Dr Toby's Tutoring Profile
University of Oxford-trained teacher and admissions tutor for humanities, bestselling author with over 5000 hours of tutoring logged with a 'perfect' five-star rating, a proven track record of improved results and successful university applications, PhD in History and an internship with NASA.
- University of Oxford
- University College London (University of London)
Archaeology, which I studied for my first degree, remains a passion of mine. As my academic career has progressed, I have moved slightly away from it in recent years but it remains an area of study which I still value a lot and try to engage with on a volunteer basis as regularly as possible. The shift I have experienced myself, changing from a science based degree to a far more humanities orientated degree, has really helped me to gain an insight into the scale of change many students can feel moving from GCSE to A-level and then to university and this has been reflected in my approach to tutoring. I always try to show my students that learning should be fun and not as daunting or intimidating as it may first seem. My greatest passion is teaching and I have always loved helping students find their own way around new concepts and also for me to learn from them, which is something with makes one-to-one teaching so fun.
Outside of education my other passions lie in the fields of art and computers. I combine these two interests in my own digital art which is something is really really enjoy. I believe that it is vial for people, no matter what stage of their life they are at, to remain in touch with the things they love and are passionate about, beyond their own schooling or career.
I've worked as a seminar leader and course coordinator at the University of Oxford as part of the Preparation for Learning and Teaching programme, where I've taught undergraduate and master's level history and politics students. I've also worked as a private tutor since 2009, and I've been working as a tutor with Spires since 2017. I have supervised several undergraduate students at Oxford during my time there as a Doctoral student, in history. I've also worked as a private supervisor for students at other universities who have lost their own due to illness/ administrative mix-ups etc, at both undergraduate and master's level in History, Ancient History, Classics, Egyptology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, and Archaeology.
I've also worked as a marker for HAT exams at the University of Oxford, and I have worked for two years as an HAT preparation tutor (privately). I have an established track record of helping students at GCSE.IGCSE and A-Levels, as well as university work achieve significantly higher grades.
In addition to this, I've run educational outreach programmes and I now work full time as a private tutor for children studying humanities and social science subjects between GCSE and first-year doctoral level.
- PhD (University of Oxford)
MSc (University of Oxford)
BSc (University College London)
|Academic Writing||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sGCSEInternational Baccalaureate|
|Personal Statement||A Level|
|Archaeology and Anthropology||A LevelUndergraduate|
|Consultancy||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sInternational Baccalaureate|
|Interview Training||A Level|
|Essay Writing||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sGCSE|
|Admissions Advice||A LevelUndergraduate|
|Economic and Social History||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sLecturerInternational Baccalaureate|
|Modern History||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sGCSELecturerInternational BaccalaureateKey Stage 3|
|Science and Technology||A LevelUndergraduate|
|History||A LevelUndergraduatePhDMaster'sGCSELecturerInternational Baccalaureate|
|Archaeology||A LevelUndergraduateGCSEInternational Baccalaureate|
|Ancient History||A LevelUndergraduateMaster'sGCSE|
|Classics||A LevelUndergraduateInternational Baccalaureate|