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 years of experience tutoring for the SAT and ACT exams and experience teaching the American public school curriculum in the humanities. I specialize in preparing international students wishing to attend university in the United States.
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 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.
Since returning to the UK, I have specialised in tutoring international students to take the SAT and ACT tests. I have developed an informal curriculum of topics that can be obstacles to students who haven't gone through the American school system, and I've had great success acclimatising students to the 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."
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."
"Thank you Mr. Wilkinson for making Texas History so much fun. Me and [my friend] will really miss this class!"
"I just want to let you know that the SATs went well for me yesterday. Nothing tripped me up. Thank you very much for the hours of tutoring. They certainly helped me a lot."
"Well I took the SAT yesterday and it was actually really fun. There were specific questions where I knew I wouldn’t have been able to do them if I hadn’t done that prep with you."
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