Information About Adam - Amersham tutor - (22 reviews)
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English (Foreign Language)
I often feel like a lawyer for my students! Sometimes we must face some hard decisions and truths together in order to really achieve the best results possible - this may mean having to change sets or have some frank conversations about the provisions that you are receiving from your school - but this vital information has meant that many students that I teach actually achieve their potential and get their schools to do what is best for them, rather than the conventional 'cookie-cutter' methods that, sadly, prevail and fail many of them. I am a qualified secondary school English and Drama teacher with nearly 10 years of experience. I am committed to getting my students the best possible grade that they can achieve. My Drama teaching also makes me more creative than your average English teacher - I like to help students learn in unusual or unexpected ways which they remember (and enjoy!)
I attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School for GCSE and A Level study before reading Drama and English at Loughborough University in 2006. I received my BA Hons Drama and English Degree from Loughborough University in 2009, securing a high second class upper honours (2.1).
I'm very proud of my student cohort in all of their success again this academic year, with a sweep of excellent grades and every student achieving their aspirations, be it starting at a selective secondary school, obtaining a good grade in their subjects, successfully moving on to their A Level studies, or achieving a placement for their chosen University.
I qualified as an English and Drama Teacher at Dr Challoner's High School before completing my NQT year at the prestigious private school, The Royal Masonic. I then gained further classroom experience with a broader range of student needs at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School. Since then, I chose to move away from classroom teaching and have since been tutoring students on a small group or one on one basis. I now have students from the age of 4 all the way up to adult learners, and I am very fluent with all of the different assessment criteria for 11 plus, GCSE and A Level examinations.
The most important thing for me is to identify areas for development to help progress students. It is usually clear quite quickly what is most important to improve, whether it be the creativity of responses, the structure of the work, firming up subject knowledge or understanding the examinations themselves (or all of the above!) in most cases, I will spend most of the first hour assessing the student's current abilities through reading some passages and discussion and looking through school work (if available). I usually then debrief the parents and student with my verdict of what needs to be done and a structure is put in place of how we will achieve the target in the time that we have together.
I have a strong knowledge of AQA, OCR, EdExcel and Cambridge syllabi both for GCSEs and IGCSEs and at A Level. Tutoring sessions will cover key skills needed depending on which examining body they will be sitting. I am a very experienced tutor (with nearly a decade of experience behind me!) having helped many students succeed and I am fully confident that I can help you, with completely tailor made lessons that match how you learn best.
I am very good at using assessment for learning and making sure that students walk away from every session with a clear understanding of how they can improve and progress, which helps them feel very positive about the whole process.
I will use a series of strategies including exemplars, unseen and seen texts, examination papers and (where appropriate) media and ICT based learning, too.
Please enjoy the brief video I have made for a taster! I hope to hear from you soon.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- E-Qualitas (2012) - Qualified Secondary School Teacher (QTS) (✔ On File)
- Loughborough University (2009) - Drama and English (2.1) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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He is very pleasant and friendly and gives great advice, my son said he is very easy to get along with and really enjoyed is lessons.
I would highly recommend him as a tutor. Thank you Adam! :)
Falco was a lot of fun to teach and he was always very energetic and enthusiastic, too. I wish him all the best in his upcoming results!
Please do stay in touch and if I can help at all next year, I'm happy to!
Adam began with helping in the planning and preparation of essays - but as George got more confident, he was unleashed to tackle questions on his own. George's preparation without Adam would have been far less focussed and certainly less productive.
We had a mix of face to face sessions and Skype sessions which worked well. I would recommend Adam without hesitation.
It's been a pleasure to tutor George and I wish him the best of luck as he goes on to his university studies!
As discussed, please do stay in touch and if there's any way I can help him with his course (such as planning and structuring university level essays) I'm always there to give him some pointers!
He is everything you would want in an A Level English Literature tutor: helpful, supportive, provides excellent and constructive feedback/suggestions/criticisms upon your work/essays/homework and above all else, he's always available when you need to get in contact with him - any time of the day.
Initially, when I found out that I would be taught by Adam via Skype, I was flummoxed and a little confused. Even so, my initial worries dissipated. It turned out to be such an efficient and effective teaching method.
Also, after meeting him and discussing through my situation, my strengths, my numerous weaknesses and a lot of other relevant issues - he never wavered in helping me in achieving my goal of attending University. He always has a positive attitude to things, is extremely committed to the student(s) achieving their true potential and if you are considering Adam to be your personal one-to-one tutor - then, I wouldn't even think of hesitating. Go for it! It'll be one of the best decisions you'll make.
One of the best things I've come to find with Adam, is that he would go out of his way in order to make sure that he/she can achieve their true potential - no matter their goal or their ambition. Also, he found me some model answers - (which were a life-saver!) - which showed me everything that I could achieve (with students who studied the same texts that I did and achieved full marks) given time.
Honestly, parents or students alike, he's so helpful, is definitely worth the time and effort you and Adam would put in, and to me, he's been a god-send in helping me approach A Level English Literature, the texts (the novels and the poems), my essay structure, my timings, and many more important things in such a new way. A fresh outlook was just what I needed!