The University of Birmingham
Pass (w/minor cor.) (2020)
King`s College London (University of London)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
English Language and Literature
King`s College School, Wimbledon
King`s College School, WImbledon
King`s College School, Wimbledon
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Information about Tai
I have been tutoring for over ten years and am highly experienced at all levels from primary to A-level. I went to King`s College School in Wimbledon before reading English at Oxford. I subsequently trained as an actor at one of the top drama schools (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) before gaining an MA in Philosophy at King`s College London. I have just completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Birmingham with a thesis on the work of the late philosopher and sociologist Bernard Stiegler (concerning the fate of aesthetic performance in the time of digital media) which I am now developing for book publication.
I have a patient, flexible and fun approach to tutoring ensuring my lessons are individually suited to my students` needs. I work with parents to ensure that there is a clear dialogue about progress, work needed and homework set. I believe education is about teaching and learning good questions to ask, not merely correct answers to give.
I specialise in English, Philosophy, Sociology and Drama at GCSE and A-Level. I am also extremely experienced in 7-11+ admissions to both independent and grammar schools (covering all aspects: English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and interview practice).
I have prepared students for successful entrance to several top independent and state schools including:
City of London (11+ [x2])
City of London Freemens (11+)
Dulwich College (11+ [x2])
Emanuel (11+ - academic scholarship)
Epsom College (11+ [x2])
Francis Holland (11+)
Godolphin and Latymer (11+)
Haberdashers` Aske`s Boys (11+ - academic scholarship)
Hampton (10+, 11+ [x4] and 13+)
Harrodian (11+ [x2])
Ibstock Place (11+)
King`s College School Wimbledon (7+, 8+, 11+ [x2] and 13+ - academic scholarship)
Latymer Upper (11+)
Marymount International (11+)
Merchant Taylors` School (11+)
Notre Dame (11+)
Putney High (11+)
Reed`s (11+ [x2])
Reigate Grammar School (11+ [x2] - both academic scholarships)
St John`s Leatherhead (11+ [x3])
St Paul`s (7+ and 11+ [x2])
Sutton Grammar (11+)
Sutton High (11+)
Tiffin (11+ [x3])
Welton College (13+)
Westminster (7+, 8+ and 11+ [x3])
Whitgift (11+ [x2] and 13+)
Between 2008-2013 I was also a performer with and Artistic Director of an improvised theatre company, The Improsarios, and have taught drama and improvisation at the Actors Centre in London, Emanuel School in Battersea and Middlesex University.
Previous student comments:
`Fantastic tutoring by Tai enabled my son to achieve top marks in his English Literature IGCSE.` - Anne
`Tai offered invaluable help and advice to my both my son and daughter through the 11 plus process. He developed their confidence in areas that needed consolidating and offered them practical tips and advice for interview. The sessions were always fun and both children looked forward to them. The lessons looked beyond the process too and were always intellectually stimulating.` - Alex
`My son`s confidence had slowly deteriorated over a period of two years in both English Language and Literature. Within two months, before the 2016 IGCSE exams, Tai patiently and skilfully built up my son`s confidence by going through past papers, showing him different techniques to answer questions and planning literature essays.` - Manisha
`My daughter went from an unclassified to an A in English language within 6 months - she really liked Tai and the way he explained everything and gently encouraged her. She is quite shy and does not like speaking out loud in class but her confidence grew as a result of one to one tutoring.` - Caroline
`Tai`s tutoring was invaluable as I prepared for my English Literature AS Level. His approach to tutoring made every lesson fascinating and thought-provoking with his help, I was able to get an A.` - Lara
`An outstanding tutor. Tai spent around 2 months tutoring my son so that he was prepped and able for his 11+ exams. He was patient and very clear when giving guidance and more importantly he was very encouraging when my son doubted himself. My son passed with flying colours and went in confident and fully prepared.` - Charlotte
`Tai has been an incredible help over the last few months. I highly recommend him to anyone studying English, I would have never felt so confident in Literature without his help!` - Georgina
PhD in Sociology - University of Birmingham, Pass (with minor corrections)
MA in Philosophy - King`s College London, Merit
BA in Acting - Guidhall School of Music and Drama, 2:1
BA in English Language and Literature - Oxford University, 2: 1
Scholar at St Hugh`s College, Oxford
Head Boy, King`s College Junior School, Wimbledon
Associate of King`s College London (AKC)
A-Level (King`s College School, Wimbledon):
Ancient Greek - A
English - A
Latin - A
AS-Level (King`s College School, Wimbledon):
Ancient Greek - A
English - A
Latin - A
Music - A
GCSE (King`s College School, Wimbledon):
Ancient Greek - A*
English Language - A
English Literature - A *
French - A*
Latin - A*
Maths - A
Music - A*
Science (Double Award) - A* A*
Availability: I have availability throughout the week both in the day and in the evenings.
