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My Qualifications

Queen Mary, University of London
Intellectual History and History of Political Thought
Distinction  (2022)
University of Cambridge
Distinction  (2021)
Cambridge Assessment English
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Strong Pass  (2018)
University of Cambridge
2.1  (2017)
A Level
King Edward VI Grammar School
A  (2014)
A Level
King Edward VI Grammar School
A*  (2014)
A Level
King Edward VI Grammar School
A*  (2014)
A Level
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
English (Cambridge Pre-U)
Distinction 1 (A**)  (2014)

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Hi! I`m James, a History graduate of the University of Cambridge. I also hold an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from UCL and Queen Mary, University of London, and work weekdays as a History and Politics Teacher at a London secondary school.

Prior to completing my MA and working as a teacher, I was a freelance political communications and campaigning professional. I plan on completing a PhD in History in the near future, so that I can become a teaching and research academic.

As a teacher and tutor with thousands of hours of experience, I bring a high level of professional expertise for students of all ages and backgrounds to my classes. I am flexible and understanding, always willing to listen to my students` concerns. Most importantly, I have a comprehensive knowledge of the exam system and what students need to do to hit the marks that examiners look for.

In addition to the subjects listed, I also offer Oxbridge entrace exam and interview practice, as well as personal statement guidance. Having been through the Cambridge system myself, I understand what is required to impress during this difficult process. I have guided a number of students, some with difficult personal backgrounds, through succesful applications to both Oxford and Cambridge.

I have tutored for over ten years in English Literature and Language, History, Politics and Philosophy, as well as graded Classical Guitar.

I also worked for two years at an international summer school based in a number of universities across the country, during which time I taught lessons in current affairs and politics, and worked for a year in an English-language academy in Spain. These experiences, along with a CELTA qualification, allow me to teach students from all over the world with varying levels of English proficiency.

I have a proven record of improving students` grades at GCSE and A-Level across multiple levels, sometimes even taking students from Ds to A*s.

Availability: I provide friendly and accessible tuition to anyone with a desire to learn. The academic needs of my students come first; my direction comes second. In our first session, I always make sure I get to know the student as much as possible, asking about their strengths and weaknesses, before creating a bespoke academic plan to target the key areas for improvement. I provide structured essay plans, specialist academic articles to further subject knowledge and personalised revision plans that I create with the student`s input.

My core philosophy is to view learning as a fun and enlightening experience when it is made real for students, whichever subject they study. History, for example, is all around us, from the buildings we inhabit to the streets we walk on and the books we read. It`s this type of insight that helps us to invest in human knowledge and succeed in our studies.

A proficient writer, I have a particuarly keen interest in the history of philosophy and European politics, but also have a wealth of degree-level expertise in other areas of historical study, such as the colonisation of North America and the Vietnam War.

My professional experience gives me a unique insight into the world of politics, and I worked with a number of prominent politicians in the European elections of 2019. I also have specialist knowledge in the fields of 18th Century British Political, Economic and Social History and the History of Political Thought (from the pre-Enlightenment to the 20th Century), as well as German history, the two World Wars, and the Cold War. I am a proficient student of political theory and philosophy, too.

I am well-acquainted with the AQA and EdExcel A-Level History, Politics and English syllabuses, as well as AQA English Literature at GCSE and A-Level and EdExcel iGCSE English and History. I also know the Cambridge Pre-U, which is not as commonly taught by tutors. For my experience of other exam boards, just ask away.

I am currently only offering online classes, unless you happen to live in Hackney! Lessons cancelled less than 24 hours before they are due to commence are charged in full, except for in exceptional personal circumstances.

Willing to travel: 1 miles

Experience: 12 GCSEs
Four A Levels
BA Hons, History, University of Cambridge 2017
(Incoming) MA, History of Political Thought, QMUL & UCL

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We have a total of 2 review(s) for James.

Pragnesh (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Very knowledgeable on the subject. Has good way of explaining things without patronising you. Friendly.

Susan (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

James is an excellent tutor. He makes time to ensure that he understands his pupil and the way that they best learn and then he teaches accordingly. He knows his topics really well and is really enthusiastic about them and passes that on to his pupils.

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