I went into teaching because I love literature and I love working with young people; as a result I find it not only satisfying but also thoroughly enjoyable. I have worked in independent schools since 2005 and have taught both English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies to A level standard as well as giving private tuition and running a boarding house.
I am qualified to MA level and have a Boarding Schools Association certificate in pastoral care.
I am a highly qualified and experienced teacher.
University entrance exams:
ACT and SAT.
I have taught AS and A2 English Literature (OCR and AQA) and the Literature aspect of A2 English Language and Literature (Edexcel). I have also taught AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA).
GCSE (foundation and higher tiers):
I have taught iGCSE English Language and English Literature, GCSE English (OCR, WJEC and AQA), GCSE English Language (OCR and AQA) and GCSE English Literature (OCR, WJEC and AQA) as well as examining for OCR, AQA and CIE. (I can teach to any syllabus, however.)
I have given private tuition to students of all ages including mature students requiring help at all educational levels. I have also tutored English Literature undergraduates and PGCE students (Primary and Secondary) and provided help for students needing to learn the skills and exam techniques required for the Literacy Key Skills Test. I am one of the only tutors in the UK providing expert English tuition for the ACT and SAT American university entrance exams.
I believe that study and revision skills are incredibly important and always teach them alongside academic subjects.
As a Housemistress I have several years of experience of pastoral care and am empathetic and sensitive to my students as individuals.
I am a strong believer in working with my students' strengths while challenging them to improve areas of weakness in a supportive and friendly manner. As well as the syllabus required I also teach the study skills students need to continue their learning between lessons.
I believe that learning should be fun and that everyone has the capacity to enjoy language, novels, poetry and plays. I aim to help all students set themselves ambitious but realistic goals, whether that is to read aloud confidently, pass GCSE English or get an A* in A level English Literature, and then to meet those goals and go on to face new challenges with positivity and determination. Recent pupil success stories include one who was predicted a G at GCSE but achieved a C grade after only half a term's tuition with me, and several who have achieved A* grades at A level.
As well as offering tuition sessions of one, two or three hours on a regular basis, I offer intensive day and two day long courses to pupils preparing for exams. These are during half terms and school holidays and are one on one. Please enquire for further details.
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|References Available||On File|
|Roehampton University||2011||Professional||Certificate of Professional Development, Boarding Education|
|The Open University||2010||Masters||English Literature|
|The University of York||2005||PGCE||Secondary English|
|The University of York||2004||Bachelors||BA Hons 2:1 English and Related Literature|
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