Which subject(s) do you teach?
I have extensive experience of working with school students and adults with English as a Second Language, developing speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. I teach English up to GCSE level, and students with Special Educational Needs, including those with a Statement. I work with all ages - primary, secondary, university students and adults, teaching all aspects of literacy including reading, spelling, phonics, writing skills, handwriting, grammar, study-skills, editing and redrafting skills.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a post-graduate teaching qualification from Goldsmiths University, and an OCR Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties from University College London. I have taught Literacy and English in a North London Comprehensive school for many years and have Chartered London Teacher status. I have a first Class Fine Art degree and am a practising artist . I have attended many short courses, for example, on Speech and Language Skills, Memory Skills, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, and other specialisms. I am a poet with 4 full collections of poetry published, a reviewer and an editor of an acclaimed poetry journal. I teach for the Poetry School in London.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 for individual sessions of 1 hour. I offer an initial telephone consultation for free.
I charge £120 for a Literacy Assessment (reading, writing, spelling, phonics, comprehension) which includes one hour with the student and a detailed written report.
- Where do you teach?
I live in Camden, North London ( NW5) close to Tufnell Park underground and Gospel Oak rail station. There are also several bus routes nearby - C2, 214, C11 & 134. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SESSIONS TAKE PLACE IN MY HOME
- When are you available?
I am available most evenings from 3.30 pm, plus some mornings and weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages - primary, secondary, university students, and adults.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Entry Level English, GCSE English.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Proof reading and advice on essay writing skills and planning via text document and comments.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have many years experience working as a SEND/ English teacher within the state sector, with individual students, small groups and whole classes. I have worked extensively with students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs and those with English as a Second Language. I teach both primary and secondary age students. I worked for several years as an Individual Support Teacher and Home Tutor for the boroughs of Camden and Islington. I have run short courses in writing skills and grammar for adults and have taught Art and Citizenship in schools. I am an artist, a prize-winning poet with four published poetry collections, a reviewer, and an editor of a highly regarded poetry journal. I am a reader for The Literary Consultancy. I teach for The Poetry School and run poetry workshops.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
University College, London
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I am working with, among others, a GCSE student ( English and study skills ), primary students with dyslexia / speech and language needs/ learning difficulties, a Polish professional, and a mature student with dyslexia.
Linda helped me with the writing of my personal statement for applying MA. She is a very patient and determined tutor, and her lesson was well-structured. She helped me figure out a clear structure of my statement and pointed out the problem of the grammar. My statement got a great improvement after having the class with Linda. I will definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with English writing.
I can highly recommend Linda. My son has mild specific dyslexic issues. Linda helped to identify these and set a simple strategy for addressing them. She did this in a thorough, thoughtful manner putting my son first at every step of the way. She is an interesting and sensitive tutor with years of experience. All of which was evident in her approach and attitude to learning.
Linda has been working with my 8 year old daughter, Sophia, for the past year. During this time Linda has brought on my daughter's spelling and confidence tremendously. Linda is reliable and provides a safe and relaxing environment to learn. Sophia actually looks forward to seeing Linda. I would recommend Linda to anyone who feels their child needs some extra help.
My daughter has been a student of Linda’s for over 3 years. She goes into the lessons happily and I have seen a huge improvement in her writing, reading and spelling skills. I would recommend Linda as a tutor for children with dyslexia.
Linda has been helping my son Robin, who is dyslexic, for a couple of years now. He has loved working with her and each session has also boosted his confidence. Linda's patience and structured approach has definitely helped him improve his reading & spelling as well as acquiring a methodical approach to learning.
Linda was recommended to us by a friend and she has been a godsend to our son. Initially she undertook a comprehensive assessment of his ability in Reading, Writing and SPAG, which was eye-opening as we had never had such detail from school. This was then followed by weekly 1 hourly meetings, during term times, targeting the areas that needed special attention and also taking into account the topics school would be focusing on during Years 5 & 6. She is quietly calm and determined, her motto being "little and often" which worked well for our son and was very appropriate as we had two years to ensure our son reached a reasonable KS2 level before going to secondary school. I would have no hesitation recommending Linda, her non-aggressive approach was exactly what we, as a family, needed.
I first took my son to Linda in September 2014 after a disappointing SATS results had really dented his confidence. My husband researched many possible suitable tutors, but Linda stood out head and shoulders above the others for her experience and quality. I can honestly say that using Linda as a tutor for my son has been worth every penny. Not only have his grades leapt up at secondary school but more importantly he has gained in confidence and approaches other subjects with the same enthusiasm as English.
Linda has a wonderful empathy and teaching style, and my son looks forward to his lesson each week. My son has learnt more in using Linda's techniques over several months, than from the many years of home teaching after school which I tried. Linda works with students of many differing abilities and achieves great results at all levels. I have already recommended Linda to several friends and would thoroughly recommend Linda as a brilliant tutor.
I just wanted to write to you regarding how happy Edward and and I are with the sessions he is having with you. Thank you for providing a very welcoming and nurturing environment. Last year when we came to you following yet another teacher change in Year 2, (continued)
we were concerned that Edward was falling behind specifically with reading and comprehension.
Your assessment session really helped us understand where he was and the last term of weekly hourly sessions have made a real impact
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