11 Plus (English)
13 Plus (English)
English (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level and Undergraduate)
History (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel and A Level OCR)
Media Studies (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel and A Level OCR)
Michael has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
1 to Forest School, London (scholarship) 1 to Lycee Internacional de Londres (scholarship) 3 to Brighton College (1 scholarship)
Michael is a fully qualified and committed English teacher with eight years' experience in helping students prepare for their exams.
Michael takes a positive and supportive approach to learning and it is not unusual for his students to make two or more levels progress in one academic year. To achieve this success, Michael equips his students with strategies for each question and ensures that these skills are effectively developed in time for the exam.
Michael's specialism is English literature where he can draw upon a wide range of resources and expertise, particularly when helping students reach the top marks. Michael also has a strong record working with students that need a secure pass in their English language qualification.
Michael has taught all the major exam boards helping students excel in GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels and IB examinations. Being an expert in secondary education also allows him to successfully guide students through the 11+ and 13+ application process.
To further his professional experience, Michael works as an AQA and IB Diploma examiner.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys writing short stories. He is also training for his first marathon.
Michael qualified to teach English in 2012, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from King's College London.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|Cardiff University||BA (Hons) English Literature||2007|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||Masters in Creative Writing||2020|
Michael is an examiner for the IB Diploma so has an in-depth understanding of the requirements that must be met in order to achieve the top grades.
"Due to the pandemic year, UK boarding school exams were delayed and in lieu of a spring exam, a September date was ascribed in the middle of the summer holidays so it was a bit of a scramble. As such, and as we reside in Switzerland, I reached out to Owl Tutors UK and the team was incredibly responsive and swift, and sourced my son a math tutor so he had three intensive weeks of online tutoring with Michael.
As my son is schooled in a bilingual French-British School, the English subject was taught as a second language and my son lacked some key notions, notably in reading comprehension and writing composition as well as vocabulary. Michael reviewed texts with him and forced him to think critically and creatively and my son experienced an a-ha moment and to use his words, "Michael gave me the key which unlocked the necessary door.” My son's ideas flowed and he was able to organise his thoughts and his writing compositions more carefully. Michael would send poems and excerpts from passages for my son to analyse ahead of their online meetings and my son really grasped the general meaning as well as the more subtle nuances, even in old English!
Given that he had limited time to prepare for the big test day, Michael encouraged him and gave him the confidence needed for my son to give his best. Michael lent my son as much time as he needed in those critical three weeks and was a testament to how positive reinforcement and great teaching can inspire a young mind. My son performed phenomenally well on his exams and his online interviews and received two offers to his top two choices, so he is elated. Thank you ever so much, Michael!"
Friday, 26th February 2021
Parent of online 13 Plus tutor
"As a result of a late decision to return to the UK from abroad we enlisted the support of Michael to support our daughter in preparing for 13+ style exams in English in order to gain entry to our choice schools. As a result of having been in the international education system for the past five years her ability to respond to more advanced English Comprehension questions was lacking and this was identified very early into our sessions. Michael was incredibly supportive particularly at introducing her to the concept of analyzing a piece of literature in order to interpret the writers intentions as well as identifying literary devices through quotes which are key parts of any English Exam.
Michael was always encouraging and kind yet insistent when it came to ensuring she had truly understood the question and provided an appropriate response to merit the number of marks available. He set relevant homework and past paper practice at each session and always followed up on this in the following session to ensure continuity of effort.
We as parents found him very professional and focused as well as being a pleasure to deal with. "
Friday, 16th October 2020
Parent of online 13+ student
"Michael has been a brilliant tutor for my son, always encouraging and supportive, yet also challenging him to think hard and do his very best. Even after just one lesson, my son said he now had a much better understanding of what his English teacher in school was asking of him, and how to work with a text. He also said Michael made him feel very happy, because he felt praised and appreciated. My son has thrived under Michael's very capable instruction, and has done very well in the exam, after less than half a year of tutoring. "
Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Mother of online 13 Plus student, East London
In this blog, Michael sets out strategies and resources to make home learning a successful experience for your child. The advice given here can be combined with online tuition to keep your child engaged and in good spirits while schools are closed.
Michael March 2020
The 11+ entrance exams can be a stressful and uncertain period. The few months before the exam dates are significant, with revision habits often making the important difference. It is important to note that there are a number of effective learning processes that do work and should be cultivated to equip your child with the right tools for success.
Michael October 2017
‘To be or not to be: that is the question.’ (Hamlet, III:i, 1) Every year, thousands of students sit down to analyse Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, which begs another question: is it still possible to say anything new about Shakespeare? If so, where and how does one begin? Read on for answers and five tips to become a successful Shakespeare scholar.
Michael September 2017
Michael is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Michael, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.