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  • UCL: MA English Literature

  • UCL: English Literature 1st Class Degree

  • Rugby School: A-levels - English Literature A*, History A, Maths A, Economics A

  • Honorary Academic Scholarship from Rugby School

Biography & Interests

I graduated from University College London in 2017 after studying a BA and MA in English Literature. Since leaving university I spent a year at an arts and culture magazine before working as a freelance journalist with a focus on politics and the Middle East. Alongside mentoring, I'm currently researching for a book length project on the history of Islam in the UK with a leading political columnist. I'm also a big football fan and Arsenal supporter. Other sports I enjoy are tennis and swimming.

Experience & Approach

I have been mentoring in London for many years now and predominantly worked with students taking the 11+ for entry into schools that have included Godolphin and Latymer, City of London and Whitgift. Having said that, my experience has also seen me teaching essay technique for undergraduates and even working in a youth prison. If this has taught me anything, it's that each student is different and the best mentoring aims to meet the needs of the individual. I like to take the time to get to know my students and to work together to make the sessions enjoyable and relaxed. In my experience, that's when you get the best results.


"He has been punctual, courteous, and most importantly very engaging with Nicolai who somewhat surprisingly given his track record with history said the lessons were fun." Mother of Nicolai, Year 6 boy, October 2018

"Nathan really looks forward to seeing Jan and is always happy afterwards and he often talks of the play they read together. Jan has recommended Greek myths and Nathan is greatly enjoying reading these. The mentoring is a huge success.Thank you so much for recommending Jan for Nathan, Darren and I feel it was a real success." Mother of Nathan, Year 5 boy, November 2018