I am Amelia Carruthers, an expert academic tutor, writer and editor based in London.

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I am passionate about the study of English, History and Philosophy – and love sharing this enthusiasm and curiosity with my students. From adult learners looking to improve their English skills to GCSE and A Level exam preparation, I have helped students across South West London achieve their academic goals.

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I love creating engaging, informative blog and website copy that will keep your readers hooked. From a publishing and marketing background, I specialise in writing for cultural enterprises, although recent projects have included marketing for mobile planetariums, financial reporting on “Tap to Donate”, and fashion advice! I am always open to new challenges, so get in touch to discuss any projects.

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  • Curious Cats: Reported Questions

    December 9, 2019 by

    When learning English as a Foreign Language, reported speech (the subject of a previous blog) and reported questions can often be a tricky topic. It is such an important part of social and professional speech however, to be able to correctly talk about what others have been saying. Think of any chitter-chatter in pubs, coffee-shops… Read more

  • English as a Foreign Language: Reported Speech

    November 28, 2019 by

    They said what!!?? Being able to say what he said about what she said in reply to what they said (you get the gist) is a crucial skill not only for everyday speech, but very important for professional communications at work too. It is something that native-speakers (and many learners) will pick-up naturally, however it… Read more

  • Michel De Montaigne - was he really a sceptic?

    Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part Two)

    November 18, 2019 by

    This two-part blog series analyses the influence of Pyrrhonian Scepticism on Montaigne’s writings. For the first part of this article, take a look at my previous blog. In order to comprehend Montaigne’s use of Pyrrhonism, the Apology for Raymond Sebond (the longest and most debated individual essay), provides a fascinating insight into the implicit epistemological… Read more

  • GCSE Poetry Analysis: AQA Love and Relationships

    Poetry Analysis: AQA Love and Relationships

    November 15, 2019 by

    Poetry is one of those subjects that students either love or hate to begin with. Anthologies such as AQA’s Love and Relationships do tend towards the saccharine, although there is definite humour in there too! As an English tutor, I find that poetry is one of the most useful ways to experiment and improve pupil’s… Read more

  • Michel De Montaigne

    Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part One)

    November 11, 2019 by

    Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. If you haven’t come across his Essais, I’d recommend just picking a couple at random and starting from there… It’s how… Read more

  • Phrasal Verbs, Adult English Tuition Chiswick, Mortlake, English as a Foreign Language

    English as a Foreign Language: Phrasal Verbs

    November 4, 2019 by

    This week I have been looking at one of the trickiest vocabulary topics in my Adult English classes – phrasal verbs. These are incredibly common in modern English, and aren’t really something that learners can memorise by heart. What you can do however is look out for them whenever you read, whether this is fiction,… Read more

  • Pablo Picasso, Guernica (1937)

    What is Hauntology? Art History at Halloween

    October 20, 2019 by

    As we approach officially the spookiest time of the year, I am putting a spotlight on one of my favourite terms in Art Theory – Hauntology. Aside from the wonderful name, Hauntology is a fascinating concept, with wide-ranging applications across philosophy, sociology, music, history, art history…. and just about any academic or cultural topic you… Read more

  • English GCSE Terminology Glossary

    Key terminology for GCSE English analysis

    October 12, 2019 by

    At this point of the year, many students’ minds are turning towards October half term (hooray), and then onto the upcoming mock exams. These will often be the first GCSE-style tests many pupils have to face, with a few nerves playing an inevitable part. One of the most challenging aspects is the sometimes baffling array… Read more

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