A professional full-time English and Creative Writing Tutor providing excellent online support to students worldwide since 2009.
- at your home
- By webcam
I'm incredibly passionate about my all aspects of English, English Literature and Creative Writing and consider my teaching to be confidence-building and my approach is friendly, patient and inspiring. I am encouraging, reassuring and always enthusiastic throughout my sessions. I try my very best to instil a sense of enjoyment for the subject in my students, who often tell me they have a renewed enthusiasm for books, poetry and story and essay writing as a consequence of our lessons.
After a short consultation with either student or parent, I promptly tailor my online lessons to tackle an individuals needs. My own academic experience, alongside my professional writing and editing skills, enables me to help students focus on their weaker areas quickly, instigating structured and achievable plans for progress from the initial session. I help students to realise their potential in English studies with organisational help and mentoring, as well as a clear focus on academic expectations. I set challenging yet attainable goals in order to support students to improve in their weaker areas and see my students achieve beyond their expectations and surprise themselves with the ease by which they do so. This is as successful in helping them realise their ability to be critical and analyitical about texts that they read, as it as of their ability to improve in their use of descriptive techniques and actual story telling skills.
I have extensive experience of using email and Skype for online lessons with school-age students as young as Year 5 and adult learners, and this method has proved as successful, and rewarding, as my many hours of face-to-face tuition. I also use Google Docs to share documents with my students so that all amendments can be clearly seen by both parties and provide resources, recommended reading and research links for my sessions.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I provide online lessons to students all over the world. I have tutored students from postgraduate level through to primary school age, and have a proven track record of improving exam and level results, as well as grades, as my testimonials fully demonstrate. I also provide some some face-to-face classes, depending on the student's location.
I frequently support students applying to grammar or selective schools, who are sitting 10+, 11+, 12+ and 13+ style exams, and other key stage two and key stage three students who also need help to improve their grammar, comprehension and creative writing skills, as well as advice on how to successfully plan, structure and edit their writing.
I support GCSE/IGCSE students with all aspects of their English Language and Literature courses, including exam techniques. To do this I use a selection of past exam papers to provide help with individual questions, and give advice on time allocation, as well as thorough feedback on all approaches and progress. I aim to improve confidence and therefore in-turn help provide the skills needed for both tackling tests, exams and classroom discussion.
My A-level and IB students typically need help with their textual and literary analysis and essay writing skills and I have also worked with home-learners who have all achieved grades A*, A or B in their IGCSEs with my sole support.
I regularly assist undergraduate and postgraduates preparing and writing essays, reports and dissertations and I also work with and mentor adult learners who may be returning to studying after a long break, or are preparing for a professional course or qualification. I also support individuals who are working on new business or extra-curricular projects, providing editing, proofreading and copy writing services.
I always work at an appropriate pace and encourage a high level of interactivity and discussion. I have taught students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism, and who speak English as a second language.
I offer a committed, professional and flexible service. I can provide testimonials from a variety students and parents, and references upon request.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students are varied and include Year 5 and Year 6 students in the UK and abroad, who require entrance exam support; especially focusing on understanding the expectations of comprehension questions, the comprehension texts themselves and preparing stories, descriptions and essays in timed conditions. I am also supporting GCSE and IGCSE students who need help with poetry/text analysis and essay writing, IB students preparing for their IOP's, written assessments and exams and some students who are studying in British or International Schools abroad who need extra help with developing their creative writing or planning, structuring and writing their analytical essays.
Perfect! Ruth has been amazing at teasing ideas out of Arthur and helping him develop tools for successful creative writing. In just a few weeks, he is working much quicker in being able to get his ideas down on to paper. He is enjoying the process of exploring his imagination. His enthusiasm around creative writing has increased enormously. All credit to Ruth!
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Ruth tutored my daughter in English for a couple of years and transformed her confidence and skill set. She is passionate about the subject; professional yet warm and relaxed in her manner; rigorous, detail focused and inspiring. She tailors every lesson to your child's needs and is ambitious about their learning journey. I recommend her very highly.
