Dr Michael

Dr Michael

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Former UCL Lecturer and State University of New York Assistant Professor with a PhD in English Literature from Princeton

About

Dr Michael is a former UCL Lecturer, published author, and highly experienced English and admissions tutor. He has a Master’s degree and a PhD in English Literature from the prestigious US university, Princeton, and was both a Lecturer at UCL and an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York. Dr Michael has extensive experience teaching university-level students on a one-to-one basis and has supervised several MA dissertations and PhD students. He also served as an admissions tutor for the English department at UCL for two years and handled admissions for one of the most popular Humanities MAs in London. Throughout his career, Dr Michael has also written extensively for publications such as The Times Literary Supplement, The New Statesman, and The Observer, as well as having a book published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Attended:

Princeton University

Amherst College

Experience

As a lecturer at University College London (as when I was an assistant professor at the State University of New York) in the English department, I taught students from first-years to PhD candidates. My research specialism was modern and contemporary British and American literature, but during my time at UCL I had the opportunity to teach across the curriculum: from Chaucer to Shakespeare, from Milton to Wordsworth, and on to Virigina Woolf, TS Eliot, James Joyce, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. Doing this taught me very well how to improve students' writing, how to write essays that are clear, well-argued, and in which the writers have the confidence to be original in an appropriate way. I am able to teach students how to construct better arguments - the key to writing an academic essay - and then to structure their essays in a manner that suits this argument. I believe that I am able to help 2.1 students write first class work if they are willing to work hard and try new ways of thinking. I further have experience with the full range of graduate teaching and admissions: dissertation and thesis writing, graduate applications, funding, vivas and job placement. I was course convenor of the popular MA 'Issues in Modern Culture' and supervised numerous PhD theses to successful vivas.

As a tutor, in addition to students in English, I have helped numerous students apply to and be admitted to prestigious graduate programmes in a variety of fields. I am tutored several students on US admissions tests (SAT, GRE). I also have experience as a journalist (New Statesman, The Observer, Frieze Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement) and am available to help with writing projects within and beyond academia.

Qualifications

  • PhD, English Literature, Princeton University (USA), 2005
  • MA, English Literature, Princeton University (USA), 2004
  • BA, English Literature, Amherst College (USA), 1999
  • MSc, Addictions, Institute of Psychatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, 2020

Skills

Academic WritingA LevelUndergraduatePhDLecturer
Dissertation HelpA LevelUndergraduatePhD
MentoringA LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sInternational Baccalaureate
Personal StatementA LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sProfessional QualificationInternational Baccalaureate
Interview TrainingA LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sLecturerInternational Baccalaureate
Cambridge ApplicationsA Level
Oxford ApplicationsA LevelUndergraduateInternational Baccalaureate
English LanguageA LevelUndergraduateGCSELecturerInternational Baccalaureate
English LiteratureA LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sGCSELecturerInternational Baccalaureate
Journalism and WritingA LevelUndergraduateInternational Baccalaureate
Admissions AdviceA LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sLecturerProfessional QualificationInternational Baccalaureate
HistoryA LevelUndergraduateGCSE
Ancient HistoryA LevelUndergraduateMaster'sGCSEInternational Baccalaureate