- Hourly rate £35
- Response Time 1h
- Number of students 44
1st lesson free!
Qualified experienced and friendly English teacher who can teach from early reading skills to GCSE and A-level as well as adult learners with specific English needs;
- at their home
- at your home
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Suzie will be happy to arrange your first English lesson.
About the lesson
I believe that in order for effective learning to take place, students of all ages and abilities need to feel comfortable with their teacher. I work hard to build up a rapport with my students as quickly as possible, identifying their needs and discussing their personal targets. When preparing students for external exams, I am particularly skilled at improving students’ grades significantly by honing in on the key exam tips and techniques required for each question presented by the different exam boards. Each student is treated as an individual and I adapt my teaching techniques accordingly. After each lesson I provide a log of what has been learned and each individual’s next steps. I am patient, friendly and flexible.
I qualified as an English teacher in 1995 after and since then have worked with students of all ages and abilities in a range of settings. I taught GCSE and A-levels in English in mainstream comprehensive schools and a Pupil Referral unit; more recently I have worked as Head of English and then Head of sixth form at a secondary special school where I devised and taught a curriculum for students at the very earliest stages of reading and writing. I have prepared students for the 11+ and private school entrance exams as well as helping undergraduate students with Dyslexia to plan and structure their essays. Enhanced DBS cert and QTS certificates available
Perfect! Suzie is a great help and support to my son who is getting ready for his Gcse's in English.She is extremely proffesional and understand how to organise and give a good push for my son to be more confident and achieve his grading.
- Suzie's response : James needs a little bit of extra work on his texts for GCSE so I’ve collaborated with his teacher at school to devise a plan. So far we’ve worked on quotations for the two main characters in Macbeth. We’re also targeting study skill techniques to help him learn and remember facts in all subjects.
Perfect! Suzie teaches our 16 year old daughter English Language and Literature in preparation for her GCSE exams this Summer 2022. We are really please with our daughter's progress since starting these online lessons with Suzie, she has improved so much in confidence with the subject and her mock exam results show a definite improvement! Our daughter always seems to enjoy her lessons and we will definitely continue with Suzie right up to her exams. Suzie has also gone above and beyond at times and nothing ever seems too much trouble. She has spent her own time preparing for our daughter's lessons, giving her feedback and looking into exam board information, for example, all to help our daughter, which is very kind, she is very generous with her time. She seems to really care about each student and their individual achievement, I wish all teachers were like Suzie!!
- Suzie's response : Grace is bright, engaging and a pleasure to teach. She needs a confidence boost in her ability to handle exams so we will gradually tackle an area of this each week, helping her develop strategies to rely on however the questions are worded in the June exams.
Perfect! Suzie is an excellent teacher. She is well qualified, and knows how to motivate people.
- Suzie's response : Steven is a lovely young man with many talents to share with the world. I look forward to helping him improve his confidence in English and in time gain his level 2 Functional skills.
Perfect! Suzie was very professional and very welcoming during Paolo's first lesson. Paolo was very engaged all the way through the lesson. A variety of activities were planned and the pace of the lesson was perfect for our son. Suzie took into account all our requests and Paolo keeps asking when his next lesson with Suzie will take place.
- Suzie's response : Our first lesson was a chance to assess the gaps in Paolo’s English ability. As he’s trilingual, he has had less time to build his English vocabulary and sentence structure so this is what we will focus on at first. Paolo is engaging and keen to learn and it was a real pleasure getting to know him and his family.
Perfect! So far so good! She is engaged and she prepares well the lessons. We also receive written feedback on progress and area for improvements. Our son is enjoying the classes very much and I can see that she will help him getting more confident. Thank you!
- Suzie's response : Veronique’s son Gabriel is bright and engaging. He’s keen to pass his entrance exam and is willing to take risks with his learning. I look forward to working with him over the next few months.
Perfect! The first meeting was very nice
- Suzie's response : Gvantsa is friendly, hard working and keen to improve her writing. It was great to meet her and I look forward to us working together.
Perfect! Suzie is a excellent teacher, both me and my daughter are engaged her teaching. She is really experienced, concentrated and effective, I do believe she can help my daughter's learning. Thank you, Suzie
- Suzie's response : Had an enjoyable first mini lesson with Jane and her daughter Kathy. We practised some phonics and some reading. Kathy was a star! Well done!
Perfect! Communication skills and the ability to interact. Altogether a concise and reassuring first session
- Suzie's response : We held our first assessment session this morning; Jonathan was cheerful and cooperative and was able to answer some of the questions accurately and taking risks when he was unsure. I look forward to helping him make great progress with his English!
Perfect! Suzie has coached group of Y5/Y6 students with well prepared and patience. She is quickly responded to any requests, very reliable. The students enjoyed doing comprehension and writing with her!
- Suzie's response : I’ve worked closely with Annie’s students over four weeks now. The resources provided are helpful and easy to use.
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Suzie is a brilliant English teacher and I really enjoy my lessons with her. I've learnt a lot and feel much more confident with the subject now and with my forthcoming GCSEs this Summer. I have an online lesson with Suzie every week and she makes these sessions fun and explains everything really well. I find her very reassuring and patient. I definitely recommend Suzie!
Suzie is patient, friendly and flexible. She works hard to identify my daughter’s English level and discuss her personal targets. After each lesson Suzie provides a log of what has been learnt and the next steps which is very useful to parents. My daughter loves her from the first lesson?
