Andrew Dickinson - Private Tutor in South West London

 Andrew Dickinson Private Tutor in South West London

I have been a tutor since I began my undergraduate degree at Oxford in 2013. I graduated with the highest first class degree in English Language and Literature at my college, Christ Church. At Christ Church I was also an Academic Scholar and holder of a Gibbs Prize for achieving a Distinction in Preliminary Examinations and coming 10th in a year of 240 students. In 2016, I started a Masters degree in English Language and Literature at University College London, where I was awarded the Shakespeare and Rhetoric Prize by Professor Brian Vickers.

Throughout my time at Oxford and UCL, I have accumulated extensive experience tutoring privately for a range of abilities, from pre-test to university admissions, including undergraduate and postgraduate study. Although my main subject is English, I have a strong interest in other languages and arts. Having grown up in Paris with dual English/Italian nationality, I am a native speaker of English, Italian and French, and can speak conversational Spanish. My interest and ability in History of Art has lead me to teaching the subject for the General Paper of the Eton Oppidan Scholarship. I have a constant desire to learn, something which I feel is greatly helped by tutoring, and this is a passion I seek to instil in all my tutees.

Subjects I Teach

My Education & Qualifications

  • University College London, 20162017
    English Language and Literature (MA): awaiting final classification
  • University of Oxford, 20132016
    English Language and Literature (BA): 1st
  • School: Harrow School
    Harrow School is an independent boarding school for boys in the borough of Harrow, London. I was awarded an Academic Scholarship for the entirety of my five years at Harrow and received prizes in English and Theatre Studies. A Levels in Italian (A*), French (A), English Literature (A), Theatre Studies (A*); AS Levels in Spanish (A), Critical Thinking (A). GCSEs: 9 A*s.

My Tutoring & Teaching Experience

I have tutored a variety of subjects across Languages and the Arts, including English Language and Literature, French, Italian and History of Art (for the Eton Scholarship). My main strength resides in tutoring English Language and Literature, particularly for Oxbridge and university applications, as well as at Undergraduate and Masters level.

Over 100 hours of tutoring experience.

Tutored two students from a B to an A in English Literature A Level.

Tutored one student from a B to an A* in English Literature A Level.

Tutored two students into achieving offers from Magdalen College and Exeter College, Oxford, to study English Language and Literature.

My Approach to Tutoring

The most effective tutors, I believe, listen to their students and learn from them, ensuring that lessons are dialogues and not lectures. This approach is similar to the model of Oxbridge tutorials, in which students learn through formal conversations with tutors. This approach is particularly beneficial to the study of English, a discipline in which an original opinion about a literary text can always be expressed. To draw reluctant students into the study of English, I often use another subject: for example, using a student’s interest in the English Civil War to help their study of John Milton, or their passion for French in their study of T. S. Eliot.

Fun Facts About Me

Born in Northumberland to an Italian mother and a father part English, Russian and Dutch, I’ve lived most of my life either in Paris or London. I’m a keen actor, having acted in and directed several plays at Oxford. Though I don’t play anymore, I can read music and have basic piano skills, and I frequently go to listen to concerts. Visual art – especially painting, and particularly Impressionism – is one of my passions; fortunately, since moving to London, I’ve been able to spend a significant amount of time in the city’s museums. Sports-wise, I love running and any sport which involves a racquet (squash, tennis, badminton).

My Client Testimonials

  • English Literature A Level
    "Andrew, as a tutor, was extremely attentive and helpful. His insight and advice was invaluable and helped me to achieve an A* at A Level. Apart from this, his strengths were his passion for the topics and the way he inspired in me a love for English Literature."
  • Seminars in Modern Poetry for English MA (Masters)
    "I learnt more in Andrew's seminar on W. B. Yeats than I did in any other seminar run by the English Faculty."
  • Pre-test
    "My son has certainly made great progresses and we all acknowledge Andrew's contribution to his exams results."
  • Oxford Final Honour Schools in English Language and Literature
    "Andrew's dissertation (on James Joyce) would be a very strong essay in the Oxford Masters course, and is wholly remarkable coming from an undergraduate."

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