I am a very experienced and successful tutor of English and Maths. I was an English and Drama teacher for 10 years, latterly as Head of Department. I have worked in educational and children`s television since then, as a producer, director and writer. I have made over 500 programmes for broadcast on the BBC, Channel 4, and around the world, winning numerous educational awards in the UK and internationally.
I help children and young people learn through motivating them and building their confidence. I aim to make learning thorough, clear, enjoyable and inspirational, and to make obscure things interesting, complex things simple, and dull things entertaining. Learning should be purposeful and fun.
I am currently tutoring seventeen students, some in maths, some in English and some in both subjects. They range in age from eleven to seventeen. I have also taught younger and adult students.
From KS3 to A level in English, History, Theatre Studies and Media Studies
From KS3 to GCSE in Maths.
I am married with two children, one recently graduated from London University, the other studying at a college for students with autism and learning difficulties.
Here are some reviews from students and parents:
I honestly cannot praise Chris enough. Not only did he spark my enthusiasm in English but he also did the impossible in raising me from E grade essays throughout the year to one of the highest A grades in my year in my final AS exam. Throughout the year I have known Chris he has always gone way above and beyond, helping my coursework throughout my second year and always responding to emails and questions that I have had. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for Chris`s coaching and patience as without his tutoring there would have been no way I would have passed English, and therefore not continued onto University. I am very thankful that I came across Chris and cannot over estimate how much he has helped me achieve, far beyond what I had hoped to achieve.
PR, Beare Green, A level English Language and Literature
We have a lot to thank Chris for. We met with him after our son had been school refusing for a long period of time. We had previous tutors which our son had not engaged well with and then he met Chris. His ability to engage our son was fantastic to the point that he was excited about education again. I only wish we had found him sooner! Thank you!
AK, South Holmwood: GCSE Maths
Chris has been an outstanding tutor. As a result of Chriss tutoring, I have been able to boost my English Language GCSE grade from a low B to a high A and have become a lot more comfortable with constructing longer pieces of writing. I was having real difficulty in approaching exam questions and knowing how to apply the correct exam technique but Chris helped me to overcome all these problems and most importantly made learning English very enjoyable! Thank you so much for all the help and guidance he gave me it really paid off!
GB, Dorking, GCSE English Language
Chris is brilliant. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for extra tuition.
TS, Brockham: GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths
Having been let down by another tutor, we came to Chris in January before the June English language and English literature IGCSE exams. He immediately put together a plan to work with my son through the necessary material. He was exceptionally reliable in that I don`t think we ever had to reschedule flexible in that he was willing to meet over the half-term breaks and effective in that my son achieved A*s in his exams by understanding the texts and learning how to write about them for the exam. More important, however, is that Chris is able to talk to a teenage boy about the topics covered in the texts in a way that helps him to understand more about himself as well as the literature. Books, poems, and plays are about who we are as humans, and Chris takes his tutorials out of the mundane realm of exam preparation into the boundless universe of mature discussion of all that literature communicates.
JK, Box Hill: IGCSE English Language and Literature
Very friendly and made me feel comfortable to ask any questions! Chris definitely helped my confidence when it came to essay writing and structure. He introduced lots of different ways to interpret the texts I was studying at college in a lot more depth. I struggled a lot in my two years at college and if I`m honest Chris taught me more in 4 months than my college did in 2 years. Would definitely recommend to anyone that struggles with English!
EC, Horsham: English Language and Literature A Level
Without doubt, I am incredibly grateful for Chris`s English tutoring over the last year. With regards to my personal background, I believe I was an A or B grade English student, as it was the GCSE I felt I was struggling at most. However, Chris has helped me immensely with both English Language and Literature, offering an excellent balance of technical expertise, patience and support. He quickly understood what I required, and helped target my weaknesses with both practice papers and technical work. His good humour is what I believe to be a defining factor to his teaching excellence, since it allowed me to be instantly comfortable with him. I genuinely owe Chris a lot and I believe he is a leading factor to my final A*s in both English exams. I cannot recommend Chris highly enough and I would like to thank him dearly for his support.
KR, Surrey, IGCSE English Language and Literature
I contacted Chris because my son was struggling with his Maths and he was taking his GCSE in June. He needed someone to spend time with him to understand what his challenges were and to then explain and coach in a way he understood. Chris delivered this and more. He not only gave my son the technical knowledge on the areas he found difficult he showed him he was capable and built his confidence no end. He even went through how to approach the exam which proved invaluable on the day!
Chris came to our rescue at very short notice and really did put himself out and made sure my son had as much time as he could with him before his GCSE which showed Chris really cares about his students and that was very important to me.
I can`t recommend Chris highly enough, he obviously knows his subjects and understands how to engage with students.
TB, Horsham: GCSE Maths
Availability: Monday to Thursday during school/college day.
Willing to travel: Home Only
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