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Joshua

Joshua started teaching at the age of 15 in Ghana, and since then has taught both in England and abroad. Alongside tutoring, he works as a theatre director, working in the West End and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I teach: 
GCSE Drama & Theatre Studies, GCSE English, AS/A Level English
I also teach: 
Drama and Theatre Studies
Education: 
English with Creative Writing, First
University: 
Warwick University
Assessment: 
This tutor has been sourced and assessed by Keystone Tutors.
Experience: 

I have prepared students for the following exams
- A2 English (AQA - several)
- A2 Drama/Theatre Studies
- GCSE English (OCR, AQA)
- iGCSE English
- GCSE Drama
- International Baccalaureate English (Higher and Standard level)
- International Baccalaureate Theatre Studies (Higher and Standard level)
- Degree Level Theatre Studies

I started teaching abroad in Ghana at the age of 15, followed by trips as a volunteer to India and Nepal. Shortly afterwards I started teaching at secondary school as part of the Voluntary Service Unit with Valence School for the mentally disabled at the age of 17.

After graduating from University I began tutoring privately with Greater London Tutors and Holland Park Tuition, and more recently with Bonas Macfarlane. I also lead workshops with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and Nabokov Theatre regularly. I teach theatre studies at University Level. I was invited to lead a year long residency with the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick where I have been invited back as an educational practitioner. I occasionally teach at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham.

Biography: 

I grew up in Sussex, and went to school in Kent and Sussex at Vinehall Prep and Sevenoaks School, which I entered on a Scholarship. I've always been dedicated to the humanities, especially English.

I grew up in Sussex, and went to school in Kent and Sussex at Vinehall Prep and Sevenoaks School, which I entered on a Scholarship. I've always been dedicated to the humanities, especially English. I began publishing poetry in national journals at the age of 16, and began teaching at around the same time at Valence School for the mentally disabled. At Sevenoaks I got As and A*s for my GCSEs, graduating with 37 points at IB and a place at Warwick University to read English with Creative Writing. Whilst at Warwick I furthered a passion for theatre that now forms my main career. I also graduated with a first class degree.

Though I didn't want to become a full time professional teacher, teaching has been a significant part of my life since I was a young adult. From the age of 15 I have travelled and taught as a volunteer, in Ghana, Nepal and India. I now work as a theatre director with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe and in the West End. I'm in the happy situation of being able to fund my first love, theatre, with my second, English Literature education.

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Personal Approach: 

It's my view that enthusiasm and passion are at the heart of any student's success. A student will work hard at something they are interested in.

It's my view that enthusiasm and passion are at the heart of any student's success. A student will work hard at something they are interested in. Though this interest and enthusiasm might be of superficial importance in the face of a tough exam, it is the engine behind personal commitment, curiosity and hard work.

As a result my teaching style is always aimed at revealing to students how inspiring and fascinating novels, plays and poems can be. Pushing a student to work hard and see the benefits of their work is the best way to encourage enthusiasm for a subject. The more a student sees the fruit of their own work, and begins to see themselves as talented, the more they will enjoy the work.

Practically, I focus on essay technique, comprehensive observation and fluency at all times, while adapting the lessons themselves to suit the particular student. I consider myself a firm but fair teacher, with a great enthusiasm for students who show initiative.

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What I do when not tutoring: 

When I'm not tutoring I work as a theatre director. I've been working for the last two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and the West End. I have previously worked with Shakespeare's Globe, Soho Theatre, English Touring Theatre and several other companies.

When I'm not tutoring I work as a theatre director. I've been working for the last two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and the West End. I have previously worked with Shakespeare's Globe, Soho Theatre, English Touring Theatre and several other companies. These plays have taken be around the world to Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as Broadway and the West End. I read plays for Sonia Friedman Productions. For two years I was the Writers' Centre Associate at Soho Theatre. In the next few years I hope to become a permanent artistic associate within a theatre, see my own work go on international tour, and work with international theatre companies such as S.A.F.E Kenya.

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Testimonials: 

'Josh really helped Finlay with his GCSE english. Especially with essay structure. Finlay is quite under confident but really got along with Josh and found the experience really helpful'.
Mrs Wright

'Josh led a whole range of workshops and learning experiences with us here at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He's a gifted communicator and made the plays seem clear and enjoyable for the students who attended.'
Royal Shakespeare Company Education Department