I start by establishing a respectful and ambitious learning relationship with a student. I want to know a student's interests, be aware of strengths and weaknesses, identify goals and fears. From there, I would construct a learning strategy that would be tailored to my student's needs; and in the role of a personal tutor/mentor, the student would be assured of my full support and attention.
Over 10 years' experience as a tutor in English language and literature at Oxford University, also covering Oxford Admissions procedures. In addition, I am a professionally trained copy-editor and proofreader with over 10 years' experience in preparing documents and research papers for final issue. My last graduate student achieved Distinction in their dissertation; I tutor Gifted and Talented primary-school students in preparation for the entrance exams to selective schools; while all my undergraduates at Oxford achieved first-class or II:i degrees. I can teach English language and literature from Old English through to modern times, history, and historical linguistics. I can teach non-native, primary, secondary, GCSE or A-level, undergraduate and research students. At Oxford I specialised in medieval languages; my doctoral thesis was entitled 'Comic Verse in Older Scots' (2000), and I have published academic articles and reviews in the field of late medieval English and Scots.
Taught undergraduates (one-to-one and classes), postgraduates, A-level, GCSE and primary-level tutoring. Have also taught English to non-native learners. Full knowledge of National Curriculum requirements for primary literacy in English (grammar, reading, writing);
Fees and travel expenses are assessed on an individual basis.
Curriculum Vitae: Keely Fisher, MA, D.Phil., Oxon
I am an experienced academic writer, researcher, copy-editor, administrator, and tutor – with over 15 years’ experience working in educational institutions (predominately HE) and government offices. Core skills include: teaching and training, drafting and editing, process management and administration, customer-facing problem-solving, and conflict resolution. I was a tutor in Old and Middle English at Oxford University; but I have taught ESOL to adults, and now manage a school library and teach the National Curriculum at primary-school level too. I have excellent IT experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and have worked with specialist programmes such as SITS and Activ. I am a thorough and patient scholar, have presented conference and research papers, and had published academic articles and reviews. I am a confident and effective public speaker with strong communication, interpersonal and motivational skills.
2015 – present Librarian & English Specialist, Houndsfield Primary School, London N9
I was tasked to set up this school library on my own initiative; so I devised the organisation of the library according to best practice, and single-handedly catalogued all the stock with the help of MicroLibrarian software. I was a year-5 classroom teacher during 2015/16; and am now an English and Grammar Consultant for the entire school, advising on the standards set in the current National Curriculum (2015). I lead on ‘Gifted and Talented’ pupil provision, and provide ad hoc teaching cover, pastoral support and mentoring for pupils across school every day. I also proofread and copy-edit all school governance policies, procedures and high-level documents for the Headteacher and Senior Management Team.
2013 – 2015 Student Complaints Officer, London South Bank University, London SE1
Working in the legal team of the Executive Office, I managed the internal processes for the University’s student complaints procedure and all communications with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (the OIA). During my tenure I computerised and reorganised the case management system for all student complaints; improved throughput time for handling of complaints; rewrote the Student Complaints Procedure to comply with the OIA’s Good Practice Framework (statutory guidance for the HE sector since September 2015), and implemented a new conciliation/mediation service. I was responsible for reporting on the University’s complaints data and making recommendations for improvements, and wrote a number of executive reports on complaint-handling presented at University Board level.
2009 – 2013 Editor, Proofreader and Researcher, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, London SW1
I trained here as a corporate editor and proofreader, with corporate membership of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I worked on all official documents laid before Parliament, and copy-edited reports and publications issued by the office. During 2010-11, I was seconded to a new records management and archival team to research the history of the Ombudsman’s office and its impact on public life in the UK. I also planned and delivered a range of in-house training presentations to the Ombudsman’s staff on the use of plain English; and revised and updated the Ombudsman’s ‘House Style Guide’.
2011 – 2012 ESOL English language Teacher (evening classes), Universal and Vocational College, London E1
I was a sessional ESOL tutor at this adult education college, teaching beginner and intermediate, non native students in classes ranging in size from 6 to 20.
