Independent Thinkers Education

We have a partnership with Independent Thinkers Education. Together we run bespoke courses held at our Senior School. Details of our new courses can be found below.

One-Day Courses on Saturday 29 September 2018

Preparing for the ELAT

Tutor: Brendan Gillott

Brendan read English at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge, graduating with a first, and as a Foundation Scholar; he also completed his .Phil. (Distinction) and Ph.D. at Cambridge. Brendan is currently Praeceptor in English at Corpus Christi where he teaches American
literature, Practical Criticism and Critical Practice, and supervises undergraduates’ third year dissertations on a range of topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. He has lectured on T. S. Eliot and Charles Olson at the Cambridge English Faculty, and published extensively on twentieth-century poetry.


Preparing for the TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment)

Tutor: Alex O’Bryan Tear

TSA Section 1 is taken by applicants for the following courses: Chemistry (Oxford); History and Economics (Oxford); and Land Economy (Cambridge). TSA Sections 1 & 2 are taken by applicants for the following Oxford courses: PPE; Economics and Management; Experimental Psychology; Human Sciences; and Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics. Students taking TSA Section 1 only will be given an additional session on preparing for this assessment and will not attend the session on preparing for Section 2 of the TSA.

Alex studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford, where he was a scholar of Worcester College, and was awarded a prize for outstanding academic achievement. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Psychology and Psychiatry at Cambridge where he taught extensively for the PBS (Psychological and Behavioural Sciences) Tripos. Alex has also delivered Independent Thinkers’ ‘in-house’ TSA courses for leading independent schools. He works as a director and performer, as well as a scientific researcher and tutor.

Preparing for the Cambridge Economics Admissions Assessment
David Carey and Camden Ford

David completed his Masters degree at Oxford in Maths and Philosophy, achieving first class honours. While he was there he was awarded two college exhibitions. He has over two years of teaching experience, working with students aged 14-18.

Camden has been tutoring students in Maths, Chemistry, Engineering and Physics for over seven years, helping students prepare for Oxbridge admissions tests and US SATs, and teaching Maths and Engineering at undergraduate level. He currently teaches several polymers and composites courses for undergraduate Materials Scientists at Oxford University, having previously achieved his undergraduate and MSc degrees on the same programme. He has run practice interviews and tutorials for prospective Oxford students, and contributed to summer outreach and enrichment programmes for prospective scientists and engineers.

Preparing for the Cambridge Biological Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment

Tutors: George Chater and Katy Edwards

This course will also be helpful for students applying to Oxford for Chemistry, Biology or Biochemistry, who wish to consolidate their knowledge of key syllabus content in preparation for interviews in these subjects.

George is a Clinical Fellow at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation. Prior to taking up this appointment, he worked as a junior doctor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London. He qualified as a doctor at King’s College, Cambridge, where he also studied for his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Pharmacology), and undertook his pre-clinical medical training. George holds a Natural Sciences degree in Pharmacology from Cambridge. He has been published both in The Lancet and the BMJ. George has extensive experience of successfully mentoring and advising students, including international students, on their applications to study Medicine at university. Outside of medicine, George is a trustee of The Karira Trust, a small charity working with schools the Developing World.

Katy is a post-graduate Veterinary Science student at Cambridge, having completed her preclinical course and a degree in Biological Natural Sciences (Pathology) at Cambridge. She has extensive tutoring experience, working with students aged 14-18, and has been involved in running peer-mentoring schemes in secondary schools. Katy has been the Captain and Vice-Captain of the Cambridge University women’s 1st football team, and has extensive coaching experience which informs her teaching and tutoring practice.