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Private English and History Tuition in Market Drayton

I am a senior examiner in history (GCSE and A'level) and Associate Lecturer in Law with the Open University. 2020 teacher assessed results 100% of students achieved A*s to C. 85% were A/A* (50% of those were A*) ... and all got into first choice universities. They all improved a minimum of one grade (60% by 2 grades) with tutoring. I tutоr A'level, history, Politics, Law, English Literature and Business Studies. I tutor (I)GCSE history, Classical Civilisations English and Business studies I also support undergraduates in law and history. Undergraduate students have improved by 10-15% in marks. I wаsn't аlwаys а teаcher аnd cаme tо it lаter in life, twelve years ago, аfter а very successful cаreer аs а strаtegic prоject mаnаger with top FMCG companies. One of my areas of interest is to support pupils at both ends of the spectrum, those who have learning challenges such as dyslexia and dyspraxia and those who are identified as 'able and gifted'. I also obtain excellent results from pupils who are considered 'average' which quite frankly, is not a label I would use with any student! All students have talent and it is my job to unlock their potential. As I have extensive academic and professional qualifications, I am able to offer a wide range of expertise and subject support. When not tutoring, I spend time with my family (husband and two children), walking our collie/springer, gardening, learning the violin and making jewellery!

Tutoring Experience

My tutees consistently achieve transformative results (please see reviews below). I currently teach students online from all over the world and the UK and so have extensive experience of different approaches and exam boards. Students who were predicted Ds and Cs when they came to me in 2019 and 2020 have improved their grades by at least 1 and sometimes 2 grades. In both 2019 and 2020, those who needed As and A*s got them. This repeats and builds on the successes in previous years. When not tutoring, I lecture part-time for the OU in law and support a tutor group of 20 students. I taught history in a private senior school for three and a half years in Oxfordshire before moving to the Staffordshire/Shropshire borders nine years ago. I worked as a supply teacher and then started tutoring full time eight years ago. I am a current and experienced A'level examiner and senior GCSE exаminer in histоry. I am also regularly reappointed to the history 'remark' panel for for A'Levels and GCSEs for each sitting.

Essay writing, planning, source analysis and evaluation are my areas of expertise in history and therefore I can provide the tools required to excel at Edexcel, AQA CIE and OCR papers. I have a First Class degree in history.

For English, I can help with essay writing, comprehension, poetry and prose appreciation covering classics, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, 19th and 20th century literature and contemporary poetry. I have taught AQA, CIE, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC specs.

I hаve Masters and Batchelor's degrees in lаw, and am currently studying for my Law Practicing Certificate. I have a postgraduate qualification in accountancy.

Tutoring Approach

Most of my tutoring is now online, which has several advantages, the most important being the student's time is not wasted in travelling to and from places, and distance is not a problem! It also means I can be far more flexible in terms of hours offered for tuition as I don't have to fit travel time around my tutoring committments. However, for those that prefer face to face, I do offer that at my home, where I have all the materials and space to tutor effectively. I have a 'can do' attitude to teaching, and like to focus on building confidence in pupils in their ability, as from my experience as a teacher, if a student is confident, suddenly the things they found difficult become surmountable. I find working towards solving a problem or answering a question focuses the session and means we reach a conclusion at the end of our time together. I plan activities carefully so that at the end the tutee can leave with a feeling of achievement. I set tasks between sessions as all pupils need to learn how to work on their own and then we mark the work set together so that any mistakes can be immediately addressed and also I can reward good effort at the same time. For students who have learning challenges, I use a variety of proven methods which allow them to compete on a level playing field with other students not facing the same challenges. I also have experience of accessing help and assessment for any tutees who may be struggling, where the underlying reason may not have been identified through normal channels. Tutoring should be a postive learning experience and I hope that pupils can use it as a foundation not just in the subject they are being tutored for, but can apply some of the techniques to all their learning.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (daytime)
References Available On File


Open University2012BachelorsHistory (Hons) (First Class)
University of Birmingham1994MastersLaw (50,000 dissertation)
University of Birmingham1993BachelorsLaw (Hons) II II

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