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CHRISTOPHER

  • University College London: PhD English Literature

  • University College London: MA English Literature Distinction

  • Cardiff University: BA English Literature 1st Class Degree

Biography & Interests

I am a recently-graduated Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from University College London (UCL). As a member of the English department at UCL, I am a mentor, seminar leader, and tutor, tutoring first-year and third-year undergraduates. This role has really set me up in terms of wanting to mentor because that is essentially what I do at UCL: my job, while including the more traditional methods of tuition, is all about inspiring students to reach their potential and feel a keen sense of academic self-worth. 

I am also preparing my thesis for academic publication and writing (and publishing) both fiction and non-fiction alongside tutoring.

In my free time, I continue to pursue my interest in art, which had been fostered throughout school and up until university. I play football, usually twice a week, in Hoxton (one group is with people my age, the other is with an older group of players and is less competitive). I support Liverpool.

Experience & Approach

For me, mentoring is not just about learning information or the appropriate facts; a major part of it is about "unlocking" the subject/topic for the mentee and enabling them to have fun with the subject and stimulating their interest in the subject. I believe that even the most daunting subjects can be taught in a joyful way. It requires the expertise of the mentor, whose method ought to orientate the subject around the skills and strengths of the student.

I see myself as a fair-minded, friendly and approachable tutor and one of my core strengths lies in building a strong rapport with my students. Frankly, I want them to love learning as much as I love teaching. I have every confidence in my teaching ability. But, just as crucially, I value my social and interpersonal skills, which is what I believe turns every good teacher into a great one.