Gavin’s experiences as a tutor and in the classroom have given him a strong insight into how to develop a form of pedagogy that is congenial to tutorials but not irreconcilable with classroom teaching.
In Gavin’s own words, “School was never easy for me having been diagnosed with dyspraxia and at a time when learning difficulties were less understood. However, it gave me an unusual amount of determination which I hope to impart to my tutees. It is easy to believe that natural talent bars many from high academic achievement but my academic studies have taught me to never underestimate how far effort can take us – you would be very surprised! At Dulwich College, my grades in English were mediocre for the first few years but by Year 13 my exam answers were used by the English Department as exemplars.”
Gavin is particularly interested in preparing students for his old school, or the other foundation schools of Edward Alleyn (Alleyn’s and JAGS) at 7+, 11+ and 13+. In addition, he is particularly well placed to teach Modern History at all levels having studied it as an undergraduate, postgraduate and PGCE level. He is currently tutoring students from KS1 to Pre-U and his students have received offers from the following schools: Alleyn’s School, City of London Boys’ School, City of London Girls’ School, Dulwich College, Epsom College, Emanuel School, Forest School, Godolphin and Latymer School, Ibstock Place, James Allen’s Girls School, Latymer Upper School, Mill Hill School, Putney High School, St Paul’s School, Streatham High and Clapham High School, Trinity School, University College School, Westminster School, and Whitgift School. In addition, I have extensive experience preparing Year 6 students for the Independent Schools Examinations Board Pre-Test.
Outside of tutoring, Gavin is a keen amateur performer, poet, avid guitarist and a great fan of film and Chinese martial arts. He says, “As part of my commitment to learning languages, I attended a French immersion school near Nice and someday hope to teach this language!”
“Having been predicted a C at GCSE by a previous teacher, Gavin, along with a new teacher, helped me to achieve an A* (Edexcel board). Gavin was very supportive and understanding: he gave me detailed knowledge that helped build a better understanding overall. He was kind, patient and helped me greatly with exam technique. Thank you so much Gavin.”
“Thanks for recommending Gavin. He was a fantastic tutor for both my kids. His calm approach was certainly appreciated by both, and I have no doubt that the work they did with him has been of great benefit. Gavin is very personable and easy to have in the house and the kids seemed to be very happy in his company, which is key.”
“Gavin was a great help to me. An invaluable help in organizing and sorting through the truly intimidating amounts of research and information required for A-Level History. Without him, I may not have gotten into my first choice university. I highly recommend his services.”
“Gavin is dedicated, supportive and organised. He had prepared his lessons, all linked to the specific History A level the school were teaching. He looked through school work and identified what needed to be addressed. He helped our son to focus on specific ways in which he could improve in his essay writing and studies. He also recommended further readings linked to the periods of history he was studying for his A level. We saw a clear and consistent improvement in our son’s marks. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gavin to anyone else for tutoring in History.”