James studied at Eton College and the University of Edinburgh and has been teaching English for 15 years. His expertise lies in English Literature, Language and EFL, including IELTS preparation.
When I’m not teaching, James very much enjoys playing sport (particularly rugby, football, cricket, tennis, squash, sailing and golf), painting, watching films, reading books, and going to the theatre.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH
James has taught English Literature and Language for 15 years, including 6 years at an independent secondary school in Oxford. He is CELTA qualified, with over 5000 hours’ experience teaching English as a Foreign Language and IELTS.
James has helped hundreds of students to achieve the best possible grades in their English GCSE exams, and many students at 11+, 13+, 16+ level (including interview) to receive offers from schools such as Westminster, Winchester, St Paul’s, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies, City of London, among others. His IELTS students have a 100% record of gaining the required score to enter their first choice university.
James’ approach to teaching is positive, encouraging and patient – his lessons are fun, enjoyable and dynamic, with a big emphasis on building confidence and resilience. In addition to tutoring, James has mentored students who have, for various reasons, needed extra help and support, and has a great deal of experience teaching students with SEN.