- Hourly rate £55
- Response Time 5h
- Number of students 50+
1st lesson free!
Professional creative and critical academic, tutoring GCSE English, prose, poetry, essay writing, dissertations, and editing.
- at their home
- at your home
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Ross will be happy to arrange your first English lesson.
About the lesson
I offer worldwide academic tutoring from GCSE English Language and Literature, up to essay writing at Postgraduate level or, outside of academia, for non-native English speakers, or those who simply have an avid interest in creative writing and editing. This includes students studying at institutions worldwide, or through open university. I pride myself on providing exceptional, individually tailored support.
I deliver bespoke sessions, but writing and learning are iterative processes; my preferred teaching method is by way of workshops (one to one or group workshops) as I believe this is by far the best way to improve – it gets you writing and analysing your own work. My goal is always, of course, to enable students achieve their goals, but also to help make students aware of their own learning, allowing them to utilise and develop skills for lifelong use.
I set writing development exercises, enabling the student to produce a piece of writing before the workshop (roughly 500-1000 words), which I then edit and annotate. This allows the entirety of the workshop to be spent in analysis and improvement, rather than half of it being wasted reading.
All sessions are via webcam, using either Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The option for feedback to be sent electronically is available.
Depending on the level of study, the first session may need to be an assessment of the student's academic ability/tutoring requirements, or simply a workshop designed to build rapport and cover some fundamentals.
Workshops last 45-60 minutes. Workshop cost includes 1-2 hours editing outside of the workshop. Work to be provided for editing 2 days before the workshop. Minimum 24 hours cancellation notice required. Refunds not available. If work, or 24 hours notice of cancellation, is not provided before a workshop, that session will be forfeit. By accepting tuition, students agree to these terms and conditions.
I am also happy to undertake writing and editing tasks of any nature. The hourly fee of £45 still applies, plus travel costs if applicable. Sometimes, for larger projects, a daily rate of £250 is more suitable.
- Creative writing
- Essay Writing
- AS Level
I am a creative and critical writer and editor at the University of Gloucestershire (BA, MA). From 2022-2025 I will be undertaking a practice-led Creative Writing PhD at York St John's University. Alongside running my own writing, editing and private tutoring business, Ross Turner Academics, I founded and am the editor-in-chief of Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, which develops and publishes new and aspiring writers.
As a professional member of The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), I attend regular writing conferences and have access to the latest writing in education materials.
Additionally, I am regularly published in journals, magazines and ezines, online and in print, and provide editing services for others published in the same and similar forums.
I enjoy educating; I guest lecture on Creative Writing Courses at several colleges and universities and, amongst other qualifications listed below, have Level 5 TEFL and Level 4 Education & Training qualifications.
Perfect! Ross was very engaging throughout the lesson and was able to explain new vocabulary in a simplistic way. He is an excellent Tutor
Perfect! I am very grateful to have contacted Ross, he is a close professional and willing to help. Thank you very much Ross.
- Ross's response : Alex was a pleasure to meet and I am very much looking forward to working closely with her. She is aware of her strengths and weaknesses, but also that there are many different aspects to academic writing, so I am confident she has what it takes to do exceptionally well.
Perfect! showed interest highlighting issues with grammar or word structure
- Ross's response : Cidalia is very motivated, enthusiastic, and self-aware of the progress of her own education. I very much look forward to working with her further.
Perfect! Ross has coached group of Y8/Y9 students with well prepared and amazing resources. He is quickly responded to any requests, very reliable. The students enjoyed doing writing lesson with him!
- Ross's response : Annie is extremely organised and committed, very friendly and helpful, and overall a pleasure to work with.
Perfect! Really amazing workshops, so engaging! Ross is very professional, knowledgeable great fun to work with! He has taught me a lot already, including some very helpful techniques for descriptions and writing short stories. I am learning while I am studying and improving my own writing, which I always find very fascinating. I highly recommend his classes!
- Ross's response : Beata is very committed to her work. She completes writing exercises in plenty of time and to a high standard, and is a pleasure to work with.
Perfect! I've had a fair amount of lessons so far, and benefited immensely from it. What's great about our workshops is that it is not staid academic English lessons, rather, we have worked on creative writing, blogs and even types of writing (like op-eds and short form) that I need to enhance in order to become better at my job working PR!
For me, as someone who is not new to writing, Ross has managed to really stretch my abilities and articulation, and the latter goes the long way beyond just writing.
His passion and dedication really engages you in each and every session.
