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Lana
« Perfect! I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely... More »
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Lana
« Perfect! I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely from it. What's great about our workshops is that it is not staid academic English lessons, rather, we have worked on creative writing, blogs and even types of writing (like op-eds and short form) that I need to enhance in order to become better at my job working PR! For me, as someone who is not new to writing, Ross has managed to really stretch my abilities and articulation, and the latter goes the long way beyond just writing. His passion and dedication really engages you in each and every session. »
£25/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Ross
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Writing
  • Dissertation
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • Adult education
  • Diploma
  • Undergraduate
  • BTEC
  • Masters

Creative and critical writer and editor offering tutoring in GCSE English, prose, essay writing and editing.

Methodology

I offer academic tutoring from GCSE English Language and Literature, up to essay writing at Postgraduate level or, outside of academia, for non-native English speakers, or those who simply have an avid interest in creative writing and editing. This includes students studying at institutions worldwide, or through open university. I provide bespoke sessions, but my preferred teaching method is by way of workshops (one to one or group workshops) as I believe this is by far the best way to improve; it gets you writing and analysing your own work.

The student produces a piece of writing before the workshop (roughly 500-1000 words), which I then edit and annotate. This allows the entirety of the workshop to be spent in analysis and improvement, rather than half of it being wasted reading. If the student lives too far to make a face to face session practicable, the option for feedback to be sent electronically is available. Zoom/Skype/Microsoft Teams workshops are also available.

Depending on the level of study, the first workshop may need to be an assessment of the student's academic ability/tutoring requirements.

Workshops 45-60 minutes. Workshop cost includes up to 2 hours of editing outside of the workshop.

I am also happy to undertake writing and editing tasks of any nature. The hourly fee of £25 still applies, plus travel costs if applicable.

Ambassador

One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Ross will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

I am a creative and critical writer and editor at the University of Gloucestershire (BA, MA). I founded and co-edit Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, which develops and publishes new and aspiring writers.

I am a professional member of The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), through which I attend regular writing conferences and have access to the latest writing in education materials.

I am also regularly published in journals, magazines and ezines, online and in print, and provide editing services for others published in the same and similar forums. I enjoy educating; I guest lecture on Creative Writing Courses at other colleges and have a level 4 education and training teaching qualification awarded by Edexcel.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £10
Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £110
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £190

Details

Students are welcome to travel to me (no cost), or to have workshops via webcam (no cost - most popular option).
I am happy to travel to students; a £10 travel cost will apply to students who live up to 10 miles away, with an additional £2.50 for every 5 miles thereafter.

Block of 5 workshops, paid in advance, £22/hour – total £110.
Block of 10 workshops, paid in advance, £19/hour – total £190.

Lessons offered by Ross
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Writing
  • Dissertation
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • Adult education
  • Diploma
  • Undergraduate
  • BTEC
  • Masters

Ross's CV

Creative and Critical Writing MA

Modules
Teaching Creative Writing, Creative Industries, Popular Culture, Creativity, Research Methods, Creative Projects: Beginnings and Developments.


Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1st Class

Modules
Experimental and Transgressive Prose, Poetry Masterclass, Modelling Creativity, Writing the Novel, Engaging Humanities, Autobiography Confession and Creative Non-fiction, Fictionalising the Recent Past, Advanced Prose, The Writing Business Getting Published, Creative Industries.

Dissertation
The Guąrdian Chronicles and Snake Charmer: A Creative and Critical Analysis of Stereotypes and Archetypes in Fantasy Fiction.

17 reviews on Ross
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Lana

Perfect! I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely from it. What's great about our workshops is that it is not staid academic English lessons, rather, we have worked on creative writing, blogs and even types of writing (like op-eds and short form) that I need to enhance in order to become better at my job working PR!

For me, as someone who is not new to writing, Ross has managed to really stretch my abilities and articulation, and the latter goes the long way beyond just writing.

His passion and dedication really engages you in each and every session.

Ross's response

Lana is committed to improving her writing ability in every way, sends strong, lengthy pieces for editing before workshops, and is a genuine pleasure to work with.

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Vijay

Perfect! We enlisted Ross' help for our son in his final year of GCSEs. Here are his words:
"Ross is particularly good with using marking constructively in a way that has helped me improve. He explained everything in a clear understandable way which reinforced my abilities and helped boost my confidence. His calm demeanour makes him easy to get on with and approachable with various questions. During the time Ross was tutoring me I improved by 4 grades in the space of 2 to 3 months and I was feeling well prepared for my exams."

Ross's response

The student is very committed, conscientious and hard-working. Work is always completed on time and to the best of their ability. They are a pleasure to work with.

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Farzana

Perfect! Ross has great communication skills. He is very calm and professional in his approach to tutoring. He has really helped with building confidence in the subject and has been incredibly supportive throughout.

