John Phipps - Private Tutor in Central London
I was educated at Westminster School and Oxford, and have worked as a private English tutor since the beginning of the 2016 academic year. My students have ranged in age from six to eighteen, studied a variety of different curricula, and all have specific needs that I strive to meet in every lesson.I continually work to pass on my great love of literature to every student I teach. I've been lucky enough to have experienced great teaching throughout my whole life; it is my passion and my privilege to pass on my love of learning.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Oxford, 2013 – 2016
English Language and Literature (BA): 1st
School: Westminster School
In five years at Westminster, I was awarded the English Prize three times.
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
Over more than 200 hours of one-on-one lesson time, I have successfully helped younger pupils gain admission to the UK's top independent Schools, including Westminster School, Ampleforth and Eton, at 11+, Common Entrance and Scholarship level. Older students have successfully achieved A* grades at GCSE, AS and A-level. I have a detailed and intimate knowledge of British private education, as well as the national curriculum. I have taught ISEB, IGCSE, Edexcel, AQA, OCR and Pre-U exam boards, and have taught more than twenty set texts since I began tutoring.
My Approach to Tutoring
I realised as a young child that the students who did best were the ones who enjoyed their work the most. And so my approach is simple: identify what it is that my pupils enjoy, and try to expand their area of interest from there. Some pupils enjoy simple rules that explain exam technique; others prefer to have English linked to other disciplines, such as History, Philosophy, or even sport. Some pupils prefer medieval poetry, and some prefer non-fiction. Some pupils write stories in their spare time; some love reading but find holding a pen painful. Communication and openness are the key to my approach, and I aim for my pupils to not ust meet their goals, but to excel them.
Fun Facts About Me
I am obsessive about learning and have cultivated a broad cultural knowledge beyond the limits prescribed by curriculum. I have studied to different levels of expertise French, Russian, Italian and Spanish, as well as learning the Piano, Guitar, Harp and Xylophone. Literature is my great love and I have read extensively, but in my own time I have also pursued personal reading projects in the fields of philosophy, history and critical theory. I come from a very large and merry extended family, and have spent much of my life surrounded by cousins of all ages, and so feel more than comfortable in the company of children and teenagers.
My Client Testimonials
"John's nurture and passion to inspire a love for literature and all-round support for the child is so wonderful. In a very short time John has completely changed my daughters connection with novels and stories. After three sessions with John my daughter came home beaming holding an award for excellence in reading and expression."
"We took a few lessons with John during half term. My son, who is not a big fan of English, really enjoyed it. John is a very positive, patient person and easily found the way to communicate with my son. We liked the variety of tasks that were offered. Every time my son was looking forward to his next lesson. It was a great experience and we highly recommend John's tutoring."
"John is an excellent tutor: he prepares useful tasks in advance of the sessions and is very engaging during the sessions. He is friendly and explains things well. Prior to tutoring, I got a very low C in my mock, and in my final exam results I achieved an A* in one paper and an A in the other: I definitely would attribute this to John’s help."
"I can honestly say John is a very invested teacher who clearly has his heart set on the journey a child has with stories and literature rather than the ticking of boxes or passing of exams. My daughter loves learning with John and we are very blessed to have found him, I honestly can't recommend him enough, a very caring and inspiring teacher and person :)"
Similar Tutors to John Phipps
You may also be interested to view some profiles of our tutors who are similar to John Phipps. Alternatively please feel free to contact us to discuss your tutoring needs, and how Wentworth Education and John Phipps can help you and your family achieve your goals.
Otherwise, you can read about our tutor selection criteria, or read about Wentworth Education's philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. You can also see more tutor profiles on our tutors listing page, where you can filter by subject.
Luke Howarth – Professional Teacher in Central London
I took a teaching post at Harrow School in 2015, teaching IGCSEs in English Language and Literature and delivering lectures to A-level students. I was also made Director-in-Residence and Master-in-Charge of Debating. Earlier that year I graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature from Christ Church, Oxford, where I was one of the twelve original Reuben Scholars. My papers in Shakespeare and Beckett for Finals were classed as publishable. Throughout my time at Oxford and Harrow, I have accumulated extensive experience tutoring privately for a range of abilities, from pre-test to university admissions. Although my undergraduate degree was in the arts, I have always nurtured a healthy interest in subjects across the curriculum, having studied Further Mathematics and Physics at A Level, and I am continually excited by the prospect of facilitating the development of a student’s academic pursuits in a variety of disciplines. A constant desire to advance my own knowledge energises me as a tutor, and I believe that communicating this enthusiasm allows me to stimulate both the curiosity and diligence of my tutees. ...
