As a published novelist and academic, Dr. Oliver Harris brings passion and experience to his tutoring, recognising that students need a combination of confidence-building and inspiration. It is his firm belief that tutorial sessions can be fun, and he has a proven track record of enabling both GCSE and A-level students who have hit an obstacle, raising grades as a result. This includes experience teaching students with a range of Special Educational Needs. From his work as a professional writer he brings an understanding of essay structure and style – the tools with which a student can express themselves and impress examiners.
He studied at University College School in Hampstead, receiving three A’s in A-levels. He received a first-class degree in English literature from UCL. After MAs in Shakespeare (distinction) and Creative Writing, his PhD on Greek myth and psychoanalysis was passed without corrections.
Having worked as a Film and TV extra, university teacher and bookseller, he now devotes most of his time to a career as a published novelist (his work has been translated into seven languages) and contributes regularly to the Times Literary Supplement.
“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.”
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.