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Jim R

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Teacher St Paul's Girls'; English Lit/Lan - Confidence Coach

**Now taking bookings from April 21st, after Easter break, please see availability calendar**

Hello there! I am a warm, committed and approachable tutor - good at puns. In spite of this I've been reassured my sense of humour isn't a cause for concern. I am insatiably curious and think fostering genuine enquiry is inseparable from the learning process, consequently I educate by instilling deep interest and unfettered enthusiasm for all my subjects. I have a wide-ranging knowledge of all major syllabi including Common Entrance preparation for English (this year I helped a student achieve three offers, one an academic scholarship - see profile references); SATS support for KS2 & 3; GCSE/iGCSE and AS/A2 Level English Literature & Drama (Cambridge, AQA, Edexcel and OCR). In addition I have successfully tutored the international baccalaureate in both English and Theatre.

I coach acting, audition technique, diction, voice, elocution, public speaking, interview technique and presentation skills from novice to advanced level. (Inclusive of LAMDA, Trinity Guildhall and the RADA Shakespeare Certificates.)

I studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) graduating with a first class degree accredited by King's College London. I've worked as an English and Drama teacher at St Leonard's Independent School in St Andrews and have seven years professional tutoring experience. I have worked extensively with year eight at nationally-renowned Thomas's Clapham, teaching improvisation on Friday afternoons. I am a permanent teacher of LAMDA at St Paul's Girls' School (13 - 18) where I can be found on Mondays and Tuesdays. I've recently been appointed as part-time speech and drama teacher for Magdalen College School in Oxford, where I teach later in the week.

I have led presentation workshops and individual sessions for employees of large companies such as BP, Pfizer and KPMG, or for youngsters who may benefit from confidence-building. I have had a number of students whose prudent parents are keen to prepare them for future internships and entry-level positions in industry. I also specialise in the coaching of prospective drama school entrants: students of mine have gone on successfully to obtain places at RADA, Guildhall and Central School as well as achieving recall auditions at most major drama schools, including the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

My devotion to teaching has run in parallel with directing, acting and production work and I find that both professions inform and complement each other to the great benefit of all my charges! I am artistic director of UrgentTheatre, a company dedicated to the production of short drama. (Feel free to Google!) We have been hosted by all leading off-West End venues including RADA Studios, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, The Arcola and Finborough Theatres.

In my spare time I love nothing better than to read. I write poetry and children's fiction. I'm an (active) member of Virgin Active. I'm in the process of submitting poems to magazines for publication. Oh - and I'm unbeatable at crosswords! (and puns).

If you would like to book a session go to my availability calendar, click on a time that suits you, and the TutorFair site should lead you from there. I'd advise you send me a message or two beforehand to ask me as many questions as you need. Bye for now!





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Reviews and References

There are 28 reviews or references for Jim.

Written by

Excellent tutor

Jim tutored my son for a RADA audition . He was punctual , reliable and full of enthusiasm , encouragement and positivity . He gave my son great confidence and prepared him very well for his audition . We would have no hesitation in recommending Jim as a tutor
Outcome:
My son decided to go to uni instead but is applying to RADA as a postgraduate
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Fantastic tutor - very helpful

Jim is a good enthusiastic drama tutor for my daughter. He helped her prepare monologues for drama school auditions. He teaches her how to bring the speeches to life and adds new dimensions to them. He helped her with several challenging Shakespeare monologues. He uses various techniques and methods to improve her acting skills.
Outcome:
She is awaiting the outcome of the drama school auditions.
Written by

A passionate and enthusiastic tutor

Jim is an engaging and creative tutor, always looking for ways to make his lessons more interesting.
Subject:
Drama (Degree)
Outcome:
A great video!
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An Ispirational Drama/Theatre practitioner

I have had the pleasure of working with Jim for the last ten years and have witnessed his passion for theatre and his ability to motivate young people into sharing it. His most recent venture with me was in the preparation of piece of theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe. As a tutor he ensured that all the students appreciated the educational value behind the project; as a director he ensured that all students fulfilled their potential on stage. He is a great teacher.
Subject:
Drama (Primary)
Outcome:
The students created work that supported their academic courses.
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Fantastic Tutor

Jim has been helping me with language analysis and essay writing skills which have enabled me to feel more confident about my upcoming exam. He is extremely motivational and encourages me to fulfil my potential. I would highly recommend Jim because he is a great tutor
Outcome:
A more confident essay writer
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A great tutor

From Chris (age 16):
Jim gave me a very clear presentation and understanding of the work. The lessons were enjoyable and very helpful for my exam preparation. He is a great tutor.
Outcome:
More confidence to do well.
Written by

Inspirational Tutor!

