Samuel is a UCL History graduate with an ESOL CELTA (EFL) teaching qualification. A book that Samuel has particularly enjoyed is titled ‘Notting Hill in Bygone Days’, written by Florence Gladstone.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE & APPROACH
Whilst at university Samuel acquired an ESOL CELTA Qualification, through which he taught 6 hours of assessed lessons to adult classes.
Upon leaving university in late 2015, he held a variety of teaching assistant and support roles in both mainstream and SEN schools.
In mid-2016 he moved to Jinan, China for one academic year to teach as an English teacher in a foreign language school. Here, he also assisted students with university entrance and TOEFL examinations.
Returning to the UK in 2017, he worked as a 1:1 learning support in a primary school for students with learning and behavioural difficulties, teaching phonics, literacy, numeracy, and basic skills across KS1/ KS2.
Since late 2017 he has taught as a private tutor, assisting students with History, English Language & Literature, EFL, and other subjects ad hoc (music, maths, reasoning), as well as with exams such as 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+, I(GCSE), Cambridge English, TOEFL, and IELTS.
In the summer of 2019 and 2021 he taught English with Oxford International, and since September 2019 has been teaching English for the online language school, Art of Learning.
As part of the Roundhouse residency programme in 2018/19, he volunteered to teach disadvantaged youth Music production software, and with Action Tutoring in 2020/21, he volunteered to teach English to disadvantaged teenagers. Finally, since early 2021 he has taught IELTS to adult refugees through the charity Refuaid.
After leaving university I worked in a variety of educational settings, improving my teaching skill set and becoming increasingly involved in one-to-one tuition. I disliked the inflexible approach of classroom teaching with an impersonal emphasis on class management and resonated more with smaller group tuition. Here, I could tailor lessons to an individual’s learning style and interests, creating engaging sessions which better helped students realise academic goals. I have helped students from KS1-KS4 with English and History and other subjects ad hoc, building up a thorough knowledge of key exams at each level, including 7+, 11+, 13+ and IGCSE/ GCSE, as well as IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English. My personable, empathetic personality best suits the tuition dynamic, as I view rapport as paramount to the learning process, and look to guide students through the subject and exam content, helping them to build confidence and leading them to excellent grades. This gives me a great sense of fulfilment and has encouraged me to pursue more experience in the field.
I have a great passion for the subjects I teach, having always been an avid reader and lover of language, as well as by forming a lasting interest in historical research whilst at university. The topics and texts covered across English and History are of interest to me personally, so I regularly conduct further research into them for my own curiosity. I communicate topics with passion, using enthusiastic discussion and debates to encourage students to formulate their own opinions and find enjoyment with the subject. Moreover, my creative pursuits have given me the ability to inspire young people in different ways, always looking to find an imaginative approach to the subject. I structure lessons in ways that will prevent learners from losing focus, for example by breaking lessons up into sections and interspersing learning with fun activities, audio/visual clips, engaging images, or quizzes.
“Sam has engaged with my son on all levels, a child who was once never interested in a subject now finds it interesting and is able to eloquently express his thoughts. Thank you!” – Mother of GCSE English Language & English Literature student
“My dyslexic daughter says: “Sam is very nice to work with. He helps studying become easier by simplifying all of our notes. He helps me get ahead of my work (he’s currently pre-reading her set text of An Inspector Calls with her right now). He’s very fun and friendly”. – Father of GCSE English Language & English Literature student
“Samuel was a great tutor, who helped my daughter with her English. He was careful to listen to her and gave feedback which she could clearly understand and act upon. I am very grateful for the help he has given us.” – Mother of Year 9 English Student
“Samuel was a wonderfully enthusiastic English tutor. He was quick to identify what my daughter needed and was engaging with the work he set. My daughter entered the exam with confidence and achieved a level 9s in her exams. I highly recommend Samuel as a tutor and am deeply thankful for his help.” – Mother of GCSE English Language & English Literature student