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Subjects Taught


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £40.00£38.00
Secondary £40.00£38.00
GCSE £40.00£38.00
A-Level £40.00£38.00
University £40.00£38.00
Casual Learner £40.00£38.00

Entrance Exams

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
11 Plus £40.00£38.00
13 Plus £45.00£42.75
14 Plus £45.00£42.75
College £45.00£42.75
University £45.00£42.75
Casual Learner £45.00£42.75

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
University £55.00£52.25
Casual Learner £55.00£52.25

Study Skills

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £40.00£38.00
Secondary £45.00£42.75
GCSE £45.00£42.75
A-Level £45.00£42.75
University £45.00£42.75
Casual Learner £45.00£42.75

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Personal Description:

Thanks for taking a look at my profile.

In the recent past I have worked as a University Professor in English and have published books and articles on English and Media. I have also served as an Examiner and as a University Admissions Tutor. I am qualified to teach under the PTLLS scheme.

Beyond the education field, I have also worked in the business sector as a Media/Communications Consultant and as the Director of an International Film Production Company.

I hold a First Class Honours degree in English Language and English Literature (University of St Andrews) and a Doctorate in English Literature (University of Leeds).

I live in Birmingham - West Midlands. I have been described as friendly, patient, sympathetic and approachable. I have recently worked with a variety of students from school age (7+) to senior professional (medical/psychology/consultants) and Masters/Doctoral research students (MA, PhD). In fact, I am very comfortable working with all ages and abilities.

Tutoring Experience:

I benefit from 30 years of professional experience, having undertaken teaching and training in the University Higher Education Sector (Undergraduate and Postgraduate level) and in British Schools (Primary and Secondary).

During that period I have worked with very gifted students as well as children and adults who have needed special support in order to reach their full potential. My specialist areas are English Language and Literature; Study, Exam and Revision Skills; 11+ (Intensive Summer 2 day courses available); Essay/ Dissertation proof-reading and re-writing to a high standard; University Personal Statements.

Increasingly, clients are also working with me online, especially on final year essays and research dissertations where excellent English style is essential to success.

Tutoring Approach:

My teaching is always responsive to YOUR specific requirements; this process is informed by critical and creative strategies that have a proven track record of success. You are unique!

I work in partnership with potential students in order to identify YOUR most urgent needs and and the goals to be achieved. Together we address issues of motivation and the acquisition of key subject study skills. This process builds on creative strategies for self-improvement which leads to enhanced enjoyment and success.

*** Please note that the adult casual learner price is based on two students sharing a lesson.


  • University of Leeds (1994) - Ph.D. Literature (University of Leeds) (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • University of St Andrews (1989) - M.A. Hons (1st Class) English Language and Literature (University of St Andrews) (Masters) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, German, Italian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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