Information About Marina - Gateshead tutor - (12 reviews)
This is how 2 referees rated Marina:
I am 44 years old, although I do look very young, as young really as my pupils! I like being a teacher and I get true enjoyment from sharing my knowledge and skills with new learners, making them realize how easy learning can be and how much actually they do know already. I like helping young people enjoy learning and making learning easy for them. I am patient and adaptable and easy to talk to. I always discuss the needs of my new pupils very carefully and aim to build their confidence in the subject. As an Examiner for EDEXCEL Maths GCSE, I am able to help my students to maximise their potential using targeted revision and exam techniques.
I have been a teacher for 14 years. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have worked in several schools now in the area, including Lord Lawson School and Emmanuel College gaining experience from working with a variety of learners of various ages and learning styles. I have worked within the requirements of more than one examining board, therefore I am quite familiar with all exam formats. I have been a private tutor for 14 years with very good results. Students do like me within first session, gaining confidence and self- reassurance that they are capable of a lot already, as in most situations only some issues need re-addressing, building on the prior knowledge. Emmanuel College and Cardinal Hume School are recommending me as a maths tutor to their interested pupils, as they have worked with me and they do know me personally, as well as aware of the very positive feedback I receive from my tutees.
In the first session, I discover the individual needs of my learners: their strengths and weaknesses. Then I devise a plan to address the whole programme of study within the number of weeks available, so no topic is ignored. I work simultaneously on exam requirements, but also on skill development, skills that the student can benefit from, outside the boundaries of a specific exam format. Students find themselves forgetting the time, often engrossed in their work, mentally challenged and stimulated. I set short homework at times, so that students can practise independently on those skills they develop with me, being reassured that they can transfer those skills further. I do provide learning materials which I do personalize for each student.
Additional Languages: French, Romanian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Sunderland University (2000) - Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Sunderland University (2000) - French (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Newcastle International School (2000) - Teaching English to Non-Native Speakers (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Constanta University (1995) - Economics (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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It would be more reassuring as a parent if the option to stay with the child was encouraged by the tutor certainly for the first lesson. Also one point to consider is that the tutor's home environment consists of many dogs which may cause a distraction to some students.
Private tuition as one to one is ten fold more productive than teaching in small or large groups at school, this speaking in my professional capacity as a classroom teacher, examiner and private tutor for 20 years now.
The tutee herself, a very pleasant and keen to learn student admitted her gaps and wanted to progress faster, specially at higher level where the amount of syllabus and the level of difficult are so great.
At no point an agreement was made with the parent to remain and observe the tuition, as this is unproductive for both student and tutor. The new student needs to familiarise with the tutor on the first lesson and to start feeling comfortable while making progress, instead of proving to the parent what she can do or not do. Meanwhile the tutor needs to comprehend what the needs of the tutee are rather than trying to make the parent comfortable or having to demonstrate anything to the parent. The parent needs to assess progress after the lesson, based on what the student has to say and the amount and quality of work achieved within one hour tuition
I achieve great progress with all my tutee, all enjoying every lesson and admitting that their own progress would have not been achieved without the lessons with me.
Having pets in my home should be of no concern to the parent, as the student did not meet my dogs, nor had the only lesson anything to do with my pets.
Wish the young lady every success with her exams!
Angelika and Mum
She wishes to obtain a B grade now rather than a C grade she initially wanted. She also wishes to continue with a numeracy test preparation as a pre-requisite for PGSE. This exam is even harder, but she is so prepared to put the work in truely! It is a joy and a privilege to work with a such high caliber young lady who simply florishes with every bit of help she receives!!!
Thank you to First Tutors who actually made it possible to justify the teaching profession by working with such wonderfully gifted young people!