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Tom Secretan - Tutor in English Literature & Acting - Brockley, London

Tom Secretan A-level English Tutor (South East London)

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  • Brockley (SE4) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Aug 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification BA English (Cambridge University; Double First)
  • Professional Qualification MPhil Renaissance English Literature (Cambridge University); FDA Professional Acting (LAMDA)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Valid CRB / DRS
  • Professional Membership Equity Member
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I'm a supportive, encouraging, rigorous tutor with an MPhil in Renaissance English Literature from Cambridge, and 10 years' experience. I also trained as an English language teacher (CertTESOL) and have acted professionally.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
English Literature, English Language, English, Poetry Analysis, Drama, Acting, Drama School Auditions, LAMDA Exams, RADA exams, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Interview Technique. I also proofread and teach essay-writing skills.
Tell me about your qualifications.

M.Phil. Renaissance English Literature, 2006-07, Cambridge University

B.A. English, 2003-06, Cambridge University (Class: Double First)

A-Levels: English Literature (A), History (A), German (A)


B.A. Professional Acting, 2008-10 LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)

Trinity College London CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language), 2007

ECB Level 1 Cricket Coaching Certificate
What kind of experience do you have?

Freelance tutoring since 2007. Extensive experience over 10 years, at all levels and with all exam boards. As well as English Literature, I have also tutored numerous students in English language, Creative Writing and Acting.


For Pembroke College Cambridge International Programmes Deptartment:

Lecturer and seminar leader, 'Shakespeare and the English Renaissance Stage', University of California Summer School 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

English Language Instructor, Waseda University Extension Course, 2009

Assistant Course Director, University of Southern California Creative Writing Progrmme 2008

Tutor in Creative Writing (teaching undergraduates from the Universities of Harvard, Yale and Berkeley)

English Language Teacher, Nihon University Easter Course 2008


For BBC Television: 'Doctors', 'The Last Heroes of D-Day', 'The Village'
For the Royal Shakespeare Company: 'Taming of the Shrew', dir. Lucy Bailey, 2012
Numerous other roles in professional theatre at The Watermill, BAC, Royal Lyceum, Watford Palace Theatre, Wilton's Music Hall, JW3.
How much do you charge?
£50 - £60 per hour. Travel expenses if outside of inner London.
Where do you teach?
I'm centrally located, in Zone 2, five minutes' walk from Brockley station or ten from Nunhead, so I can reach many parts of London easily. I teach at my students' homes, or at my home, at the British Library, the Southbank Centre or in a cafe if it is quiet enough.

I teach in Central, South, South-East, East, North, North-East, North-West, South-West and West London.

My neighbouring areas are Lewisham, Brockley, Nunhead, Peckham, Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Ladywell, Crystal Palace, Rotherhithe, Canary Wharf, New Cross, Telegraph Hill, Hilly Fields, New Cross Gate, Victoria, Elephant and Castle, Lambeth, Kennington, but I can also happily travel further afield.
When are you available?
Every day besides Saturday, daytime and evening.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
GCSE & IGCSE, A-level, Oxbridge ELAT and Undergraduate Degree level; IB Diploma Level; teenagers and adults. All exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, Pearson, Cambridge CIE, OCR, WJEC.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
BA English, Oxbridge Entrance, ELAT, A-Level, iGCSE, GCSE, IB Diploma, LAMDA Exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype (or FaceTime) in combination with Google Docs (which is free and easily accessible) to create a virtual classroom complete with virtual whiteboard. Google Docs is great because it allows both me and the student to view, highlight and amend documents simultaneously, whether it's a poem we're studying together, a digital copy of a play or an essay the student has written for me. It's particularly useful for teaching the student how to correct and improve their own writing as it allows changes to be made and removed at the touch of a button while I supervise and offer advice or suggestions. I can see everything they do on the page just as if I were sitting there with them. I have never known a student to express dissatisfaction with this method once they have tried it.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Where and with whom did you train?
King's College, Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Language Specialists International, Berlin
Tell me about some of your current students.
I'm currently tutoring...

Two IB English Literature A HL students.

Several GCSE students working on different exam boards: WJEC, Pearson / Edexcel, AQA, CIE / Cambridge. Set texts include Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, Of Mice and Men, Othello, Stories of Ourselves, Songs of Ourselves and Unseen Poetry as well as English Language.

One Undergraduate Business student, whom I am helping with his Personal Statements for application to Harvard, Yale, Stanford and U.Penn.

Two A-Level English Students and one Pre-U Oxbridge ELAT hopeful.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I'm friendly, nurturing, rigorous and full of encouragement for my students. My aim is to enable you to achieve your goals and to give you confidence in your own abilities.

I tutor for several London agencies who will charge you £90+ per hour of tuition with me, so you can save yourself a lot of money by contacting me directly through the Tutor Pages.