Camille Goodman – Private Tutor in Central London
I graduated from Oriel College, Oxford in July 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. Throughout my school career I have balanced academic life with competitive tennis as a government funded, semi-professional player. This required huge drive and efficiency, for which I was rewarded with a stellar set of results at both GCSE and A-Level and a place at Oxford. Before starting my degree, I began tutoring part-time and have since helped children of a range of ages and abilities achieve similar academic excellence. I specialise in entrance to the UK's top schools, and have tutored students towards 7+, 8+, 11+ and Common Entrance to Westminster, St. Paul's and King's College to name a few. I am also interested in preparing students for Oxbridge entrance, and look to develop a student's passion for subjects beyond the syllabus not only immediately preceding their application, but in the years prior. I wish to help as many students as possible reach their desired academic goals and hugely enjoy transferring my own knowledge to my young protégées. ...
Seamus Lavan – Private Tutor in South London
I recently graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in English Language and Literature. Before that I attended Eton College on a full bursary, where I was awarded an Oppidan Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. I left Eton with three A*'s and an A at A Level.
My passion for teaching started when in my penultimate year at school I volunteered at a local special educational needs school. I found it immensely rewarding to instill in my students an enthusiasm for learning that led to understanding and success.
My educational background means that I have a thorough knowledge of the private educational sector in the UK, from scholarship exams, to writing personal statements, all the way through to preparing for decisive Oxbridge interviews.
My teaching experience has helped me become a non-judgemental, patient tutor, who understands that making learning enjoyable is key to anyone's academic success. ...
Elisa Mitrofan – Private Tutor in London
I graduated last year with a 1st in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. My experience as a tutor extends across different levels and subjects, from teaching English as a foreign language to 11+ exams, and university entrance preparation. Throughout the years, I have worked with students on a wide range of curriculums to hone their skills and expand not only their knowledge, but also their interest and love for the subject. Having won a bursary to attend Wellington College in 2011, I studied the IB, and was one of the very few students in the world to achieve a maximum of 45 points. Some of the distinctions I was awarded for my academic performances include the Gavin Ewart Poetry Prize, the Verrall English Prize, the Music Essay Prize, and the Lady Emma Talbot Special Prize. I went on to earn a place at Oxford University where I read BA Honours in English Language and Literature. Following my Distinction in Prelims, I was awarded the Casberd Scholarship for outstanding results. ...
Robert Belok – Private Tutor in Surrey and London
I am an experienced and enthusiastic tutor with classroom teaching experience, who is genuinely passionate about History and its relevance today. I graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford in 2017 after having studied History. I have since worked at Eton College in the History department and (more recently) as the College's Filmmaker-in-Residence.
At Eton, I was part of a 3 person team working with History Oxbridge applicants three times a week, advising on every step of the admissions process. This has included advice on personal statements, marking History Aptitude Tests, and carrying out mock-Oxbridge interviews for both the Eton students and applicants from other schools. In the year 2017/18, we received more Oxbridge offers than any other department in the school. I have also worked on the Eton Universities Summer School for the last four years running, teaching history and working as a tutor. ...
Patrick Alexander – Professional Teacher in East London
I am an expert tutor and education consultant with a first-class English degree, a Masters from Cambridge and over ten years' experience in outstanding institutions in the UK and overseas.
My most recent teaching post was Head of English at The Latymer School, one of the highest performing state schools in the UK.
In my spare time, I am a contributor to magazines including The Spectator and Prospect Magazine, and am currently writing a television series on free schools at the NFTS. ...
Scarlett M – Private Tutor in London
I have experience teaching a range of ages, both privately part-time and in full time employment as a teacher at Hurstpierpoint College, where I worked for a year before starting my degree at Oxford University. I have a particular interest in entrance into the UK's top schools and Universities, teaching 11 plus, Common Entrance, and preparing students for Oxbridge. I am aided by a detailed understanding of UK independent schools as well as experience preparing for the American education system at ISEE and SSAT level in particular. I have delivered private tuition to children between 5 and 20 years. I find tutoring immensely rewarding and particularly enjoy the focused nature of assisting an individual with their academic goals. ...
Gavin Fiddler – Private Tutor in South West London
I am an empathetic and enthusiastic tutor with over 1000 hours of experience and a member of the Tutor’s Association. Parents have consistently commented on my ability to inspire and build excellent rapport with their children. In all my tutorials, I endeavour to cultivate the untapped potential that is can be difficult to unlock in the very formal and hierarchical school environment. What is more, my experiences as a tutor and observations in schools have also given me a strong insight into how to develop a form of pedagogy that is congenial to tutorials but not irreconcilable with classroom teaching. ...
Samuel Cato – Private Tutor in London
I am a future trainee solicitor at Linklaters LLP and am about to commence studying for my LPC professional qualification. I have a First Class degree from Oxford in Classics (Literae Humaniores), 3 A*s (English Literature, Latin, Ancient Greek) and 1 A (History) at A level, and 12 A*s at GCSE. This year I have been tutoring students for Latin and Ancient Greek A levels, and also offer tutoring in English Literature and History A levels, and most subjects at GCSE (available on request). ...
Oscar Burgess – Private Tutor in West London
Enthusiastic and experienced Oxford Economics and Management graduate, with 10 years of teaching experience and varying techniques I tailor my approach to each and every student. ...