2007 – 2008 Teaching Assistant, Galliard Primary School, London N9
I provided full teaching assistance to year 6, and taught English and Maths. I kept records of each pupil’s progress in accordance with the strategy ‘Assessment for Learning’, mentored the brightest pupils, and supported pupils with reading difficulties.
2007 – 2008 Private Tutor, based at home
I provided one-on-one lessons in Maths, English language (from KS1 phonics to A-level), and English literature (GSCE and A-level), or trained children in exam preparation for selective schools. My pupils ranged in age from 8 to 18 years.
2005 – 2007 Career break
I took a break from my career to start a family. During this time I continued my research interests, supplementing the work I had carried out while at Oxford.
2004 Lecturer in English Literature (maternity cover), Queen Mary,
University of London, London, E1
During spring and summer terms of 2003/4, I taught Introduction to Medieval Literature to a class of approx. 30 undergraduates and marked the entire year’s final exam papers.
1996 – 2005 College Lecturer in English Language and Literature,
St Hilda’s, Keble and Brasenose Colleges, University of Oxford
While a D.Phil student (1996-9), I gained tutoring experience in Old English language and literature for St Hilda’s and Keble Colleges. I was then a tutor in Old and Middle English at Keble (1999/2000); held a joint-stipendiary lecturership at Brasenose and St Hilda’s (2000 3); and then continued at Brasenose until 2005. As a college tutor I was responsible for the tuition and supervision of undergraduates for their medieval and historical linguistics papers. Term-time duties included: scheduling and teaching multiple tutorials and classes for all my students; setting and marking all written work; supervising research projects; undertaking academic and college administration, including setting College Collections (in-house exams) and attending Principal’s Collections (formal report readings); and full participation in Admissions with my English-subject colleague.
Education and qualifications
2012 TESOL Level 6 Certificate: Advanced TEFL Course, TEFL Grade Distinction
2000 Doctor of Philosophy, ‘Comic Verse in Older Scots’,
English Faculty, University of Oxford
2000 Joanna Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellowship,
St Anne’s College, Oxford
1996 Master of Studies, Research Methods in English (Medieval) – Distinction,
St Hilda’s College, Oxford
1993 First Class BA Honours in English Language and Literature (Course II),
St Hilda’s College, Oxford
1990 3 A Levels (English, History, Russian), English S-Level (Distinction),
The Latymer School, London N9
1985 9 O Levels, The Latymer School, London N9
Research interests and publications
My research interests are in Middle English and Older Scots language and literature; the history of Anglo-Caribbean language and literature; and Black British (post-Windrush) history, language and literature.
Article: ‘Eldritch Comic Verse in Older Scots’, in S. Mapstone (ed.), Older Scots Literature (Edinburgh, 2005), pp. 292-313.
Article: 'The New Black', in The London News Review (October, 2003), 36-7.
Article: ‘William Stewart’s Flytting betuix the Sowtar and the Tailyour’, in T. van Heijnsbergen and N. Royan (eds), Literature, Letters and the Canonical in Early Modern Scotland (East Linton, 2002), pp. 1-21.
Article: ‘The Crying of ane Playe: Robin Hood and Maying in Sixteenth-Century Scotland’, in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 12 (1999), 19-58.
Review: Priscilla Bawcutt (ed.), The Poems of William Dunbar, 2 vols, Association for Scottish Literary Studies 27 and 28 (Glasgow, 1998), in Review of English Studies, 52 (2001), 435-9.
Review: Allan H. MacLaine (ed.), The Christis Kirk Tradition—Scots Poems of Folk Festivity, Association for Scottish Literary Studies 26 (Glasgow, 1996), in Scottish Literary Journal, 48 (Spring, 1998), 12-17.
Review: Priscilla Bawcutt (ed.), William Dunbar Selected Poems (London and New York, 1996), in Scottish Literary Journal, 46 (Spring, 1997), 12-15.
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