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I am an ex-teacher with the majority of my experience being in secondary education. I am interested in lots of things including film, photography, theatre, ballet, literature, modern culture and travel-for starters. I am also really interested in people and consider myself to be a good communicator. I like talking to young people who, I think, find me approachable and understanding. The most important quality that I bring to my teaching role is a sense of humour and a love of my subjects.

Tutoring Experience

I taught in secondary education for 30 years and retired a year and a half ago to concentrate on tutoring, rather than classroom teaching. I have taught English to students in Years 7 to 11 and I have experience of teaching a wide range of abilities. I have also been an examiner for AQA so I am very familiar with the demands of exam boards and exam techniques. Students in my classes did very well at GCSE and achieved their full potential. I also set up the Media Studies department in my last school. The students in this department achieved superb results.

Tutoring Approach

I retired from teaching in schools a year and a half ago. I have been tutoring students in my home-or theirs-for several years and I really enjoy the one to one teaching process and the amazing progress that students make. I feel that students enjoy the tutoring experience because they can ask the questions they are reluctant to ask in front of a class. I am happy for students to tell me what they need to focus on and to make our sessions relevant to their needs, as a priority. I can also apply diagnostic techniques to help me to inform students about areas that we need to work on together. The purpose of tutoring sessions is to build on work done in school, to build confidence and to ensure that students are achieving their full potential.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Sheffield City College1972CollegeCertificate in Education
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