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Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus - Learn Not For School But For Life
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Specialist tutors in English Language, Literature, Philosophy & Critical Thinking
Exam Prep, Essay Writing/Editing, Academic Guidance
Higher education – BA, MA & PhD
how it works
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Available for in-person, 1-to-1 tuition across the South East
Online, 1-to-1 tuition anywhere in the world!
Covering all UK exam boards including:
AQA, EdExcel, OCR & WJEC
Real Tutors, Serious Teaching,
Who we are
I’m Ethar Al-Saraf, Doctor of Philosophy and Lead Tutor of TheBildungTutors. I have been a student mentor throughout my years of higher education and have honed a teaching method based on academic research and over ten years of experience. TBT was founded based on that method and some fundamental principles. We believe that learning cannot be truly achieved at the command of an authority figure. We believe that achievement is dependent on two basic criteria: confidence and the will to overcome challenges. At TBT, we offer the means by which those qualities can be realised, providing a foundation for academic excellence. Lastly, we believe that our commitment to our core principles and the Bildung method distinguishes us from other services:
“Bildung refers to the tradition of self-cultivation wherein philosophy and education are linked in a manner that refers to a process of both personal and cultural maturation. This maturation is described as a harmonisation of the individual’s mind and heart, unifying identity with the broader society. In this sense, the process is achieved through personal transformation presenting a challenge to the individual’s accepted beliefs.”
To that end, our tutors pay close attention to the particular strengths and weaknesses of their student and redirect them towards the pursuit of independent, intellectual maturing. Above all, we believe that learning and the desire to understand is universal and precedes institutional education. Thus it cannot be defined, much less pursued, from any one point of view and we teach accordingly.
REVIEWS & FAQ's
Schedules can vary from week to week and dependent on whether the request is for in-person or online tutoring. Hit the ‘contact your tutor’ button, make an enquiry and we will get back to you within 48hrs.
Of course you can reschedule as and when necessary but you will be charged 50% of the fee if you cancel on the day of the lesson.
Students are advised to continue with their studies if possible but can always cancel a contract whenever they deem it necessary. Schedules and contracts are ultimately determined by the students, for the students.
We are equally committed to both our in-person and online students therefore our fees are the same in either case.
Lessons will always be held at the students’ convenience so they can be conducted in an appropriate, agreed upon location such as a library or café. Otherwise transport costs will be included in the tuition fee where travel is over three miles.
Students are advised to have a textbook/notepad dedicated to our lessons but all reading materials will be provided by the tutor either in hard-copy or online.
Timetables for completing work will be set by the tutor but in coordination with their student. Students are encouraged to talk to their tutor if work is late or incomplete so that they can either set a new deadline or address the work in the next lesson.
The duration of the contract and the intensity of the lessons is ultimately up to the student. We have guided many students through their exams and are committed to improving understanding and grades no matter the length of the contract.
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Ethar taught me philosophy in a way that was completely new and eye-opening. He always helped me engage with the material in a down to earth way and would easily explain things differently and in different contexts if I was struggling. He would also highlight the links between topics which I found very informative in developing a holistic understanding, something which is especially important in philosophy. Lastly, he is incredibly friendly to work with and I would highly recommend him as a tutor if you want to truly understand the subject.
I went from getting a 2 to getting a 6 in english language. I would not have been able to do it without the great tutoring and support that I recieved from Ethar.
Ethar has been tutoring my son for about a month now and from the very beginning we knew he was the perfect tutor for Callum. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and he has a fantastic way of getting Callum engaged with the subject. He has a great sense of humour which Callum responds well to and with a perfect balance of teacher/friend, I would highly recommend Ethar.
My parents hired Ethar in my final year of A-Levels to tutor me in Philosophy and Ethics. I was failing terribly in two of my three subjects and my self esteem was non-existent. My teachers couldn't provide the academic or the emotional support I clearly needed to see me through to my exams. While I was apprehensive of having yet another tutor Ethar was a pleasant surprise. Within the first few minutes of our meeting I knew he would be very different to any other academic support I had in the past. He challenged me on everything I thought I knew to do with my subject and most importantly allowed me to ask the questions which had always been brushed off in my lessons at college. He made the lessons stress free and interesting and I could have him repeat things constantly until I felt like I understood them. He worked incredibly hard to get me to the exams in one piece and acted like it was easy so as not to make me feel like I was hopeless. In short, Ethar is an excellent teacher and mentor, he supported me through all my trials and tribulations and I received better grades than I had hoped for. I know this wouldn't have been the case if I hadn't found him.