ONLINE ECONOMICS TUITION
Selecting the right tutor is an important choice to make - does the tutor teach the subject? Are they an examiner in that subject? How experienced are they? These are the questions I ask when I look for support for my own children.
Please have a quick read of my background and the testimonials provided by parents. Feel free to contact if you think that I can provide you with support.
I have taught Economics and Business Studies at both GCSE and A-Level for 23 years within the state sector, holding a range of positions: Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher.
For 22 of those years I have examined in both subjects for UK & International examination boards at a senior level. This includes the International Economics papers for students who study the subject around the world and the Singapore A-Level papers - set solely for students of that country.
I have delivered training to teachers on behalf on behalf of examination boards and asked to support schools develop their teaching of the subject.
Before training to teach, I worked within the UK Government Economic Service and a City of London Investment firm.
I have Qualified Teacher Status and hold an up to date fully enhanced DBS certificate
HOW DOES ONLINE TEACHING WORK?
I use a web-based ‘collaborative whiteboard application’ as my principal teaching forum (in layman’s terms this is a screen-sharing tool designed specifically for online tuition, and because it is web-based there is no software to install); I can share my screen with the student and we can both can draw and write together at the same time, each seeing what the other is doing.
In this way it is possible to share worksheets and exam questions, and for my student to respond live on the screen (just as effectively as using pen and paper together in the same room!), thus benefitting from a proper interactive tutorial. (SEE OPPOSITE)
And, all at the same time, we can talk live, face-to-face, via a video link!
On top of that, students can access the online tutorial platform at any time to review the work completed, attempt ‘homework’ exercises, and even to download and print the material covered
– it really does offer all of the benefits of traditional tutorials and much more besides!
Please take a moment to read a sample of what students and families I supported wanted to share.
Sean helped me go from being predicted a grade B to achieving an A*. In lower 6 economics really just did not click with me. I was not very confident with my knowledge and understanding - however, Sean gave me a whole new perspective which is so important for evaluation making economics so much more enjoyable.
The online tutoring just works so well with the subject due to the heavy emphasis on diagrams, Sean is a grade saver.
After what has been a very challenging year and with very little online teaching and support from his sixth form college, my son has secured the A level grade he needed for his Business degree course. It is safe to say that this would not have been possible without Sean. His diligence, quiet patience and belief in my son’s ability and potential, despite his teenage reticence, not only gave him the knowledge but the motivation and inspiration to push himself towards achieving his goal.
The fact that M never once complained about the prospect of a lesson with Sean is testament to the online rapport that was formed. Sean went way above what we expected of him and helped my son prepare for tests, offered advice on his personal statement, and was always there for him for last minute preparation and advice.
Throughout the whole tutoring process we feel that Sean has been there for our son, showing genuine empathy and obvious professional pride in achieving the outcome needed for him to pursue his University Business degree. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Deb & David
Thanks so much for all the help you gave our son; you were definitely responsible for his grade👍. Your kindness, encouragement and patience were greatly appreciated, at a time when he had virtually no face to face teaching, or support from his college. Without your help, I dread to think what he would have got 🙈. "M" is going to his first choice university.
Sean has been an amazing A level tutor to my 2 teenage sons over the last 2 years. His knowledge, experience and ability to communicate with and get the best out of his students is second to none and he is always on the end of an email / phone to give additional support and guidance when required and to mentor his students !
He is a top class tutor and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone !
Sean was recommended to us through a previous parent and he truly did the impossible as our son could not have achieved his A in Business A-level without Sean. Sean was constantly encouraging our son every step of the way through his friendly approach which made our son look forward to his lessons. He was very thorough, knowledgable, well organised and a great communicator. I can not recommend Sean enough.
As the parent of a Business Studies student taught by Sean, My daughter lacked confidence and just needed to be shown she could do it and to believe in herself - Sean unlocked this for her and the progress she made from an average GCSE score to an A at A level has been incredible! You can’t teach the skills Sean has, it’s a gift! Dubious sense of humour I might add but this is the hook for the students, they love his stories and this is how they remember and what makes him so relatable. Thank you 🙏🏽
"Sean was highly recommended by a Business Studies colleague at the school where I work, and he has proved to be an excellent tutor. His personable, friendly manner has certainly won the trust and respect of my son, and Sean’s professional and meticulous approach to the delivery of his online sessions has boosted my son’s confidence no end. He has willingly given up his own time to provide last minute revision sessions for tests, and he has helped him structure and organise his learning in a much more coherent way. Sean provides feedback after every session, and always answers any enquiries immediately. We have been so impressed by his commitment and the positive working relationship he has built up with my son; we cannot recommend him highly enough."
“ I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to Sean, as my Economics tutor. I found the lessons really engaging and interesting and would definitely recommend to my friends. He made me fall in love with Economics more than I already do. I will certainly miss my lessons with Sean and Economics A level. It has always been my favourite subject and always will be. Hope you have a fabulous summer holiday!"
