James L - tutor  

James L
Tutor in Notting Hill, West London

£30.00 per hour

(8 reviews)
(8 reviews)
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About James

Highly qualified and experienced, friendly, dedicated tutor


· I am a highly qualified and experienced tutor, specialising in Psychology, English Literature, and English Language.

· I have excellent feedback and references (e.g. see below).

· I have had excellent results with my students.

· I am able to tutor students of all ages and abilities.

· I tutor in person and online.

· I achieved A*s and As at GCSE (A*s in English Language, English Literature, Science (double award), and History, As in Maths, French, Art and Design, and Drama), and straight As at A-level when A was the highest grade possible (Psychology, English Literature and History).

· I have a BA, an MA and a PhD in English Literature, as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching.

· I am passionate about teaching, friendly, patient, knowledgeable, and dedicated.

· In my lessons, I will tailor my teaching to your specific needs, and you are always free to ask any questions.

· I tutor students who are working towards specific exams, and also those who want to learn with no exams involved.

· I am very good at helping students with:

· Revision techniques
· Exam technique
· Essay writing

· I am good at explaining things clearly.

· I always aim to tailor my teaching to best prepare students for their assessment, be it examination or coursework, whilst simultaneously aiming to communicate and cultivate a general love for the subject, and learning in general.

· I will do everything I can to help my students achieve their potential.


· Experience: I am a full-time professional tutor with four years' tutoring and teaching experience, with excellent results (e.g. see references below). I am familiar with the syllabuses and exam boards and I know what the examiners are looking for.

· One-on-one private tuition of A-level student.
· Psychology tutoring.
· Both student and her parents were very happy with my tutoring:

'James is the best tutor I have ever had! He helped me so much and I couldn't have done the course without him!' (Ms Caitlin W.).

'James did an excellent job tutoring my daughter, both in content and teaching approach. - 5 stars!' (Mr Alasdair W.).

· One-on-one private tuition of A-level student.
· Psychology tutoring.
· Again, both student and his parents were very happy with my tutoring (see 'Reviews' section of my profile below), and the student achieved his desired grade of A*.

Message received from student: 'I got my results today and I got an A* in Psychology! Thank you so much for all your help in helping me to prepare for my exams!' (Mr Haroon F.).

Message received from student's father: 'Everyone here is very happy with Haroon's exam results. I want to thank you for your efforts and really good work in preparing Haroon for the A-levels. My family's deepest thanks and best wishes!' (Mr Najeeb F.).

· One-on-one private tuition of A-level student.
· Psychology tutoring.
· Once again, both student and his parents were very happy with my tutoring (see 'Reviews' section of my profile below). Before I was hired, this student had failed his AS Psychology. After I worked with him, he achieved his goal of a C grade in his A-level Psychology exams!

Message received from student's mother: 'Hi James, Zac got a C in Psychology, so he got into his first choice uni! Thank you so much for all your hard work!!' (Ms Frances H.).

Message received from student: 'Thank you James, don't think I would've achieved that grade without your help!' (Mr Zachary H.).

· One-on-one private tuition of A-level student.
· Psychology tutoring.
This student had been unwell and had missed school and I was able to help him gain confidence with his work again before he returned to classroom teaching.
· Once again, both student and his mother were very happy with my tutoring (see 'Reviews' section of my profile below).

· One-on-one private tuition of GCSE student.
· English Language and English Literature tutoring.
· Both student and his mother are very happy with my tutoring:
‘James is very patient and accommodating especially in tailoring
lessons that suit my son’s needs. We are very pleased to find
James! – 5 stars!’ (Ms Isabel T.).

· One-on-one private tuition of GCSE student.
· English Literature and English Language tutoring.
· The student and his mother are very happy with my tutoring: 'My son is happy with the sessions and finds them very helpful!' (Ms Gaelle S.).

· One-on-one private tuition of 13+ student.
· English Literature and English Language tutoring.
· The student and his mother are very happy with my tutoring: 'My son is happy with the sessions and finds them productive and likes James very much!' (Ms Deep S.).

· One-on-one private tuition of GCSE student.
· English Literature, English Language, Science, Maths, History and Geography tutoring.
· Helping student to effectively complete coursework, and to prepare for examinations.
· His grades exceeded expectations and both the student and his parents were very happy.

I have experience tutoring over 70 English Literature undergraduate students at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London.
This involved:
· One-on-one tuition
· Group teaching
· Coursework marking and giving written and verbal feedback
· Exam marking and grading
· Exam invigilation
· Writing student reports

· As my references attest, my students were very successful.

· Examples:
· One student was having difficulty with essay writing, but after some one-on-one sessions her confidence grew. I gave her some intensive guidance on essay structure which helped turn things around, and her essay grades improved.

· One students’ early work was lacking in coherence. By carefully marking his work, and giving him clear step by step pointers for improvement, his grades rose throughout the year.

