I have been involved in education for over 40 years and I can truly say that I have enjoyed most of my time in schools and now in tutoring. My philosophy is based on the notion that each individual is different and therefore requires different approaches. Therefore I do not start a new student armed with a specific lesson plan, but I listen to the needs of that person and base my lesson on that information. It often happens that needs change for each lesson and this I am ready to respond to. It presents me with an intellectual challenge each time but I do enjoy it!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
My two main subjects are History and Politics plus International Relations/Politics at 16+, A Level/Baccalaureate
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an Honours Degree in History from London University and I am a qualified teacher. I am also a certified Counsellor and an advanced certificate in Careers Education and Guidance
- How much do you charge?
My fee is £30 per hour
- Where do you teach?
If families prefer, I do teach at home, but in my experience, most people prefer that I visit them and I am very happy to do so. I live near Epsom in Surrey, which I find is central to most places within a 15 to 20 mile radius. However, for 3 years, I had a student in Slough which was a greater distance than that, so it is not a strict limit. I have taught students in a variety of places in London, Croydon, Richmond upon Thames, Chertsey, Walton on Thames, Barnes, Wimbledon, Hounslow, Twickenham, Sunbury on Thames, Hampton, Streatham, Morden, as well as all places local to Epsom.
- When are you available?
I am available most times - mornings, afternoons and evenings. I am also available during most holidays and weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach anyone from Key Stage 3, so that in effect means from the age of 11. I teach up to A Level and IB, which includes Common Entrance and GCSE. I also teach adults who wish to improve their qualifications, or simply wish to pursue an interest in History or Politics.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for end of year exams, Common Entrance, GCSE, A-Level and International Baccalaureate. Currently I am helping an undergraduate studying International Relations.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have taught students on MSN and skype, both of which have been a relatively new project for me. However, I have found face to face tuition to be much more effective and that is the type of contact I prefer.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I do like make to make a difference, whether that is improving your exam or revision technique, or improving your performance and are requiring a grade improvement, or even wishing to improve your confidence, all of which are basic to exam success. Most people I have come into contact with have been highly satisfied with the outcome, and essentially, I would like to do the same for you! Recognising that each individual has different needs and requirements and making the subject enjoyable, form a major part of my approach to tutoring. Also I feel that my experience as a former head of department, as well as 34 years of teaching, is what I bring to my tutoring. Teaching is more than simply the imparting of knowledge. It is down to practitioners such as myself to develop examination technique as well as to help in the learning process, and therefore to develop learning techniques, which are vital to exam success. It is within my capability to advance upon disappointing predicted grades as well as to achieve high pass grades for those whose chosen universities demand them. Finally, now that A levels follow a linear course means that the final exam at the end of two years study can appear to be rather daunting as the modular courses have now finished. Being able to organise yourselves over a two year period will become a key skill to acquire, and this is an area in which I have some expertise.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been in teaching, both full-time and in tutoring for almost 40 years, and during that time, I have seen a tremendous number of students which has had its challenges but also its rewards. I taught in Canada for a while, and on returning to the UK, I became the Senior Tutor in an independent school in Middlesex, but I remained very much in touch with the classroom. I have been a tutor for 5 years but this time I have enjoyed the daily variety of people I meet and assist and also I do like the travelling, which is a different aspect to the job.I enjoy what I do and I am looking forward to extending my list of contacts even further.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes from August 2017
- Where and with whom did you train?
Westminster College in Oxford for my teaching certificate and London University for honours degree in History
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Every year throws up a great variety of students and this year (2013-14) has been no exception. A major advantage over full-time teaching in a school is that I am able to treat each individual according to his/her circumstances and requirements and then responding directly to those. One student suffered from anxiety and panic attacks which led to depression which led to her being absent from school for much of her first year Sixth. She decided to continue with her AS Level study in the German Reformation and the Dutch revolt from home and I was called in to be her tutor. She achieved an A grade, but not only that, she got full marks in both her papers.
Unfortunately, from time to time, there arises problems between the student and the teacher and I am called in to unblock an impasse which has developed. I had one such young man who was studying A Level international relations up to 1994 but really could not get on with his teacher. Indeed I was shown a piece of marked work which, despite what in my opinion contained something of value, attracted negative comments. He was predicted an E grade. He actually got a B grade.
Finally, a student who really wanted to go on to study History at university but was finding Year 13 essay technique on Henry VIII rather difficult and so was predicted a D grade, actually ended up with an A and IS going to do a History degree at her first choice university.
Bachelor of Arts Degree (London). Certificate in Education 1972. I became the Head of the History/Politics Department plus careers coordinator for the school in which I began the annual work experience programme . I was appointed the Senior Tutor in which I organised the pastoral care and the PHSE syllabus. I was also the school's counsellor helping students through their difficulties.
Following my retirement in 2006, I decided to remain in education through tutoring and since then I have tutored in excess of 80 students. My preference is to react to the needs of each individual with the emphasis on developing confidence and to encourage enthusiasm for the subject. The lessons should also be enjoyable. It is through enjoyment that the learning process is made easier
Many thanks John for your excellent tutoring for Julia. Thanks for your commitment and care that gave a great deal of added value. It was very much appreciated.
(22 Aug '13) I'm pleased to say that Julia got an A in her History GCSE - we're all very pleased. She would not have done so well without your tuition, so we're very grateful
John helped David and James through their GCSE and A Level History/Government and Politics. In fact my eldest son changed his degree option to History as a result of his infectious enthusiasm John has for History. I would certainly recommend him.
John helped Louise through her A Level History at a critical moment and the end result was an A grade in the subject achieving full marks in one paper
Tom has found John very supportive and knowledgeable. He has provided him with focused support and motivation. Thanks for your help. Fingers crossed for results day!
John is very reliable and personable. He has created a very good rapport with Patrick who is enjoying working with him.
The decision we took to bring John in as Matt's mentor after his disappointing AS results was clearly a good one. Matt really benefited from John's weekly support and guidance and the improvement in his subject knowledge and question answering technique was shown by his recent A Level results, enabling Matt to achieve the grades necessary for his first choice university and course. We don't think it would have happened without John.
I cannot recommend John highly enough as a tutor. We asked John to help Nathan catch up some work he had missed in his first year of A Level History. He had to cover two areas of the syllabus so John came twice a week which my son found extremely helpful and quickly got up to speed as John tailored the lessons to meet Nathan's needs. He is a very nice, kind, patient teacher and my son enjoyed his lessons which is a feat in itself! Thank you John
We wanted to thank you for all the help and support and to say we really appreciate your kindness and understanding. You made a huge difference to Nisha's confidence and we are very grateful in helping her to achieve an A grade which has enabled her to read Politics at Sussex.
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