Tutoring

My background is in anthropology, teaching, supervising and conducting research at the University level.  You can read a bit about that here.

Having left formal academia for the wilds of entrepreneurship, I’ve come to realise how much I miss engaging with students. I love teaching, and tutoring is a way to connect with students, as well as put my ample experience in the field to use.

In the course of a quarter-century, I’ve taught all sorts of courses at all levels.

Perhaps most relevant here, however, is my experience doing supervisions (tutorials) at Cambridge. For those unfamiliar with the system, students are assigned an essay that is linked to the lectures they attend. They then meet, either individually or in small groups of 2 or 3, with their supervisor to test their arguments, their knowledge of the topic and so forth.

It’s a chance for students to explore a topic in more depth, but also to get guidance on aspects they don’t feel confident with.

In other words, it’s essentially tutoring.

Rates:

My rates vary, but range from £45 – £60, depending on the topic, level, etc.  I may charge half of that for time spent reading and providing feedback on written work, which will be discussed before we start.  (If your main focus is such feedback, looking at my editing page might be more appropriate).

These rates may seem high. You can find tutors on-line working for £20 / hour or so. I ask you to keep something in mind: I don’t explicitly charge for preparation time, but what you are getting can in many cases amount to a bespoke set of classes on a specialised topic with individual attention.

I’d ask you to also keep in mind something that is true of any freelancer: We are experienced professionals, but lack institutional support. We don’t get paid holidays, free access to University libraries, printers or photocopiers. We don’t have an employer-based pension plan. In short, we have expenses that a student working on the side doesn’t have. In return, however, you get a professional, not simply someone looking to make a bit of extra cash.