I am a full-time, qualified teacher, who also tutors part-time. This means that I know the ins and outs of the specification and the type of exam questions that could come up, I know the latest advice on exam techniques (we attend training for this), and I will have far more cumulative experience teaching A-Level students than 'full time tutors'.
I have several years teaching experience and am currently working at an 'Outstanding', selective state school. I have taught Edexcel, AQA and the IB specifications. In addition to my teaching experience, I also have over a hundred hours experience tutoring online.
For the A-Level/IB student with gaps with their knowledge what your child will need is someone who will design specification-relevant Micro/Macro questions that test their knowledge. Where issues have been identified, they will need someone to develop easy-to-understand connections between theory and the question, clarifying misconceptions about the theory in the process. Regular questioning throughout this process is essential to assess your child's understanding of that explanation, and a similar question should be given for them to demonstrate that understanding on their own, unaided.
For the A-Level/IB student who is looking to revise exam technique, your child will want someone with experience marking hundreds of exam papers - something 'full time tutors' are fortunate to avoid. They will need someone who sets them questions in the style that questions appear in their exams, and who mark those essays with the same rigour as an examiner for that exam board. Sessions may involve going over the issues in the paper, paragraph by paragraph. Model chains of analysis would be given for those paragraphs containing chains of analysis displaying misconceptions, lacking depth, etc.
I work online because I find it a more focused, time-efficient experience. Skype is the conferencing software I use, and the web-based GoogleDocs is what I tend to use if I want to see the students responses to questions in real-time (something not possible in person without standing directly and uncomfortably over someone's shoulder). However, if exam technique is what we are focusing on, then the student would submit hand-written essays before the session (by photographing and emailing their work to me) so that the session is exclusively used to discuss feedback to their work.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|University College London||2016||QTS||PGCE Economics|
|University of Warwick||2015||Masters||MSc Behavioural and Economic Science|
|University of Aberdeen||2013||Bachelors||MA Economics with Honours|