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Hugh believes in a friendly and communicative approach to tuition; he feels that students should be completely comfortable with asking difficult questions and making demands on their tutors. Hugh encourage students to talk about their experiences of academic work and education in general, and is especially good at adapting his approach to address students’ strengths and weaknesses.  Hugh encourages students to think about their approaches to work in terms of organisation and method.  His lessons are both more conversational and more rigorous than work at school; he believes students achieve the best possible results when fully comfortable with their working environment. Hugh teaches English and History from KS1 to degree level, Religious Studies at GCSE and won the Religious Studies prize in his final year at Dulwich College, AS and A-level, and Maths and Science from KS1 to GCSE.

In his own words:

My experience as a teacher gave me a rigorous understanding of the current syllabuses at GCSE level from various boards. I went to Dulwich College with a scholarship and am particularly keen to help students through the 11+ entrance exam.

I think a particular strength of mine is working with students’ written expression. Since university, I’ve been involved in various academic pursuits (first an MA in Comparative Literature, and now in working towards a Phd in philosophy), which has kept me very much on my toes, and working so frequently with an essay format has given me an intuitive sense of the building blocks of good writing. I’m also a successful writer (one of four finalists for the recent Sylvia Beach short story prize in Paris) and always enjoy working with students’ creative expression.

I have a lot of experience in schools, too, from working with students with learning disabilities and behavioural problems at the Harris Girls Academy in East Dulwich, to teaching English and American Literature at a bilingual gymnasium in Slovakia. Both experiences have been important for me, letting me work with an enormous variety of students, and see very different approaches to education in action.

In my free time, I enjoy sport (increasingly only tennis, sadly), reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

TESTIMONIAL

“My son got a scholarship (we found out today), so we are very grateful for all Emmanuel did. My son really enjoyed the tutorials; they gave him confidence and polished his exam technique.”

TESTIMONIAL

Tom Fenton is a marvellous tutor, striking a perfect balance of erudition, encouragement, judicious pressure, kindness and humour. His work with my daughter produced stellar results in the form of three scholarships; I can’t recommend him too highly.