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Tom S
Tutor in Honor Oak, South East London

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Experienced, professional, inspiring GCSE/A-level specialist

I'm a supportive, encouraging, rigorous tutor with two degrees from Cambridge - a Double First in English and an MPhil in Renaissance English Literature - as well as more than 2000 hours' tutoring experience spread over 8 years, all of which puts me well ahead of most other tutors in my field. After leaving academia I qualified as an English language teacher (Cert TESOL), before going to a top London drama school (LAMDA), and I now enjoy tutoring continuously alongside my professional acting work. My career has included roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company among many other UK theatre companies, and I have appeared in several BBC TV dramas.

I specialise in helping students with Oxbridge interviews and entrance exams, but whatever stage a student may be at - whether it's GCSE, IB, A-Level or even Degree-level, and whatever their ability - they will find me nurturing, challenging and full of helpful advice. My aim is to enable students achieve their goals and to give them genuine confidence in their own abilities.

My hobbies include cricket, squash, cooking theatre-going and chairing a fortnightly poetry discussion group.

NOTE ON PRICES: Prices may vary slightly depending on student's level of study, travelling distance etc. Reductions are possible for locally based students or online tuition.

**ONLINE TUTORING ARRANGEMENTS**
I use Skype (or FaceTime) in combination with Google Docs (which is free and easily accessible) to create a virtual classroom complete with virtual whiteboard. Google Docs is great because it allows both me and the student to view, highlight and amend documents simultaneously, whether it's a poem we're studying together, a digital copy of a play or article, or an essay that the student has written for me. It's particularly useful for teaching the student how to correct and improve their own writing as it allows changes to be made and removed at the touch of a button while I supervise and offer advice or suggestions. I can see everything they do on the page just as if I were sitting there with them. I have never known a student to express dissatisfaction with this method once they have tried it.
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Reviews and References

There are 20 reviews or references for Tom.

Written by Na 039 Ama Ten B

Excellent and dedicated tutor - I could not recommend Tom highly enough!

I was a student of Tom's in 2009 in preparation for my Oxford entrance interview. Tom's passion for literature is infectious; he arrived to each lesson well prepared, and approached teaching with the utmost commitment and verve. Both his erudition and enthusiasm were evident throughout our sessions; I could not have hoped for a better experience. He was of tremendous help when it came to honing close textual analytical skills and improving essay writing, and encouraged an expansive and imaginative engagement with literary studies. Aside from his intellectual rigour and excellence, he was professional, punctual and flexible; during the relatively stressful period of entrance preparation these qualities were very much appreciated. I cannot recommend Tom highly enough - I feel very fortunate indeed to have been taught by him, and I am sure that his future tutees will likewise find him to be an inspiring and dedicated teacher.
Written by George Y

Excellent English Language and Literature Tutor

I met Tom when I supervised him for some revision sessions for the 1830 – to the present day paper of Cambridge University’s English Tripos. From these meetings it was obvious that he was one of the most talented English students in his year, a conclusion that was borne out by the first class degree result that he obtained in both part one and part two of the Tripos. Having worked as a supervisor for well over a dozen Cambridge colleges, and a director of studies at both Girton (2007–08) and Newnham (currently), I have encountered a large number of intelligent and able students. Tom's essays and verbal contributions marked him out as one of the most outstanding students with whom I have worked: he is especially well-read in English drama and poetry from the Renaissance to the present day. After his undergraduate studies he went on to take the Cambridge MPhil in Renaissance literature.
Since graduating from Cambridge Tom has acquired considerable experience in various domains of teaching including Shakespeare courses for University of California Undergraduates, English as a Foreign Language for Japanese students, and private tutoring in English literature for GCSE and A-level candidates.
During the Cambridge long vacation I am the course convener of, and lecturer for, two Shakespeare summer schools organized by Pembroke College, Cambridge. Prior to my involvement with these courses the college had independently asked Tom to teach on one of them and, when I joined the summer school in 2009, the two of us co–taught a course entitled ‘“The Play’s the Thing…Staging Shakespeare”’. While I delivered eight lectures, Tom had entire responsibility for taking 15 or so students, divided into two groups, for roughly sixteen seminars. The course was a great success and, while his theatre commitments prevented him from taking part in the 2010 course, both I and the course administrators are hoping that will able to fulfill a similar role in 2011. The students, who had widely varying academic levels, found him an inspiring, patient and very helpful teacher. He prepared all the material thoroughly and had a good sense of how to employ heuristic educational techniques: circulating questions in advance, tailoring material to the level of the group, reformulating questions for those who encountered difficulties.
Tom has also been heavily involved in the summer school’s English as a Foreign Language courses. While I am not directly involved with these aspects of the summer school, I know that he was highly popular with his Japanese students and that the college would be delighted if he could participate in future courses.
As well as the large group teaching that he undertook for our Shakespeare course, Tom also has experience in giving one to one tuition to GCSE and A–level candidates. This teaching experience has made him adept at giving constructive feedback and encouragement to his students. As a highly sensitized reader of texts he is expert at inculcating an awareness of form, verbal structure, and literary techniques. I recommend him to you in the strongest possible terms.
Outcome:
Numerous enthused students.
Written by Annabel H