“ Mr Preston tutored my son A for approximately 10 months following his examinations in the Lower Sixth. As a consequence, he was able to raise his grade from a middling C to a grade A. That allowed him to gain a place at his first-choice University where he read Business and French. He has since gone on to work for a number of multinational companies, and is now living with his family in Geneva and is employed at CERN. Without Mr Preston's help both A and I are sure the outcome would not have been so positive. Sean was able to both guide and inspire my son in his studies. He showed a wealth of knowledge of the subject and, more importantly, focused expertly on examination technique. I have great pleasure in recommending him as a tutor and mentor for any Economics student. ”
”Sean was a great tutor who made me feel extremely comfortable when learning and very confident for my exams.He used different teaching techniques to the ways I felt best suited myself.Sean was a huge reason as to why I went from a C in my Y12 mocks to an A in my A level"
“Fantastic tutoring that helped to teach with great clarity various topics that I needed to develop in economics, but also to help refine and perfect my methods to ensure top grades in exams. Also done in the best way I have experienced with a tutor using easy to use video calls and a connected online whiteboard. Came out with an A* and would definitely recommend Sean to anyone looking for help.”
Before I started getting tutored by Sean I was struggling to understand many aspects of A-Level economics. This resulted in me being predicted a D for my A-level results. After I started getting help from Sean, he had a great way of breaking down the economics content. Therefore allowing me to have a better understanding of the whole course. In turn this allowed me to improve in all areas of the course such as knowledge, essay writing and evaluation. Furthermore I enjoyed every lesson I had with Sean not once looking at the time to see when the session would be over. Overall Sean helped me to finish my A-level economics course with a result of a B. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling and needs a tutor.
“ I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful work that you have been doing with O for the last couple of months. Your organised approach, combined with your evident knowledge has brought back the confidence for the subject in O. I have often overheard you motivating her ever so gently to stretch herself and honestly, that works. ”
“ I was struggling with my economics A level, but after a few lessons with Sean I can already see the difference in my grades and quality of writing - saying that, I noticed the change almost immediately after the first! Sean excels at explaining advanced concepts in concise, digestible ways which bring absolute clarity to the topic in question, and really goes above and beyond in helping you understand the principles behind economic mechanisms. If you need a tutor, I couldn't recommend him enough. ”
"Sean is a fantastic tutor. Friendly, analytical in his approach and extremely knowledgeable, he has made Economics A level much easier to tackle. From exploring topics and clarifying any misunderstandings to exam technique, he has comprehensively aided my study of the subject, spurring on extra reading and encouraging further study of the subject at university. Thank you Sean!"
“ Sean tutored my son J on a private basis. He was reliable, efficient and planned engaging and productive sessions. Sean developed a really strong rapport with J who greatly enjoyed his teaching style and methods. He was particularly adept at breaking down the more complex concepts into bite sized pieces. The specific challenge that faced Sean with J was that he was wanting to gain an A*, however was targeted a B. He contributed greatly to the A* that J did achieve through high order questioning and excellent guidance on exam preparation and technique. Sean was able to really develop J's' skills of extraction, simplification, analysis and evaluation. Not only did J achieve an A* he also gained the top mark within his cohort - again something that I put down to Sean's excellent tutoring. I would have no hesitation in recommending a superb, diligent and committed tutor to you. ”
“ Sean helped my daughters through their AS level Economics and has been a brilliant tutor. He is very good at explaining difficult concepts and is highly knowledgeable of all areas of economics. By making extensive use of exam questions as a teaching tool he rapidly assesses understanding of a given topic, and addresses any areas of difficulty. Tutorials are therefore individually tailored. He has a relaxed and easy going style and so easily builds rapport, while at the same time challenging the student to reach their potential. His experience as an examiner brings another aspect to the session which you won’t find with many other tutors so he can explain to you exactly how you should answer each type of question and what you should include. Being in Dubai was never an issue, as he has also created a great platform for the tuition to take place where my daughters can both write and Sean can import questions which you can still look back over in between sessions. Both girls will be continuing with Sean for their A Level Economics. Sean is an excellent tutor and I would highly recommend him. ”
“ J has his last lesson with Sean this evening. He has been amazing, not only in his tutorials, but also in supporting J in a much more holistic way. We are a huge advocate of all that he has done. ”
“ Sean is an amazing tutor! My daughter R achieved a grade B, this wouldn’t have been possible without Sean’s help."
I am an experienced professional and have faith in the quality of my work and how it is delivered, so you also have the added reassurance of my ‘No Risk Satisfaction Guarantee’, whereby if a student is not satisfied with the first tutorial then I will not charge you for it!
If you are happy then I would ask you to make a payment for a block of four lessons of which the first tutorial would be the first in that particular block
A free lesson is also given for each successful recommendation
I provide both "One-to-one online tutorials" (£40) or "Small Group online tutorials" (50% discount for second student). Please contact me for groups sizes of 3 or more students.
Other companies will offer lower prices but please check that the tutor is (a) a qualified teacher and preferably, (b) an examiner in the subject and not a university student looking to earn a bit of extra cash in their spare time.
As well as the tutorial itself, my fees cover all of my preparation time and resources used.
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