Hello! I teach Years 7, 8, 9 and GCSE English Language and Literature.
In all I do, I aim to spark a love of words and confidence in using them.
I encourage enjoyment of reading and a resilient attitude towards mistakes, which are great teachers! In my lessons I use books on an exciting range of topics, because English flings open doors to the real world as well as to imaginary worlds. Exam technique is important, so of course
I teach it. However, my teaching also aims to inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence. These are the things that win success - in exams and in the life beyond!
I have a Double First in English from Oxford, am a fully qualified teacher and have and twenty-five years' teaching experience.
My teaching materials often use cartoons to make things clear and memorable. I've also made a miniature Globe Theatre to help bring Shakespeare to life, for example in the little video which you can watch below. You can watch more of my teaching videos on my YouTube Channel, 'pavertutor'.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
English Language and Literature, at Years 8 and 9 and GCSE. I am not currently teaching A Level. From the apostrophe to Shakespeare and everything in between! Poetry - how to understand and enjoy it, and then how to analyse and compare poems. Shakespeare - how to peel the words off the page and enjoy them as amazing plays. Reading - how to understand and appreciate all forms of writing, from a match report to a Gothic novel. Writing - how to get an idea in the first place, then how to nurture it, plan it, and write anything from a professional business letter to the first page of a detective novel. Exam technique - how to tackle exam questions step by step, and then give the examiners what they really, really want.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Double First in English Language and Literature from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and a P.G.C.E.
- How much do you charge?
Each lesson costs £41. (Please note - the first lesson is not free, contrary to the button on this website, which cannot be altered by tutors. Just so you know!)
- Where do you teach?
I teach in Teddington, Middlesex, in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
Teddington Rail Station is ten minutes' walk from me. There are direct trains to e.g. Twickenham (7 minutes), New Malden (11 mins), Richmond (13 minutes) and Wimbledon (18 mins). The R68, 285 and 281 buses stop 5-10 minutes' walk from me.
There is free on-street parking in my road and in nearby streets. If you are bringing your child by car and have a long journey home, you are welcome to wait in my comfy living room until the end of the lesson!
- When are you available?
Weekdays, both during the day and after school. So if your child is home educated or not in full-time education, I can help. I teach during school terms and in the holidays. Weekly, fortnightly and one-off lessons are all possible. Occasional Saturday mornings.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Years 7, 8, 9 and GCSE. I am not currently teaching A Level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE. I am familiar with the new English Language and Literature GCSEs and aim to make these clear, rewarding and exciting for students.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Never give up! However, if you are stuck, take a break. Give your mind a rest. Play a song; play with a dog; get some fresh air. Then try again later or the next day with a refreshed mind. If you are still stuck, get in touch. To see first if you like the way I explain things, take a look at the little video up here on Superprof.
As well as being delighted with their exam results, I want all my students to enjoy some amazing books and also to relish using words themselves, in their own unique ways.
I want my students to look back on a course that they enjoyed, and to look forward to a lifetime's pleasure in words. I don't want them to spend two years worrying about what the examiners want. That's my job. I can see how a pupil's work hits the exam criteria. Your job as a student is to do your best and enjoy the journey!
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- What kind of experience do you have?
Over twenty years' experience of teaching secondary-school level English and English Literature. I am familiar with the new GCSEs for English Language and English Literature. I always taught A Level in the past but am currently taking a break from it to focus on the new GCSEs.
I taught for 11 years as a full-time English teacher in both state and private secondary schools. Then I became self-employed and have taught for over ten years as a private tutor, with some supply teaching to keep my finger on the pulse.
I use cartoons to make things clear, fun and memorable in my teaching materials. These are on the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Website for teachers worldwide to download for free. The TES has given some of my resources five stars, made me a 'Recommended Author' and chose my 'Shakespeare's Hat' resource for their 'Best Shakespeare Resources' feature in April 2017. I've also made a miniature Globe Theatre to help my students to explore their set texts as play scripts written for an exciting outdoor stage, rather than just as tough old exam texts! Once you know what you will see onstage in any given scene, the meaning of the words starts to become clearer. You can also play with different staging and interpretations. It's a play - so play with it!
For nine years I wrote articles about teaching for The Times Educational Supplement (TES). This informs my teaching of the GCSE English paper: I can help students to write and analyse newspaper articles because I have written them myself.
Spending an hour with one student means that I can give clear and detailed feedback. I mark written work using three coloured pens: green for good, red for wrong and purple for next steps. This is motivating and effective because students can see at a glance what they're doing right and how to improve.
I teach at home with all my books and papers to hand. This allows me to select from over twenty years of teaching in one hour! I can see what a student needs and would enjoy, and I can give it to them there and then. I have past papers for exam practice and books on a huge range of subjects. Encouraging reading and helping each student find their own way into it is one of the most important parts of my job. I don't just "teach to the test". Of course, exam technique is crucial to success. However, it does not dominate my teaching. I think that the more you enjoy English, the more you will improve. So I always aim to choose interesting texts for each individual student – and above all, to send them home in a good mood, ready to tackle the next step!
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained as a teacher at Kings College, University of London.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Tutors' Association.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My students are interested in a huge range of things, from sport to music, science to politics, fantasy to fashion. Each student brings a world of experience that sheds a unique light on this endlessly fascinating subject. Some play an instrument; this helps them to analyse poetic rhythm. Some love football; sports journalism fires their interest in good writing. Others enjoy science: they are often quick to spot the structure of a text, and variations on the pattern. English is a chameleon subject - it can adapt itself to whoever is studying it!
My students are better at English than they realise. So my lessons aim to boost confidence by taking a step-by-step approach. Enjoyment and clarity are central to this process. I think my students are enjoying the work because their parents tell me so! After all, English is a subject based on things that we do for pleasure, such as reading books and watching plays. Of course, my students all receive help with rigorous attention to accuracy, answering the question, structuring an essay and much more. However, they also get enjoyment and confidence – because that's the best way to improve.
One of my students said to me, "I'm making my own connections now, instead of just learning them." That sums up what I want for each student: to be able to study independently, making their own discoveries. It's great preparation for university and beyond.
• BA (Oxon) English Language & Literature - Double First
• DBS Certificate (formerly CRB)
• The Tutors' Association & Writer for The Times Ed (TES) (concealed information)
Perfect! Catherine has been tutoring my sons in KS3 for six months now and I couldn't been happier with the result. She is very patient with them even though they often forget her instructions or tips. Catherine motivates them in the way that I could not do that they do not think about cancelling a lesson despite their busy schedule. One of my sons was recently complimented by his English teacher at school on how well he is doing in class, which came as a surprise for both my son and me, but boosted his confidence which is quite needed as he heads to the GCSE.
I am delighted to be able to act as a reference for Catherine; she made a very positive impact on both my children. After sessions they returned home uplifted and inspired, confident to continue to study alone with an interested and positive attitude.
Catherine tutored my daughter, Rose, for her AS and A2 English Literature. She provided expert guidance on all aspects of the curriculum, always informed by her formidable knowledge of the texts. Catherine encouraged Rose to develop her own ideas, and Rose's understanding and confidence increased enormously as a result. Her marking of written work was particularly helpful in supporting Rose to express her ideas fluently.
I first met Catherine Paver when we taught together at the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton where she was a well-liked and respected member of the English department. She has since individually tutored my three children who all liked her friendly and personal approach...Catherine thought carefully about what texts would interest a 12 year-old boy and succeeded in both challenging and engaging him...Catherine is a reliable, caring and understanding teacher who responds to the needs of the individual.
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