Gavin F - tutor  

Gavin F
Tutor in Tooting Bec, South West London

£48.00 per hour

4.2
(9 reviews)
(9 reviews)
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About Gavin

A dedicated and enthusiastic professional tutor

*Due to demand, I do not advertise my availability. Please send me a message and I will respond promptly. Thank you.*

I am an empathetic and enthusiastic professional tutor with over 900 hours of experience. Parents have consistently commented on my ability to inspire and build excellent rapport with their children. In all my tutorials, I endeavour to cultivate the untapped potential that is can be difficult to unlock in the very formal and hierarchical school environment. What is more, my experiences as a tutor and observations in schools have also given me a strong insight into how to develop a form of pedagogy that is congenial to tutorials but not irreconcilable with classroom teaching.

Tutoring Testimonials

“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.” (13+ and 11+ Tuition)

“Gavin was perfect and I would definitely recommend him. R. has said that he teaches better methods than he learns at school, and he has really gained confidence. R.s words were that Gavin was very informative and helpful. R. enjoyed the classes, and I noticed a huge improvement in Raul in a short time. Gavin communicated via email and Whatsapp with me and R.’s tutor in Malaysia so even before class he had an idea about R.’s personality, strengths and weaknesses; I felt that was excellent” (8+ Tuition)

“Gavin was a great tutor and managed to engage Laurence well and encourage him beyond his age bracket. Laurence wrote a lovely note for Gavin’s last session and did ask if he would see Gavin again so suffice to say I think he enjoyed the tutoring. We would highly recommend Gavin and should we need tuition in future we would be happy to have Gavin again. Gavin was a great role model for Laurence who is much more confident about writing and in his maths.” (7+ Tuition)

"F's mother was really pleased and remarked that everything went well… F. was very positive and said Gavin was helpful” (ISEB Pre-Test)

“Gavin is perfect for J. in every way and we are all making progress with Gavin's help towards getting J. to where he needs to be academically.... I met with J.’s teacher’s yesterday. She said how much his writing had come along! I read a sample too and I must say, the thinking has vastly improved. Many thanks!” (Year 6 Primary Tuition)

“O. really enjoyed the session with Gavin who was far more inspiring than his current teacher!” (13+ History)

“Gavin is a very organised tutor and very determined to get results. He is patient and always brings new ideas when teaching my daughter.” (A-Level English Literature and History)

“J. is really enjoying things, and they’ve been very impressed with you – good work!” (Year 3 English and Maths)

“J. says your sessions are really helping him - thank you!” (Year 11 IGCSE English Literature)

“D. thoroughly enjoyed it. Gavin is a nice gentleman who always knows exactly what he’s talking about, and there were never any problems” (Year 6 Primary Tuition)

“Gavin gave a very good lesson, with some nice prepared worksheets. There were plenty of exercises and a good amount of input from J. Gavin was very friendly and conversational, communicated clearly and made nice use of hints to elicit answers from J. instead of outright giving him the answer. Overall a great lesson!” (An observed tutorial)

"Gavin has recently taken part in the Future Frontiers programme, during which he was responsible for delivering 8 career coaching sessions to a Year 10 student at a school in South West London. As team leader, I worked closely with Gavin and observed his sessions. He built very good rapport with his assigned student right from the beginning. He attended every session and gave the student valuable advice on his career choices and academic performance. During the last two weeks of the programme, Gavin was required to book two interviews with professionals of his student's top two career choices. He handled this task brilliantly and delivered the sessions as expected. Overall, his student, myself and Future Frontiers were pleased with Gavin's performance as a coach. I would recommend him without hesitation." (Tutoring in careers advice with a Teach First sponsored charity)

"He is very interactive and passionate about English." (Tutorfair interview of Year 9 Lambeth Academy students)


Below is a summary of my tutoring work at different levels:

Entrance Examinations

 7+ & 11+ - I have or am currently preparing students for the following independent and grammar schools: City of London School, Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Emanuel School, Hampton School, Highgate School, John Lyon’s School, King’s College School Wimbledon, St. Paul’s School, Sutton Grammar School, Tiffin School, Trinity School, University College School, Wallington County Grammar School, Westminster School, Whitgift School, Wilson’s School and Wycombe Abbey. In addition, I have experience preparing Year 6 students for the Independent School Examination’s Board Pre-Test in order to qualify for independent schools at 13+.

 13+ - I have helped a student gain an offer from Royal Russell School and St. Dunstan’s College. Currently, I am preparing students for Dulwich College, Alleyn’s School and Whitgift School. In addition, I have experience preparing students for the ISEB Common Entrance exam in History.


