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Subjects Taught


Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £40.00

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £40.00

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Personal Description:

I hold an MSc in Publishing and a 2.1 BA Degree in English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing.
I have over eight years tutoring experience and a high success rate of my students gaining A's.
Many of my students were failing before I took them on. I work for the Scottish Book Trust.

Having taught English in Japan for a year, I also have experience in teaching ESL. My students ranged from 4 years olds to adults and business classes.
I also edit essays for university students and I am open to proofreading dissertations of any subject.

Tutoring Experience:

I recently tutored the Mandelas during their Edinburgh International Book Festival events.

I have taught second year, Standard Grade, National 4, National 5, Int.2, Higher and Advanced Higher level students. For each level I have a unique approach to help students improve their English skills, whether it be reading, writing, or speaking. I prepare most of my own material and work closely with past papers.
Through my year of teaching English in Japan, I greatly improved my tutoring skills. I had 17 classes, each with different age range and abilities. I not only ran the school and dealt with parents, but planned lessons and materials as well as teaching the classes.

Tutoring Approach:

I focus on honing close reading skills, first of all by teaching them methods to apply to each type of question (U, E or A). I then help them to see the pattern of similar questions that crop up. Finally, through vigorous practising, pupils learn how to apply their skills to any question. It is difficult for young people to practise close reading on their own, as the marking sheet is not clear or helpful to them. I help them by answering questions and sorting common problems and mistakes at the first stage.
In order to improve my students' essay writing skills, I firstly develop their understanding of the text, providing analysis and helping them to understand the topic and themes more clearly. Then I help them to pick out the most important quotes, therefore simplifying the learning process. Finally, I teach my pupils how to use mind maps, and plan their essay. The planning stage is key, as it helps to develop structure when writing the essay, engages the student's mind on answering the question correctly, and ensures they use their time wisely.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Edinburgh Napier University (2014) - MSc Publishing (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Strathclyde (2012) - English, Journalism and Creative Writing (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • St Ninians High School (2007) - Adv Highers- B English, B- Art, C- Modern Studies (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • St Ninians High School (2006) - Highers: A- English A- Spanish A-Computing A-Modern Studies B- Biology (School) (✘ Not On File)

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