Information About Catherine - Merton tutor - (5 reviews)
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English (Foreign Language)
I have been a qualified teacher for over 15 years, having taught in both England and Venezuela. I am currently tutoring full-time.
As well as being a teacher, I love to travel. I have participated on volunteering programmes in Nepal, South Africa and South Sudan, where I have used my teaching skills to provide encouragement, support and lead workshops with local teachers. While travelling, I am able to indulge in my other passions of photography, learning languages and music.
I began my teaching career in a Middle School on the Isle of Wight before moving to an International School in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon my return to England, I taught in a primary school in Kent, before moving to London to work in an Academy. Last year, I completed a full-time CELTA course, which has provided me with up-to-date knowledge of teaching English as an additional language. I have used many aspects of this course when teaching both adults and children English.
I have extensive experience of teaching Maths and English to primary school children as well as Maths to children in KS3.
As well as working as a classroom teacher, I have worked with smaller groups of children and carried out one-to-one sessions, where I am able to tailor my teaching to the needs of the students more effectively. I have a range of experience working with high ability children, encouraging them to reach their potential.
I am currently working as a full-time tutor, with experience of tutoring children and adults to be exam ready as well as providing more regular support for children struggling with particular areas of Maths and English.
Tutoring is a partnership. I believe that it is vital that a student is involved in making decisions about their learning. Upon meeting a new student, I will always ask them to explain why they feel they need a tutor, what they think a tutor can do for them and what in particular they would like to improve upon. Giving a student ownership of their learning and being able to reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses, enables them to develop a positive attitude towards their sessions and to understand that they have many abilities.
Throughout my tutoring sessions, I use a range of methods to enable the student to understand the concept being taught. For younger children, this is often through practical equipment and visual diagrams. For older students, drawing up previous knowledge and working methods, helps students to make connections with other areas of their studies. By exposing students to a range of different strategies and developing core understanding, students are able to approach new concepts with confidence.
I aim to use students' interests and hobbies to make learning enjoyable as well as using a variety of games and investigations to encourage problem solving.
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Homerton College, University of Cambridge (1999) - QTS (QTS) (✔ On File)
- Homerton College, University of Cambridge (1999) - PGCE Middle School Science (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Leicester (1997) - BSc Combined Science - 2:ii (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I would recommend Catherine as she has amazing experience in all aspects of tutoring.
The work is well planned and designed to address his needs. She is persistent yet friendly in her approach and I am very happy with the first few sessions she has provided. Thanks Catherine!
Catherine is very professional, experienced, reliable and has a very adaptable approach which works very well with both my girls whom are both very different, each with their own challenges.
I am confident they will make great progress and would recommend Catherine to anyone.