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Ben S.

Degree: Modern Languages (Masters) - Oxford, St Hugh's College University

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About me

Hi everyone, I'm Ben! I am an accomplished tutor, a passionate reader and linguist, and I have just received a Distinction from the University of Oxford in my Masters' degree, and I am now starting my PhD. I can help anyone who is struggling with English (Language and/or Literature) or French, at any grade level at GCSE/ A-level. I really do want you to succeed, and I'll structure everything around that ultimate goal. I am also in a position to offer very informed guidance on personal statements, and I know just what you need to do in order to make yours stand out from the rest. I am also now a qualified English (Language and Literature separately, and Language/Literature as a joint qualification) examiner for GCSE and A-level, as well as a qualified French examiner. I love literature and language. From Marlowe and Shakespeare to Marjane Satrapi, I read incredibly widely. I love the French language, and language in general, and I have an excellent knowledge of speaking, writing, translation, and grammar. You'll benefit from my unwavering commitment to the learning process, and the skills I have learnt along the way will help you make the most of your time with me. I have tutored for over 150 hours with my tutors, from which I have a star rating of 5/5.

About my sessions

A session revolving around your needs combined with a committed approach to tutoring is a combination which will hopefully allow you to flourish, and enjoy the subject, even if you don't at the moment! I have an excellent understanding of the GCSE/A-level curriculum in both English (Language/Literature) and French GCSE/A-level, and am very well-read. However, I do need to know in advance the subject level, and the exam board, so I can ensure that you get a personalised and targeted session. I am very flexible in terms of timings, as long as we plan what we need to cover in the amount of time we have. I encourage respective tutees or their parents to see whether my approach can work for them, so if you are not happy with your first session, there will be no charge. I hope that I can provide a valuable and affordable service to you, and I look forward to meeting you! 

Subjects offered

English A Level £30 /hr
English Language A Level £30 /hr
English Literature A Level £30 /hr
French A Level £30 /hr
English GCSE £30 /hr
English Language GCSE £30 /hr
English Literature GCSE £30 /hr
French GCSE £30 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £30 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages) Uni Admissions Test £30 /hr


English and FrenchDegree (Bachelors)2:1
English LiteratureA-levelA2A*
Modern LanguagesDegree (Masters)DISTINCTION
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5from 122 customer reviews

Marta (Parent)

I approached Ben during the last year of my son's GCSE's initially to prepare him for the English Language Exam. In November we decided that he would also need help with the English Lit exam and Ben was very happy to help us despite his busy schedule. We home educate and since our son was hoping to get a place at one of the top grammar schools in the UK to do his A levels he needed to get top grades in most of his subjects. English was never his favourite subject, though. Ben has proved to be a fantastic teacher worth every penny. He quickly identified the holes and was teaching our son by setting him essay tasks from past exam papers. He was very generous with his time checking my son's work in his spare time and discussed each essay in the lesson. Our son has really enjoyed his lessons with Ben and has improved a lot. He got an A in English Language and a B in English Lit, which we were very pleased about and secured a place the sixth form. Ben is a very patient, methodical, knowledgeable and demanding teacher (in the most positive sense) and I would highly recommend him. He is also a CIE English examiner, so he truly knows his stuff.

AYTEN (Parent) June 12 2017

a very good lesson

AYTEN (Parent) May 26 2017

good lesson

Marta (Parent) May 25 2017

Ben is fantastic tutor who has prepared my son for his IGCSE English Language and English Lit. In a matter of months I have seen my son's abilities transformed. He went into the exams confident, expecting to achieve the highest grades he needs to get into the sixth form of his choice. Ben is extremely knowledgable, thorough, hard working and fair. Chris has really enjoyed his sessions with Ben. Thank you, Ben :)
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What makes the difference between a "good" exam essay and an "excellent" one?

In both AS and A2 papers, a good exam essay will be characterised by a competent understanding of the key points in the chosen texts, as well as a good overallanswer to the question. The analysis is likely to be secure, with an appreciation of relevant context and critical background. The argu...

In both AS and A2 papers, a good exam essay will be characterised by a competent understanding of the key points in the chosen texts, as well as a good overall answer to the question. The analysis is likely to be secure, with an appreciation of relevant context and critical background. The argument will be clear and developed.

An excellent answer, which may receive grades equivalent to the level of A at AS and A/A* at A2 level, generally meets the following criteria. The answer will be detailed and exploratory, whilst always answering the question set. The response might challenge the assertions of the question as its basis of forming an argument. The analysis of the text(s) will be probing, developed and insightful. Its focus will be extremely clear, and the line of argument will be tightly controlled throughout the essay. The essay will appreciate and interpret some critical debate. The essay will use contextual information as a means to strengthen the argument and the essay as a whole. The answer will usually have a sense of flair and the argument will be very convincing.

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