Throughout academic study, Tim has continually set himself high expectations; he achieved nearly all A* grades at GCSE, and secured a high International Baccalaureate result that enabled him to study English at the University of Exeter. He fully applied himself at degree level, enjoying the diverse and challenging modules (as well as his year abroad focusing on North American literature in Canada), and he was very pleased to ultimately be awarded a First-Class Honours classification. Shortly after graduation, Tim was accepted onto the renowned and respected Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and he relished the opportunity to train as a teacher and share his passion for English in a challenging school on the outskirts of Leeds. With some invaluable experience and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in hand, Tim moved down to Sevenoaks School where he taught English full-time for two years. During this time, Tim taught the full range of classes from Year 7 entry level up to Upper-Sixth, and quickly became a competent and ambitious IB and IGCSE English practitioner. He simultaneously tutored a number of pupils privately, and successfully assisted them in their preparations for the school’s entrance examinations.
Tim’s teaching and tutoring style very much revolves around unlocking each students’ potential; whilst he does indeed have the same high expectations that he holds himself to, he is very experienced at tailoring the pace and level of work to the needs and demands of the student, and has a proven track record of doing so. At Key Stage 3 level, his teaching centres on textual comprehension and appreciation, and as this moves into Key Stage 4 and IB, he begins to foster closer analysis through informed discussion. This pedagogical approach not only meets the requirements for examinations and summative assessments, but also encourages curiosity and self-confidence. Tim is also a fastidious marker, and ensures that every practice essay is comprehensively marked in time for the useful feedback session.
Having now completed three years as a full-time educator, Tim is now looking for new literary challenges in the publishing industry. Through tutoring, he hopes to continue sharing his passion and his enjoyment for the subject, and looks forward to helping more young people achieve their objectives (assessed or otherwise). He is a keen reader (of course!), an amateur musician and enjoys a city break in a beautiful European capital city.
Having done the International Baccalaureate himself, Tim is more than aware of the subject-specific challenges that this course presents, and this experience has enabled him to successfully lead a number of Higher and Standard Level classes through the syllabus. He has a broad knowledge of common texts that are chosen (along with some more niche ones that he has studied and taught), and partook in an intense training course led by a Chief Examiner in order to better understand the assessment rhetoric and course component break-down. He is an experienced marker of Paper 1 unseen commentaries, and is able to highlight and target the criteria that are not being met. He also believes that the course offers a hugely diverse and satisfying programme of study, and hopes to share such enthusiasm with students who are feeling under the conch.
Tim is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Tim, 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.