With the tutorial method of learning there is an emphasis on independent study. During the tutorial you will be expected to think critically and engage in probing discussion with your tutor about your A level studies. You will need to plan ahead for tutorials. Your tutor will provide you with reading lists, specific essay questions problems to solve, etc. which you should complete in advance of the tutorial. This then forms the basis for debate and discussion, providing the opportunity to demonstrate how much you have learned – and also giving you an appreciation of what you have not really understood. You will find that it is the debate and discussion that takes place during the tutorial which consolidates your learning and understanding.
2) How do I get the best out of my tutorials?
To get the best out of your tutor and your tutorial be well prepared. You should expect to complete about three hours of independent A level study for each hour of tuition. Work creatively, investigate and discuss your work and ideas with your colleagues. Spend time thinking about what you want to cover during the tutorial and send any completed homework to your tutor beforehand. The tutorial method of learning works best when the learning and understanding of A level topics is consolidated by probing discussion with the tutor. The more prepared you are the more you will get out of your tutorial. Tutors at Greene’s very much appreciate and enjoy students who arrive with a barrage of questions!
3) What do I do between tutorials?
Between tutorials you are preparing for upcoming tutorials. Working on your A level studies by reading, researching ideas, writing essays, working through problems, taking notes, working with colleagues, going to guest lectures are all some of the things that you will be doing between tutorials.
Your tutors will be setting homework as part of this process but you should also be studying ahead without always being prompted by your tutor. Remember the more prepared you are for each tutorial the more you will benefit from the tutorial.
4) Will it all be one-to-one?
Whilst you will have an individual academic programme, your tutorials may not all be individual. Although groups will be small it is important that you have opportunities for collaborative work and can exchange ideas with your colleagues. As your programme at Greene’s is specific to you your tutoring arrangements are also tailored to meet your individual A level study requirements with a mix and variety of tutorial options.
Small group work is often collaborative, involves presentation work and can be more participatory. We find that collaborative group work will develop your skills to work with others and your ability to listen and contribute effectively in discussion.
5) Can being a student at Greene’s get a bit lonely?
Studying in a city like Oxford presents a vast amount of opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic, sporting and social events. Students at Greene’s join sports clubs, amateur dramatic societies, play their instrument in small orchestras or bands, sing in choirs and so on. Your Personal Tutor and the college Registrar will actively encourage you to become involved in a wider range of activities where you can meet others.
There are also regular events that we organise and an active student committee whose purpose it is to assist the scheduling, planning and promoting of a variety of social events for you and others at Greene’s to enjoy.
Brian teaches English Literature and Government & Politics. He did his undergradaute, masters and doctorate degrees at Oxford and his academic research specialism is the Old Icelandic language. Brian frequently acts as an examiner for several of the major examination board and is passionate about education and the tutorial method of learning. Brian is also [...]
Angus lectures in English Literature at the University of Oxford, U.K., and has been working for Greene’s since 2011. Angus was awarded his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford for his doctoral research on James Joyce, and he has numerous publications to his name, covering a wide spectrum of English Literature. He has also written [...]
Geography, Sociology Alex began his academic career began when he gained a B.Sc. from the City of London Polytechnic in Geography in 1989. From there he went to University College, London to complete a M.Sc. in Micro-palaeontology. Remaining at University College for his doctoral research, he was then awarded his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. Alex [...]
Cressida has a post graduate Master’s qualification in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) from the University of Cambridge, U.K. that was followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, U.K. on the literature of Sophocles. Cressida is currently a lecturer in Classics at the University of Oxford, and has a long list of publications [...]
Meryl holds a B.A. in French and English Literature from the Université Lumières, Lyon II, and an M.A. in Film and Media Studies from Oxford Brookes. Following this, Meryl has taken an M.A. in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, a master’s degree validated by the University of Middlesex. Meryl is an experienced and enthusiastic tutor, who [...]
Julian has a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a Post-graduate qualification in Education from the University of Oxford. Since then he has taught Physics at a range of top independent schools in the U.K. and has been tutoring at Greene’s for the last three years. Julian is an experimental Physicist who strongly believes in learning [...]
Margaret has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nuroscience from the University of Indiana (U.S.) and is currently working on her D.Phil. on Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Margaret brings a wealth of undergraduate and further education tutoring experiences to Greene’s. She has worked with undergraduate students from a third-year cognitive psychology course and [...]
Rowena is a chemist and after having received First Class Honours in Chemistry at the University of Oxford she went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham on “Zeolites and other molecular sieves for chromate remediation”. Rowena has been tutoring in Chemistry for the last ten years and during that time was [...]
Emily has a BA in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Oxford and has been tutoring Chemistry and Biology at Greene’s for a wide range of students. She is currently working on her D.Phil – also at the University of Oxford – and coaches athletics for competitive running. She is particularly keen on [...]
Having studied and worked in many different countries, Lamine has a wide international education and experience. He holds a BSc qualification in Computer Science from Oxford Brookes and has been teaching Mathematics in the UK and at a range of levels for over 15 years. His particular area of interest is Decision Mathematics and logical [...]
Morag has been teaching for over 20 years – including the last two years at Greene’s – and is an Examiner in Business Studies for Edexcel. She has a wide experience of tutoring at a number of further education colleges. Morag is especially clear in her ability to identify weaknesses in examination technique and to [...]
Anne completed her joint honours postgraduate qualification in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K. in 1995. Since then she has been tutoring at a range of colleges in different places and has been at Greene’s for the last three years tutoring Physics and Mathematics. Anne is a highly experienced professional tutor [...]
Saif tutors Biology and Chemistry and has been running Biology A level practicals at Greene’s for the last two years. He is a passionate tutor and keen scientific researcher – even building his own artificial coral reef. Saif has a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, U.K. and a doctorate [...]
Agnieszka teaches both Government & Politics and Law. She holds an M.A.and LL.M. in law as well as a Ph.D. from Oxford Brookes where she was a univesity lecturer. Agnieszka is passionate about tutoring and runs the College’s debating society.
An extremely accomplished actor and a graduate of the University of London, Kieran is an extremely experienced English Language teacher. He specialises in all aspects of English Language tuition including IELTS preparation and holds the prestigious CELTA qualification for teaching English Language. After an extensive career in television, film and theatre, Kieran has taught English [...]
Jenny has postgraduate qualifications from both the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. From Oxford Jenny was awarded her Masters degree in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) and from Cambridge a post-graduate teaching qualification. Jenny has almost 30 years of experience teaching Latin and Ancient Greek in range of top schools in the U.K.
Sarah completed her doctoral research in 2018, at Oxford Brookes University, on early modern melancholia and present day depression in literature. Before gaining her Ph.D. she gained her B.A. from the University of Buckingham in English Literature and French, and then went on to gain her M.A. Sarah’s lecturing and tutoring experience has been extensive [...]