Outstanding English A Level tutoring

Tom supported my state-school educated daughter's A-Level English studies, taking them beyond what the school could offer to University-level conversations, insights and teaching. Tom was a pleasure to meet and my daughter got into Oxford to read English. We cannot recommend him more highly!
Outcome:
State-educated English student got into Oxford to read English. Tom's tutoring was key.
Written by Ben B

Tom helped me win a place at Oxford

Tom is a very patient, diligent and helpful tutor. I first met Tom when I was applying for a Masters course at Oxford University. At the time, I was very insecure about my grasp of Advanced English, and English Grammar.

Tom has a Double First from Cambridge University, I instructed him based on these impressive credentials. I wanted Tom to help me improve my understanding of Grammar and to help me draft my application letter to Exeter College, Oxford.

I found Tom to be very patient, understanding, and humorous. In short, he helped me win a place at Oxford, and gave me the confidence to progress with my studies.
Outcome:
MSc Software Engineering, University of Oxford
Written by Tomomi O

Excellent in TESOL!

I am a non-native speaker of English majoring
in education at graduate school, and Tom checked
my English language when I wrote papers for
assignments. He is a qualified teacher in TESOL,
and his teaching skills and knowledge in the field
are excellent! Without a doubt he is a wonderful,
enthusiastic, and hardworking tutor and I was happy
to receive tutoring from him. I strongly recommend
Tom not only to children but also adult students
at graduate school level.
Outcome:
Pass
Written by Rachel Ranby G

Fantastic tutor

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Tom for giving our daughter
some expert help, during her recent application for a Head Girl role . He
was absolutely marvelous with her, making a few subtle changes to her
presentation, as well as the delivery of it . She has since attained the
position .
He has already been asked to tutor her on her essay writing skills .
Outcome:
Great result
Written by Amanda L

Excellent tutor

Tom tutored my year 10 son in English igcse, summer 2014.
I get the impression many of Tom's tutees are high fliers aiming for Oxford and Cambridge but he still gave 100% commitment to trying to turn a C into a B for my dyslexic son. Unfailingly kind and patient towards a struggling and occasionally unwilling pupil. The most highly qualified tutor we've come across, brilliant on poetry, genuinely committed, gives good advice and feedback. Also very efficient about replying to emails and messages promptly.
Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Outcome:
My son overcame his horror of poetry
Written by Daniel S

Superb English Lit teacher

Tom is much more than a great teacher, he is able to inspire genuine intellectual depth and breadth of interest in the subject in a way that goes well beyond the expected. He is a pleasure to work with and has great patience and resourcefulness. Thoroughly recommended.
Subject:
English Literature
Outcome:
Successful Oxbridge application
Written by Rosanna G

