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Home Tuition for English in Billingham

I am a fifty four years old male with a partner and three adult daughters. I had a variety of jobs before deciding to return to education whilst in my thirties. I graduated with a degree in English from the University of Teesside and have since made a career out of teaching English related subjects.

I like to think that I'm a friendly, approachable person, with a good sense of humour. I've taught students ranging in age from 14- 80 and have had excellent pass rates and feedback over my career.

As of April 25th 2014 I am the BBC's 2014 Mastermind champion. My specialist subject in the grand final was Philip Larkin, a poet who is part of the curriculum at both GCSE and A-Level.

Tutoring Experience

I have almost 20 years teaching experience working mainly in the F. E. sector. In that time I have designed and delivered a range of English-based courses. These include Functional Skills ( E3 to L3), GCSE English Literature/Language, AS/A Level Literature, Access to Higher Education and specialist L5 literacy modules.

At present, after my success with Mastermind I am actively supporting my local council in promoting the importance of education; in addition a number of schools have invited me to give talks on this subject in order to inspire their pupils.

Tutoring Approach

I believe that it is necessary for a tutor to have a number of skills in order to be successful. He/she needs to be well-organised, conscientious and be able to communicate clearly and effectively. However, I tend to think that subject knowledge and being able to relate to the student and their needs are of paramount importance.

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


University of Teesside1998BachelorsEnglish
University of Sunderland2006PGCEPGCE
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