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Hello! I am married with a grown daughter and son. I am an approachable, friendly outgoing and caring person with a sincere interest in helping young people gain confidence to achieve their goals in life. I enjoy a busy family and social life and go to the gym on a regular basis and sing in our local community choir. I left school at the age of 16 and had to fight hard for my qualifications through evening classes, Open University and then full time at The University of Derby, where I gained a first class degree in English/PGCE FE. I make it an important priority to put my students at their ease and help them to ask me questions without feeling in any way inhibited or intimidated.

Tutoring Experience

I have worked for several years in Further Education colleges. I have taught Access to Higher Education courses at levels one and two, GCSE and A/S levels. Over recent years I have tutored individuals at GCSE, A/S and A level.

Tutoring Approach

I concentrate on the areas of the course that the student finds the most challenging. With short exercises and constant feedback and questioning, we work to build skills and confidence. I sometimes develop my own resources to suit individual needs and try to make the sessions varied, pacey and above all enjoyable and interesting. I use past papers and media articles for practice and set short pieces of homework to reinforce the topics covered. Each session is planned and the student has an outline of the structure of the lesson before we start. Though my approach is structured, it is also friendly and informal, encouraging my student not to feel embarrassed to ask for help or clarification at any time - whether in or outside the lesson.

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


The University of Derby2005BachelorsEnglish First Class
The University of Derby2006PGCEPass (no grades given)

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