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Rebecca Felton A-level English Tutor (South West London)

Rebecca Felton

  • Balham (SW4) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Jan 2015
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Westminster
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Personal Message
I'm a Cambridge graduate and an experienced private tutor. I help ambitious students stand out from the crowd with insightful analysis, original arguments, and exceptional essays.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I conduct online sessions using Skype and over email to send detailed edits, commentaries and advice on essays.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach broadly across the Humanities, but I specialise in:

- Essay & Dissertation writing (argument construction, writing style, structure, grammar)
- Oxbridge interview preparation (trained interviewer with Oxbridge Interviews)
- English Language & Literature (GCSE - Masters)
- Religious Studies/ Philosophy (GCSE - Undergraduate)
- History (GCSE - Undergraduate)

I also teach many Law, Business, Sociology, Psychology, and Education Studies students at Undergraduate level, and I frequently work with professionals who have writing requirements, including Social Workers, Lawyers, PR and Marketing professionals and Psychologists. My parallel career as a Branding & Communications consultant for the last four years means I am able to draw on valuable commercial insights where necessary, which is often very valuable for professional students.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold the following academic qualifications:

English BA, 2:1; Christ's College, Cambridge University (EE offer)
3 A-levels: English, History, Art - all at A grade
4 AS-Levels: English, History, Art & RS - all at A grade (including 100% in RS)
10 GCSEs: 7 A*s, 3 As

I also received an unconditional offer to study English at Christ's College, Cambridge University.
What kind of experience do you have?
I've tutored students of all ages, requirements and capabilities. In the last four years I've gained over 1,000 hours of tutoring experience.

I am particularly experienced in:

- Students competing for an Oxbridge offer.
- Students who need that special something to stand out at interview.
- Students struggling with severe self-esteem and confidence issues.
- Students who struggle to get their ideas down on paper and need some fail-safe techniques for constructing essays and arguments under pressure.

I have experience with learning difficulties, especially dyslexia, which I have helped my brother to cope with through his studies for the last few years. To me, it just means having to find another way to approach the information and make it accessible.

Though I'm not formally qualified as TEFL teacher, I've had several foreign students who needed to learn both formal and conversational English from a very basic level of understanding.
How much do you charge?
My charges vary depending on subject/level - this is a flat charge that remains the same for individuals or groups of students. This cost is reflective of the skill, experience and commitment I bring to my students.

I also offer every new student a complimentary 30 minute session.

If travel is covered by my weekly railcard within zones 1 and 2, there will of course be no extra charge for travel, but if it is costly to reach a student I will ask for fare to be covered. If travel takes more than one hour I generally ask for a 20% fee for every hour charged.

Because I do my best to see as many students as possible, I have a 24 hour cancellation policy - if this is broken I will ask that a one hour fee is covered.
Where do you teach?
I live in Clapham, South West London, and I am happy to travel around central or South London as long as there is accessible transport. I teach in my flat, at students' homes, and in mutually convenient spaces e.g coffee shops, libraries etc.
When are you available?
I currently tutor full-time; I teach flexibly during the week and during the weekend. I try to work with as many students as possible.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students all ages ranging from 13+, from GCSE to Masters degrees and any other professional qualifications.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Undergraduate degrees
Masters degrees
Professional qualifications
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Oxbridge Interviews: a philanthropic organisation offering intensive practice Oxbridge interviews to students from all backgrounds and capabilities.
Tell me about some of your current students.
Imogen, 22: 3rd year English student at Edinburgh university. We've been working together for the last two years to help her overcome her panic attacks/anxiety over exams, and rebuild her confidence by improving her critical reading and essay technique, and reconnect her with her love of literature. After working together for 12 months, she was able to sit her 2nd year exams and is now completing her final year.

Helen, 18: Helen needed to raise her English A-Level grade from a predicted C to an A to fulfil her dream of studying at Oxford. She was sitting the challenging Cambridge English paper, which requires a much more rigorous style of working; we worked together intensively to develop her coursework, dramatically strengthen her writing skills, and study her texts from interesting new perspectives to create strong and original arguments. After our work together, she achieved an A and won her place at Oxford.

Tahsina, 18: A-Level History and RS

Mekaela, 17: AS-Level RS

Jack, 18: A-Level History
Do you have a personal message for students?
I help my students be the best they can be with a deeply supportive but rigorous learning experience.

As a Cambridge graduate, I understand the pressures students are facing and what it takes to suceed in this competitive academic environment. All my lessons are designed to help students get away from prescriptive rote-learning and instead start to grapple with the big ideas, dig deeper, and develop independent perspectives.

I use my unusual blend of academic and commercial experience to make learning relevant and engaging, using a wide variety of techniques and exam-ready frameworks. My parallel career as a writer and brand consultant for the last four years means I am able to draw links between academic theory and real-world insights, creating a fresh approach which is valuable for students looking for a more unusual route into learning.

As a trained interviewer for Oxbridge Interviews, I can also offer students rigorous Oxbridge interview preparation, as well as support for University entrance and professional roles.

Most of the time students have never had intensive help with their essay technique; I go through essays with students line by line so that they have absolute clarity on how they can improve. Variety is important - discussion is a great way to understand themes and build their arguments. It's about getting students interested in what they're studying again by putting them back in touch with the bigger picture - why it's important, what's fascinating about it, how it's still relevant today - and then giving them the tools and the confidence to build strong answers, underpinned by writing exercises, essay planning practice, and more visual aids like mind-mapping. Together, all these things should create a solid base of knowledge, good results and confident students.