Addlestone Tutor

(NB Please note my comments about tutors/teachers in "Approach to Tutoring": you may find them enlightening!)

My career has been as a book editor with well-known publishers (have had articles published worldwide in Encyclopaedia Britannica), but previously also in "numerate" roles as accountant, statistician and market analyst. My specialist subject is Written English at all levels, partly because this is my forte, but partly because I'm not convinced that school teachers are giving this aspect of the syllabus sufficient attention; in fact, I have my doubts about their competence in some instances (including those at independent schools!), having witnessed the marking of my students' school work! So my tuition will help to complement what they learn at school, and also "plug gaps" in their teaching.

I've also been assisting with Latin and Eleven-Plus preparation in recent months, as well as Numeracy and Maths at Primary Level.

And I can also advise adults on the wording of job applications and CV preparation, if necessary.
(Discounts available for double-lessons, or where two students wish to be taught together.)

NOTE: I have a number of testimonials on another tutoring website under Andrew, KT15. DBS/CRB accredited since 2010. Also, I have to confess that it's a very old photo I've supplied! It's one of my favourites, with my old pal Kelly (I don't like most of my recent ones). I still have the same cheerful smile, and still love cats, so those haven't changed. Just for reference, although Kelly and I both possessed "ginger fur" and whiskers at that time, I'm the one in the glasses!

Tutoring Experience

I've been described as "a natural teacher", despite officially taking up tutoring just three years ago. As a teenager, I instructed trainee motorcyclists, helped friends/relatives with driving lessons and have assisted my office staff both overseas and in the UK with computing and English problems.

As explained above, I principally offer English and Maths at Primary Level, as well as 11-Plus and Entrance Examination, as well as "homework help" in various subjects.The age of recent students has ranged from 6 to 80 (really!) (inc. Adult Learners), whilst their nationalities have included Egyptian, Indian, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Hungarian, as well as British.

Despite being older than many tutors, I find that my informal, friendly approach quickly helps establish a positive rapport with students of all ages and their parents.

Tutoring Approach

I think parents and employers need to think about the kind of person they require. To begin with, a tutor is not necessarily the same as a teacher. Teachers are trained to address whole classrooms of kids; what you really want is someone who possesses knowledge, the ability to impart that knowledge, and unlimited patience, and this describes a tutor. Tutors without teaching experience/qualifications are considered by some people to be somehow inferior teachers. Well, I was taught English by Oxbridge-educated masters before many of today's tutors were even born, and was working for major publishers when those tutors were still in short trousers! (Well, the male ones, anyway.) I was learning Latin, the basis of much of today's English, half a century ago. I am truly astonished by the number of errors which school teachers fail to rectify in my students' lessons - and in some cases, their marking is actually incorrect. These failings occur in "private" schools, too. And I recently encountered a spelling error in a fellow-tutor's "profile". OK, it was a rarely-used term, but I'd expect a tutor charging double my rate, and boasting decent academic qualifications, to have done better!

I'm pretty informal and laid-back, and nothing like a "typical" tutor or schoolteacher! I believe this helps me "relate" to my students effectively. If they're happy and cheerful too, I find that they tend to be much more receptive!

I'm especially patient and supportive when students are struggling (I wish my own teachers had been more like me!), and find it immensely satisfying when a student finally says, "You know what?! I understand that now!".

I'm more than happy to initially meet up for a free, no-commitment chat, which will enable us all to get to know each other, discuss the planned objectives, and decide on the direction of the teaching.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Online1994OtherSociety of Editors
Correspondence1984ProfessionalInstitute of Statisticians
Aylesbury College1979ProfessionalDiploma in Business Studies

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