English Tutors

Ryan McMeekin

English & History Tutor

After achieving A*A*A in my A levels, I am currently in my first year at UCL studying English Literature. From this position I have not only been provided with a first-class education but have also experienced the countless opportunities that London provides for Arts and Humanities students wishing to pursue their studies further. During my time at Sixth Form I gave various talks to my school’s Literary Society on aspects of literature that personally interest me and I also tutored younger students on preparing to apply for English Literature at university, winning the 2015 Douglas Brown Memorial Prize for English Literature in the process.

Biography

With both of my parents coming from abroad in order to pursue opportunities in higher education, academic endeavour has always been important to me. After achieving 10A* and an A grades at GCSE, I completed my A levels in Cambridge, where I studied English Literature, History and Politics and also gained an AS level in Maths. Studying English Literature at UCL will, I hope, give me the means to pursue varied and interesting career paths in the near future.

Personal Approach

My fascination with subjects such as English Literature and History largely stems from the fact that neither subject can truly be confined to one single field of knowledge. Instead, English Literature and History are subjects naturally linked with disciplines such as Art, Philosophy, and Music, a concept that I aim to emphasise in my tutoring. Learning is not simply a case of reading and revising but is rather an opportunity to explore many other aspects of human knowledge, a prospect that I believe will allow tutees to experience the same interest that I have in these subjects.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I’m not tutoring, you’ll probably find me playing tennis or, of course, reading! I also enjoy going to the theatre and socialising with my friends on a regular basis.

Daniel Hutton

English & History Tutor

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2013 with a First Class degree in English and Theatre Studies. My background is in literature and theatre, and I have maintained an interest in English and Drama since a very young age, giving me a wide range of knowledge around these areas. Alongside my work as a tutor, I also work in theatre. I have been involved in a number of award-winning shows and companies.

Biography

In 2010, I enrolled at the University of Warwick after a successful and fulfilling school career, during which time I picked up 2 A*s and an A at A Level alongside a host of awards and a high level involvement in school life. I was President of the Warwick University Drama Society and since graduating I have worked in theatre and surrounding industries, with experience directing, producing, writing and script-reading.

Personal Approach

My approach is calm, collected and considerate. I believe that the crux of any successful student/tutor relationship is communication and that if ideas and questions are talked about and listened to freely, then any subject can be understood. I believe in dialogue and conversation as the core of all learning, and try to ask carefully considered questions to allow students to reach their own conclusions and feel in control of their work.

When I'm not tutoring...

Alongside my work as a tutor, I work a freelance theatre practitioner, with a wide range of experience over the past three years. I have worked with some of Britain's leading theatres and theatre directors, and have received a number of prizes and high-profile reviews in the national press, in recognition of my work.

Kalisha Patel

English & Maths Tutor

I am a friendly and patient tutor who has recently graduated in Law from the University of Manchester. I have a variety of experience tutoring from KS2 up to GCSE in both English and Maths, and hope to share my passion for learning with my students. I have an excellent academic record to back this up, having achieved an A* in English and an A in Maths at A level.

Biography

Since graduating last year, I volunteered full-time in a primary school for 7 months working with disadvantaged children as a mentor, assisting in their academics, as well as their emotional well-being. I then spent this summer working as a Senior Mentor with NCS The Challenge, where I lead and facilitated a group of 16 year olds in completing a social action project in their local community. Currently I am a part time communications and fundraising intern at a charity.

Personal Approach

I recognise that every child has their own methods of how to learn, and I try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this. I have experience working with a range of children from those with learning difficulties and those whose first language is not English. I want my students not only to learn, but to enjoy the subject and inspire them outside of the curriculum.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I'm not tutoring (or working as an intern with a charity), you'll find me with my head buried in a book, teaching myself to play the guitar or spending time with friends and family.

Carlie Sorosiak

English Tutor

After graduating with distinction from both the MSt. English programme at Oxford and the MA Creative Writing and Publishing programme at City, University of London, I am now a full-time novelist and English tutor. While at Oxford, I was published in several prestigious academic journals, and mentored undergraduates in the humanities. I now tutor undergraduates and postgraduates in English and Writing at both Limkokwing University and City, University of London.

Biography

Although I grew up in America, I have lived in the UK on and off for the last five years. My debut novel will be published in 2017 with HarperCollins in the US and Macmillan in the UK, as well as in Spain, Germany and Canada. Previously, I worked as a freelance editor for small presses, as an editorial assistant for Faber & Faber in London, and as a freelance educational consultant for students applying to Oxbridge and Ivy League universities.

