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Debra

Debra

I have enhanced DBS which is also on the update register. This means my status is completely up to date, as paper version doesn’t carry an expiry date. Neither have I spent time abroad which isn’t included in DBS.

I am a highly qualified, secondary history, French and English teacher (also qualified in primary and SEN) and have worked as a Head of History and Politics in both State and Private Sector.

I am a GCSE and A-Level examiner for OCR, CIE and EDEXCEL, having also previously examined for AQA before cutting back on commitments.

Previous to this, I worked as an Expatriate Consultant at some of the top Global accountancy firms in London, from 1995 to 2003.

As far as my own personal details are concerned, I am diagnosed with ASD (formerly Aspergers). In my opinion and experience, this has made my teaching more informed, sympathetic and focused on what is important. I have made it a speciality to understand the reasons behind why learning is not always being embedded, from Specific learning difficulties through to social communication difficulties, such as higher level ASD, as well as cognitive disorders such as dyspraxia. This motivates me to adapt my teaching to work on not just providing knowledge, but teaching how to learn.

Tutoring Experience

I consider my experience to be in three areas:

  1. Teaching Subjects, especially History and English, to those who are having difficulties understanding how to maximise their potential in these areas, possibly after failing to perform as predicted in mocks. My ability to pinpoint where students are losing marks makes me an excellent investment for those wanting to pass their exams as efficiently as possible.

  2. My second area of expertise is in having gained a great insight into the changing exams and skills associated with different questions over the years, with insider knowledge over what is expected, as shared by examination boards I have marked with since 2007.

  3. My understanding of specific learning difficulties helps me to foster good relations and adapt my tutoring to individuals, and not the other way around. Every student has benefited greatly from the personalised learning, given my experience of cognitive learning difficulties and individualised learning styles.

I have tutored students from a variety of schools, including Harrow and Eaton, and helped enable students to gain entry to such schools as: Eton, Wilson’s, Wallington and Sutton Grammar, Henrietta Barnett School, Dame Alice Owen’s School, Alleyn’s, Trinity, Whitgift, JAPS and many more.

Tutoring Approach

I tailor my teaching to the needs of the individual’s academic and individual personality preferences.

Examples of tailored teaching :

  • for visual learners I have used post it notes which work on structuring answers to GCSE English Language questions’ mark schemes.

  • oral questioning and answers for those students who have difficulties taking written information in. This is by way of buying the same textbooks and other sources of info as the students to ensure they learn the necessary information for exams.

As stated earlier, I put a lot of research into my tutoring. This means that I am completely aware of the mark schemes, examiner reports, specifications and all materials provided by the students school when helping the students. Some schools demand questions to be answered in their own particular way, so I will be aware of this when helping a student gain maximum marks in their coursework, etc.

Any lessons which take place at student house takes into account distance to travel, which means that non-local tuition, e.g. half an hour to drive to, will incur an hour's tuition rate. Lessons are usually at my house, unless otherwise agreed and financially viable.

Important information necessary to consider before contact is made and a decision is made to commence tuition:

  1. All payment for the month of tuition is required at the start of the month in order to secure dates and times for that month;
  2. Any tutee cancellations or missed sessions will neither be rescheduled nor refunded, in lin with any extra-curricular children’s organisation such as clubs, childminders, scouts, etc.
  3. Duration of lessons is for one hour at a pre-agreed time
  4. History essays which are marked and graded and feedback provided will be charged on a consultancy basis in advance. Any non-used hour’s/minutes will be refunded.
  5. No hidden charges or payments will be invoiced for unless these have been pre-agreed.
  6. The end of contract will be upon receipt of an email which cancels future monthly sessions by either party. No refunds will be made for lessons cancelled during the same month.
  7. Further to term 6, if no payment is received for the month in which a request is made to cancel future sessions, sessions are still payable.

Please ask for further clarification, if you are interested in my tutoring but unsure of the specifics of the arrangement.

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

Qualifications

Middlesex2003PGCEhistory and French
Lancaster University1994BachelorsHistory and French
Inlingua International Languages training Academy1994ProfessionalTEFL

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