I have a proven record of upgrading students' performances, especially at Higher level, and have, in several instances, improved dramatically the performances of pupils who were on course to fail Higher English or had failed the Higher previously. I have even taken on tutees in the January of the examination year who were being considered for withdrawal from the exam by their school and who then went on to achieve an 'A' grade in their Higher English examination.
Since 2014, more than 80 per cent of my National 5 tutees have passed their English examination with an A; in 2015, 2016 and 2017, all achieved an A; in 2018, all but one attained an A.
In the 2012 Higher English examination, 65 per cent of my tutees obtained an 'A' grade, several at Band 1. Since 2013, more than 75 per cent of my tutees have obtained either an A or a B. Since 2015, more than 80 per cent of my tutees have achieved an A in Higher, National 5 and Advanced Higher. One tutee, for Advanced Higher, attained a perfect 40 out of 40 for their dissertation. In 2018, one tutee, at Higher, achieved a perfect 30/30 for their portfolio.
With my help, tutees have obtained the vital English qualification that was essential to them obtaining a place at such universities as: Cambridge, Oxford, Aberdeen, Dundee, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art.
I have more than two decades of experience in publishing as a writer and editor and am keen to nurture English language skills and a love of English literature. I am confident of instilling in tutees an interest in the work that helps them to bound forward in terms of understanding what is required of them to do best in English.
I graduated from the University of Stirling with an honours degree in English Literature.
My experience in publishing has trained me to write concisely and economically while retaining an imaginative grasp on a piece of work, a skill invaluable in writing essays and examination answers; and especially useful in assisting students with the new written assessments that, in Higher English, comprise, from 2015, 30 per cent of the final examination mark. I can empathise with students who are tussling with English, relish improving a person's understanding and enjoyment of the subject and take satisfaction from helping to develop their abilities not only in the practical sense of improving their powers of analysis and understanding of texts but in helping them to think imaginatively and creatively.
In my work in publishing I took on the responsibility of nurturing new entrants to the profession because of my empathetic nature and ability to convey in simple terms, on a one-to-one basis, the essentials of writing and the effective use of language. I have also taught English as a foreign language at several private schools in Egypt, in which country I also carried out individual tutoring. Since 2010, I have worked as an independent tutor and have assisted a wide variety of tutees of differing abilities.
I assess my tutee's strengths, identify areas that may be causing them particular difficulty and then concentrate on the means to improve their abilities. I look closely at the tutee's work and provide support that will enhance their enjoyment of English, their effectiveness in reading, writing and comprehension and their ability to apply those skills. From the first instance, the focus is on orienting the tutee towards a good pass in their examination whilst, simultaneously, improving their linguistic and writing skills to a level that will improve their ability to communicate over their lifetime.
|Languages||English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Reed Business Publishing||1995||Professional||Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Reed Business Publishing|
|University of Stirling||1989||College||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) English Studies, University of Stirling|
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