Personal Approach

In my tutorials I strive not only to provide students with the analytical skills to tackle their subjects, but also to reduce anxiety surrounding essays and exams. My passion for English translates directly into my lessons, and I find that fostering a love of learning leads to improved academic results. I specialise in helping students with close reading, as well as developing personal statements that will thoroughly impress admissions committees.

When I'm not tutoring...

Lately, I have been working hard on my second novel, which is under contract to be published in 2018. I also enjoy museum days in London and cooking lovely food for friends.

Emma Stevenson

History & English Tutor

I am a final year undergraduate currently studying Ancient History at UCL. My particular interests lie in Intellectual History through the ages and the exploration of big ideas such as magic and the imagination. I studied History, Classical Civilisation and English Literature at A-Level. During this time I received an award in 2013 for the highest grade achieved in my year group (99/100) for AS History.

Biography

I am young, energetic and always looking to broaden my horizons. Since I was small I have always loved to learn. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful education, where my talents were realised and nurtured. When I was 16 I was part of the Cambridge HE+ programme, a project aimed at enhancing the academic performance of the best state school students in the country. In 2014 I was the editor of my college magazine, and I have regularly kept up a blog for aspiring history students.

Personal Approach

I am very enthusiastic and excited about helping young students to achieve their very best and share in my love of learning. I offer a truly comprehensive and personalised experience for every student, as I believe that a combination of tried-and-tested methods and more creative activities is the most effective way to get the very best out of any tutee. My aim is to guide my students to their own unique conclusions, so that they may realise their full academic and personal potential.

When I'm not tutoring...

In my spare time I love to spend my day in the library, where I read, write and drink coffee. I have a particular passion for languages; I am currently learning to speak Polish, read Latin and Italian, and I have a long and ongoing relationship with Old English.

Gus Glassborow

English Tutor

I have recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a First in English Literature and Drama. During my time there I continued to explore acting; performing in several plays, as well as directing and performing in a play I wrote. I was also able to take advantage of UEA's excellent creative writing program, giving me the opportunity to work with some well-established authors. Recently I have completed a collection of short stories.

Biography

After completing my A Levels and receiving my place at UEA, I took a year out, choosing to work and travel through Europe. During university I endeavoured to explore a wide range of genres and theories, both literary and dramatic. Perhaps somewhat unsurprising given my field of study, I am a big fan of Shakespeare, though I also enjoy modernist literature. I have always maintained some form of involvement with acting, from student theatre at university to more recent film based projects.

Personal Approach

I always aim to teach through understanding and enjoyment, I want to develop students who can engage both critically and creatively on an independent basis, both for their exams and beyond. Passing exams is certainly important and I try to encourage their academic success by developing their free thought, offering my own expertise as guidance.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I'm not tutoring I'll most likely be writing or working on acting projects. I also enjoy endurance cycling and relaxing with friends.

Diana Suciu

English & History Tutor

Hi, my name is Diana and I’m a first year Law student at King’s College London, having recently graduated from the American International School of Bucharest. I’ve been tutoring for the past three years, being the leader of my school’s Peer Tutoring group and teaching English, History and Humanities. Morevoer, as captain and coach of my school’s debate team, I have refined my communication and research skills in order to be able to effectively ensure the ones around me understand what I am explaining.

Biography

Born in Romania but educated in an international school, I was raised to fit the mould of interculturality. Even at home, this became a defining trait, as I learned to understand the individuality of each of my six siblings. In this sense, tutoring has come very easily to me, simply as an extension of my life as a leader, an elder and yet, still a student.

Personal Approach

During my high school years, I realized that the greatest teachers I came in contact with were not the ones with a set method of teaching but rather the ability to suit each student’s individuality. Thus, the approach that I found to be most successful when tutoring was to figure out what kind of learner the student was and adapt to that. Rather than putting stress on the student to fit to my learner profile, I prefer to improve their school career by tending to their needs. Whether this stipulates extended visual support,a non-conformist studying environment or classic lecturing, I am committed to make lessons simple to understand.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I’m not studying or working, you can find me with the debate team, on the skating rink or in a cozy restaurant with good company. I believe a healthy balance between my professional and personal life is the key to happy living.

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