My name is Rob White
I have been a teacher for more than 30 years. I have extensive experience working with IB students from around the world. I am an IB Examiner for both Language and Literature and Extended Essay. I provide engaging, challenging practice tasks to allow you to improve your ability to take on assessment tasks. I offer detailed feedback to help shape your thinking, sharpen your organization, and improve your writing and speaking.
What to Expect
For students, working to complete the expectations of the Diploma Programme is a challenging task. In a classroom setting, your teacher can provide you with a set of clear explanations of the nature of the subject and how best to succeed. If you're struggling in a subject, though, it's often difficult to receive the one-on-one help that might be required.
First, I can offer detailed, sustained, targeted support in the key elements of IB English: understanding and interpreting texts, analyzing and evaluating an author's intentions; organizing your thinking; using language effectively and appropriately.
I'll work with you to develop your skills and build your confidence. Guided practice and detailed feedback will allow you to take on the range of assessments in the IB English course.
IB English Support
Get 1-2-1 guidance and practice to develop the skills necessary to attack the key elements of the IB English Language and Literature | IB English Literature course
IB TOK support
Get 1-2-1 guidance to help you prepare and revise your work on the TOK Exhibition and TOK Essay
IB Extended Essay Support
Get 1-2-1 guidance about the key elements of the IB Group One Extended Essay
Because of the nature of the IB Diploma Programme, students can come to feel overwhelmed about the demands they’re facing. Very often, one source of this stress is dealing with topics, concepts, and subjects that aren’t your strength. With the breadth of the programme and the intensity of the pace, you might find yourself feeling like you’re always trying to catch up. One-to-one tutoring support gives you a chance to focus your limited time and attention. Each session will allow you to monitor progress, to get feedback on where improvement is required, and to consolidate understanding.
IB English Tutoring
IB Language and Literature
Tutoring in English requires sustained practice in essential skills. Each week, our sessions will include opportunities to practice how to understand a range of texts, to analyze the effects of an author’s choices, to provide greater focus and organization to thinking and writing, and to write effectively. With one-on-one guidance, you will develop a set of approaches that can be applied in each of the high stakes assessment tasks in IB English:
Paper 1 Exam
Paper 2 Exam
Sessions will also allow you to develop a stronger grasp of the IB’s approach to the study of Language and Literature.
Unlocking understanding requires examining the nature of Areas of Exploration, Concepts, and the Learner’s Portfolio.
Practical advice about the best ways to use these course elements will allow you produce your best work.
IB TOK Tutoring
The TOK Essay presents a unique set of challenges for you as an IB Student. It is a one-time task worth 66% of your final grade in the course. You may not have had opportunities to complete formative assignments that give you confidence in your approach to the task. It’s also common to feel intimidated by the TOK Essay Titles. Your TOK teacher may not be experienced in the course or in giving guidance and feedback.
I’ll work with you at the key stages of the process to help guide your independent work in completing the TOK Essay assessment:
Choosing an TOK Essay title that matches your understanding and experiences
Planning an essay structure that allows you to meet the expectations of the assessment criteria
Researching the content required to support your argument
Drafting your essay that reflects your thinking
I’ll offer detailed feedback on your essay draft and help show the ways your work can be sharpened and improved.
IB TOK Tutoring
Success in the TOK Exhibition requires a clear, thoughtful approach to linking each of the components — the IA prompt, the objects/images, and the commentary that connects these elements. Advice, feedback, and guidance on navigating the process can be invaluable in performing well.
I’ll work with you to unlock your thinking about your work in the course and its links to your experience of the world. Shaping your thinking in a way that clearly addresses the Exhibition assessment criteria will allow you to approach the task with confidence. My tutoring will support your work in completing the steps of the process:
Exhibition planning, including choosing the right IA prompt
Feedback on choosing objects/images
Guidance on how to best justify the connection among the objects, their real-world contexts, and the IA prompt
Feedback on your commentary draft
With one-to-one support, you can build the necessary confidence to feel like you’re completing your best work in the TOK Exhibition.
IB Extended Essay Tutoring
The Extended Essay stands out among IB assessments. It is designed to be completed outside of the subject structure of the rest of the Diploma Programme. There is no accompanying class to provide opportunities to complete formative tasks that offer feedback and build confidence. All of the key choices — subject, topic, focus, etc. — are, ultimately up to you. It’s not surprising that you may feel overwhelmed by the demands the EE places on you. I’ve spent eight years as an IB Examiner for Group One (English) Extended Essays, reading hundreds of student essays. I’ve also worked with dozens of students as mentor as they completed their researching, planning, drafting, and revising.
I will work with you to help you navigate the process of completing your English Extended Essay. I will provide you with focused advice on the practical steps you can take to approach your work with the self-confidence required to do your best on the project:
Choosing an appropriate topic, including a clear, narrow focus
Selecting sources that demonstrate academic rigor while being useful for you as a reader and writer
Managing your time to help balance with the commitments of the rest of the DP
Planning and drafting your essay to best address the range of assessment criteria
I will provide detailed feedback on your Extended Essay draft that you can you to sharpen your thinking and help you polish your writing.
To get started, you and I will meet to discuss your needs, explore the guidance and support available, and develop a targeted plan.
Once we decide to work together, each lesson lasts for 60 minutes. The cost is $70 per lesson, paid by PayPal or bank transfer. Lessons will be booked in blocks of five (for English support) or 3-5 (for TOK or Extended Essay Support).
Complete the form below, and I’ll provide the details you need to get the support you need.