Information About Guy - Northampton tutor - (24 reviews)
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I am a conscientious, enthusiastic and friendly tutor offering one-to-one tuition in English and History to GCSE and A level in the student's home.
I have nearly forty years' varied teaching experience in both the Primary and Secondary sectors. I have also undertaken home tuition with Primary, Secondary and adult students.
My experience includes twelve years teaching English and History to GCSE and A level in the UK secondary system, eight years teaching the same subjects to the same levels in international schools in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Between 2000 and 2015, I taught in Primary schools.
I am now a full-time tutor. I offer home tuition in Primary English and Maths as well as English and History to GCSE, A and university level.
In recent years, my A level History students have achieved outstanding results, obtaining A*-C grades and places at highly-rated universities, such as Oxford Brookes, Exeter, Royal Holloway and Birmingham.
My 2016 GCSE English candidates achieved A* to C grades in their Language and Literature exams and are now all moving on to study for their A levels. In 2017, one of my students achieved a Grade 9.
I really think one-to-one tuition is the best way to educate pupils. It brings them to the realisation that the whole point of education really is to set us free. It's not easy for a student to discover this when confined every day in a class of 30 or more others! Once the student is enthused and inspired by a tutor there is only one way forward.
I like to encourage independent thinking and logical analysis. Too many schools are teaching the children WHAT to think when they should be teaching them HOW to think. Naturally, many pupils become disengaged and even some of the most talented are simply going through the motions rather than actually studying. This lack of motivation together with highly inflated grades means that many of our youngsters are leaving school with minimal reading and writing skills. Indeed, few now have the aptitude for doing much reading, thinking or writing at all.
I like to build up the student's confidence by establishing their strengths first. Thereafter I identify weaknesses and gauge the student's awareness of them and motivation to put them right. Above all, I encourage my students to read widely and with full concentration. My best students learn to read closely and publish their reviews on Amazon. Aside from the huge adrenaline run, the boost in confidence and proficiency students get from seeing their writing in print is awesome to behold!
To put it simply, if they're not reading they're not succeeding!
Homework set by me will always involve reading, thinking and writing. My feedback will always concentrate on reinforcing the idea that the writing process never ends with the last full stop. I expect students to read back their work to ensure that their writing communicates their meaning clearly and fluently. Editing with the focus on making the right word choices, organising sentences with the words in the right order and structuring longer writing assignments into coherent paragraphs are all priorities schools are increasingly neglecting thereby greatly hindering the life chances of their pupils… Once the student and I have agreed which areas need improvement we use lesson time to extend the student's competence and skills by undertaking thinking and written assignments that allow the student to develop these.
Any homework set will advance and reinforce the skills the student has been encouraged to bring to the lesson.
It has become increasingly evident that parents are now turning to tutors because the feedback on their child's progress that they get from school, especially at secondary level is minimal and increasingly meaningless.
"Your child is meeting his/her targets in English" often actually means that they still cannot read a simple passage on their own and understand it properly!
With this in mind I now write full reports on each child's progress the end of each term.
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Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Leicester University (1996) - MA Modern English (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Birmingham University (1981) - Main:English Subsidiary:History (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Leicester University (1980) - 2ii Combined Honours (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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My son Oskar is preparing for GCSE exams hoping to get 7s (As). He has some language barrier as his native language is not English so we hope that improving English he will also be able to express his knowledge in different subjects like History, Business, RS etc. I really recommend Guy.
He understands the importance of making the right word choices, managing syntax and writing in coherent paragraphs.
With wide reading and sustained effort, Oskar will ultimately each his goal and do himself justice in his GCSE and A level exams.
Her son had one lesson.
He was arrogant and quite obviously had no interest whatever in the subject.
When I arrived for the second session, the buzzer was not working and I could not gain access.
Priya offered to compensate me for the wasted journey, but then reneged on her commitment.
I would warn all tutors not to contemplate working for this client. She is dishonest and the student was uncooperative and failed to complete any homework.
She manages her material and structures her essays well.
With wider reading to develop her ideas and increased clarity and fluency in her writing she should achieve a good grade.
If he can develop an aptitude for reading more widely and consistently to develop his range of vocabulary, knowledge and understanding he will certainly increase his chances of achieving a worthwhile GCSE grade.
As long as she reads regularly, builds her vocabulary, and applies logical thinking and structure to her writing, I think she can do well.
Radiyah is very personable and willing to take on new ideas. These are key attributes for success in life.
With sound study habits and a commitment to complete a new writing project each week, she could do well in this subject (History).
If he makes a real effort to submit a written Language/Literature piece on a weekly basis, Cameron can do well in both subjects.
If he maintains sound reading and study habits and develops his prose style, David can reach a good standard.
I think she has the intellectual application and stamina to perform strongly in English if she puts her mind to it.
With closer reading and more clarity and conciseness in her writing she will be able do herself justice in her GCSEs.
Good constructive feedback to student.
With consistent application and wider reading, he can do well.
Once she has mastered the basics and grown in confidence, she will do well.
He is punctual and trustworthy. He has developed a good rapport and i feel confidant that my son will improve his English performance.
If he continues to read widely and apply sound study habits and organisation, he can do well.
With further independent reading, a concentrated effort to sustain his development of logical argument and continued perseverance with his prose style, he can do himself justice in his AS/A2 exams.
If they can maintain sound study habits and organisation, they can both do well in their GCSEs.
Thank you very much
Your spoken English is improving all the time and you can converse across a wide range of topics. Our conversations about culture, food, history and politics were always fascinating.
I admire your determination to achieve fluency in English and I believe you are now well on your way to achieving this.
Best wishes for the future,
Henry is a personable student with a lively interest in History. He asks the right questions and posesses strong perceptive thinking skills. Once he has harnessed these thinking skillls to building up his writing skills he can make further progress in this subject.
With improved study habits and organization Henry could go far at A level.