I grew up in Durham and went to the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, and on to Oxford University, where I graduated in English in 1982.
I have five children of my own, who have attended state and grammar schools.
After working in banking, I ran a business of my own. I have worked as a business consultant too.
I am an active creative writer, and I enjoy playing the piano and playing tennis.
I am a highly effective tutor, with a long list of satisfied clients who are very happy to speak to you on the phone about what you will get from me.
I often help students with critical resits or entrance exams- always, so far, with success. Last chances to meet university or college entrance requirements hold no fear! My 11+ students have gone on to Gloucester schools including Pate's.
I teach English Language and Literature to A-level.
For the 11 plus, I teach techniques of elimination and approximation, and I address children's anxiety. Invariably their mental maths and their overall confidence both improve.
Building confidence, and making learning fun, is vital. I assess individual strengths and weaknesses quickly, and teach to those particular needs.
I am calm and quiet, but rigorous and challenging. I encourage and expect my students to think for themselves. I have been called many things- fortunately, "inspirational" is one of them.
My experience as a parent and a tutor means that I will find an effective way to help your child achieve what he/she is capable of.
I write highly rated "Gavin's Guides"- study guides are available on Amazon- for GCSE and A level students. Published titles include "An Inspector Calls", "Lord of the Flies", "Of Mice and Men", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Great Expectations", "Animal Farm", and selected poems of Edward Thomas and Emily Dickinson. The ratings there should give you extra confidence in the quality of my work.
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|Oxford University||1982||Bachelors||Degree in English|
|OCR||1977||School||A levels in English, Greek, Latin|
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