Private English Tutor in Dorchester

I have been an English teacher for nine years, and offer individually tailored tutorials during term time. I have a BA and a Masters in English, I used to be a copywriter and have just finished my third novel. I have two children, the oldest of whom achieved three A*s at Thomas Hardye and is going to read English at Cambridge. The youngest has finally learnt that the harder he works, the better he'll do. I am very interested in looking at ways of best communicating with children in order to help them learn; teaching them that their brain is a muscle which grows as they exercise it.

Tutoring Experience

I am a fully qualified teacher. For five years I taught English GCSE and Media Studies A' Level in a secondary school in Sussex. After a decade's break I did some extensive re-training, during which time I taught adults with special educational needs. I now tutor students from Year 7 onwards. Nb: it's often good to start lessons before the actual GCSE course begins, for it's less restrictive in terms of the work we cover which is great for building confidence.

When I re-trained I had to take my Maths GCSE. So I know just how it feels to be a struggling student!

Tutoring Approach

I have extensively researched the new 9 -1 English Language GCSE, achieving excellent pass rates as I understand the challenges it presents to students. I know the Edexcel, AQA and OCR syllabuses. Last year I had great success with students who were struggling in their final term of English - helping one student move from a 3 to a 6.

I love teaching in ways that enable the student to both enjoy and understand the work they're doing; and my greatest joy is seeing students develop a genuine love of reading. Teaching works best, I believe, when you make it fun.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Kingston Maurward College2016QTSDiploma in Education and Training
Falmouth University2016MastersProfessional Writing
Sussex University1992BachelorsEnglish with Media Studies
Society of Education and Training2017ProfessionalQTLS

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