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Charlie
« I thoroughly recommend Poppy as a tutor. She provided good resources... More »
C
Charlie
« I thoroughly recommend Poppy as a tutor. She provided good resources and teaching to help my daughter understand the subtleties of texts and what examiners look for from students. By her confident and friendly manner, she increased my daughter's confidence and found the best ways to improve her written analysis. When my daughter occasionally tried to take the easy way out Poppy challenged lazy thinking and writing. Poppy was always professional and very reliable despite travelling across London to us »
£45/h
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Response Time 15h
Lessons offered by Poppy
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • 7 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

Poppy - Rotherhithe - School English

Methodology

I am an English masters student committed to sharing my passion for reading and writing with young people.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

A Level English - OCR, AQA, WJEC, Edexcel
A Level History - OCR, AQA, Edexcel
GCSE English, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature – OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC.
iGCSE English Language, IGCSE English Literature – CIE, Cambridge, Edexcel
GCSE History – OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC.
KS1, KS2 and KS3 English – SATs preparation and general support with cursive writing, building sentences and reading.
Early Years Foundation

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have a first class BA Hons degree in English and A Levels in English, History аnd Philosophy and Ethics and 11 GCSEs (A*-B grade).

- How much do you charge?

I charge £45 per hour which includes travel expenses (zones 1-6) and handouts. I am willing to discuss discounts for households with multiple children and group lessons. I can also discuss providing a discount to clients who can travel to me (I am based in Canada Water).

- Where do you teach?

I provide in-home tuition anywhere in London (zones 1-6) and further afield upon request. I can also deliver sessions for GCSE students by Skype or telephone for a reduced rate.

- When are you available?

My availability varies depending on my existing clients. Please get in touch for more details.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach students aged 4-18 and am able to support successful learning from Early Years and KS1 up to GCSE's and A level.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

A Level English - OCR, AQA, WJEC, Edexcel
A Level History - OCR, AQA, Edexcel
GCSE English, GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature – OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC.
GCSE History – OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC.
iGCSE English Language, IGCSE English Literature – CIE, Cambridge, Edexcel
KS1 and KS2 SATs.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I use Skype with a webcam for online tutoring and provide email support.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have worked in a primary school for three years and I run an annual, very popular, summer scheme in Southwark for local children aged 7-11. I enjoy working with children who lack confidence and I provide highly personalised sessions with interactive engaging activities to help them overcome this. I have done a lot of work with children who are struggling to read and by the end of our time working together my students are confident readers who are beginning to enjoy exploring literature. I strongly believe the key to successful tutoring and good results can be found in listening to each of my pupil's personal concerns and anxieties, and working together to then tackle them face on.

I have worked as tutor for GCSE students for three years - English results have all been either A*s or A's.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

I have a current Enhanced DBS Check – copy available on request.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I currently tutor two GCSE students for English Language and English Literature. I have supported them with essay writing, close textual analysis and general exam technique. I have recently received the news that one of my pupils has been awarded an A* in her English language exam (she had been aiming for a C grade). We are both thrilled with the results!

I also tutor two primary school students preparing them for year six transition and SATs exams. We do a lot of cursive writing practise, comprehension; and play games to spot adjectives, verbs and nouns, and write sentences using our own. I strongly believe that these should be fun and enjoyable sessions which encourage children that reading and writing can be fun. We are currently working on a project based on David Walliams' very funny book Mr Stink!

I fortnightly work with a little girl who is struggling with reading and whose parents were anxious about her reception to year 1 transition. As she is only 5 we play lots of reading and phonics games and practise our writing on a special whiteboard. It is important to me that these sessions incorporate writing, reading and play as I want reading to be a positive thing for her rather than something tricky and boring. These sessions are going really well; we read a different book every week and do activities based around it. We loved reading 'Dear Greenpeace' and 'Madeline' together.

I have been working with an iGCSE student in Hong Kong over Skype. These have been intense revision sessions. We have worked together every day over half term and have completed lots of past papers, analysed mark schemes and come up with a strategy for in the exam! I aim to make these sessions as enjoyable as possible; often taking the exam paper out of context and applying the skills to students own interests and knowledge. For example we thought about what is implicit and what is explicit in Braddon's novel 'Lady Audley's Secret' as it was something we were finding a little tricky! This made the exercise more engaging and removed her mental block - she loved the first two chapters of 'Lady Audley's Secret' so much that she has decided to start reading it after her exam is over! We have recently received the news that this pupil achieved an A* in her English Language exam. She is thrilled; she had previously been predicted a C.

I have been working with a student preparing for her EdExcel History exams. In our initial sessions we have been thinking about the significant factors and historical events which have led to revolution. We have compared this to modern events such as the London Riots in 2011 and the election of Donald Trump in 2016. We have analysed sources and reapplied the skills needed for the history exam to modern events. Together we tackle past papers, make big time lines and structure and write model answers together.

I am also providing support for an 11 year old anxious about a secondary school interview he has coming up. We practise interview questions and think about the kind of answers the interviewer would like to hear. We have thought about what the interview is going to be like and what the interview room will be like and tried to think about it in a positive way rather than something scary. We have practised hand shakes and using our inside voice to create the best possible impression!

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £45/h
Lessons offered by Poppy
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • 7 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

7 reviews on Poppy
  • 5/5

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7 recommendations

C
Charlie

I thoroughly recommend Poppy as a tutor. She provided good resources and teaching to help my daughter understand the subtleties of texts and what examiners look for from students. By her confident and friendly manner, she increased my daughter's confidence and found the best ways to improve her written analysis. When my daughter occasionally tried to take the easy way out Poppy challenged lazy thinking and writing. Poppy was always professional and very reliable despite travelling across London to us

M
Mrs Chouhan (parent)

Poppy has really helped to build my daughter's confidence in reading and writing. She has shown great creativity in her strategies to overcome my daughter's reluctance in reading so much so that reading is no longer a battle or a chore! I would highly recommend Poppy.

H
Hannah

It's fun and you learn more with Poppy, you play reading games, she's kind.

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