Jamie Heckert

writing and thinking tutor

Based in
Parkstone, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Bournemouth & Poole, Dorchester, Southampton

Rates: negotiable depending on income -- please get in touch to chat about it

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After nearly a decade of working in schools and universities, I know that many young people are feeling frustrated, bored and angry in schools and universities. Because teachers and lecturers face so many constraints, they can find it difficult to offer the individual support and empathy that young people desperately need. I'm worried, too, that official curricula are not preparing young people for the challenges of economic, social and climate instability. As a private tutor, I can share my enthusiasm for learning, my empathy for the challenges young people face and my love of imagining and exploring ways of meeting those challenges.

I offer private tutoring, one-on-one or facilitated groupwork, exploring social and political issues. I can help young people & adults who want:

* to think outside the box (develop critical thinking skills)
* to improve their writing confidence and skills
* to remember their love of learning
* to ask questions and explore possibilities
* to imagine their lives differently
* to find new ways of understanding the world around them
* support with school, university or independent study

I have extensive knowledge in the fields of sociology, politics, philosophy, cultural studies, media studies & social psychology. My particular areas of interest & expertise include:

* social identity
* social justice and social change
* the politics of everyday life
* intimate relationships and sexuality
* gender studies
* emotions and society
* ecopsychology

I much prefer the openness of working with people outside of institutions where folk can decide together how to do things. For me, a sense of connection and meaning is far more important than conforming to particular rules or standards of evaluation.

If you want to talk about how we might work together, please feel free to get in touch!


Associate Fellow, Centre For Research on Law, Gender & Sexuality, Kent Law School

As a visiting fellow, I give talks and organise formal and informal sessions to share support and ideas with students and staff.

Jan 2009 - May 2009

Sessional Youth Worker, Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project

Provided emotional support, informal education and an alternative role model at this youth club situated in a former mining village near Edinburgh.

May 2006 - Jun 2007

Lecturer, Sexuality and Gender, School of Psychology and Sociology, Napier University

• Facilitated participatory discussion among small groups of honours students
• Topics included social/historical approaches, identity, intimacy, domestic life, pornography & sexual violence

Jan 2006 - May 2006

Guest Lecturer, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh

Guest Lecturer, various Sociology Honours courses
• Why is it so hard to love? A lecture for “Intimate Relations”. (December 2004 & October 2006)
• Globalisation from Below. A lecture for “Globalisation and Migration” (February 2005)
• Anarchism & Anti-Capitalism; Social Movement(s), Democratisation and Everyday Life. Lectures for “Social and Political Movements”. (January/February, 2006)
• Movement & the politics of everyday life (time, space & emotion); Anarchy's Gifts: Ethics, Organisation & Imagination. Lectures for “Social and Political Movements”. (February/March, 2007)

Dec 2004 - Feb 2007

Tutor: 2nd Year Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Edinburgh

• Facilitated discussion among small groups of second-year students
• Sociology Topics included: sociology of risk, nationalism, environment, & intimate relationships
• Explored issues in social and political theory including: the state, utilitarianism, rights, morality & knowledge
• Theorists discussed included: Hobbes, Kropotkin, Mill, Durkheim, Smith, Hayek, Marx, Weber & Lyotard

Sep 2004 - May 2005

Tutor, 1st Year Sociology, University of Edinburgh

• Facilitated discussion among small groups of first-year students
• Topics included: religion, the body, nationalism, identity, postmodernism, sexuality & gender

Oct 1999 - May 2002

Specialist Lecturer, Sexual Health Team, Department of Children and Families, City of Edinburgh Council

Working in schools a drop in basis, I held three hour sessions with small groups of 15 to 16-year-old students. Through discussion and interactive games, we explored issues around negotiating safer hug, gender and power, STIs and condoms, and the importance of pleasure.

Oct 1999 - Jun 2007

Educational history

NVC - Deepening the Foundation Course: Transforming Conflict plus Mediation Skills

November, 2006
Centre for Non Violent Communication

Non Violent Communication (NVC) Foundation Training

August, 2006 - September, 2006
Centre for Non Violent Communication

PhD Sociology

September, 2000 - September, 2005
University of Edinburgh
Returning to the personal, I interviewed people about their intimate relationships and ended up understanding new possibilities for ethics and politics.

MSc Sociological Research Methods

September, 1998 - September, 2000
University of Edinburgh
This course included learning the theory and practice of sociological research, both in the classroom and in doing an independent critical research project on the politics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride.

BA Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies

August, 1993 - May, 1997
Grinnell College
My undergraduate education was at a liberal arts college in the US. A liberal arts education encourages a breadth of thinking and my four year degree also included classes in Spanish, chemistry, maths, education, theatre, cultural studies, and others.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Last login: 12 years 16 weeks ago

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