Simon was able to provide direction, discipline, skills and support which I felt I needed and he also identified with. In the initial stages of my tuition a timeline of my courses was analysed whereby weak areas were pinpointed and focused upon and developed. I was directed to obtain the appropriate sources of information and develop my understanding of the subjects, especially those I was unfamiliar with. In turn this knowledge was fed back to my tutor. With this essay questions were also considered and discussed giving further scope to my studies.
Naturally, doing this also provided solid groundwork for my other future essays and expanded my skills, preparing me early on for the end of year exams which - like many - were constantly on my mind. To ease my tensions and bolster my confidence these areas were continuously revisited which refreshed my knowledge of the subject. Throughout my time with Simon I became more sure in knowing what to look for when studying and planning for essays. I was also constantly reminded of the possibility of using knowledge from one subject and feeding it into another to provide linkage and further understanding.
Exam preparation was key in which Simon greatly helped with, providing me with helpful exam techniques such as being able to write up quick, well developed and coherent essay plans. Concise relevant revision notes were also written up.
I would say that the skills and development gained from Simon being my tutor still helps me to this day and makes me feel confident in study, planning and preparation. It also helps if a tutor has a sociable side to them, as it greatly aids in building a relationship of trust between student and tutor. I would say this was strongly the case with Simon.