Jim has been tutoring our 12 year old son for six weeks and in that time we've seen a real difference in our son's confidence and writing. Jim's focus on creativity, his use of the dramatic to bring the English curriculum to life and his targeting of lessons to the interests and specific needs our our son, makes the lessons fun, yet focused around real improvement. We've seen a tangible difference in our son's schoolwork, both in English and in other subjects, but even more importantly, he has been inspired to explore and develop his own written and creative skills.
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
Improved confidence and verbal and written work, and positive impact on feedback from teachers at school and grades.
Written by

Inspiring

Meeting with Jim helped me a lot whilst preparing a role and bringing the script to life. He is friendly, knows his stuff and I found his approaches very inspiring.
Subject:
Acting
Outcome:
Can only recommend.
Written by

Enthusiastic and engaging tutor

Jim has been working for just a month now with my daughter as she prepares for her GSCE exams next year and we have seen a big improvement already - which has also been noticed by her teachers. Jim’s engaging ways, bubbly personality and obvious passion helps him get the best out of her, and she’s much more confident in her work and enjoys her lessons. We can’t recommend Jim highly enough.
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
More confidence, instant improvement in work and enjoying English more.
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Creative Writing for my son's 11+

Jim coached my son for six months in English, in particular creative
writing. Although my son is bright, he lacked focus, structure and
sometimes ideas. We were preparing him for 11+ exams and in the area we live
in, competition for school places is particularly fierce. Jim did a
sterling job. So much so, my son sat 3 entrance exams and received 3
offers, one with an academic scholarship. Jim helped my son enjoy English
and taught it in a fun, interactive way and really made my son Œthink 'out
of the box’. Jim is reliable, punctual and brilliant at what he does, he
brings a great deal of personality into the coaching sessions which
doesn¹t allow the child to get bored. I will definitely be contacting him
again when it¹s my daughter¹s turn to go through the dreaded 11+ process!
Subject:
Creative Writing
Outcome:
Preparing for 11+ exams in September
Written by

Charismatic and engaging

Jim has been teaching my seventeen year old son for the last few months, bringing in his enthusiasm and deep knowledge and respect for the English language and its cultural nuances. Coming from the world of theater, Jim is very articulate and intuitive in his directions, helping my son to gain the confidence that ultimately leads to a more sophisticated way of expressing himself. The best part, my son always looks forward to his next lesson with Jim. Thank you so.....
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
Prep for the exam in January, then literature with Jim for June
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Fun and engaging

I had few lessons with Jim to improve my English pronunciation and feel more confident at work. I had a lot of fun while learning many tips to be clearer when I speak. He recognized my weaknesses straight away and we work hard on them. I feel I've come a long way since I started and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for someone professional and charismatic.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
I sounds clearer and I am more confident at work
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Pierce

Jim helped me with medical school application interview techniques. He was really useful and encouraged me to think more about how I expressed myself in a more positive, engaging way. He helped me with my presentation skills using vocal coaching and body language. I got a place to study medicine - his help definitely works! Great tutor, highly recommend him!
Subject:
Interview Practice
Outcome:
Offered a place at medical school!
Written by

Excellent Tutor. Excellent Results.

Jim has been coaching our 13 year old son in acting for the past 3 months. We have seen his confidence grow considerably in this time, and he has greatly improved his acting skills. Jim has recently coached him for an audition for a part in a feature film, which he got. Excellent preparation, advice and tips. A highly recommended tutor. Thanks for your help Jim.
Subject:
Acting
Outcome:
Confidence, and improved acting skills.
Written by

Excellent English Tutor

Jim has only tutored my twin sons for a short period of time.
He has a natural ability to explain clearly .His positive enthusiastic approach never makes a lesson boring .
He has definitely brought out the best in both my sons . Where they once lacked confidence he encouraged recognising their needs and abilities to prepare them both for the final exams.
Jim has a friendly energy which was just perfect for my teenage sons .
He is also reliable and punctual .
Highly recommended .
Thank you Jim
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
Confidence and improvement . Now waiting for results
Written by

Creative writing and public speaking

As head of an international school of spiritual philosophy, I have to give presentations to large and diverse audiences and I’ve long struggled to communicate abstract ideas in a simple, coherent fashion. Jim has been revolutionary in helping me with this. Not only has he unfolded my ability to write in a simple and imaginative fashion, but he has also inspired me with a new found confidence to the point that I now look forward to addressing audiences rather than shying away.

I am particularly impressed by Jim’s ability to grasp the esoteric concepts that underlie my work and to go straight to the heart of the idea I’m seeking to convey. My tutorials with Jim are great fun and his patience and sense of humour have endowed me with a new power of expression that many have commented on.

