Sophie A.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Bachelors) - Somerville College, Oxford University

649 completed lessons

About me

Hi – I’m Dan, a second year student studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.


Since 2014 I have been a private tutor, a classroom assistant in two schools and a foreign language teacher in China. Having taught a variety of students in different situations has equipped me to teach across ages and abilities and to be able to teach in the way that is most appropriate for the individual student – which is often different from the way they are taught at school. I teach the combination of analysis and argument that makes for successful writing in the social sciences and humanities, which is perfect for tutoring politics, economics, history and philosophy.


I also take quite an analytical approach to English Literature and I have found students to be highly responsive to this different take on the subject. However, tutoring goes beyond simply teaching the course content and how to pass an exam; I also encourage the writing of engaging and interesting pieces that not only score well in school exams, but will set the students up well for further study and building their ability to write effectively in real-world situations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

About my sessions

My tutoring sessions aim to delve deeper into the content than a school lesson. Rather than simply giving a superficial understanding that only allows students to answer familiar questions, I teach thorough understanding.


This gives students the ability to interpret a question and the confidence to write an outstanding answer, as this requires moving beyond what is obviously relevant. A typical session would begin by setting a session objective. This is a short discussion to determine what we are aiming to achieve in the session. If there are regular sessions, there will be an overall objective and each session will be part of a schedule.


This gives the student a sense of progress and targets learning effectively. The core of the session generally revolves around looking at relevant questions and addressing issues the student has. Making plans is an effective method, so that may be the centre of sessions, particularly close to exam season. This is an efficient way to teach as it covers both content and structure. The session ends with a review of what was covered and a discussion of any points that are still unclear. Finally, the student will create a list of material they are now comfortable or uncomfortable with to aid later revision.

Personally interviewed

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Maths A-level (A2)A*
Further MathematicsA-level (A2)A
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
TSA Uni admission test PASS
PhysicsA-level (A2)A*

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