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Ben

Ben

Hi, I am Ben, the most reviewed and highest rated Tutor on First Tutors. You may recognize my face from a Sky TV documentary, "Who'd be a Billionaire". Or the I newspaper article published June 17th 2021.

I am a full time professional tutor. I graduated from Clare College Cambridge with a 2.1 in History in 2012 (making me 33). Being younger than your average tutor, I pride myself on being able to empathize with my students. Moreover, a few Cambridge horror stories usually convinces most that the exam revision timetable I make for them is actually quite generous!

It also means I have a brilliant understanding of the exam system. I have picked up the kind of wisdom that you won’t find in any revision guide, but will make all the difference to final grades.

I aim to make my lessons as interesting and relate-able as possible. My real life examples have been known to cause uncontrollable laughter, but at the same time there is always a point to them. Students always seem to remember that point as well as the funny story!

I am a staunch advocate that tutoring is a completely different skill set from teaching in a class. This is what I believe has brought me my success.

I also offer training for Oxbridge entrance exams and interviews. As a successful applicant myself with one of the highest interview scores in decades, I can fill the gaps that a college Oxbridge department cannot.

Tutoring Experience

10 years tutoring experience. Over 14,000 hours.

Despite a huge drop in the number of top grades being awarded in 2023. 96% of my A level students went to their first choice university and 100% of my GCSE students improved by at least 2 levels.

75% Success rate for Oxbridge and Cambridge entrance this year.

Some testimonials:

Alex - . I cannot thank you enough for all of the help you’ve given me, not just academically in geography, but all round discipline in all of my work and subjects. You’re a huge part of my success and I’m forever grateful for how much effort you put into not only helping me but all of your students; you’ve never failed to put in 110% to help us.

Sarah - Ollie would never had stood a chance if he had not been tutored by you. You gave him the confidence he needed and taught him how to revise and manage his time which he will take with him to University.

Tutoring Approach

I understand many students are reluctant to be tutored so I try and make my lessons as engaging as possible. I use relate-able examples from my own knowledge to explain key points, on the principle that interesting information is easier to remember and more likely to inculcate. I have never failed to get even the most reluctant student onside and some of the transformations I have engineered have surprised even me!

I also understand that each student is an individual and tailor my lessons accordingly. I have a skill for understanding individuals quickly and working out how to alter my methods to get the best results from them.

I pride myself on being available 24/7 and offering a service way beyond the level of regular tutors. This includes parents of students as well. I am always on hand to offer advice, reassurance or even direct intervention with schools or teachers personally if that is what’s needed. I am a great believer that tutoring has three participants; myself, the student and the parent / guardian.

I also teach study skills as part of my lessons. This includes a tailored essay structure program, and a personalized revision program for exam season.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Clare College Cambridge2012Bachelors2.1 BA HONS CANTAB History
Peter Symonds College2008CollegeHistory A-level
Peter Symonds College2008CollegeGeography A-level
Peter Symonds College2008CollegeGovernment and Politics A-level

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