Ross's response

Farzana was friendly and communicative before the lesson and we easily set out goals and structure. Then the first session with the student (more of an assessment than a lesson) was very successful, enabling me to establish our benchmark so that I can plan immediate and future lessons. Again, Farzana was very helpful and keen to receive lesson prep, which I am now able to send to her in advance of future lessons to ensure they are as productive as possible.

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Carla

Perfect! I am delighted to have Ross as my tutor. His support and guidance have been invaluable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Ross's response

Carla is committed, hardworking and, although we have only been working together a short time, a pleasure to assist. I very much enjoy editing her work and meeting to discuss strategies and analyse feedback.

13 recommendations

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Judy

Ross has been incredibly helpful and professional. I asked for his help because, even though I am a published author, I have been suffering from writer's block for several years.
After a couple of weeks of tutoring my confidence has been restored and I am writing again. I highly recommend him as a tutor.

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Michael

Helped me out when starting on my book. Proof reading, adjustments and some great ideas. Tutored me brilliantly and continues to do so. Would highly recommend!

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Deborah

Ross has guided me in my ambition to write my first novel. It is a work in progress and he continues to help me as I develop my style and creative skills. He has a natural ability to impart knowledge and his enthusiasm and obvious love of language translates easily into increased confidence and motivation in his student.

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Gary

Ross has the gift of being an informative and insightful tutor. His experience and enthusiasm combine in a unique way, putting students or peers at ease. Ross is passionate about his tutoring and certainly a trustworthy tutor in my opinion.

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Lana

Ross is an amazing source of study support. Always willing to read over completed work, proofreading it thoroughly, pushing me to improve and ensuring I understand any needed changes. His wide range of knowledge and experience has enabled me to develop my writing style with each piece of work I write.

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Ellis

Ross is an amazing, helpful peer at University. He is definitely my go to guy whenever I have a question or am stuck on anything. He has read through my poetry and prose several times to help me improve. I a billion percent recommend him!

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Harry

I believe Ross is a trustworthy tutor as he is extremely dedicated to his craft and has great pride in helping others to achieve the best work they can.
He's patient, knowledgeable and always knows how to assist someone.

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Rachel

Ross is an excellent writer with lots of knowledge of the creative writing industry. I always trust his judgement when it comes to great quality writing.

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Sophie

Ross is a fellow student in my poetry workshop at the University of Gloucestershire. When I get my work edited by Ross, I always receive helpful and detailed notes about how I can improve it, and I can always rely on him to give me honest and reliable feedback. I would recommend Ross if you need an unbiased and professional analysis of your work.

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Asha

Ross is an absolutely great tutor! He’s helped edit and annotate my work and goes through feedback with me so that I understand and know what to do to improve. He’s patient, calm and friendly and he’s made such a difference in my work. I’d say a lot of my higher grades and achievements are down to him. Ross is the one to go to if you need help and support

Interview with Ross

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
Ross — I have been an aspiring writer since 2007, but only discovered how much I enjoyed editing and teaching in 2017, whilst studying Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. It was during my studies that I decided to become a tutor, and aspire to eventually become a professor.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
Ross — Prose and essay writing and editing are my specialities, and are what I spend most of my time doing - be that editing work for my students, content and ghost writing, editing submissions for Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, or writing and editing my own work. I am more content writing poetry than editing it, but have almost as much experience as I do with prose.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Ross — My undergraduate dissertation supervisor had such a vast knowledge of so many areas related to writing, editing and beyond - and a mental library so extensive I could never quite believe it - that I was inspired to expand my own knowledge and pass that experience on to others. Not only was he a superb academic, but he was incredibly patient and helpful, and I aspire to be equally as excellent a teacher.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
Ross — I would say 3 things: an acute understanding of what your students actually need to achieve their goals; the patience and skills to transfer that knowledge to them; and, finally, whilst qualifications are obviously important, extensive experience and expertise in the areas you teach make the best tutors stand out, and give the best teaching value for students.
QUESTION 05 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Ross — Up until the beginning of 2017, I was employed full time by a large retail company as a General Manager - a secure, well paid position that allowed me some spare time in which I could write. And I was so bored. Leaving that job to undertake higher education studies and pursue a career in writing, editing and teaching was one of the best things I've ever done.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
Ross — One of the biggest difficulties with writing is that it is always subjective. What I like, somebody else might not. Some of the most popular novels, short stories, anything, are sometimes also the most controversial. That isn't always a bad thing, but it is definitely a hurdle I've had to overcome when faced with criticism of my own work.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
Ross — I want to keep writing alive for future generations: it's a difficult skill that takes many years to develop, and that nobody will ever perfect. I try to help do this by producing my own work, providing a platform for others to have work published, and, of course, by passing on knowledge to my students.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P) ?
Ross — Aside from everything highlighted in these interview questions and on my profile, I am available to my students whenever they need me for guidance, and am always happy to go further to provide help.

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