- Ross's response : Lana is committed to improving her writing ability in every way, sends strong, lengthy pieces for editing before workshops, and is a genuine pleasure to work with.
Perfect! We enlisted Ross' help for our son in his final year of GCSEs. Here are his words:
"Ross is particularly good with using marking constructively in a way that has helped me improve. He explained everything in a clear understandable way which reinforced my abilities and helped boost my confidence. His calm demeanour makes him easy to get on with and approachable with various questions. During the time Ross was tutoring me I improved by 4 grades in the space of 2 to 3 months and I was feeling well prepared for my exams."
- Ross's response : The student is very committed, conscientious and hard-working. Work is always completed on time and to the best of their ability. They are a pleasure to work with.
Perfect! Ross has great communication skills. He is very calm and professional in his approach to tutoring. He has really helped with building confidence in the subject and has been incredibly supportive throughout.
- Ross's response : Farzana was friendly and communicative before the lesson and we easily set out goals and structure. Then the first session with the student (more of an assessment than a lesson) was very successful, enabling me to establish our benchmark so that I can plan immediate and future lessons. Again, Farzana was very helpful and keen to receive lesson prep, which I am now able to send to her in advance of future lessons to ensure they are as productive as possible.
Perfect! I am delighted to have Ross as my tutor. His support and guidance have been invaluable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
- Ross's response : Carla is committed, hardworking and, although we have only been working together a short time, a pleasure to assist. I very much enjoy editing her work and meeting to discuss strategies and analyse feedback.
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Ross has been of invaluable help to me with my Creative Writing MA. From laying out academic essays to fine-tuning and perfecting my creative pieces, Ross has been an incredible support. He's professional, friendly, and I thoroughly recommend him.
I have now engaged Ross on both professional and personal levels. Professionally to work with a non-native English speaker to improve her written English, and personally to help my daughter prepare for her GCSEs. At all time I have found him to be extremely professional and capable, and the feedback from the staff member and my daughter has been very positive.
Ross is an AMAZING tutor, his expertise is so helpful in ensuring your essay is to the highest standard against the grading criteria. Ross takes pride in what he does and gives the most constructive, helpful, and supportive feedback. He has helped me immensely, in my writing ability and confidence. Ross, spends numerous hours looking thoroughly through your work, and provides insightful and informative sessions to discuss the feedback, and is always available and contactable for further help. I couldn't recommend Ross enough, he has been so supportive in my academic writing. Thankyou Ross.
Ross is outstanding. Professional, efficient and has a brilliant way with explaining complex writing and grammar issues in a clear and simple way. We are a Chinese background family, we keen to have a good English tutor to help my son in his writing and improve his English. My son's progression has been impressive since we started tutoring with Ross 3 months ago. He has a detailed plan of what needs to be achieved and how fast we should go, setting challenging homework to help push my son on a weekly basis.
Ross is very much in demand so if you can secure a place with him don't hesitate to make the most of it.
Ross is a fantastic tutor, from beginning to end he was there every step of the way. He evaluates your piece of writing carefully and all comments/feedback he gives are well explained. He notices details that you would otherwise miss. As well as suggesting improvements, he also highlights parts of your writing that he enjoys/appreciates, encouraging you to continue with that style. Ross is extremely personable, you really get to know him as a person on the other side of technology. He also makes you feel that your piece of work or project is just as important to him as it is to you. His professionalism, expertise and personable nature all mean that I would recommend him time and time again. In fact, he is the only person I would turn to when needing help with a project.
It’s a great experience for me to have proofreading with Ross! He is very friendly and professional. My work has been carefully edited before our sessions. He was also open to listen to my ideas while we went through my work together in the session. Looking forward to working with Ross again.
Ross is a great teacher, he explains everything in detail and make sure you understands everything clearly!! Ross is also very responsive and very reliable at all times I would highly recommend him as a tutor!
I am so glad that I picked Ross to help me through my dissertation because he is very supportive and helpful. He is always there when needed and he is very good at editing and he is very patient too. I highly recommend him.
Ross has been incredibly helpful and professional. I asked for his help because, even though I am a published author, I have been suffering from writer's block for several years.
After a couple of weeks of tutoring my confidence has been restored and I am writing again. I highly recommend him as a tutor.
Helped me out when starting on my book. Proof reading, adjustments and some great ideas. Tutored me brilliantly and continues to do so. Would highly recommend!
Ross has guided me in my ambition to write my first novel. It is a work in progress and he continues to help me as I develop my style and creative skills. He has a natural ability to impart knowledge and his enthusiasm and obvious love of language translates easily into increased confidence and motivation in his student.
