As a highly qualified Dyslexia specialist, with over 20 years tutoring literacy, motivation difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers and mild autism, I have had successes at all levels! Students gain confidence to find that learning can be fun.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I tutor in all the Arts subjects as well as numeracy and basic Biology. My main basis is English and I teach reading, grammar, spelling, handwriting, punctuation, literature and essay organisation; also lateral thinking and spatial awareness. I speak and write fluent French as well as some Spanish, German and Italian.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Hornsby Diploma in Dyslexia, a C.L.A.N.S.A. (RSA) Diploma, and a Performers Licentiate of Trinity College of Music - London (LTCL).
- How much do you charge?
I charge on a sliding scale, but usually £54.00 per hour.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Hampstead, North West London.
- When are you available?
I am available mainly afternoons, by arrangement. I also usually work much of the school holidays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach from age 4 to university level and beyond. At present I have a 50-year old student.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I will work with students preparing them for 11+ and Key stages, Common Entrance, GCSEs, A-Levels to Degree exams and Theses, in all the Arts subjects as well as Politics, & Business studies, if necessary. I have frequently and highly successfully, worked with students on material about which both of us have known very little at first!
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I do not tutor online as I believe, especially in my field and with the kind of people I tutor, that person to person is far more effective.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I teach - especially the young ones - mainly by games (they love the stickers if they win!). Games are also more effective and students learn more quickly with them. Not only do the children love and learn from the games but the adults also find them clear as they address problems in a way they have not otherwise been able to make sense of - so they love the games also!
I also can show them how to cope with homework if and when that is a problem (it can often be quite debilitating for students). With specialist help, homework and studies can be finished more quickly and effectively and take away that burden of the nightly grind.
My personal message would be: It takes courage to learn; be brave and don't be frightened of doing difficult things. This applies to us all.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have had more than 20 years experience with young people and adults tutoring mainly dyslexic students from ages 4 to 60 and to all standards. I was, for 5 years the Head of a Dyslexia unit at a 6th Form College in South Kensington (London) where I taught students to cope with GCSEs and A-levels. We had a lot of success, but eventually there were too many SEN students coming to the school and they closed the department.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a recent, updated, "Basic Disclosure" certificate.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained (see above) at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, in London, with Beve Hornsby and Dr Harry Chasty.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Institute of Professional Tutors.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
At present I have schoolchildren up to 16, (4 of whom are substantially dyslexic or dyspraxic and doing extremely well) as well as some adults. We work on handwriting as well as spelling and essay or language organisation. In English at a later stage, we work on research, note-making and again organisation of essays at a high level of the language. The first and most important thing fo all of them is to gain confidence. One student told me that having been to several "specialist" tutors, I was the first person where she feels she is actually learning something.
• Hornsby Dipl.(Dyslex.). CLANSA (RSA Dyslex.)
• DBS certificate
Susan has made a night and day difference to our 6 year old's progress, confidence and happiness. From the very first meeting our daughter liked and trusted Susan and is always happy to see her. We saw a dramatic difference from the first session: where our daughter had been scared to write, she now wanted to write and write. Something had truly been unlocked for her. We feel totally reassured that we are in exceptionally safe, kind, hands. We cannot recommend Susan highly enough.
I want to thank you for the considerable help you have given to Rachel. As a result of her weekly visits I have seen a visible difference in her confidence and overall approach to school work. You have encouraged her to think for herself and take her nerves in hand when dealling with challenging academic problems -most evident in her approach to exams. Her marks now reflect her true ability.
It was a relief to find a wonderful teacher to help Rachel develop such a positive approach to her work.
1. Susan has worked with my six year old son since June 2013 to provide him with reading tuition and support as I was unhappy with the progress at his school. Before seeing her my son could not read at all; he had no phonic understanding, did not know the sounds attached to letters, had only rote learnt the alphabet but could not with ease identify random individual letter and could not blend them into words. He was also disillusioned and lacking confidence.
2. (continues from above) Since having tuition with Susan once a week my son now knows all his letters, the phonemes attached to the letters and can blend letters to form words. Susan has also helped me find the right books for him - the ones provided by school were too hard and confusing. Susan gives constructive feedback and suggestions as to how I, as a parent, can continue to support my son with his reading at home.
3. (continues from above) My son is also a very stubborn child and it takes a gifted and creative teacher to get through to him. Susan is a gifted and talented teacher who understands children and who has many different approaches which she has tailored to suit my child.
I would highly recommend Susan as a reading teacher - my son loves her and enjoys their lessons. As a result of coming to see Susan he is much more confident and actually enjoys reading, even though it is very difficult for him.
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