I’m Oxbridge educated and passionate about both language and literature. Are you looking for an inspirational, patient and empowering tutor who can assess your specific needs and engage you to address and overcome them? Lessons with me are about overcoming any barriers to learning and breaking them down concisely. Whether you need help with your specific texts for literature or how to effectively tackle a language paper with the highest marks, I am here to help you excel in this most fascinating and enriching subject area.
Students, providing a unique learning experience and attaining the highest grades are my key priorities as a tutor. Attention to detail, brilliant planning and timing skills ensure your passion for a subject transforms into your highest potential.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
My main subject area is English and maths from KS2 - KS5, GCSE and A level. I also specialise in 11+ and I also teach English to degree level. Additionally I teach Maths, Science and History from KS2 - KS3, IELTS, EFL, ESOL, Film Studies, Media, and Theatre Studies. I also tutor online. Furthermore I do teach Adult Literacy, EFL, EAP and ESOL.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a PGCE, an English Degree and a TEFL.
- How much do you charge?
My current charges are between £20 - £29.50 per hour which includes all preparation, learning materials and I also mark the previous week's homework. In addition I provide students with certificates of achievement when they have reached a certain level of attainment.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home, at the student's home or in a small group session at my professional tuition centre in Wolverhampton.
- When are you available?
I am available during the evenings from 4.O0pm onwards. Additionally I am sometimes available during weekdays and possibly at weekends. I run Saturday morning classes for 11+ every week. Mock 11+ testing is also available.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach children from 5 -11. Additionally I teach secondary age students between 11 - 16, and sixth formers aged 17 - 18. In addition, I teach English to degree level as well as post graduate level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
11+, SATs, GCSE, A level, Degree, EFL and IELTS qualifications.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I tutor English KS2 - Degree level online, and I provide an hour's worth of tuition.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
My lessons are fun, educational and engaging. Remember you will have to put in the effort to attain the results, but with hard work comes great reward. Furthermore I run a useful 11+ Club that is dedicated to pupils wishing to really strive for academic success. This is an effective weekly session that you can attend to support any challenging aspects of 11+ preparation such as how to overcome barriers to learning like exam nerves, methods on how to increase confidence and develop key timing skills for the exam. Also I have now developed mock 11+ Tests that will provide students and their parents with a clear picture of what to expect on the day. Furthermore, you will receive a realistic test result reflecting your performance in all four areas of the 11+ including English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and NVR. You will enjoy the satisfaction of learning and making good progress in my teaching sessions. Also, you will be actively encouraged to participate as fully as possible in every lesson. In time, you will feel a huge sense of achievement when you pass your exam with the best possible grade. Enjoy your studies!
With QTS status and a BA and MA in Literature I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities. Many of my past students attained A and A* GCSE grades now equating to level 7 - 9. The A level results have also been consistently high with many attaining B and A grades. I also teach 11+ , handwriting and creative writing, KS2 - KS3 English including SATs preparation. Additionally, I help students with their essays and dissertations and personal statements for medical school. I have also taught EAP and IELTS at Aston University as well as many years in the FE sector as well as secondary school.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching English and 11+ for over fifteen years in the secondary, primary and FE sector. In addition to this I have taught one-to-one tuition for a number of years and I run small group sessions specialising in English KS2 11+, KS3 SAT preparation, GCSE and A level. So far I have a 100% pass rate for students passing the 11+, my GCSE and A level students achieve consistently high grades. A high number of pupils have also attained an A at A level and A* at GCSE.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently teach many students who are preparing for 11+ examinations, these students are taught individually in a small group setting. Currently, I have a number of KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A level students.9
Having taught extensively in the UK, Japan and Greece I am highly experienced and qualified.
I achieved an A* at A level and now I am studying English at Sheffield which was my ultimate dream. I would recommend Serena as a tutor as she really helped me develop a winning exam technique and helped me plan my work effectively.
Amy got a place offered in all 5 of her chosen schools after receiving an excellent standard of tuition from Serena. We would not hesitate to recommend her and Amy still continues to really enjoy the lessons now that she has moved to KS3.
Nikita says ' My goal was to sit my GCSE early and I achieved a B in year 9 as I sat the exam early.
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