David Wilkinson - Professional Teacher in North London
I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and won an academic scholarship to Sherborne School at the age of 13. When I was 16 years old my family relocated to the United States, so I completed my secondary education at a competitive high school in the Houston area. After quickly adjusting to the American system, I achieved excellent results in my AP exams and SAT tests and received a place in the prestigious Plan II Honours program at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated a year early with high honours, a second major in History, and an undergraduate dissertation that was awarded special honours. I have experience tutoring for the SAT exam and experience teaching the American public school curriculum in the humanities. I specialize in preparing UK students wishing to transfer to the US, as well as in History, Government, and Politics at multiple levels including GCSE, A-Level, AP exam, and undergraduate courses.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
King's College London, 2017 – 2018
War Studies (MA): ongoing
University of Texas at Austin, 2013 – 2016
Plan II Honours; History (BA): High Honours
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I began tutoring during my final year at the University of Texas, where I tutored peers in a wide variety of subjects as an official employee of the university. After graduating I spent 6 months as a freelance tutor in the Houston area preparing students for the SAT exam. During this time I developed an effective coaching method designed to help students identify and address their weaknesses and improve their confidence.
I also spent one year teaching Texas History and Social Studies (history, geography, government, and economics) at the advanced level within the American public school system. I established a relaxed, respectful classroom atmosphere and set high expectations that yielded excellent results. Many of my students loved my class and were very sad to see me leave. During this time I also acted as an Assistant Coach to the Boys Athletics team, where I used my experience as a cross country and marathon runner to coach students in middle and long distance running.
Since returning to the UK, I have tutored students in A Level Government and Politics, GCSE English Language, and the SAT and ACT tests.
My Approach to Tutoring
My tutoring approach seeks to identify a student's weakest areas as quickly as possible then work systematically to improve those areas. My first session with a student will involve a short diagnostic test that I can use to get a sense of where they're at. After this, our sessions will be di-vided into learning key concepts, applying them to rigorous test ques-tions under time pressure, and discussing and practising good exam techniques. The ultimate aim of my tutoring approach is to increase not only a student's ability but also their confidence going into a test; I have found that this plays a huge role in achieving good results. I also work to establish a positive, professional relationship with my student in order to build a supportive, comfortable working environment.
Fun Facts About Me
I am a running and fitness enthusiast and can often be found racing across Hampstead Heath. I also like to keep up with current affairs, read, and watch classic films in my spare time.
My Client Testimonials
"[My son] was feeling overwhelmed by time pressure in his exams. David has really built up his confidence and time-management and his scores have risen because of it."
"David always arrives promptly and well-prepared. He has an energetic, disciplined manner that has really inspired my son."
A Level Government and Politics: Introduction to Political Ideologies
"Now I've got a much clearer picture of the concepts we covered in class. I definitely feel better going into this set of exams than the last ones."
Introduction to English Literature, 1st Year Undergraduate Course
"This subject has gotten so much easier now that I know how to break down what the question is asking. I didn't like this class at first but now I am kind of enjoying it."
"Thank you Mr. Wilkinson for making Texas History so much fun. Me and [my friend] will really miss this class!"
"Mr Wilkinson, thank you for teaching me so many things and for making history so interesting."