Ross has the gift of being an informative and insightful tutor. His experience and enthusiasm combine in a unique way, putting students or peers at ease. Ross is passionate about his tutoring and certainly a trustworthy tutor in my opinion.
Ross is an amazing source of study support. Always willing to read over completed work, proofreading it thoroughly, pushing me to improve and ensuring I understand any needed changes. His wide range of knowledge and experience has enabled me to develop my writing style with each piece of work I write.
Ross is an amazing, helpful peer at University. He is definitely my go to guy whenever I have a question or am stuck on anything. He has read through my poetry and prose several times to help me improve. I a billion percent recommend him!
I believe Ross is a trustworthy tutor as he is extremely dedicated to his craft and has great pride in helping others to achieve the best work they can.
He's patient, knowledgeable and always knows how to assist someone.
Ross is an excellent writer with lots of knowledge of the creative writing industry. I always trust his judgement when it comes to great quality writing.
Ross is a fellow student in my poetry workshop at the University of Gloucestershire. When I get my work edited by Ross, I always receive helpful and detailed notes about how I can improve it, and I can always rely on him to give me honest and reliable feedback. I would recommend Ross if you need an unbiased and professional analysis of your work.
Ross is an absolutely great tutor! He’s helped edit and annotate my work and goes through feedback with me so that I understand and know what to do to improve. He’s patient, calm and friendly and he’s made such a difference in my work. I’d say a lot of my higher grades and achievements are down to him. Ross is the one to go to if you need help and support
Ross is incredibly patient when teaching and will also make sure I understand where my errors are. He doesnt just correct them for me but makes sure I know why its wrong. He is also very good at making suggestions to allow me to grow in my writing and not just change things for me. He always goes in depth when editing and never leaves anything unread. Would 100% recommend.
If you are looking for someone that is totally in control of your learning and offers support and guidance along the way, then look no further than Ross. We have studied together for three years and he is my absolute ‘go-to’ person for every aspect of the written word. Snap this guy up while you can.
Ross is incredibly patient and very approachable. He is great at editing, and giving tips and advice on written pieces.
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- 5h: £265
- 10h: £500
- + ££20
Students are welcome to travel to me (no cost), or to have workshops via webcam (no cost - most popular option).
I am happy to travel to students; a £20 travel cost will apply to students who live up to 10 miles away, with an additional £2.50 for every 5 miles thereafter.
Block of 5 workshops, paid in advance, £53/hour – total £265.
Block of 10 workshops, paid in advance, £50/hour – total £500.
Daily rate (where applicable) £300/day.
Find out more about Ross
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
I have been an aspiring writer since 2007, but only discovered how much I enjoyed editing and teaching in 2017, whilst studying Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. It was during my studies that I decided to become a tutor, and aspire to eventually become a professor.
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
Prose and essay writing and editing are my specialities, and are what I spend most of my time doing - be that editing work for my students, content and ghost writing, editing submissions for Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, or writing and editing my own work. I am more content writing poetry than editing it, but have almost as much experience as I do with prose.
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
My undergraduate dissertation supervisor had such a vast knowledge of so many areas related to writing, editing and beyond - and a mental library so extensive I could never quite believe it - that I was inspired to expand my own knowledge and pass that experience on to others. Not only was he a superb academic, but he was incredibly patient and helpful, and I aspire to be equally as excellent a teacher.
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
I would say 3 things: an acute understanding of what your students actually need to achieve their goals; the patience and skills to transfer that knowledge to them; and, finally, whilst qualifications are obviously important, extensive experience and expertise in the areas you teach make the best tutors stand out, and give the best teaching value for students.
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Up until the beginning of 2017, I was employed full time by a large retail company as a General Manager - a secure, well paid position that allowed me some spare time in which I could write. And I was so bored. Leaving that job to undertake higher education studies and pursue a career in writing, editing and teaching was one of the best things I've ever done.
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
One of the biggest difficulties with writing is that it is always subjective. What I like, somebody else might not. Some of the most popular novels, short stories, anything, are sometimes also the most controversial. That isn't always a bad thing, but it is definitely a hurdle I've had to overcome when faced with criticism of my own work.
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
I want to keep writing alive for future generations: it's a difficult skill that takes many years to develop, and that nobody will ever perfect. I try to help do this by producing my own work, providing a platform for others to have work published, and, of course, by passing on knowledge to my students.
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P) ?
Aside from everything highlighted in these interview questions and on my profile, I am available to my students whenever they need me for guidance, and am always happy to go further to provide help.