Information About Jeff - Carshalton teacher - (34 reviews)
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I am a fully qualified teacher with almost 30 years of experience. I regard myself as a friendly and approachable tutor, as well as honest and conscientious, and I pride myself on being able to communicate with students of all ages, from pre-teen to pensioner.
My hobbies are limited to reading these days, as there seems to be no time for much else, and I am particularly fond of English Literature. Dickens and Hardy are two of my favourites, but I am also keen on modern and less serious writers, such as Tom Sharpe and the two Rankins - Robert and Ian.
I have formerly worked full-time in the field of Further Education, teaching English (GCSE, GCE, and IGCSE), EFL/ESOL, and Spanish, plus Study Skills, Academic English, and IELTS for international students at college and university. I am now available full-time for tutoring in the borough of Sutton, although I am prepared to consider other areas (Morden, Banstead, for example) if travelling time is allowed for.
I have taught and tutored English (including EFL and IELTS) and Spanish for the past 30 years or so, in the UK and abroad. I have worked in Spain, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Abu Dhabi, and also for many years in the UK of course. I have worked as a private tutor ever since I started teaching, as I realised that the existing state and private education providers could not meet the demand for high-quality intensive tuition.
I currently offer personal home-based teaching for English and Spanish for people who wish to improve their general abilities in the language. In addition, I tutor Spanish and English for academic exams, such as IELTS, GCSE and A-level.
Although I can offer elementary tuition in Russian, it is my wife who is the expert, being a native speaker.
I endorse the humanist approach, and try to make my tutorials as interesting and relevant as possible. With every tutee I carry out an initial assessment of their needs and abilities, and my teaching begins from there. This approach appears to be successful, and I can provide references.
I would say that my personal style is open and honest, and I encourage my students to learn from their mistakes, rather than chastising them. However, in order to make real progress the tutee has to do her/his homework to reinforce this, and I make this a clear condition of my tutoring.
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Additional Languages: Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Sheffield Hallam University (1997) - Trinity Diploma in TESOL (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Wolverhampton (1993) - English & Spanish (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Institute of Linguists (1991) - Translation Diploma (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Kingston Poly (1989) - Spanish and Political Science (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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I am quite pleased with him overall and would definitely recommend him.
Thank you Jeff for the time, energy and humour you bring to the lessons. Satty
My daughter responds well to his
teaching style and she finds the sessions really useful.
I would definitely recommend him.
My son has definitely increased in confidence since Jeff has been working with him, and his school have also noticed a continual improvement in his work.
ny further response. Understand through different parents that time slot is being offered to different student. It is fine it is his business. As a parent this created very mush distress and boy doesn’t understand what’s happening around him even. My whole purpose this feedback is to mention “Success or failure is not decided by individual, it is time which decides.” We are very upset with this lack of professionalism, he just gained fees and we gained distress and non-motivation. Still my sincere thanks to him.
Thanks for comments: again such a motivational message. Believe it or not we haven't gave this feedback because of frustrating that's wrong imagination. we are not concerned about the end result. It is all about the way you informed about your decision. if you are so much concerned about the student why you didn't discussed with us, just sent a text and quit. That shows how a tutor shouldn't do. You made your own decision and stopped without speaking or informing us the real situation.
I am not going to give comment each of your comments. (but I can if required). All my prayers and best wishes other 18 children and future successors. God bless and good luck.
I did my best for her child, the same as I do for the other 18 children that I currently tutor for 11 plus, and the hundreds that I have taught in the past. I gave regular homework tasks, provided feedback, and embarked on a programme of extended reading and vocabulary development. Yet after three months it was clear that it was not working, and the boy would not make the grade. So I decided that enough was enough, for his sake as well as mine.
In doing so I have saved his parents much unnecessary cost, saved the boy a lot of unnecessary stress, and stopped wasting my own time. However, I imagine that this parent will force her poor son to do endless more hours of tutoring, subject him to endless numbers of practice papers, and generally squeeze the life out of the poor soul until he fails the exam and collapses in shame and exhaustion.
Yet the burden of shame here should lie squarely on the misguided parents’ shoulders, and not on the unfortunate child’s.
He is patient and keen to get the best from his students.
Jeff was also flexible with his sessions. Something that was really important with a busy family and changing schedules.
I'd recommend Jeff to anyone looking for a tutor.
I will soon be looking start tuition for my 9 year old daughter with Jeff.
We would recommend Jeff.
The sessions have gone really well and my son is enjoying his time with Jeff.
He sets weekly homework which my son has enjoyed doing. Really pleased with how it's going so far.
Our son really enjoys his time with Jeff, whose flexibility to session timings fits in with our busy weekends; we appreciate his help so far. Thank you