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JAMES

  • University of Cambridge: History, 2.1
  • A Levels: Economics A*, History A*, Maths A* English A*
  • Postgrad - African Studies, SOAS (Distinction)

BIOGRAPHY & INTERESTS

I attended Dulwich College as a scholar from Year 7. After school, I studied History at Cambridge University before completing a Masters in African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. I am now completing my legal training courses at the University of Law. I am a particularly keen footballer and played for both Dulwich and my local Sunday league team all through school and at university I captained the college football side. All the while, to my detriment, I have avidly supported Charlton Athletic FC, my local football club. I am also fascinated by all things African. I am a member of the Royal African Society and run the Law in Africa Society at my current university. I am also an avid reader, being a particular fan historical fiction and a good, old-fashioned murder mystery.

EXPERIENCE & APPROACH

This is my fifth year working as a mentor. I have tutored a range of different pupils whose ages range from 7-18. I have also spent three summers working on educational summer camps for primary school children as a Maths and English mentor. There has been one constant in my approach to all my pupils: dialogue. I aim to create a classroom environment where my tutees feel comfortable to communicate and discuss the topics at hand. The goal is for the pupil to get their head around the subject at their own pace and on their own terms. The best way to achieve this is through discussion. For this to work it is very important for the child to feel confident in their own understanding and their ability to learn. As a result, it is absolutely crucial that I build my pupil’s confidence and trust in their own ability. Hence fostering a relationship of trust and friendship with me is vital. It is a process I find very rewarding.