Oliver S.

Oliver S.

£36 - £38 /hr

B.A. Geography (Bachelors) - Worcester College, Oxford University

130 completed lessons

About me

It's always hard to define what draws you to a subject like Geography. For me, it's the breadth of the discipline that means that regardless of how you're feeling on a particular day they'll be something to be enthusiastic about. The best way to do well in a subject is to start enjoying it, and it's always been my goal to instill interest as well as ability in students. 

I have six months of formal teaching experience working in both geography and economics up to A Level to both classes and individuals. 

It's always hard to define what draws you to a subject like Geography. For me, it's the breadth of the discipline that means that regardless of how you're feeling on a particular day they'll be something to be enthusiastic about. The best way to do well in a subject is to start enjoying it, and it's always been my goal to instill interest as well as ability in students. 

I have six months of formal teaching experience working in both geography and economics up to A Level to both classes and individuals. 

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About my sessions

In my teaching, I've always believed that structure is key to success. Even more important than this structure, is that the lessons are delivered as an enjoyable and natural conversation rather than information just being dictated. This serves to make the sessions an enjoyable and anticipated part of the week, rather than a chore to get out of the way.

In the first session, we will set a goal to achieve whether this is covering new material in the syllabus or just working towards a target grade. In a similar fashion to the Oxford tutorial system, before sessions, a short set of questions will be set for the student to work. At the session, we will spend some time going through the questions and working through any areas of difficulties. This means that specific issues and confusions can be addressed quickly before covering new material. 

During the run-up to exams, time will be more focused on exam material to ensure that students are comfortable and prepared to achieve their potential. With previous students some time has been dedicated to working on effective revisions strategies.

In my teaching, I've always believed that structure is key to success. Even more important than this structure, is that the lessons are delivered as an enjoyable and natural conversation rather than information just being dictated. This serves to make the sessions an enjoyable and anticipated part of the week, rather than a chore to get out of the way.

In the first session, we will set a goal to achieve whether this is covering new material in the syllabus or just working towards a target grade. In a similar fashion to the Oxford tutorial system, before sessions, a short set of questions will be set for the student to work. At the session, we will spend some time going through the questions and working through any areas of difficulties. This means that specific issues and confusions can be addressed quickly before covering new material. 

During the run-up to exams, time will be more focused on exam material to ensure that students are comfortable and prepared to achieve their potential. With previous students some time has been dedicated to working on effective revisions strategies.

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Tarun Student

4 Feb

Very good at giving descriptions and examples. Doesn't expect the student to know everything. Makes the use of visual diagrams and powerpoints to help aid the student. Very engaging lessons, which helps to increase the student's confidence.

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Arjan Student

3 Feb

Great knowledge and insight into the subject, cheers

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Jalpa Parent from Longfield

16 Sep, 2018

Great tutor. My son is really enjoying his lessons with Ollie.

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Joanne Parent

23 Aug, 2018

Massive thanks to you! Nathan has got a 8 on his geography GCSE exam! He only got a 6 on his mock test and he felt even 7 was very hard to achieve previously. So many many thanks to you! I would like to recommend you without any hesitation and I believe whatever you do in the future you are able to do exceedingly well.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
EconomicsCambridge Pre UD1
GeographyCambridge Pre UD2
HistoryCambridge Pre UD3
TSAUni admission test80

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
GeographyA Level£38 /hr
EconomicsGCSE£36 /hr
GeographyGCSE£36 /hr
HistoryGCSE£36 /hr
English13 Plus£36 /hr
Geography13 Plus£36 /hr
History13 Plus£36 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£38 /hr
TSA OxfordUniversity£38 /hr

Questions Oliver has answered

Discuss the relative importance of human and physical causes of desertification. [15 marks]

Desertification is the expansion of dry desert conditions into areas that previously had not experienced them. This is characterized by lower soil productivity and a depletion of natural resources. There are both human and physical drivers of this process. Agriculture (overgrazing and over-abstraction of water), tree cutting, poor irrigation, population growth, and low economic development are all examples of human factors that may contribute. The main physical cause of desertification would be drought, which can reduce the vulnerability of soils to erosion. [A good evaluative point is that in all cases the climate regime sets the context in which the human factors can take hold, and could be argued to therefore be more important] Desertification is the expansion of dry desert conditions into areas that previously had not experienced them. This is characterized by lower soil productivity and a depletion of natural resources. There are both human and physical drivers of this process. Agriculture (overgrazing and over-abstraction of water), tree cutting, poor irrigation, population growth, and low economic development are all examples of human factors that may contribute. The main physical cause of desertification would be drought, which can reduce the vulnerability of soils to erosion. [A good evaluative point is that in all cases the climate regime sets the context in which the human factors can take hold, and could be argued to therefore be more important]

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