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« I could not rate Dr Janet Lewison highly enough. Having worked as... More »
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Anna
« I could not rate Dr Janet Lewison highly enough. Having worked as colleagues for many years, at one time being her mentor and later supervised by her, I am delighted to state that her professionalism, integrity and dedication is second to none. Janet's obvious knowledge and experience make her an exceptional teacher at any level and her own love of learning coupled with her humanity and care raises the learning experience beyond the ordinary to become truly inspirational. »
£25/h
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Response Time 13h
Lessons offered by Janet
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
Taught subjects
  • English
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
Levels
  • All Levels

University English Tutor Bolton - Dr Janet Lewison

Methodology

I love tutoring English and know that English empowers us all with the words to express far more fully who we are! English Tuition increases confidence and articulacy.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I tutor English and Literature as well as offering Expert Feedback on essays, dissertations, UCAS forms and Creative Writing Projects. My website now has 'Tusi Notes' available for students to enhance their thinking about examination texts. These will shortly be offered on Amazon Kindle too. I prepare students for examinations up to PhD levels. I am also a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and have found NLP very useful in enhancing students' confidence and creative thinking. I am a facilitator with Liverpool University's Nationally influential Get into Reading (GIR) Scheme. I carry out tutoring via email/telephone too and this is very helpful for students preparing essays and projects. I have written for Carol Ann Duffy's website Sheer Poetry and am particularly fond of teaching Shakespeare, Victorian literature, Contemporary Fiction, Creative Writing, the Short Story and Toni Morrison. I have just published two new introductions for the Worth Press' editions of Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. I am currently writing a novel called The Amber Collector. I am a member of Phoenix Writers in Horwich.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I hold First Class Hons. English/Russian Studies (with prize), an MA in Victorian Literature and a PhD on Katherine Mansfield and the Short Story, all from Liverpool University. I also hold a PGCE from Manchester, QTS and CRB. I am also a qualified NLP Master Practitioner after training with Peter McNab and excellence for all. I also trained as a GIR Facilitator with Jane Davis' Prize Winning Get Into Reading Scheme.

- How much do you charge?

From September 2016, my fees will be £25/30session for all levels.

- Where do you teach?

I teach at home exclusively in Bolton near M61 and run courses for groups locally as well as working occasionally at Bolton University.

- When are you available?

As my website suggests, I work during the weekdays both in the daytime and evenings and also on Saturdays.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I tutor from entrance examination level to postgraduate levels. This is a significant range!!

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

GCSE, A Levels, Degree, Postgraduate Degree

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I have conducted tuition via email and telephone.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Creativity comes from self-belief. I believe firmly in the value of self-confidence and enthusiasm for promoting students' success. EVERYONE can benefit from one-to-one tuition. I am also a published writer and I am currently undertaking a writing course with Curtis Brown, the literary agency. I believe in the power of self-expression to transform lives.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Janet will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have over 20 years experience in teaching and lecturing. I worked initially at Bolton School, then Liverpool John Moore's University and then Bolton University before setting up my own Expert English Tuition Business. UCAS Statements are a specialty!

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes. (August 2018).

- Where and with whom did you train?

I am an NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner having trained with the NLP Master Trainer Peter McNab.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I am teaching a range of students from Key Stage 3 to undergraduate I teach online and am currently developing new strategies for encouraging Creative Writing and thinking as well as textual analysis. My site contains many resources for students including videos! I promote enthusiasm and First Class thinking.I am also now working with Moira Eribenne, a published Poet as well as an Asperger's Co0ordinator and Practitioner in order to offer support and advice to families and individuals with Asperger's and high functioning Autism. Details are on my site. I use NLP techniques to enhance confidence, intellectual curiosity and motivation.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £25/h
Lessons offered by Janet
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
Taught subjects
  • English
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
Levels
  • All Levels

Janet's CV

• First Class Hons, MA,PhD
• PGCE
• DBS enhanced Certificate August 2018
• GIR Facilitator, NLP Master Practitioner

9 reviews on Janet
  • 5/5

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9 recommendations

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Anna

I could not rate Dr Janet Lewison highly enough. Having worked as colleagues for many years, at one time being her mentor and later supervised by her, I am delighted to state that her professionalism, integrity and dedication is second to none.
Janet's obvious knowledge and experience make her an exceptional teacher at any level and her own love of learning coupled with her humanity and care raises the learning experience beyond the ordinary to become truly inspirational.

