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Judith offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
My name is Judith. I live in Low Moor, Bradford with my eleven-year-old son, our Dachshund, Chief, and our cat, Cat (he was a stray-who-decided-to-stay and we'd got used to calling him Cat by then). I am a voracious reader - my favourite pastime which I don't get enough time for. I love maths too, especially primary school maths because I think it's the maths we use for the rest of our lives, so I think it's relevant to everybody. I enjoy music - I go to gigs, play the guitar for pleasure (definitely not to entertain others), can read music a little from piano lessons as a child, which helps me when I sing in a local choir, which I really like - it's a great feeling, singing with a group of people. I started working in schools quite late, only after I had my son: I wish I'd done it earlier because, it might sound a little corny, but it really is a joy (most of the time!) and an absolute privilege to be around children as they learn and grow. I've had a varied career, and taken a great deal of pleasure from it, but never more so than when helping a child to succeed and feel great about themselves. Best job in the world.
I have worked in Upper Key Stage 2 in primary schools for a number of years, and until April 2017, worked as an HLTA in primary school teaching French, RE, PSHE and Computing, as well as devising and delivering interventions in Maths and English across years 5 and 6. I have previously successfully coached groups of Year 6 children who were preparing to sit the Level 6 Maths paper (when SATs existed and had levels).
I have experience and a good understanding of the level of ability required to pass grammar school entrance exams, and am a good judge of a child's potential success - in fact, my predictions so far have been 100% accurate, whilst not always matching those of other tutoring organisations. I make sure parents are always fully aware of the likely results of their child being tutored for a particular exam, and support them in making the best choice for their child, which is not always to continue with tutoring. Children I have tutored over the past three years have been successful in gaining places at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
I've always believed that when teaching anything, you have to make it as relevant as possible for the child - explain why they need to know it, what benefits knowing this stuff will have, and make it as entertaining as possible. Not always easy to do with some subjects and topics, but I always try to vary my methods of teaching, testing knowledge and setting targets. Alongside individual teaching programmes which include games and digital content, for some subjects I DO use text books, tests and achievable targets, because I believe many children enjoy a sense of progression and achievement, when this is designed to be attainable for them individually.
Unfortunately, I no longer travel to tutees' homes: lessons are offered here at my home in a quiet, organised room aside for that purpose. I have made this change for two reasons: one is simply because I was wasting too much time sitting in traffic driving around in the busiest hours of the day, and was unable to actually get to see enough children; the second is that not everyone is able to provide a quiet location for the tutoring with comfortable seating and a table - here, I know I can provide an organised, calm environment which will get the best out of your child.
For those parents who want it, I am happy to set homework of about 10-15 minutes per day for each day the child does not have a one-hour tutoring session, and allowing them one day free of work (so, if a child has two short sessions or one long session per week - more details on request - I would, if required, give four pieces of homework). This homework will be tailored to the individual child. The setting and marking of this homework is free of charge.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Stonebridge (2013) - HLTA Diploma with Distinction (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Keighley College (2000) - Intermediate Diploma in Counselling Skills (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Leeds Polytechnic (1983) - HND French, Spanish & Business Studies (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Wyke Manor (1980) - 'A' Level French & German (School) (✘ Not On File)
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Judith is a well organised person who enjoys working with children. My daughter felt at ease in the tutoring sessions and looked forward to each session. Even though my daughter is a very bright girl I found that she really needed one to one tutoring and if it wasn't for that my daughter would probably not have passed the 11+ exam. Judith provided a clear plan of what she was going to teach my daughter and gave regular feedback on my daughters progress which I found to be very helpful.
Judith drove to our house for the sessions which I found to be a huge boon since it mean't I didn't have to spend time travelling every week. I'm very grateful for Judith for taking the time to do this as I know it's big headache.