Glasgow-based PhD in English Literature, keen to start with students (secondary-undergraduate) looking to improve their grade in English. With experience teaching variously as a sessional lecturer and private tutor, I have a proven track record of positive results born from a deep enthusiasm for my subject. I offer 1-to-1 sessions (between 1 and 2 hours, according to the student’s needs) either at the student’s residence or elsewhere. I also offer Skype sessions at a discounted price.
Availability: Highly flexible - available to meet at the student’s convenience, during the week or weekend.
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Education King’s School Chester—2003-2010 • A Levels (English Literature (A*), History (A), Philosophy (B)) University of Liverpool—2010-2013 • English Language and Literature BA (2:1) University of Reading—2013- • English (Res) MA (Distinction) (2013-2014) • English literature PhD (Oct 2014- projected submission date, September 2017) PhD Researcher in English Literature—2014-2017 Conducting research for Thesis on the work of Samuel Beckett and his American reception and publication histories. Responsibilities include: • Capacity to work independently and efficiently. Managing my own time effectively. • Experience drawing inferences from vast amounts of published material. • Collaborating with other academics in the department and contributing to research community in Reading. • Confidence with archival research (University Special Collections/British Library/Oxford Bodleian). • Public speaking: presenting ongoing research in a variety of settings; informally, for Departmental examination, and at UK and international academic conferences. • Writing for different purposes: oral presentation, peer-reviewed publication, class preparation . Teaching Experience English Literature and Language tutor: Tutor Doctor Berkshire and Glasgow—2015 - 2017 Responsibilities include: • Private one-to-one lessons tailored to preferences and demands of the subject. • Experience teaching students at a variety of levels: including KS2, 11+ GCSE (year 10/11, as well as Scottish N5), and IGCSE. • Online tutoring, through Skype • Success in engaging students who generally might not enjoy subject at school, with a proven track record of positive results Sessional Lecturer, Department of English Literature, University of Reading—covering academic year 2015/2016 – Autumn term 2016 Seminar Leader for ‘Poetry in English’ Part 1 module. Responsibilities include: • Rigorous lesson planning. Ensuring preparation for classes each term. • Conducting engaging seminars for groups of 15 students. Addressing questions concerning seminar topic and the module as a whole. • Capacity to use different teaching strategies and group work according to the demands of each class. • Pastoral care. Responding to both emotional and academic demands of the seminar room. Contacting personal tutors for individual students where relevant. Keeping Senior Tutor and academic administrator informed. Shadowing/ad-hoc teaching, Department of English Literature, University of Reading, October 2014-March 2015 During Autumn term 2014 I shadowing Professor Peter Stoneley, an experienced academic working in the field of English Literature. This included advising and assisting in the execution of undergraduate seminars, culminating in my independently conducting seminars at both Part 1 and Part 2 levels during Autumn 2014 (‘Modern American Literature’) and Easter 2015 (‘Writing America’).