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Rufus

Rufus has tutoring experience ranging from the 13+ up to IB level. His teaching style focuses on making learning as fun as possible, by building strong relationships with his pupils.

I teach: 
11+ English, 11+ Maths, GCSE English, GCSE French, IB French
I also teach: 
English, French, Maths, Modern Languages, Oxbridge Preparation, Science (Up to 13+)
Education: 
French and Russian, II.i
University: 
University of Oxford
Assessment: 
This tutor has been sourced and assessed by Keystone Tutors.
Experience: 

- 13+ Common Entrance (English, French, Science, Maths, History, Latin, Geography)
- GCSE French (AQA)
- GCSE Russian (Edexcel)
- GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel)
- iGCSE English Language (CIE)
- iGCSE English Literature (CIE)
- GCSE English Literature (AQA)
- iGCSE French (CIE)
- IB French
- IB English

When I was still at school, I taught English to pre-school children twice a week. Since leaving school, I have had numerous tutoring jobs, mostly working through Oxford Educational Partnership. I have tutored English Literature and French to IB level to two students, who both achieved top grades and gained entrance to their first-choice universities (St. Andrews and Bristol). I have in turn tutored three students in all subjects for the Common Entrance 13 + exam, as well as tutoring two children in Mathematics, French and English at GCSE level, helping them to gain entrance to St. Edwards Oxford, Radley College and the Dragon School. Although I studied languages at university, I find explaining scientific questions and helping students find the answers equally as rewarding as tutoring them in the humanities. As I was a music scholar at school, some families have asked me to help teach their children piano and guitar. I enjoyed teaching my pupils music during our breaks from academic study - I got my grade 8 on the trumpet at the age of 12 and have not stopped playing since then!

Biography: 

I graduated from Oxford this Summer, taking a high II.i in Modern Languages. Prior to that, I was educated at Eton College, where I was an academic scholar. I was awarded 9 A* at GCSE and 3 A* at A level (French, Russian, English Literature).

I graduated from Oxford this Summer, taking a high II.i in Modern Languages. Prior to that, I was educated at Eton College, where I was an academic scholar. I was awarded 9 A* at GCSE and 3 A* at A level (French, Russian, English Literature).

Personal Approach: 

I have really enjoyed working with children as a tutor in the last few years. There is nothing more satisfying than helping a child who you can see has talent discover his or her own potential.

I have really enjoyed working with children as a tutor in the last few years. There is nothing more satisfying than helping a child who you can see has talent discover his or her own potential. My personal approach to tutoring has been to emphasise the fact that learning can be, and indeed should be, enjoyable for the student. Working as a 'study buddy' for OEP, I developed relationships that were less formal than a 'teacher-student' one but more formal than 'friendships' with younger students (5-12 years old). Such a rapport with one's students is almost always, in my experience, highly productive.

In my experience, the most productive lessons are those in which you manage to keep the child concentrated on and interested in the task at hand. All the lessons I give encourage activity on the student's part, with the express intent of circumventing a situation where the student is just passively listening to a tutor talk. Methods to encourage this range from physical movement (i.e moving places around a table - a physical manifestation of the lesson's temporal progression) to simple memory games.

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What I do when not tutoring: 

Outside of academia, I am a keen sportsman and was in school rugby, football and cricket teams. I'm currently training for my first 100km cycling sportive.

Outside of academia, I am a keen sportsman and was in school rugby, football and cricket teams. I'm currently training for my first 100km cycling sportive. In fact, I'm equally happy playing my guitar as being in the saddle, having spent a large amount of my time at boarding school playing in jazz bands as a music exhibitioner.

I'm now effectively on a 'year-out' between degrees, as I plan to start the GDL in October 2018. My long-term aim is to work as a barrister specialising in employment and personal injury law. I am currently volunteering at the Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Personal Support Unit, gaining valuable experience in the world of employment, family and housing law. I will begin studying the GDL in October 2018 in London, and the BPTC in October 2019, also in London. I can therefore commit at least 3 years to tutoring while studying for these degrees.

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