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Experience: I have over ten years experience of one-to-one tutoring at a range of levels both in person and online.
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Feedback For Tai (18)
Excellent tutor! I dont have to say much. From 6 at mock exam to 9 at actual GCSE, only in 3 months time!!
We reached out to Dr Tai in the beginning of Y6 as we felt that our child (who was already a keen reader and creative writer) would benefit from additional support in English for SW London 11+ exams. We arranged for weekly lessons with additional sessions during October half-term. We could not be happier with Dr Tais contribution to our child`s exam preparations. Dr Tai helped with exam technique on the comprehension questions and provided great tips for improvement on the writing tasks. He tailored homework and focus for each lesson based on the format of the upcoming 11+ exam (multiple choice, type of writing, etc). We felt our child was very well prepared and was awarded an academic scholarship at his top choice school. Thank you Dr Tai!
Great tutoring for Maths, would highly recommend.
Tai is a calm and thoughtful tutor who really cares about his students. We would highly recommend him!
Tai has tutored my son for his 11+ exams over the last year or so and we have just received offers for our top 3 schools, which far exceeded our expectations - I have no doubt that Tai played a massive part in this! Entrance exams aside, Tai has really helped to solidify my sons knowledge and accuracy in both maths and English, which has helped with his confidence at school enormously. I would highly recommend Tai as a tutor and I very much hope Tai will be able to work with our younger children too when the time comes.
Great tutor and very engaging with my child.
Over the last year, we have been very fortunate to have Tai tutoring our son for his 11+ exams. With his calm, friendly and diligent approach, Tai has not only helped our son develop his skills in both English and Mathematics, but has also improved his levels of concentration, self-confidence and attention to detail. Our son thoroughly enjoyed Tai`s lessons and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an 11+ tutor.
Amazingly friendly and a very thorough and immersive approach to tutoring. My son has improved his comprehension skills immensely in just a month.
Tai has recently started tutoring my son for his 11 plus exams. He is friendly and very engaging and my son actually enjoys his lessons (which hasn`t happened with past tutors). He has provided helpful tips and advice in preparing my son for the exams and is slowly helping to build his confidence. I only wish we had started with Tai sooner!
Dr Tai is absolutely outstanding. He clearly knows what he is teaching and very knowledgeable. I was amazed at how he interacts so well with my son and makes English totally enjoyable to learn. My son cannot wait for each session. Thank you Dr Tai.
My son 6 years old had 2 lessons with teacher Tai and we will keep the tutoring once a week. He is helping my special need son on English especially on the area of reading comprehension and creative writing. He was very patient and and encouraging to help building confident on my son for his writing and telling a story. He keeps observing my son to see what approach works best for him. He is incorporating between words and pictures as one technique when helping my son to create a story. I was impressed my son can create a short story under his guidance and enjoyed the lessons with him. He is vert punctual every time and responsive when I have any questions to ask. I feel very comfortable to let my son under his tutoring.
Very good, would highly recommend Tai.
Great tutor. He is always focused on the student`s understanding. He is always prepared for the lessons and guides us, sending the material ahead and checking the homework afterwards.
My 9-year old son has had 5 sessions with Tai so far. Tai sets high standards, both in outcomes and concentration. He is knowledgeable and well-prepared and focusses on getting my son to use what he knows to work out the answers rather than just cramming in information.
James has really valued having Tai as a tutor - fingers crossed we`ll get some good results! We look forward to having Tai again to help our son with his `A Levels` next year. Thank you.
He is excellent tutor with good understanding of what our child need, provide good homework to tackle and advice.
Tai is a great GCSE English tutor for my son. Im very happy with the progress that is being made.
Tai is very patient and knows the subject well.
No issues with Tai, polite and very understanding with my 2 boys.. Would highly recommend