Thomas Jamie - Private Tutor in Central London
I am a highly experienced private tutor, having been tutoring part time since graduating with a First Class degree from Cambridge in 2013, and full time since achieving a Distinction in my Masters at the University of London. I put into practice the approaches I have learned from the outstanding teachers I've had on my educational journey, and have accumulated a wealth of experience that ensures I can discover the right approach for each individual tutee.
I have a particular interest in teaching English, Politics, and for entrance exams (with especial experience teaching for 11+ and Common Entrance) and have tutored English and humanities subjects from KS2 up to undergraduate level. Having worked at schools, and been a senior tutor at a tuition centre, I have devised work for a wide range of pupils of different abilities and tailored teaching and approaches to support their needs, and have a detailed knowledge of a wide range of curricula.
I am also an experienced public speaker and debate coach, and all my tuition is designed not just to bolster my tutees' techniques and understanding, but also their confidence, interest, and ability to enjoy the subject. Observing my tutees' success and their growth in confidence makes me very happy.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
Goldsmiths, University of London, 2013 – 2014
Writing for Performance (MA): Distinction
University of Cambridge, 2010 – 2013
Politics, Psychology and Sociology (BA): 1st
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
Over the last four years, I have worked and continue to work at various schools in South London, at a tuition centre, and on a huge range of private assignments, delivering completely personalised classes on a bespoke basis.
I am a highly versatile and experienced freelance tutor, able to master a subject quickly and deliver tuition based on each tutee's needs. This has included tutoring undergraduate Business Studies and Marketing (helping a student achieve a First at University of Sussex), Politics at AS and A2 (helping students go from a C to A* at A Level), and successfully coaching for a variety of entrance exams (Haberdashers’, Alleyn’s, Westminster, Tonbridge and others), public speaking, interview coaching, and all humanities GCSEs.
I have worked at various schools in South London in managed interventions to help students achieve coursework and exam success. As an undergraduate, I also worked as a CAMbassador, which meant I was selected to be an access ambassador for the University of Cambridge, and was involved in organising, leading and participating in access schemes and outreach programmes. I was further involved in outreach as a regional convenor for the Cambridge Schools’ Debating Competition, and as a volunteer for Pembroke Access.
I'm comfortable working with a broad range of students in very different environments, and have a detailed knowledge of University and public school admissions processes.
My Approach to Tutoring
At Cambridge and elsewhere, I have worked with and been taught by some absolutely outstanding teachers; I emulate them by combining my passion for the subject with an approach tailored to what each tutee needs. I think it's important that a tutee maintains and builds confidence in each area of learning, and I think with the right encouragement and guidance, a pupil's performance can be dramatically transformed.
I often emphasise the key skills of argument construction and communication throughout my work, and I thoroughly cover syllabus material and exam technique, providing stimulating lessons which are perfect exam preparation.
Fun Facts About Me
As well as being a private tutor, I am also an award winning writer for theatre and radio, whose work is touring nationally. Theatre, English, and politics are my great passions - in my spare time, I'm likely to be searching for a fantastic new play in one of London's many smaller theatres, or visiting a gallery for inspiration with my writing work.
One of my proudest achievements at University was producing a production of Antony and Cleopatra that toured 4,500 miles across the USA, from Florida to New York state via Nashville, Lake Erie, and Boston, and played to professional theatres, high-schools, and colleges. Running workshops on Shakespeare, meeting new people, and being responsible for the safety and well being of our 23 person team was a brilliant challenge.
I also enjoyed competitive debating and public speaking, representing Cambridge A across the USA and UK, and being a winner and finalist in multiple inter-varsity debating competitions. Both theatre producing and debating were ways for me to see the world and meet new people, and they've fuelled a curiosity that is with me to this day.
My Client Testimonials
A Level Politics
"Tom saved my life. Genuinely. I was struggling so much with government and politics A2 level. Having achieved a D my mocks everyone in my family was panicking, I recruited Tom on a whim and he was able to explain everything I was struggling with in a manner that I was able to understand. Then, armed with my new understanding he was able to gradually and effectively start introducing new concepts and ideas to me that were beyond what I had been learning in school. I got an A* in the end. I would say I genuinely have no idea how I achieved that - but it was definitely down to Tom’s thorough and efficient tuition!"
A Level Sociology
"Tom has been incredibly useful in both consolidating topics learned in class and is very good at explaining new topics. He has a very patient, positive attitude that boosts my daughter's confidence. Prior to Toms’ tuition, my daughter was achieving Ds in her mock exams. After just 3 lessons of Tom’s tuition, my daughter was achieving As. I would recommend Tom to all students studying Sociology."
Westminster Entrance Exam
"With Tom's kind, affable, rigorous approach, my son was able to do very well in his Westminster Entrance exam - 'The Challenge' - and earn himself a place. I'm proud of my son, and Tom's help, both in person and over Skype, was invaluable in getting that offer. "
"Tom was perfect at adapting lessons to our daughter's needs. We couldn't have had a better experience. "
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