Shipley Tutor

I am a semi-retired ex-Head of Psychology (Woodhouse Grove, Bradford). Until June 2013 I also taught A-Level Psychology and Sociology one day a week at another school (Rossett, Harrogate). I have also taught Psychology and Sociology on a university access course at Leeds City College. The 'semi-retired' is because, in addition to tutoring, I carry out one-to-one therapy for clients using a mix of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I also teach adult evening classes ('night school') at Rossett and Shipley College.

My book, 'Knowing Me, Knowing You: an Integrated SocioPsychology Guide to Personal Fulfilment & Better Relationships' was described by one reviewer on Amazon as the 'best Psychology book of the year!' (2006). I had 2 chapters included in a compendium, 'Developmental Innovation: Emerging Worldviews and Individual Learning', published Summer 2015.

I do Psychology 'for real'! - which helps take Psychology out of the text book and make it so much more relevant for tutees.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught the AQA Psychology specification very successfully on a part-time basis since 2003 and began tutoring in it in 2007.

With regard to Sociology, I have taught the AQA specification since 2007 and tutored in it since 2011.

This is my eleventh year of providing private tuition. Having originally been approached by some ex-students I had taught for a term on supply, I found I enjoyed tuition and so decided to use a highly-reputable agency like First Tutors to expand this side of my business.

I taught and tutored in the Edexcel, OCR and WJEC specifications from 2008 but do not have sufficient knowledge of the 2015 specifications to offer full tuition in them - though I can offer guidance on the psychology content and concepts

While I don't advertise myself as doing tuition at degree level, I have now tutored students right through to getting their Psychology degree.

Tutoring Approach

My preference is to use the tutee's own textbook as the core material for the work. However, I bring in additional materials, including selections from other text books, mind maps (spider diagrams) and case studies. Part of my web site contains material relevant to the A-Level specification which I encourage tutees to use as supplemental material - though only under my supervision.

I may relate (appropriately censored) anecdotes from my own practice as a therapist and consultant to illustrate certain points.

As exam technique is in many ways as important as the content of the specification, I encourage tutees to do practice exam questions in between tutor sessions and e-mail them to me for marking. We can then go through the marked answer at the next session. I also help tutees to think about what they are putting down on paper by getting them to indicate where in their answer they think they've scored marks and what type of mark.

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


Hidden Resources Change Management2000OtherMaster Practioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Hidden Resources Change Management1999OtherPractitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Leeds & Carnegie Collegs1976PGCEGradudate Certificate in Education
University of Bradford1975BachelorsBSc (Hons)

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