· Quotes from the anonymous student feedback forms, each from a different student:

‘James is a great tutor – very informative.’
‘James’s sessions are well structured – he is a good,
well-prepared tutor.’
‘James`s sessions are always interesting and I have learnt a lot. James is a great teacher and I find he helps a lot with essay questions which really helps me.’
‘I believe with all my heart that James’s sessions were of the most value in terms of understanding.’
‘James is a very good tutor’.
‘James`s classes are brilliant. James is very supportive and creative as a leader.’
‘James`s methods are very helpful.’
‘I particularly enjoy James’s classes. They are the most organised and productive.’
‘The sessions are very valuable. James is a very good tutor.’
‘James is very helpful with essay feedback, and gained the respect of students quickly.’
‘I enjoyed James’s classes greatly.’
‘We looked at essay questions – it really helped me start up and not make me nervous.’
Dr Carole Sweeney, Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London: ‘James’s marking was deemed very consistent and extremely thorough.`

· My PhD qualification, and tutoring experience, demonstrate the following skills:
· High standard of written and spoken English.
· High standard of word processing skills and general computer skills.
· Excellent organisational skills, and good time management.
· The ability to research, absorb, process and organise large amounts of information.
· Good lesson planning skills.
· Excellent communication skills.
· The ability to assess students’ progress, to examine, to mark, and to give feedback.
· The ability to work independently but also to collaborate and liaise with other teachers and administrators.
· Sensitivity to students’ needs, and the ability to deliver pastoral care.
· Adaptability to different teaching environments and differing student abilities.
· The ability to adapt teaching to cater to different learning styles, such as visual or verbal learning.
· Excellent knowledge of essay writing, essay structure, and essay techniques.
· Knowledge of processes to aid successful revision for examinations, and knowledge of good exam technique.

Other interests and hobbies:
I have a huge love of music - it is one of my greatest interests. I play proficient popular music guitar and piano. I write songs, both music and lyrics, and perform and record them. I sung in choirs throughout school, including performing as a soloist. I have good working knowledge of music theory. I have a good knowledge and understanding of popular, classical and jazz music. I was in drama clubs throughout school, and I have volunteered for several local amateur dramatic productions, which raise money for charity.
I also enjoy reading, writing - poetry, fiction, and non-fiction (a selection of my poetry won an award in the WH Smith Young Writers competition), films, comedy, philosophy, vegetarian cooking, running, yoga, tennis, hiking, and the natural world. I have a general enthusiasm and fascination for learning about things, and communicating knowledge to others!

Hourly rate: £30.00
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
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Reviews and References

(8 reviews)
(8 reviews)

James Leavey

Written by Marie Claude Canova G
I have known James Leavey for almost six years, since he first came to work as a Visiting Tutor in the English and Comparative Department, at Goldsmiths, University of London. His contribution to the activities of the Department was excellent. His dedication and his enthusiasm during his time at Goldsmiths were remarkable. Colleagues and students alike particularly appreciated his professionalism and his personal qualities.
In every respect, James’s contribution to the teaching of the First-Year introductory course to Literature and Theory, which I convene, was excellent. Students appreciated his organisational competence, his intelligent use of a variety of resources to stimulate interest and impart knowledge, his own high level of motivation, his ability to motivate others and above all his approachability. All reports regarding his classes attested the outstanding nature of his pedagogical skills.
I have no hesitation in recommending James for a teaching position.

Highly satisfactory


Written by Leah B
My son Ben has made excellent progress in his studies whilst working with James. Ben really enjoys James' relaxed and informal tutoring style. Ben is now making rapid progress with some of the more difficult concepts in the Psychology AS curriculum.

Mrs Brown, North London, 2016.
Gained confidence to get back into school and sit AS exams

Patient and well prepared

Written by Matthew H
James has been a real find.
He has been working with our son now for a couple of months and has made an enormous impact, our son now has a far better understanding of the subject and is much more optimistic with his ability going forwards.
James has been a pleasure to work with!
Psychology (A-Level)
Improved grades and understanding

A Level Psychology Tuition

Written by Haroon F
James has helped me to develop my skills and has meant I am on track to getting an A*. I couldn't recommend him more as his content knowledge and exam board knowledge is superb.

Update: Having received my results, I was one of only 2 people in my entire school to gain an A* in psychology A level. I am delighted with the result and am certain that this would not have been possible without James' help and support. I cannot recommend him more
A* in psychology A Level

Reference for James Leavey

Written by Alasdair W
James Leavey tutored my daughter in A-level Psychology for 4 months. He did an excellent job, both in content and teaching approach
Not yet know (awaiting exam results in August '17), but very positive feedback from my daughter

Written by Marilyn G
James is a brilliant tutor, who is able to teach and support my daughter in the specific areas of psychology she is struggling with and able to give an overall lesson to her to enable improved understanding and better grades.

We are very happy with is tutoring and very quickly was able to get on track with his help. We will recommend him to anyone looking for tutoring.
Psychology (A-Level)
James is still tutoring my daughter

Written by Veli W
Psychology (A-Level)

Written by Marilyn G
Psychology (A-Level)
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Education and Qualifications


Goldsmiths, University of London
PhD English
Goldsmiths, University of London
Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching
Goldsmiths, University of London
MA Comparative Literatures
Goldsmiths, University of London
BA English


Holland Park School
A Levels
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Science
  • Science
  • Maths
  • French
  • Art
  • Drama



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