I enjoy teaching and enabling students to communicate effectively and to use English with confidence: to write and say what they mean and mean what they write and say.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English Language to GCSE and English Literature to all levels up to university entrance.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an MA honours degree in English and a PGCE from Oxford University. I also have an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent.
- How much do you charge?
My standard rate is £30 per hour for GCSE, £35 for A level. I can teach at home or travel up to a reasonable distance from Canterbury (c 10-15 miles). If further than 10 miles, a 40p per mile charge applies.
- Where do you teach?
I can teach at home or visit the home of the student up to 10-15 miles from Canterbury.
- When are you available?
I am available during the week, by arrangement, generally within school term time.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach the 11-18 age range, to GCSE, AS, and A level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE English and English Literature; AS and A level English Literature.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can interview and tutor online using Skype.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I have great confidence in my own skills and my ability to communicate. I will always do my best to inspire your confidence and will use my experience to prepare you for your goals. Sometimes a new start can make all the difference!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught in state and independent schools for 35 years. I have taught to all levels from 11-18 and was Head of English in an independent school for 26 years. I have also examined for over 30 years particularly at A level (28 years). So I have a good idea of what examiners are looking for!
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, September 2016.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at the Oxford University Dept for Educational Studies.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have recently retired from full time classroom teaching where my students were of all abilities. A recent tutee I taught for three months who went on to pass GCSE with a C was someone with the lowest grade predictions when at school. I have taught several recent classes of mixed ability to A level, two gaining A* last year. I enjoy teaching those whose aim is a C at GCSE as much as those needing an extra polish for the highest achievements. A willingness to learn is the most important requirement. I always look for students' strengths while challenging them to believe they can do better and providing a clear structure for them to achieve in writing.
• MA (Hons) English, Oxford University
• PGCE (Distinction), Oxford University
• DBS (September 2016)
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