Surrey before moving on to teach at Dulwich College in London, where he is currently teaching boys across all year groups (including A level).

Tim’s teaching and tutoring style very much revolves around unlocking each student's potential; whilst Tim does indeed have high expectations of his tutees, he is very experienced at tailoring the pace and level of work to the needs and demands of the individual, and he has a proven track record of doing so. At Key Stage 3 level, his teaching centres on textual comprehension and appreciation, and as this moves into Key Stage 4 and IB/A level, he begins to encourage closer analysis through informed discussion. This pedagogical approach not only meets the requirements for examinations and summative assessments, but also encourages curiosity and self-confidence. Tim is also a fastidious marker, and ensures that every practice essay is comprehensively marked in time for the feedback session.

Through tutoring, Tim hopes to continue sharing his passion and his enjoyment for the subject, and looks forward to helping more young people achieve their objectives (assessed or otherwise). He is a keen reader (of course!), an amateur musician and enjoys continental city breaks.

Tim's qualifications:

Tim qualified to teach English in 2015, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Sheffield Hallam University.

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
University of ExeterBA (Hons) English with Study in North America2014

Tim's International Baccalaureate (IB) experience:

Having done the International Baccalaureate himself, Tim is more than aware of the subject-specific challenges that this course presents, and this experience has enabled him to successfully lead a number of Higher and Standard Level classes through the syllabus. He has a broad knowledge of common texts that are chosen (along with some more niche ones that he has studied and taught), and partook in an intense training course led by a Chief Examiner in order to better understand the assessment rhetoric and course component break-down. He is an experienced marker of Paper 1 unseen commentaries, and is able to highlight and target the criteria that are not being met. He also believes that the course offers a hugely diverse and satisfying programme of study, and hopes to share such enthusiasm with students who are feeling under the conch.

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Tim is available for online tuition

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