I have known Ruth for nearly 30 years. When my son needed some extra help with his English, I knew exactly who to turn to. Not only is Ruth approachable, friendly, kind and patient but she is incredibly professional and an excellent tutor.
She put together a plan of action for my son and within a few sessions he was far more relaxed, focussed and confident in his own abilities. I cannot recommend her enough!
Ruth’s great work over the past 3 years of my daughter's online tutoring has been critical to ensuring that my daughter not only becomes confident, but also truly enjoys the subject. Ruth is always supportive, flexible and provides excellent tutoring focusing on areas of development agreed between the two of them. I have no reservation in recommending Ruth as a great academic tutor to parents who want their kid to excel. My daughter and I look forward to continuing the online lessons with Ruth to prepare for Level A.
Ruth tutored our daughter for her 11+ exams and her thorough planning meant each lesson was time well spent. When she discovered areas that needed improving, she assigned the appropriate tasks adapted to our daughter's ability.
Her extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the wide range of topics likely to be covered in the exams made our daughter feel confident. She was also greatly stimulated by Ruth's specialty in creative writing.
I cannot recommend Ruth enough.
â€œI was really concerned about my IGCSE English Exam, but since our first lesson Ruth has been friendly and incredibly helpful.
Thanks to Ruth my grammar has improved immensely and I've become more confident in myself. I really like the way she teaches and I would recommend her 100%. â€œ
Ruth started with my son when he was in Year 5. He jumped from level 4c to 6a in just one year. My son made remarkable progress and without Ruth's dedication and hard work this would not have been possible in such a short period.
Ruth gave my son lessons for 11+ and independent school entrance exams and he passed all the exams he took with flying colours. I really recommend Ruth as a tutor.
My daughter was a home learner and studying the English IGCSE course by herself. When the exams came closer we decided that she needed some professional help and chose Ruth because of her credentials and the lovely testimonials on The Tutor Pages.
We were not disappointed. My daughter's confidence in her writing and the speed in which she worked increased in just the few weeks that Ruth worked with her. Her exam tips were great and my daughter got an A* in English language.
Ruth was fantastic in preparing my kids for entrance exams. My daughter applied for Year 10 entry and my son for Year 9. We had online lessons with her.
Her classes and teaching methods were really great and she explained everything in detail to them. My kids really enjoyed lessons with her. She worked really hard with them and within a very short period of time both got accepted in their first choice school. I would really recommend her!!
Ruth is a practical, well-organised and personable tutor. She developed a good rapport with our daughter, who was in Year 11, while making sure there was an excellent structure to her programme of study.
This balance between being able to understand and adapt to our daughter's personality while encouraging her to learn in a well-structured manner proved highly effective and she improved greatly.
â€œRuth is a highly skilled, grounded and articulate tutor, who helped me study for my PGCE.
She quickly grasped the meaning of concepts that I was writing about, despite never having studied them herself, and helped me to plan, revise and reorder my work, so that it was more professional and academic.
Ruth went at a pace that met my needs and allowed me to elaborate and share my intentions verbally.
She always showed enthusiasm and was flexible during sessions. Her support has been invaluable.”
Ruth came to work with my son from Year 9 to Year 11. After only a short time he jumped a whole level in literacy.
Ruth helped my son improve his reading ability, widen his vocabulary, improve his grammar, punctuation and comprehension, as well as his spelling.
She has helped my son to improve the structure of his sentences for the purposes of formal and creative writing, as well as understand the importance of being able to compare and contrast information.
Our son has autism and within a few months of hiring Ruth, we noticed improvements. His school were amazed by this dramatic change. We decided that our other son should receive tutoring too.
Ruth's lesson plans fitted in with their timetables, pin-pointed areas of weakness, worked on them, monitored their progress and moved on to new areas when they were ready.
She bonds really well with her students, and Ruth's perseverance and hard work has made a difference to our children's education.
Ruth is an excellent tutor. She has helped my daughter begin to enjoy English and she has gone from being a grade C to a grade A student.
My daughter now wants to take English as one of her subjects for A Level. I wish we had come across her earlier. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
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- £45 per hour for primary students through to those studying at GCSE/IGCSE level
- £50 per hour for students in Further Education, Higher Education or adult learners
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