I've been a professional tutor for nine years with an excellent success rate in improving levels, grades and exam results. I tutor in English Language, Literature and Creative Writing and help older primary school students through to adult learners.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
English Language, English Literature and Creative Writing.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BA (Hons) (2:1) in Creative Writing and English Literature from London Metropolitan University and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in Broadcasting. I am a professional journalist, in print, new media and broadcasting, and this, alongside my academic studies, has allowed me to forge a strong creative, critical and analytical ability.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour for primary, lower-secondary and GCSE/IGCSE. My fee for A-level and IB is £45 per hour and for university students is between £45-£50 depending on the level. My fees reflect my extensive experience, my success rates and always include thorough lesson planning and preparation time.
- Where do you teach?
At home via Skype and, if my schedule allows, I can travel to students' homes if they live close to me. These areas include: Bow, Bethnal Green, Mile End, Poplar, Stepney, Docklands, Limehouse and Hackney.
I have prepared students for the following schools, amongst others: Forest School, Chigwell School, Bancroft's School, Blackheath High School For Girls, City of London School For Girls, City of London School (for boys), St. Olave's Grammar School, Ilford Grammar School, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Haberdashers' Aske's School For Girls, Francis Holland School, Colfe's School, Reigate Grammar School, Caterham School, Tonbridge School, South Hampstead High School, St Paul's School, Henrietta Barnett School, Dame Alice Owen's School, Queen's College, The Latymer School, Latymer Upper School and Christ's Hospital.
- When are you available?
Mondays to Wednesdays, daytime and evening.
Mondays to Fridays during the day for students outside of the UK and adult-learners and home-schoolers based in the UK.
I have extra availability during school holidays so please enquire.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
10+,11+ & 12+ entrance exam preparation
13+ common entrance exam preparation.
KS2 (Years 5-6)
KS3 (Years 7- 9)
GCSE/IGCSE English Language
GCSE/IGCSE English Literature
A-level English Literature
IB English Language
IB English Literature
Undergraduate level English
Undergraduate level Creative Writing
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
10+, 11+ and 12+ entrance exams
13+ common entrance exams
GCSE/IGCSE English Language
GCSE/IGCSE English Literature
A-Level English Literature
International Baccalaureate English
Undergraduate degree English
Undergraduate degree Creative Writing
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
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 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.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
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 friendly, patient and inspiring. I am encouraging, reassuring and always enthusiastic. I try my very best to instil a sense of enjoyment for the subject in my students, who often feel a renewed enthusiasm for books, poetry and story and essay writing as a consequence of my lessons.
- 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 individually tailor each task or programme of study after a full consultation with individuals, students and parent/s of younger students. 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.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My last Enhanced CRB disclosure certificate was renewed in March 2012.
- 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 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 planning, structuring and writing their analytical essays.
• BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature
• MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in Broadcasting
• I have a current Enchanced CRB certificate.
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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.
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