UPDATE: I am currently receiving a lot of enquiries and bookings for the upcoming term. As I have quite a limited number of slots available, before contacting me please read through my profile, especially my approach to tutoring / learning
Since 2008 I have worked with a diverse range of students, engendering a passion for learning as well as producing tangible results. I employ a flexible and dynamic approach crafted from an understanding that we are each upon a unique learning pathway according to our particular styles, aspirations, aptitudes and needs.
"Thank you very much for the great work you did with my daughter Sophie. She progressed from a 'C' grade to an 'A' grade in the space of 6 months and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends." - Billy, Bangor
"The learning exercises were always set around my interest areas, making tuition both fun and effective. Following my sessions with Andrew, I have developed a more concise way of communicating. My writing now has more flow, which helps me say what I need to say." - Neil , Newtownabbey
I'm passionate about nurturing the potential of each student with whom I have the privilege to work. With over 8 years experience as a Learning Coach with countless individuals and groups, Diploma in Life Coaching as well as a successful university graduate (1st class hons in Philosophy) and additional Masters research degree in Developmental Psychology, I previously taught at Secondary school and most recently trained nursing professionals to pass their IELTS exams.
I am also a regular public speaker and workshop leader in the private health sector, delivering courses in areas from stress-management and communication skills, to self-care and personal development.
"Andrew was very professional in his approach to tutoring. My daughter gained confidence in her ability to understand her subject and to recall information using association techniques which proved very useful in her examinations."
This coaching-based approach I take has proven highly successful. I approach each student and the sessions with an open mind to learn what I need to be of support.
Combining motivational coaching techniques, I offer a uniquely engaging, personally attuned service. The first lesson typically consists of a complimentary educational assessment (usually 30 minutes) to help identify key areas for improvement . All results can be shared with the parent/guardian. Based on this initial assessment, a 100% individual and tailored programme of learning is created. While encouraging the student to adopt high yet realistically achievable targets for their own education, I am also sensitive to the level of each student and what he or she is ready to adopt.
THREE EXAMPLES OF HOW I HELP FOR LITERATURE-BASED TASKS:
1.Working from the question to the answer: appreciating and understanding key requirements of a question, and any relevant marking criteria.
How best to structuring and qualify sentences so that final answer is comprehensive and accurate.
Most effective study / revision / exam techniques such as mind-mapping, worked answers, memorising.
AREAS COVERED / WHAT TO EXPECT
While I cover up to Secondary level Maths, my specialist subjects at all levels are literature / human sciences. Alongside the specific subjects I tutor in, I can incorporate motivational coaching on exam and essay skills, ensuring maximum value for investment of time / money / effort etc.
**Upon request I am also able to provide emotional literacy around life skills such as: motivation, communication, self belief and concentration.
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for tutoring Philip this year; he adapted well with you as his new tutor and enjoyed your approach to teaching.
"I would have no hesitation in recommending Andrew as a tutor. I found him to be polite, courteous, reliable, and accommodating."
- Doreen, Ballyclare
|Languages||English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Achievement Specialists||2011||Other||LCH Dip Life Coaching|
|Queen's University Belfast||2010||Masters||MPhil|
|Queen's University Belfast||2004||Bachelors||BA Honours (1st Class)|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||0|