I am a relaxed and very enthusiastic teacher and always manage to develop a friendly rapport with students. I have been a journalist, have taught abroad and am a musician and a creative writer. I think my many interests make me approachable and add a dimension to my teaching that others might not have.

Tutoring Experience

I have been teaching for nearly 30 years. I have taught at university level but have also been a head of department in a top independent school. I have also tutored for many years and have helped many students to understand the subject and excel in it, often improving their grades considerably. I have also marked and still mark for several of the exam boards, so know precisely what skills need to be improved to attain the higher grades at GCSE and A level. I have taught students who are non-native speakers and have also taught across the age ranges from 6-60.

Tutoring Approach

I like to find out what a student wants from lessons and am able to show them quickly, and with humour, how to gain in confidence and ability by the simple application of tried and tested methods. I work collaboratively with students, using my laptop and teaching materials to demonstrate the range of skills required, from creative to analytical. My own experience of journalism and creative writing mean I can help students not just with the academic but with the creative side of the subject. My long experience with exam boards means I can mark work quickly and accurately so students know where they are and what they need to do to improve.

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


King's College, London1999PGCEpass
London College of Printing1998MastersPostgrad Periodical Journalism
International House1997OtherRSA/Celta Tefl (distinction)
Oxford University1988MastersM.Litt in English Literature

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