Suzie has been so supportive and patient with my son Iestyn. She has quickly picked up on what works for him and she has been so adaptable. Nothing is too much trouble - iestyn is always excited for his lessons with Suzie
Suzie has been tutoring my son (just finished Year 9) for a little while now. Due to his dyslexia, he has struggled at school. Suzie is friendly, positive, and patient. She is knowledgeable about how best to help my son and he has been able to learn things he has always struggled with (months of the year, days of the week and time) in such a short period of time. Suzie allows my son to focus on areas he would like to learn, at a suitable speed and is learning a range of skills. I can not wait to see his progress with his GCSEs next year, thanks to Suzie’s help.
Suzie has been phenomenal in tutoring my 13 year dyslexic daughter. She has been outstanding from our first conversation and has gone above and beyond to structure her learning to suit her needs whilst increasing her confidence beyond belief. I could not recommend Suzie more highly. To see the huge improvement in Skye's learning and her motivation to learn has been truly life changing and we are so grateful to have Suzie as her tutor. Thank you Suzie!!
Great tutor. Could not recommend enough.
I trust her because she is the best role model for being the best teacher.She made my daughter more confident in her lesson and within a short period of time, my daughter learnt a lot from Suzie. She is wonderful and excellent .
Suzie is an amazing leader and a dedicated teacher to pupils. She put pupils needs before her needs. She taught pupils in special school who were Autistic and those with MLD and SLD. She has conducted lots of training to staff and parents, supporting parents who struggled at home with behaviour issues. She set out 5Ps and IEPs for pupils and worked tirelessly with families to support them with guidance at home towards independence and academic skills.
Suzie promoted bespoke teaching strategies to all teachers. She believed that pupils are different and needed individual approaches.
She was an amazing head of department with a good sense of humour and a lot of teaching experience in different categories.
Empathy and integrity are Suzie's hallmarks, and she has an admirable gift for inspiring others to pursue their dreams. Her devoted professionalism, delightful personality and infectious sense of humour equip her splendidly for tutoring, with her approach thoughtfully tailored to the needs of each individual student. I recommend Suzie unconditionally.
I've had the privilege to have worked with Suzie since 2017 (she was head of Sixth Form and head of English prior to that) and I can safely say she is a most able Teacher. Having a knack of moulding herself to students' varying levels and ability to adjust approach/pace accordingly has won her numerous penny-drop moments. An engaging personality also shines through.
I have been a friend and colleague of Suzie's for more than 10 years. Suzie is calm and patient with even the most challenging students, maintaining a professional but friendly attitude. She is able to adapt her approach as situations change to respond to her students needs. Throughout that time Suzie has had experience of working with pupils with a variety of needs and abilities across a range of subjects.
Suzie is an excellent teacher, and was a great colleague to work with. She has a flexible, 'no stone unturned' approach to securing the best outcomes for young people, and has worked with a highly diverse range of pupils with an array of strengths and needs. As well as being highly professional, she is a very warm and empathetic person.
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- 5h: £175
- 10h: £350
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Find out more about Suzie
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
As a child, I loved escaping into the imaginary world of books, particularly loving Enid Blyton's stories like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Famous Five! I was desperate to find the Land of Take What you Want at the top of every tree I saw! I've also always had a real love for words and the power they have for good or bad. An English degree with lots of reading and then teaching in secondary schools and special schools was a natural step for me. What I enjoy about tuition is the ability to really address the particular needs of an individual student and make a real difference to their grades and hopefully their lives.
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
All English teachers have their favourite and least favourite books to teach! I enjoy teaching storylines that I know will have a real connection with students. Of Mice and Men has such a strong ending and I've yet to meet a student who doesn't feel at least a little upset or shocked when they find out what's happening. Even if they pretend not to.....!
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
I can't say I have one clear role-model as such. I think Ruby Wax's work on raising awareness of mental health issues is great and I really like Michelle Obama, particularly her support for girl's education. My secret guilty heroine however is the character Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I love her independence, sense of fun and mostly that she doesn't let anyone push her around!
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
A good tutor needs to work hard to build a strong trusting relationship with students and if appropriate with their family too. This will develop a student's self-belief and help them take risks with their learning in order to make progress. A tutor must be forensic about analysing where the gaps in learning are for each individual and then devise a tailored plan to address them. Tutors must be sensitive in reading a student's response within a lesson and adapt the activity or the pace moment by moment in order to maximise learning and maintain a student's confidence.
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
I remember one particular student I taught from about 15 years ago who was a real success story. He'd been unable to attend school for a year and his self esteem was so low, he could hardly hold his head up to look at me, never mind speak! Building his confidence and gaining his trust took time and patience but in the end I managed to get him to take both GCSEs in English instead of just the one and he got B grades in both. More importantly he was able to hold his head up high and went on to do A-levels at college. It just shows how vital a role education can play in changing young people's whole lives. His mum's message in the farewell card holds a very special place in my office ....and in my heart!
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
I think many English teachers get frustrated by the choice of set texts in the National Curriculum and what sometimes feels like too much emphasis on "classics" by pre-20th century white men! Whilst these should of course be read, it'd be great to have the choice of more texts to teach at GCSE which reflect today's teenagers' lives; more from the twentieth century and more multicultural texts!
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
My passion within teaching English is using drama and multi-sensory approaches to really engage students. I have a favourite lesson to introduce Shakespeare to younger children or those with SEND, where I set up the classroom as the witches' hideout from Macbeth. I use a smoking cauldron and candles to create the atmosphere and we take it in turns to drop the gruesome ingredients from the play into the cauldron whilst chanting the words from the witches' spell!
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P) ?
I'm a superprof because I treat each student as a unique individual and am always on the lookout for imaginative ways to improve their learning.