11 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
13 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
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 IB MYP)
History (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel and A Level OCR)
Michael is a creative, experienced and thoughtful practitioner with a strong professional record as an outstanding teacher and intervention specialist. His tailored approach enables students to gain exam confidence, develop new skills and meet personal targets in their learning.
Michael is a fully qualified teacher with over eight years’ experience in Asia and London. His expertise in adapting the curriculum for individual needs, creating strong and supportive learning environments and providing focused and constructive feedback all ensure that his students make exceptional progress. Some of Michael’s recent professional achievements are his consistent recognition as an Outstanding teacher through performance appraisals, taking a leadership role in exam interventions and working in a department whose students were recognised as being in the top 1% nationally for progress in English.
After graduating from Cardiff University in 2007 with a 2.1 in English Literature, Michael went on to work as an EFL teacher in South Korea for three years. Returning from Asia, Michael trained as a teacher at Kings College London, working within highly diverse London schools. Michael’s strengths resulted in him taking leading roles across the school as a coordinator. This included creating curriculum for underachieving students, facilitating gifted and talented study sessions and running booster workshops for exam classes. Students often commented that his lessons were challenging and interesting and Michael prides himself on being an engaging teacher.
As a tutor, Michael offers a strong commitment to student support. He believes that tutoring can be an important period of self-actualisation for students and feels that, in this context, the role of the tutor is to support understanding, develop skills and inspire interest in the subject and its critical study. He maintains high expectations and occupies students in effective ways with their progress and the challenges of the exam. His ability to foster independence is an asset to students completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.
Michael specialises as an exam tutor. He has extensively supported students through their final examinations helping them to attain target grades or to meet University entrance requirements. Often these students make two or more levels progress within a twelve-month period. He has also worked with University students on dissertations and extended essay projects. Michael's competence as a Literacy Coordinator allows him to draw upon a wealth of specialist knowledge and resources which can effectively improve student literacy in preparation for a school entrance exam or upcoming GCSEs.
Michael is currently enrolled on a part time Masters in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and will be working with schools in the Brighton and Hove area next academic year as an intervention specialist.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking, cycling and attending academic talks or lectures.
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|
Michael is an examiner for IB English, so has an in-depth understanding of the demands of the exam, and requirements that must be met in order to achieve top grades.
"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
"Michael is a caring and understanding tutor. He teases out the best in his students without them even noticing! I thought I'd have regular battles with my son to get him to engage with a tutor, but he is always happy to see Michael."
Monday, 4th December 2017
Mother of 13 plus student in London
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.
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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.