I have a warm, down-to-earth approach to teaching. Through my experience as a tutor, I have found that a good rapport between student and teacher is a vital part of making learning enjoyable and accessible.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
English Literature from Year 12 to degree level
Health and Social Care for GCSE and A Level
Nursing at degree level
Dissertation at degree level
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I qualified first as an adult nurse, then as a mental health nurse. My qualifications in English range from 1st Class Honours for my Bachelors Degree, a Distinction for my Masters Degree, and highly commended PhD.(When wearing my other teaching hat, I also have a teaching diploma in Ashtanga Yoga).
PhD/ Doctorate Degree in English Literature (Newcastle University)
MA in English Literature (University of York
BA in English Literature and Language (1st Class Honours) (University College Durham)
Registered General Nurse 1999 (Republic of Ireland)
- How much do you charge?
My fees range from £25 for a primary school student to £35 - £45 for university level. Fees tend to balance each other out so I always offer a lower fee to students who find it difficult to afford private tuition. If I travel to the student's home I cover the first four miles, then I ask that the remaining travel cost be added to my fee.
- Where do you teach?
I teach in my own home or at the student's home, depending on what best suits your needs. Areas I cover include North Shields, South Shields, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Blyth, Durham, Sunderland, and regions all around Newcastle upon Tyne.
- When are you available?
I am available mornings, afternoons and evenings from Monday to Friday (with the exception of Tuesday evenings). I provide online support on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons, but only emergency 1-1 tutoring. If your timtetable changes from week to week I can work flexibly around that. Also, for my regular students, I'm always available on the other end of the phone if you are stressed during exam time or having difficulty with essay writing or dissertation writing. Sometimes you just need five minutes with me to get past a sticking point rather than having to wait until our next meeting. As a student, some of my best ideas used to pop into my head in the early hours of the morning, and some of the most difficult parts of my studies kept me up late at night. It would have helped me most during those times to be able to contact a tutor as soon as a respectable hour came around.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I tutor GCSE Level, A Level, undergraduate and postgraduate degree, and adult learners who have been away from study for some time.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSEs, A/AS Levels, undergraduate degree and masters degree exams and dissertations.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
First of all, I ask you some key questions via email so that I can prepare in the best way for our first Skpe session: your subject area and the topic you are working on, your deadlines, and your anxieties about what you need to achieve. From there, we decide together whether a 1-1 Skype session would be best, or whether you would like to email me your work as a Word document. By working directly on your Word document, I can add feedback and comments in the margin, helping you to develop your ideas, and prompting you to add and expand on the important points that you make in your writing.
Skype sessions can be arranged flexibly around your timetable; we can use email to share attachments and documents to use for discussion during the session.
I conduct online tutoring via Skype, and use Google docs or Word for sharing documents.
For essay writing skills, I provide detailed feedback using the 'track changes' word document function to make comments in the margins and to edit your writing.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Well the first thing to say is that even if you enjoy school/university, it can feel as though it will never end. The opposite is the case -- those precious years of learning fly by, and before you know it you have to make career decisions. I believe in helping my students to find their passion for learning -- yes, it's important to pass the exams and graduate, and that is what my teaching focuses on. However, the additional focus of my teaching is to make learning fun and exciting, just for its own sake. By focusing on the deeper meanings of your subject, you learn more about yourself and the world. I will be delighted to see your grades rise and for you to progress to the next stage, and my aim is to help you do that by encouraging you to stretch your learning by thinking outside of the curriculum.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been a private tutor since 2010, and feel that I couldn't have a more rewarding career. I have online and face to face experience of tutoring GCSE and A Level students in English Literature and performing arts. My work with Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree and PhD students spans essay writing and dissertation tutoring in subjects across the arts, humanities, and health and social sciences. I specialise in tutoring English Literature, Nursing, and Health and Social Care students with essay writing and dissertation writing.
Every student has a different learning style; no two students are the same.. I shape the way I teach around the learning style that works best for you.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My CRB has been renewed every two years since I first moved to the UK in 2003.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Undergraduate and postgraduate: University College Dublin, BA; York University, MA; University of Newcastle, PhD.
Northeastern Healthboard Training Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland: Adult Nursing.
• Ph.D English Literature
• BA (1st Class Honours) English Literature and Language
• Enhanced CRB every two years since 2003
Nicole is a lovely person to work with, very professional, and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure her client is totally satisfied.Â All in all, a thoroughly nice and reliable lady with outstanding tutoring and writing ability. I would have no hesitation in recommending her for tutoring.
Nicole is a very able writer and a confident teacher. She contributed to undergraduate teaching at Newcastle during 2006 and 2007 and was a welcome and popular member of the teaching team. There is a passion and an intensity of purpose in Nicole's work that I think makes her an inspiring teacher. I am happy to recommend her unreservedly.
Obtaining my degree would have been a far more stressful and difficult process without the help and guidance of Nicole. Nicole was extremely flexible with dates, times and fitted around my busy schedule. I was able to email her when needed for support and guidance. Nicole has a collaborative, facilitative approach. However the most important thing to me was that she understood me as an individual and the way I work.Working with Nichole was enjoyable as well as productive.
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