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Lesley

Janet is a passionate English tutor who is sensitive to different learning styles. She has a special ability to connect and inspire confidence using her expertise to challenge her tutees, facilitating learning and enjoyment. My daughter always came home feeling more confident with greater self belief in her ability to risk having a go and enjoyed the lessons.

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Sam

If you want to develop your critical or creative voice, build your academic confidence, or just have great fun exploring literary texts then Janet will be the perfect tutor for you. With a proven record of excellence in tutoring students at all academic levels, Janet can provide the expert advice and caring support that you need to achieve your personal best. By helping learners to become more curious and imaginative thinkers in English, Janet's teaching approach can also prove beneficial in terms of developing your problem-solving skills across other subject areas. Highly recommended!!!

Interview with Janet

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
Janet — English has always been my passion. As a child, I preferred reading above anything else, especially housework! I always asked for book tokens for presents. Looking back, I am sure that as a shy child, reading was also a way of empowering me. I loved visiting 'places' in stories. I realised the remarkable effect of words. The way stories befriend you and help you understand others and of course, yourself.
When I was a postgraduate student at Liverpool University, I was asked to teach a course on Practical Criticism and realised I loved teaching. I had been a quiet student and wanted to give my students the opportunity to flourish even if they felt underconfident. I knew how I had been motivated by certain teachers and definitely wanted to help students attain their best potential. I have loved all my teaching, whether at Bolton School, Liverpool John Moores' or Bolton University. Now, as an Independent tutor, I still consider teaching English an honour. No other subject reveals so much about human experience, no other subject offers so much insight into why we are as we are. After working full time for many years, I took a break to spend more time with my children and to write my novel (still a work-in-progress). I missed teaching though so I started doing some Private Tutoring. I set up my website, Tusitala too, and started to write blog posts to help students with their English studies.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
Janet — I tutor from Entrance Examinations to postgraduate levels in English. At the moment, I am tutoring many GCSE students because of the new specification, which is demanding, not least because of the 19thC.components. I have to say though, I love Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde! I have always been a huge fan of Victorian Literature and I hope my enthusiasm helps students who are less keen. I'm also helping students with UCAS personal statements because University applications need to be highly persuasive. And even though it's the summer, I'm enjoying tutoring students who just want to feel more confident about speaking up in class.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Janet — Definitely, two stand out. I had a wonderful English teacher when I lived in Marple and she gave me the validation that I needed to believe in myself, especially when other teachers were less enthusiastic. Enthusiasm matters! And at University, my tutor Steve never said a dull word. His tutorials were wonderful and showed me that thinking for myself involved courage and daring but made learning utterly special. I remember handing in a very worthy, 'safe' essay and when it came back he had written that writers were like 'secret agents' and that the reader cannot tell if they are actually on the side of good or bad. I had never thought about reading in this way. I felt opened up to another way of thinking.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
Janet — A good tutor shows care and respect for all students. They listen properly. They listen actively. Have excellent knowledge of their subject. But prepared to say, 'that's a super question and I don't know. But I will find out/have a think.' A good sense of humour. And NEVER put a student down.
QUESTION 05 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Janet — When I was a student at Liverpool, I was in a group I was sure knew far more than me. They were well spoken, articulate and confident. So I kept silent, week after week. It felt like Tuesday morning torture! I dreaded it. But then one day ( we were studying Heart Of Darkness that week) I just didn't agree at all with the discussion. And I sat there, silently fuming. Luckily my tutor picked on me.
'What do you think Janet? ' he said.'
So I burst out what I felt and my tutor smiled and said, 'You know what, I think you're right.'
I was flabbergasted and then realised that being silent was not helping anyone. Least of all myself and certainly not the tutor or the group. The dynamic was wrong. I remember this still. Learning needs courage. You have to dare to listen to your own voice and speak up.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
Janet — There are always new texts to study. Particularly at A-level. And these require lots of work. And it's a challenge to tutor a book I might not enjoy. This year I worked on Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. That was a challenge but, in the end, I really enjoyed it, even admired the work though maybe I still don't actually like the book. And if I love a book and students don't, then that is fun too! Interestingly, though students do take time to get to grips with Dr Jekyll, I really admire the way that everyone seems to enjoy it!
QUESTION 07 | 08
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
Janet — I love reading and I love writing. I have been lucky enough to take courses with Curtis Brown and Unthank Books. They have been terrific and really challenged me. I want to complete my two novels and get them published. It's very good to be a student again too, it stops any complacency and gives very different perspectives. I am sure it's really helped my tutoring too.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering these interview questions)?
Janet — Commitment, enthusiasm and empathy. And a sense of humour!

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