Christ Church, University of Oxford: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
New Hall School, Essex: Head Boy, organ scholar; A-Levels in Government and Politics (A*), Religious Studies (A*), French (A), Critical Thinking (A), Physics (B), Extended Project Qualification (A*); AS-Level in Mathematics (A)
BIOGRAPHY & INTERESTS
I was born in Prague, but have lived a bit all over the place since then, including Moscow and Italy. At the age of sixteen, I moved to the UK to study for my A-Levels, and then worked as a teacher for a year. Thereafter I read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford, and wrote my dissertation on the politics of Kyrgyzstan. I am currently working towards a Master’s degree in Law, and will start training as a solicitor in 2018. In my free time, I enjoy rowing, playing the organ, and cooking. Whenever I can, I try to read – recently I have been looking a lot at 19th century Russian literature, particularly Dostoyevsky.
EXPERIENCE & APPROACH
I have a significant amount of experience in education. I spent my gap year as a Resident Academic Tutor at a prestigious boarding school, and during that year, I taught a wide range of subjects to Year 5 students, all the way to Sixth Form. I have also been working for the European Youth Parliament, a pan-European educational charity, since 2009, and have led seminars on politics and current affairs in a very international environment. Furthermore, I have worked as a teacher at summer schools in Oxford. I pride myself in always receiving excellent feedback. I always seek to take a holistic approach to every pupil – whilst it is important that specific subjects are taught, I believe that every student should flourish and grow as a person to be academically successful. Hence in my teaching I invariably draw on a wide variety of resources, and make sure I draw on the particular talents of the mentee.
"Saphy thinks Jan is very good and she's looking forward to the next session on Thursday. Thanks for arranging it all." Mother of AS Level Girl, December 2017
"I would like to thank Jan for coaching Marat during the past months - the time he spent with him working through the various topics was a great learning experience." Mother of Oxbridge applicant, January 2018
"Jan is thorough, encouraging and on his game. He has been going through my daughter’s A level French oral and we both feel very confident since she has been receiving his guidance - thank you Jan." Sally, mother of A level girl, April 2018