Public Examinations

 GCSE/IGCSE – I have tutored numerous students for English Language, English Literature and History. My experience has covered both the Edexcel and CIE exam boards. One student was recently given a Senior School Award for his ‘excellent analysis’ in History and another obtained an A* and A in his English Language and Literature exams.

 A-Level – Tutored students in English Literature, History and Politics for various exam boards. I also provided guidance on a personal statement for Law and the student was subsequently granted an offer by LSE.

General Tuition

 Key Stage 2 – I have tutored numerous students at this level with varying tuition goals. One, for instance, was working in preparation for their admission to a preparatory school, whilst another student was tutored predominantly in Mathematics but predominantly in English in order to raise their confidence in preparation for Year 5 by making English enjoyable and inspirational. At this level, I have also gained experience in developing strategies for teaching pupils with learning difficulties such Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

 Key Stage 3 – Worked as a tutor on a pro-bono basis for a comprehensive school on their scholars’ programme by proving extra English tuition to their ablest students. I have also helped students to demonstrate notable improve in their English compositions.
Hourly rate: £48.00
Type of tutoring: In-person
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Reviews and References

4.2
(9 reviews)
(9 reviews)

Gavin was an asset to the organisation

Written by Molly A
The following serves as a reference for Gavin, who I managed in his role as a Team Up Tutor.

Gavin was an asset to the organisation, bringing exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to his work and displaying it through the course of his school placement, tutoring English to a group of Y9 pupils.

As someone currently studying for a PGCE Secondary English at the University of Cambridge, I recommend Gavin without any reservation and I am sure he will help any person to the best of his ability.

Subject:
English
Outcome:
Improved the English skills of a group of students.

Reference for G Fiddler

Written by Nikolaus W
Gavin studied full-time for a BA in History at Birkbeck, University of London, graduating in 2014. He performed extremely well through his degree course, and was a pleasure to teach. He is a bright and analytical student, who was always well-prepared, courteous and fully engaged in seminars. His written work, meanwhile, was very well composed, clear and coherent. His strong research skills also came through in his dissertation, where he gained a very high mark of 75. In short, Gavin is an excellent historian, with great communication skills, and will make for an outstanding tutor.
Subject:
History
Outcome:
First Class Honours Degree

Action Tutoring - volunteer tutor (Autumn '15)

Written by Rachel B
Gavin tutored English (Year 10) with us at St Gabriels College in Oval. He arrived at every tutoring session on time and well-prepared. In his initial session he took the time to chat to his pupil and get to know him, building good rapport and assessing his confidence and level of ability. He is friendly and approachable, has good subject knowledge, and there is no reason for him not to work with children - there have been no disciplinary issues.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
Gavin's pupil gained confidence in his written and spoken English.

Loud, condescending

Written by Mandy S
We gave him a chance but sadly it didn't work out. Gavin was too loud and had a tendency to make his tutee lack in confidence and was found to be condescending.

Gavin never provided praise but loved to talk about what he knew.

After three lessons he decided to increase his rate because other tutors were earning more than him!
Subject:
History (A-Level)
Outcome:
We mutually parted ways.

Organised and Patient tutor

Written by Bahar C
Gavin is a very organised tutor and very determined to get results. He is patient and always brings new ideas when teaching my daughter. Also he had helped her with her History coursework. I would recommend him as a tutor.
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Outcome:
Improved her skills in English and History.

A dedicated tutor and aspiring teacher

Written by Mike B
Gavin tutored small groups of GCSE students to help raise their attainment in English literature and language.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
The pupils made demonstrable improvement in their ability to answer English GCSE writing questions and built a good rapport with Gavin.

Written by Antonio B
Personally I didn't like him at all!
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)

English Literature GCSE

Written by Melissa E
Gavin helped my son with past GCSE papers .
Subject:
English Literature (GCSE)
Outcome:
My son got on well with Gavin and he helped him to organize ideas.

Gavin Fiddler

Written by Stephanie M
Gavin has recently taken part in the Future Frontiers programme, during which he was responsible for delivering 8 career coaching sessions to a Year 10 student at a school in South West London.

As team leader, I worked closely with Gavin and observed his sessions. He built very good rapport with his assigned student right from the beginning. He attended every session and gave the student valuable advice on his career choices and academic performance.
During the last two weeks of the programme, Gavin was required to book two interviews with professionals of his student's top two career choices. He handled this task brilliantly and delivered the sessions as expected.

Overall, his student, myself and Future Frontiers were pleased with Gavin's performance as a coach. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Subject:
Careers Services
Outcome:
Gavin successfully delivered all sessions on the programme.
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Education and Qualifications

University

Birkbeck, University of London
BA History
First Class Honours
University of Cambridge
MPhil Modern European History

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