Inspiring English tutor

Tom recently tutored my son for his English pre-U very successfully. Tom gave my son useful strategies for his forthcoming exam, and was an encouraging and inspiring tutor.
Subject:
English (Pre-U)
Outcome:
My son enjoyed his lessons and felt better prepared for his exam.
Written by Iris M

wonderful tutor

Tom has been an inspiring and encouraging tutor. My son enjoyed his teaching very much and gained A* for his GCSE Eng Lit and Eng. Thank you Tom!
Subject:
English Literature
Outcome:
A* for both Eng Lit and Eng
Written by Ailsa W

Tom

Patient, particularly when son was late! Enjoyable lesson which helped understanding of the material studied and furthered ability to write the essay which was what had been requested. Great.
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Outcome:
Better understanding and further on way to exam success
Written by Edward J

An oustanding story of sucess and real care and passion

Just over a year ago my son was beginning to struggle in a subject he had always enjoyed and had a degree of passion for; English Literature. The Cambridge pre U that he was studying was more challenging.

Tom skills, care and knowledge engaged our son from the very beginning. With a consistent approach that also ensured that there was no conflict with the school approach, he steadily began to get the marks that we thought his work was capable of. Then he began to excel. The most wonderful thing is that Tom managed to get him to just the right place, in just the right time. As all parents we waited with baited breath on A level day.
Guess what; a Cambridge pre U D1. We cannot thank Tom enough, cannot recommend him enough and wish him all the best in his future plans.


Subject:
English Language (A-Level)
Outcome:
Cambridge Pre U Grade D1
Written by Ailsa W

Tutor par excellence

Brilliant tutor who gets students to think for themselves and develop own lines of argument and multifaceted views. Daughter gained a better perspective and ability to express herself adroitly in oral discussions of works which impacted on written style. Well worth it and an excellent exponent for Tutorfair
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Outcome:
She got top grade in A Level English OCR
Written by Malte F

Subject:
English (IB)
Written by Ann P

He knows his stuff!

Tom really helped to build my daughter's confidence in English prior to taking her GCSEs. He worked on the set texts, poems and practice exam questions and was patient and thorough.
Subject:
English Literature (GCSE)
Outcome:
Yet to do the exams! We'll have to see if she gets through them OK.
Written by Tim M

Fantastic tutor!

Tom is an amazing tutor with great knowledge of his subjects. Could only recommend!
Subject:
Creative Writing
Outcome:
Prepared a very important professional document to a high standard!
Written by Roisin Q

Great Teacher!

We had three seasons online together and Tom an enormous help. He taught me how to spot my own mistakes and create a well structured essay, as well as going through my books with me. Definitely gave me the extra push to get the top grades, I would highly recommend!
Subject:
English
Outcome:
I got 2 9s in English Language and Literature
Written by Lama A

Subject:
English (IB)
Written by Sue A

Excellent Communicator

Tom is extremely knowledgeable, a great communicator and very easy to talk to. He has encouraged my son to challenge himself and to think ideas through.
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Outcome:
My son has gained a lot in just a few weeks
Written by Lama A

Subject:
English (IB)
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Education and Qualifications

Tom's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
University of Cambridge
Degree
BA English
Grade
Double First
Institution
University of Cambridge
Degree
MPhil Renaissance English Literature
Grade
N/A
Institution
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
Degree
FDA Professional Acting
Grade
Merit

School

Institution
Tom Secretan
A Levels
x3
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  • - History
    A
  • - German
    A
  • - English Literature
    A
Institution
Tom Secretan
AS Levels
x1
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  • - French
    A
Institution
Tom Secretan
GCSEs
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  • - Physics
    A
  • - Maths
    A*
  • - History
    A*
  • - German
    A*
  • - Geography
    A*
  • - French
    A*
  • - English Literature
    A*
  • - English Language
    A*
  • - Chemistry
    A*
  • - Biology
    A*

Prizes and Scholarships

William Barcroft Scholar, SIdney Sussex College Cambridge, 2004, 2005, 2006

King's College Cambridge Studentship Award 2007

Alan Bates Bursary (The Actors Centre) 2010

Other Qualifications

Cert TESOL (Trinity College London)

ECB Level One Cricket Coaching Certificate

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