I hold Jim in the same high esteem as the other reviewers on this page but would like to add that his imagination and flair work not only for young people but equally well for older, professional people seeking to discover greater levels of creativity and self-expression. Because Jim is so supportive, I always look forward to our time together and feel there is a limitless pool of creativity within that he is helping me to capitalize on.
Subject:
Public Speaking
Outcome:
Confidence and the power to communicate effectively In public
Written by

Excellent A level English literature especially for Drama students

Jim has been working with our son for a few months. Our son has a talent and passion for acting and is struggling to engage in the academics and how english underpins the acting. Jim is a real find and talent with the ability to break down the practical skills need to achieve good results in English Lit As but more importantly motivate and communicate the relevance and usefulness of literature for acting. His English results and confidence have improved and his performance. Being non acting parents we became stuck as how to help our son move to the next stage to fulfil his aims. Our son already feels Jim's tutoring was what he needed and we think he will look back and see Jim's influence as a turning point for him. Would highly recommend Jim.
Subject:
Acting
Outcome:
His English results and confidence have improved and his performance. He is much more engaged and rounded.
Written by

Excellent Tutor

Jim has been tutoring my eleven year old for the past three months and has now started tutoring my fourteen-year-old son as well. Jim has managed to keep them engaged making their lessons fun and interesting. Jim always comes prepared with good quality course materials as well as providing useful, detailed and relevant feedback at the end of each session. I would definitely recommend Jim to tutor both primary and secondary school children.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
Both my children’s knowledge and understanding continues to improve.
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Tutoring for a trilingual boy

Jim has been tutoring our 11 year old son in elocution since early april. As our son is growing up trilingual he has trouble enunciating correctly. Ever since Jim has taken him on we - and others - have seen a clear progress. His school and his english tutor have seen an improvement in him right from the get-go. At a school function in july we had the big surprise. Our son had to say a couple of lines together with other english speaking boys and we were very nervous. But he spoke with such clarity, confidence and emphasis we were blown away. Other parents complimented us on our sons speech. Thank you very much Jim. Our son loves working with you. You make it fun and pressure free and with such results.
Subject:
Elocution
Outcome:
We'll continue counting on your help.
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Fantastic Tutor

Jim initially helped my son with drama college auditions He worked with him on monologues character analysis interview skills from the first lesson my son felt inspired and gained confidence

Jim is now working with Declan on GCSE English Lit exams and has helped him greatly , he is very patient and explains everything clearly which is a must when teaching dyslexic students

I really recommend Jim , in a sea of average tutors out there he is a real find We are lucky to have found him
Subject:
Acting
Outcome:
My son secured a place at The Brit school
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Creative Writing

My son (10 year old) loved meeting Jim, who is very inspiring. I wanted him to remind my son that writing can be fun, and he has been busy writing stories since we came back!
Subject:
Creative Writing
Written by

Jim is a Fabulous tutor !
Subject:
Drama (GCSE)
Outcome:
Thanks to Jim my daughter was awarded the Drama scholarship
Written by

Fantastic teacher

Jim is brilliant. He encouraged my very shy granddaughter to have more confidence and to have a go at tasks.
Subject:
English (Primary)
Outcome:
My granddaughter developed more confidence with her reading.
Written by

First lesson went great

Jim did a great job of putting my shy son at ease and gave us some great advice on where to head in terms of Drama preparation. My son has taken a real shine to him and we're looking forward to more classes with him.
Subject:
Drama (Primary)
Outcome:
All good - we're looking forward to working with him!
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Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
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Easy going, dedicated and reliable

Jim seems to be working wonders with my son. Early days but I'm hopeful there will be a favourable outcome. He has an excellent manner about him and he teaches my son in a way that makes the hour pleasant and not a chore! No mean feat with a boy who doesn't enjoy English at school!
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
Will post again after the GCSE results!
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Subject:
Creative Writing
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Very Happy

After various failures with speech therapists, my idea was to get Jim to help my son with a short course of elocution lessons with the aim of getting clearer speech. He was really professional, extremely knowledgeable and he has now taught my son HOW to better pronounce the consonants that he was having trouble with. He also helped with all aspects of speaking as well as nerves. And he did it all with a combination of being friendly yet teaching at the same time, he got that balance perfectly right. I'm so grateful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Subject:
Elocution
Outcome:
Knows how to pronounce correctly
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Education and Qualifications

Jim's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
King's College London
Degree
BA (Hons) Acting
Grade
1st

School

Institution
A Levels
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  • - English Literature
    A
  • - Drama
    A
  • - Psychology
    A
Institution
History
AS Levels
x1
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  • - History
    A

Prizes and Scholarships

Won scholarship to RADA to complete degree (above, accredited by King's College).

Other Qualifications

Former member of NYT (National Youth Theatre of Great Britain)

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