This is how 2 referees rated Henry:
15 years of private tutoring experience
An expert in engagement, motivation & inspiration
Guaranteed grade improvement
“Henry tutored my son for his GCSE English Literature and Language in small group sessions. My son said his sessions were enjoyable and he always came back buzzed and inspired. Not only that, as a result he got As in both subjects!” - Joanne Scofield (via LinkedIn)
“Many thanks Henry - Maia texted to me today to say, ‘English Really good!!’
First time I've heard her say that - so thank you so much for supporting her. I feel a bit sad really that with your one to one support she has gained so much - things that she hadn't got from being at school… I'm grateful she had the opportunity to work with you.” - Alison H (via email)
“Henry worked with my daughter (who could be described as a recalcitrant* student) during her GCSEs. I feel it was his endless patience and skills as a teacher which enabled her to re-engage with her studies and go on to achieve her GCSEs.” - Yusuf Ahmad, Lecturer at UWE, Bristol (via LinkedIn)
*recalcitrant - ‘having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline’
“Henry was so nurturing, inspiring and fun, that it was a big contrast to the pressurizing teaching our son was experiencing at his school. He had lost a lot of confidence, and Henry was able to convince our son of his capabilities, and helped to make him feel genuinely special and valued” - Nicola Heindl (via LinkedIn)
“As in Maths & English, so happy :)” - Oliver, an online student, on results day (via Skype Chat)
“I just received my results and I am thrilled! Much to my surprise I got A's in both English Lit and Language and I wouldn't have been able to do it without you, I can't thank you enough. I really enjoyed our time working together” - Alex (via email)
“Henry was a fantastic teacher! He taught Maths and English to my brothers and I during our early teens. He helped us through our exam periods, teaching us exam techniques, and provided unique ways of learning maths in a friendly, engaging environment. I owe him for the best part of getting me through school examinations through his approach to teaching. He is a great mentor, teacher and friend. I highly recommend his services to both young and old” - Jack Palmer (London)
I started off tutoring many different kinds of students and subjects, for 10 years in London, internationally and now in Bristol & online - and have developed over these years a very specific target group for my services. These are the clients where I know I can achieve something out of the ordinary, something beyond just the basic requirements of academic tuition.
I love to meet, mentor and tutor 'failing' teenagers who are bright but losing interest, confidence, motivation and purpose in their studies. It can be an emergency situation where all seems almost completely lost and it can also just as well be a subtle sense of the student not fulfilling their potential, not being the best they can be, not enjoying it and not flourishing in their school work and lives, for whatever reason.
Through expert tuition (15 YEARS of experience!) in essay writing technique (all subjects, all levels) and English & Maths GCSE preparation, I can flick the switch and turn the downward spiral upside down and inspire the simple pleasure of learning again. I have never considered becoming a conventional school teacher, despite my great passion for education and teaching, and I have found instead, through independent tutoring, a way to teach that actually works; a far more exciting, relaxed, enjoyable, empowering and effective way to study and learn that really nourishes both teacher and student in the way that all education should.
If you are interested enough to have read this far then perhaps I'll give you briefly some of my personal background before you read about my 'Teaching Experience' and 'Approach to Tutoring' (below)
I have had a music career that has always run in parallel with my teaching. I was a singer-songwriter for 10 years, fronting several bands, the last of which was a duo with my wife, also a singer-songwriter, with whom I have 2 glorious (homeschooled!) children, Willow & Albert (aged 5 & 3). I am now in a 10-piece band project called Massive Vibe Live! for which the tagline is, 'Empowerment Through Music', and we toured India last Winter and some of the band are out there again now.
I live with my family in self-built, eco, community housing in **Web Address Removed** and homeschooling with 4 other families and other friends. This is where I also teach face-to-face, in a beautiful garden-facing, private room above out flat. All students either come to me here or we work online.
I play 5-a-side football every week, love cycling, surfing, camping and bonfires in the garden :)
UK Independent Tutors Collective - I host a weekly call (with a tutoring colleague who is a dyscalculia specialist) for a group of top independent tutors where we workshop through all aspects of the profession, sharing best practice with one another. We are also a collaborative network of the best, most experienced and most committed tutors in the country, far better than any agency could possibly retain! As such I can happily (& freely!) refer to you great tutors in all subjects.
I have been an Independent Private Tutor, since 2007, running successful small group essay writing courses, homeschool tutoring for core subjects. I have many glowing references from 100s of students and their parents, showing grade improvements and all other benefits of working with me.
I have had over 100 private referrals from top London Educational Psychologist, James Stevenson MA MSc
2012 - 2014 I was a specialist Private Tutor for Cotham & Redland Green Schools (Bristol) SEN Depts
2000 - 2007 I started out working for these agencies: The Tutors Group (London), Bright Young Things (London), Bristol Tutors
I have been tutoring now for a long time and consequently have acquired some - I think profound - understanding in how to get the best out of every student I work with.
Generally speaking I do this as follows:
1. By empowering the student's own authentic motivation (not trying to 'gee them up' with my own - most have had a lifetime of this from their other teachers/parents and after a while it doesn't work!)
2. By demonstrating to the student, over and over again, their own true interest, existing ability and potential.
3. By taking all the pressure off. In a way that is totally natural, and usually quite a relief to the student, my sessions hold complete relaxation and enjoyment of studying as a top priorities. I have a lot of fun getting the job done!
Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, has been a great influence on my teaching practice, through his book, 'The One World Schoolhouse' - a must read for anyone interested in the future of education - and I'm also extremely grateful for the Balanced View training, and their pioneering 'Education in the nature of mind', which has greatly benefited me both personally and professionally.
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